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A Christmas Miracle in the Little Irish Village by Michelle Vernal #Review

  Michelle Vernal's A Christmas Miracle in the Little Irish Village was published on September 27th by Bookoutre . Ava Kelly loves returning to Emerald Bay for Christmas. Snowflakes fall on the green rolling hills and mulled wine fills The Shamrock Inn with the smell of winter spice. But this year, the Kelly family is hoping for a miracle… When twenty-four-year-old Ava Kelly and her adventurous twin Grace return home to The Shamrock Inn, their Ma’s favourite baubles bring back so many memories of Christmases past. They have always done everything together, even leaving their little Irish village for the excitement of London. But with the locket her handsome ex Shane gave her hanging just above her heart, Ava has just one wish this festive season… After a year stuck in a job she can’t stand and going on dreadful dates, Ava longs to be back with Shane. Curling up in front of the fire with him, the brooding fisherman everyone else sees melts away as his blue eyes meet hers.

A Ragbag of Riches: An assortment of wordy delights by James Chilton ** Blog Tour Review**

Today's featured book, A Ragbag of Riches  is perfect for keeping by your chair at Christmas. It's just right for dipping in and out of and it is with great pleasure that I feature it on Books, Life and Everything as it is a real celebration of the written and spoken word. Here's what the publishers have to say about it:
A Ragbag of Riches: An assortment of wordy delights

This collection of quips and quotes creates a book for the bower, the bedside, the bath and for browsing; a book at arm’s length from the deck chair, for the tedium of travel but above all for pleasure.

It is a haphazard collection: the Ragbag covering the rougher, even vulgar (but nevertheless witty) entries of graffiti, newspaper headlines and bumper stickers, the Riches being the poetry, prayers and prose of fine minds that inspire by their beauty, sincerity and sublime use of words. At the lower end, I love the astringency and ability of the authors to poke fun with the sharpness of a red-hot needle. At the top end, silver words and profound wisdom sometimes lead me to tears.

So I invite you to wallow or skip lightly. I hope there is something in this salmagundi to make you smile or catch the affections of your heart; to mingle quiet music with amiable irreverence.

My Thoughts

There's something in this collection for whatever mood you happen to be in when you pick up the book. There are lyrics, poems, verses, prayers, parodies, graffiti, prose- the list goes on and on. Loosely arranged by theme or in some cases, form, it is a real collection of the human condition. It is a wonderful mixture of comedy and pathos and as you read parts of it, it feels like a random selection but of course it is far from that. Snippets of writing are artfully juxtaposed as Mark Twain rubs shoulders with Noel Coward, or Voltaire with Frank Muir. It is a real celebration of wit and wisdom: the mundane and the sublime.

    One of the pleasures of this blog tour for me has been looking up what the other hosts have highlighted and which parts were their favourites. There is such a variety of tastes. I loved the chapter entitled Creativity: the arts, letters, literature, music, theatre and film which had some lovely quotes on the subject of reading and writing. I leave you with the words of George Bernard Shaw: 

"All normal people require both classics and trash". p64

So true- I leave it to you as to which is which!

In short: the strapline says it all "an assortment of wordy delights."
About the Author

A grandfather of nine and a father of four, James Chilton lives with his wife and two labradors in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. He holds diplomas in Architectural History from Oxford University, in Design and in Plantsmanship from The English Gardening School and a certificate in the Decorative Arts from the Victoria & Albert Museum. Perennially busy, James draws, sculpts, designs gardens and jewelry and is a member of Bart’s Choir. He also a member of the International Dendrology Society and has lectured at the Royal Geographical Society and in Oxford. His first book, The Last Blue Mountain, was published in 2015.

You can follow James here: Website

Book link: Amazon UK 

Thanks to James Chilton, Clink Street Publishing and Rachel Gilbey for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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