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10 February 2021

Blog Tour: Escaping From the Shadows by C L Tustin *AD Gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of Escaping from the Shadows by C L Tustin ahead of the blog tour.

Escaping from the Shadows by C L Tustin cover

Anastasia Travess is caring, beautiful and talented, but all her life her abusive father has kept her down. Seeking love wherever she can there has only ever been one man she trusts, one man who makes her complete and he rejected her years ago.

Piers Talbot is an enigma, a charming bachelor with only one woman in his heart. But when offered a choice between fixing his estranged family and obtaining his heart’s desire he makes probably the worst decision of his life.

When Anastasia rekindles her past relationship with Piers’ younger brother, the lines between love and loyalty become blurred. Amid danger, betrayal and deception, Anastasia is forced to question everything she thought she knew.

But will Anastasia have the courage to escape from the shadows?

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Source: Blog Tour | Review Copy

5 Word Review: Family, control, freedom, drama, jealousy.


This book starts off with heartbreak. I was almost in tears myself at Anastasia's mother's attempt at escape, and how it all went so wrong. The prologue was so intense and gripping that it then took me a while to settle in to the story proper, as it picks up at a bit of a softer pace.

This book felt a bit like a wider storyline-arc in Hollyoaks, but in a really good way. It was like a season of Dynasty, but in book form. I loved it, and it made for some pretty addictive reading.

On the surface of it, Anastasia Travess has a life that many would envy, but scratch the surface and not all is as it seems. Life hasn't actually been so good for Anastasia, and money definitely does not buy you happiness.

I loved the way toxic relationships were explored in the story - nothing is quite as simple as you think and just when you think that a certain someone cannot get any worse, they reveal even more of themselves. And they suck.

Escaping From the Shadows was a drastically intense read. I felt almost on the edge of my seat the whole time, and I ached to know what would happen next.

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