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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 Dozen Second Chances by Kate Field #Review

 I was so pleased to be invited to take part in the blog tour to celebrate Kate Firld's contemporary novel, A Dozen Second Chances, which was published by One More Chapter on February 6th.
What are the chances that twelve little tokens could change a life?

Seventeen years ago, Eve Roberts had the wonderful life she’d always dreamed of: a degree in archaeology, a gorgeous boyfriend, and exciting plans to travel the world with him, working on digs. But when her sister Faye died, the life Eve knew ended too. Faye’s daughter Caitlyn came to live with Eve, her boyfriend left, and she quickly gave up on her dreams.

Now approaching her fortieth birthday, Eve faces the prospect of an empty nest as Caitlyn is leaving home. Caitlyn gives Eve a set of twelve ‘Be Kind to Yourself’ vouchers, telling her that she has to start living for herself again, and that she should fill one in every time she does something to treat herself.

With her very first voucher, Eve’s life will change its course. But with eleven more vouchers to go, can Eve learn to put herself first and follow the dreams she’s kept secret for so long? Because life is for living – and as she well knows, it’s too short to waste even a moment…

My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed this thoughtful read and followed Eve's story with interest. She is at a crossroads in her life, facing an empty nest and changes in her job. Her past is a country she does not travel to often, as it is littered with lost aspirations and opportunities she had to give up. As she rediscovers her interests, I loved watching her character develop and face some uncomfortable truths.

    There are other characters in the book who show that they have grown up and matured. Eve's grandmother is a delight and certainly brings a smile to your face. There are some lovely touching moments between Eve and her grandmother who has a shrewd eye for human nature. There are some emotional moments, none more so than the ending which I did not see coming but which certainly brought a lump to my throat. Highly recommended.

In short: Be kind and do what makes you happy
About the Author

Kate Field writes contemporary women’s fiction, mainly set in her favourite county of Lancashire where she lives on the edge of the moors with her husband, daughter and cat. Her debut novel won the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award for new writers.

You can follow Kate here: Twitter | Facebook 

Book links:  Amazon UK

Thanks to Kate Field, One More Chapter and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.  

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