#bookreview – Foxtrot in Freshby by Awen Thornber @awenthornber @BrookCottageBks #blogtour #giveaway
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Foxtrot in Freshby by Awen Thornber. Thank you to JB from Brook Cottage Books for asking me to be a part of it. I’m reviewing the book today and also have a short teaser extract to share with you and a fabulous giveaway, but first, let’s have a look what it’s all about.
Genre: Romance with Intrigue
Release Date: 6th December 2017
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
When dance teacher Gina Pendleton throws her cheating boyfriend out of her house, she must find a way of earning extra money to pay the bills. The obvious answer is to offer dance classes at her home, even though she knows this will incur the wrath of the owner of the local well-established dance school.
Her life becomes even more fraught when she is targeted by vandals and intruders.
After she meets Chris Jackson, it doesn’t take her long to realise he is the man of her dreams, especially as he’s also a wonderful dancing partner. But can she trust him when it appears he is hiding something from her?
Foxtrot in Freshby follows Gina Pendleton as she tries to get her life back after throwing out her boyfriend, Tony. As a dance teacher, she decides that her front room would make the ideal place to put on dance lessons. When Chris is roped into helping her with a little furniture removal it offers her a chance at a new happiness but is everything as it seems with him?
This is a sweet romance story with an edge to it as Gina has to put up with a campaign of intimidation against her which obviously scares her witless. But it’s ultimately a story of overcoming the past to build a brighter future. It’s also about Gina learning to stand up for herself and not be walked all over.
I enjoyed the dancing elements of the story and Gina’s romance with Chris, who’s a pretty good dancer himself. I particularly liked Chris as a character and could well understand why Gina was attracted to him (unlike the loathsome Tony!). Other well-drawn characters were Shelley and Geoff, Gina’s good friends.
This is a book that will appeal to those who enjoy a love story with a bit of mystery thrown in. There are the usual misunderstandings and ups and downs between Gina and Chris and I was hoping all the way through that love would win the day.
I found Foxtrot in Freshby to be a pleasant and easy read, and a lovely introduction to Awen Thornber’s writing.
Gina hurled the Christmas ornament at the wall. It was the first she and Tony had bought together. The sound of the glass shattering on impact, and the sight of the coloured shards that were once a snowy village scene flying through the air to rain down on her oak floor, was surprisingly satisfying.
She looked around the room for some other object on which to vent her anger, and her glance reached the twinkling tree in the corner of the bay window.
“Don’t look so smug,” she muttered. “You’re next. Christmas is officially over, and you’re going in the loft.”
Without the gentle touch she had used to decorate the tree three weeks previously, she pulled and tugged at the ornaments. The sound of banging on the glass at her side made her jump. She looked around to see Tony, standing by the window nearest to the front door, holding his key in front of him. He glared at her.
“Let me in. You’ve put the lock on!”
She shook her head.
Formerly a textile artist and design consultant for a craft company, Awen Thornber produced craft projects and articles for magazines, and had a regular craft column in Northern Life magazine. She is always looking for inspiration to spark her creative mind and currently devotes her time to writing novels. Born and bred in Lancashire, Awen also loves walking, painting, ballroom and ballet dancing.