Friday, 17 November 2017

Illusion Book Tour



Illusion
by Stephanie Elmas

Title: Illusion
Author: Stephanie Elmas
Format: eBook
Genres: Historical fiction, Victorian fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Suspense, Romance
Rating: 4/5


Blurb


Finding his friend Tom Winter’s mother unwell, he gives her a potion he learned to brew in the Far East. Lucid and free from pain, the old woman remembers something about Walter’s mother. Walter is intrigued, for he has never known his family or even his own name – he christened himself upon leaving the workhouse. Living in a cemetery with his pet panther Sinbad to keep the body snatchers away, word soon spreads of his healing and magical abilities and he becomes a sought after party performer. During one of Walter’s parties, Tom is approached by Tamara Huntington, who reveals she is being forced to marry a man she does not love. Will he and Walter come to her rescue?

Try as they might, sometimes all the best intentions in the world can’t put a stop to a bad thing, and she is soon married off to the cruel Cecil Hearst. Drama and tragedy ensue, and Walter keeps his distance from Tamara. That is until her stricken brother-in-law Daniel requires his magical healing, and he is forced back into her life. With secrets beginning to emerge, Walter finds his mother may be a lot closer to home than he realised… Filled with mystery, magic and larger than life characters, Illusion will keep you guessing until the very last page.


Review


Something I love about being a book blogger is having the opportunity to jump on book blog tours. Reading has always been a love of my life so nothing gives me greater joy ( apart from my family ) than having a new book to devour. I was delighted to receive an invitation for the Illusion book tour but I'll be honest from the start and say it wasn't really my cup of tea.

I usually only accept a few genres but since historical fiction and romance was listed for Illusion I thought I'd give it a go. Also in the listing of genres are paranormal and suspense, two genres I normally stay away from. Sadly I didn't really get on with this story but that's not to say it wasn't well written. Because it is. 

Setting aside the fact that this book turned out to confirm that I only really like reading certain genres, I'm still perfectly happy to give Illusion a 4 star rating. 

In generic terms, without giving anything away, Walter has a healing gift which is in a way his talent. High in demand as an entertainer, Walter doesn't have any memories of family and when an old lady tells him something about his mum he is intrigued and soon makes a discovery he'd never dreamed of. On the flip side of the plot is Tamara who is forced to marry a man she doesn't love. The two team up but of course it doesn't run smoothly.

The book is written in glorious detail and for the right person I can see it being a stuck to your hand kind of book. There's plenty of ups and downs that keep you on an intriguing journey which only stops at the end. There's plenty here to keep you absorbed on a cold winter's night. 

Illusion is an ideal read for anyone who loves a bit of fantasy and isn't put off by paranormal influences. It has been refreshing to try something new but for me I'll stick to the genres I usually read.  

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