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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.

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

 We are back in the village of Sunnybrook for Rosie Green's Christmas at the Little Duck Pond Cafe.
Fen has always hated being the centre of attention.

She loves her new job, working behind the scenes at the Little Duck Pond Cafe and baking the scrumptious cakes that have helped its reputation soar. But frankly, she'd rather scrub the public toilet floor with a toothbrush than have to come out and talk to the customers.

She's always been happy to stay in the background as long as she has a good supply of books to escape into. That's her kind of romance - the fictional sort where she can read about other people taking a chance on love, but she doesn't have to risk her own heart.

But that was before Ethan Fox arrived in the village and turned her world upside down. Ethan is a leading light in the local amateur dramatics theatre company and Fen knows he's way out of her league. 

But when the popular village Christmas pantomime hits a crisis, Fen and Ethan find themselves thrown together. Can Fen overcome her shyness and find the courage to step on stage and save the day?

My Thoughts

What a great return to Sunnybrook for a really festive story. All the characters we met before are featured and the focus this time is on Fen who turns out to have hidden depths.  Held back all her life with shyness, she emerges as an engaging and sympathetic character, who you root for. You also find out more about her family members and the dynamics within the family. 

    The descriptions of the Amateur Dramatics Society meetings made me smile with some amusing and quirky participants. Jaz and Ellie have their own stories going on and in all, you pick up the growing excitement of the Christmas build-up. The scene sparkles like a snowy Christmas card scene. Rosie Green's little community is invitingand feels inclusive whilst the story is written with fluidity and pacing. All three of the Little Duck Pond novellas have been an enjoyable read and each one has shown us different aspects of the characters.

In short: festive romance amid a sparkling Christmas scene.

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 Cafe, published on 18th June 2018, follows the first in the series, Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe.
You can follow Rosie here: Twitter 
Book link: Amazon UK    |  Amazon US
Thanks to Rosie Green and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the Tour.  
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