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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 Ladywell by Nicola Slade #Review #Giveaway

I am delighted to be taking part in the celebrations on Publication Day for Nicola Slade's Christmas at Ladywell. I also have a great Giveaway for you to enter and the chance to win a copy of The Convalescent Bride. You can read my review of the book here. Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post. 

A time for spilling secrets…

Having refurbished her inherited house and upcycled her whole life in the process, Freya – now happily married to Patrick, and with a small child –  has to transform her tiny stone barn into a romantic hideaway for a mystery guest who is also looking for change. With Christmas only a week away, things don’t go according to plan…

In the past old uncertainties are resolved when an elderly woman seeks the truth of a legend on Christmas Eve and confesses to a deception; a Tudor wife listens to a story that must never be repeated and is given a precious relic that must never be displayed; and in the early nineteenth century an old woman tells a younger one the story of the hares at Ladywell.

Past and present are only a whisper apart when Freya learns of an astonishing discovery that will make Ladywell famous, but meanwhile her house is full of unexpected visitors, she has a turkey to cook – and a very special secret of her own that must be told.

                                                                                     My Thoughts
This novella gives you a look at Ladywell in the past and in the present. It has features of historical fiction and contemporary fiction. You get to sample the mystery of the past and some features of the house, in the present day, are explained. Its royal associations and the need for secrecy add to the mystery. Secrecy is also part of the contemporary storyline. The house and its surroundings are a marvellous place to be, especially at Christmas. Full of friendship, love and happiness, it shines and welcomes you in.

    This is well worth a read, especially at Christmas. It has a distinctive feel which makes for an engaging read.

In short: Past and present merge in this festive read.

                                                                              About the Author


Nicola Slade is an award-winning, bestselling author of historical and contemporary mysteries and romantic fiction, all set in and around Winchester and Romsey in Hampshire – which is where she lives. The House at Ladywell – a contemporary romantic novel with historical echoes – won the Chatelaine Grand Prize for Romantic Fiction at the CIBA awards in April 2019. 

She is the author of the mid-Victorian Charlotte Richmond mysteries and the contemporary Harriet Quigley mysteries and The Convalescent Corpse, published November 2018, is the first in a new series, The Fyttleton Mysteries, set in 1918.

You can follow Nicola here:  Twitter   |  Blog   |  Website 

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Book link: Amazon UK   |  Amazon US

Thanks to Nicola, Crooked Cats Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the event. 

 Giveaway (International)

To win a .mobi or PDF of The Convalescent Corpse by Nicola Slade (Open INT) just follow the link below and good luck!

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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