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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.

Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green ** Blog Tour Review**

Welcome to the second novella in Rosie Green's Little Duck Pond series, Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe. You can read my review of the first book, Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe here.

Jaz Winters stuck a pin in a map and fled to the village of Sunnybrook, looking for a brand new life – and after a rocky start, it’s beginning to look as if she made the right decision. Her blossoming friendship with Ellie and Fen has seen her through some dark times, and she’s managed to land two jobs – waitress at The Little Duck Pond Café and working as a weekend tour guide at Brambleberry Manor, the country house that’s been in Fen’s family for generations.

    Sure, life isn’t totally perfect. There’s the irritating know-it-all guy who keeps popping up on her manor tours, for a start. He seems determined to get under Jaz’s skin whether she likes it or not. But she supposes it’s a small price to pay for the relative peace she’s found, living in Sunnybrook.

    But just as Jaz is beginning to think rosier times are on the horizon, a shock encounter looks set to shatter her fragile happiness.

    Will she be forced to flee from Sunnybrook and everyone she’s grown so fond of? Or will she find the strength to stand her ground and finally face up to the nightmares of the past?

This novella is part of a series:

Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe
Summer at the Litle Duck Pond Cafe
Winter at the Little Duck Pond Cafe

My Thoughts
I enjoyed revisiting the village of Smallbrook and meeting again some familiar faces from the first novella in this series. Jaz's story has extended the focus and introduced us to people within her orbit and I like to see how all these characters' lives interact. Smallbrook seems to be a place for new beginnings and starting again and therefore, a hopeful place to live. Jaz appeared in the first novella, so it was good to find out more about why she came to be in the village. There is a darker edge to her backstory which makes the friends she makes in Smallbrook seem all the more heart-warming and protective.

    With fluid writing and a well paced storyline, I found this to be an enjoyable read which I finished in one sitting. There is still mileage to be found for a third story and I am looking forward to finding out what Winter will have in store and hoping that we will find out more about Fen's story. Rosie Green has created a thoroughly likeable place in which to spend a few hours.

In short: a warm and welcoming tale.

About the Author

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

    Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café, published on 18th June 2018, follows the first in the series, Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café.

You can follow Rosie here: Twitter 

Book link: Amazon UK 

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