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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.

No Further Questions by Gillian McAllister ** Blog Tour Review **

I am delighted to be taking part in the celebrations for the eBook release of Gillian McAllister's third book, No Further Questions. The paperback copy will be published on October 4th. 

Your baby died in your sister's care - the police think it's murder but she insists she's innocent. Who do you believe?

The police say she's guilty.
She insists she's innocent.

She's your sister.
You loved her.
You trusted her.
But they say she killed your child.

Who do you believe?

My Thoughts

This is an impressive psychological thriller in which Gillian's experience as a lawyer shines through. You are presented with the court case with two sisters on opposing sides of a murder trial and taken through the case as it unfolds. As you progress through, you are given glimpses into the thoughts of the two sisters and the complexity of their relationship. It is clear that 'something' is missing from the evidence and the reader is kept guessing to the end.

    You can't help but wonder what you would have done in either of the sisters' shoes and the effect of the case on the wider family becomes apparent. I particularly liked the anguish of their parents as they tried to get through the trial with loyalties to both of their daughters. Always present in the novel is the baby Layla who died. I found the story to be poignant and affecting as it stripped away at what it is to be a parent. 

In short: Superb.

About the Author

Gillian McAllister has been writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated with an English degree and lives in Birmingham where she now works as a lawyer. Her debut novel Everything But The Truth was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. You can find her on Twitter @GillianMAuthor.

You can read my review of Anything You Do Say  here

Book link: Amazon UK 
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Thanks to Jenny Platt of Penguin Random House for a copy of the book and a place on the blog tour.


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