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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.

From Here to Nashville by Julie Stock #Giveaway #BirthdayBlitz

I am delighted to feature Julie Stock's From Here to Nashville for its 5th Book birthday celebrations, There is also a great giveaway for you to enter. Details are at the foot of this post. You can also read my review of Julie's The Bistro at Watersmeet Bridge here.

Two worlds, 4,000 miles apart. Is their love strong enough to keep them together?

Rachel Hardy dreams of being a successful country music singer in Nashville's Music City, four thousand miles away from her lonely life in Dorset. When Jackson Phillips, an independent record label owner, encourages her band to audition for a nationwide 'Open Mic' competition, she decides they have nothing to lose.

But when she starts to fall in love with Jackson, the stakes suddenly get higher and she finds herself with a great big dilemma on her hands. Should she abandon her dream and take the easy way out or should she leave the life she has always known behind and take a gamble on a man who has personal demons of his own?

Follow Rachel and Jackson as they learn to trust in love again to see whether their music really can unite them.

                                                                                     My Thoughts
This is the first in what turned out to be a series of stories around the characters who you meet in From Here to Nashville. I thoroughly enjoyed the read as the action alternated between Poole in Dorset and Nashville. You are also given the story through two perspectives: Rachel and Jackson's which adds to the interest. There is such a contrast between Jackson and Rachel's way of life.

    There are plenty of ups and downs in the character's fortunes as misunderstandings and half-truths cloud the picture. Rachel is so wary of commitment and seems to avoid talking things through. You have to have a certain amount of sympathy for Sam and like all the secondary characters, he is well drawn. This was Julie's debut novel and is full of feelgood moments and a real celebration of friendship and family.

In short: Transatlantic romance flourishes.
                                                                              About the Author

Julie Stock writes contemporary feel-good romance from around the world: novels, novellas and short stories. She published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in February 2015 and her second novel, The Vineyard in Alsace in March 2017. Over You (Sam's Story) and Finding You (Jenna's Story), her follow-up novellas to From Here to Nashville were published in 2018, making the From Here to You series complete. She has also published a boxed set of the From Here to You trilogy of books.

The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge was published in August 2019, followed by Bittersweet, a collection of 12 Short Stories for Modern Life in September 2019.

Julie is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and The Society of Authors.

Julie is married and lives with her family in Bedfordshire in the UK.

 You can connect with Julie via her Website, on Twitter, via her Facebook Author Page, and on Instagram.

Book link:  Amazon UK

 Thanks to Julie Stock and Rachel of  Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the event.

                                                                         Giveaway (UK only)

To win a signed paperback copy of From Here to Nashville, a bookmark and a guitar magnet (Open to UK Only) just follow the link below and good luck!

*Terms and Conditions –UK 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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  1. Thanks so much for your lovely review, Pam. I'm so glad you enjoyed From Here to Nashville too!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your review of From Here to Nashville on your blog today, Pam. I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)


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