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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.

The Cottage in a Cornish Cove by Cass Grafton #Review #PolkerranVillageTaleBook1 #Giveaway

 Cass Grafton's The Cottage in a Cornish Cove is the first in the Polkerran Village Tale series and promises good things. There is also a great giveaway to enter and the chance to win a copy. Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post.
A heart-warming tale of discovering all you never wanted is exactly what you needed.

Orphaned as a baby and raised by indifferent relatives, much of Anna Redding’s happiness as a child came from the long summer holidays spent with an elderly family friend, Aunt Meg, in the quaint village of Polkerran.

With Aunt Meg’s passing, Anna is drawn back to the West Country, relocating to the Cornish cove where she was once so happy. Filled with memories, she hopes to perhaps open a B&B—and perhaps cross paths with Alex Tremayne again, a local boy she used to have a major crush on and who only had to walk past Anna to make her heart flutter.

Settling into her new life, and enjoying her work for the older, reclusive and—to be honest—often exasperating Oliver Seymour, Anna is delighted when Alex reappears in Polkerran and sweeps her off her feet.

The stars are finally aligned, but just as Anna thinks all she’s ever wished for is within reach, a shock discovery brings everything under threat, and she finds herself living a dream that isn’t hers.

Can Anna rescue the new life she has made for herself and, when the testing moment comes, who will be there to hold her hand?

The Cottage in a Cornish Cove is the first in an uplifting series of romances from Cass Grafton. Get to know the locals, wallow in the quaintness of Polkerran, and fall in love with romance all over again.

My Thoughts

This is such an enjoyable read which takes you back to Cornwall to Polkerran which is beautifully evoked. The story has warmth and is uplifting- just right for a cold, windy February day. Anna ia a likeable character who unexpectedly inherits a cottage in Polkerran which leads her to change her life. With memories of long summer holidays spent there in her childhood, she finds a sense of home and belonging. 

    At the centre of the story is a mystery which looks as though Anna could be about to lose the home she has found. Through her actions, Anna shows an honest nature and accepts others' eccentricities. You want it all to work out for her and for her to see through some people's dishonesty. For a time, she sees what she wants to see but as the story develops, Anna grows up a little. I found Oliver to be a great character. Brusque and secretive, he has a hidden side which is slowly uncovered. 

In short: A real page turner
About the Author 

An avid bookworm since childhood, Cass Grafton writes the sort of stories she loves to read – heart-warming, character driven and strong on location. Having moved around extensively and lived in three countries, she finds places inspiring and the setting of her novels often becomes as much a part of the story as her characters.

She leans heavily towards the upbeat and insists on a happy ever after. As one of her favourite authors, Jane Austen, once wrote, ‘let other pens dwell on guilt and misery’.

Cass loves travelling, words, cats and wine but never in the same glass. She has two grown up children and currently splits her time between Switzerland, where she lives with her husband and imaginary cats, and England, where she lives with her characters.

You can follow Cass here:  Blog (Cass Grafton) 

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Book links: Amazon UK   |  Amazon US    |   Kobo
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Thanks to Cass Grafton and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a place on the event. 
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Giveaway (International)
To win 3 x Paperback Copies of The Cottage in a Cornish Cove (Open INT)just follow the link below and good luck!

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