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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 Other Woman by Amanda Brookfield #Review #BoldwoodBooks


 Amanda Brookfirld's psychological thriller  The Other Woman was published by Boldwood Books on 13th October. 

'No one gets to the heart of human relationships quite so perceptively as Brookfield.' The Mirror

On a normal day, in a normal house, on a normal street, wife and mother Fran has had enough. She packs a case, leaves a note for her bullying husband Pete, and one for her beloved twenty-year-old son Harry, and heads to the airport - and freedom.

In another house, on another street, Helena is desperately baiting her husband Jack into a fight. These days it feels like the only way to get Jack to take notice of her. Passionate, volatile, increasingly fragile, Helena is fast running out of hope.

What Helena and Fran don’t know, is that soon their lives are going to come crashing together in ways neither expect nor understand. And if Fran and Helena are going to change their own futures, then first they will have to change each other’s.

Amanda Brookfield is back with a triumphant, crackling story about love, marriage, lies and fate, and how our destinies can be changed by the smallest decisions. Perfect for fans of Sheila O'Flanagan, Jane Fallon and Jane Green.

 My Thoughts

I particularly like the structure of this thriller, with different sections which give you the perspective of different women. You realise that they are partly giving you different sides of the same tale and that each woman makes assumptions which may not be right. In the first section, you follow Fran's story and feel the claustrophobic nature of her life, caught under the power of her husband. You silently urge her to leave him but as you discover, life is not always that straight forward. When the focus changes to Helena, you meet a complicated character who initially is quite difficult to like. She seems self-centred but you slowly see the other pressures which are in the background of her life.

    You are given several marriages to examine in this story. Two of them have abusive strands but in Fran's brother, Rob's, you see a much more equal partnership which is suffering from different pressures. Children seem like witnesses to their parents' marriages, even when grown-up and you are always aware that what appears on the surface, may be very different behind the scenes. There is plenty of suspense and some stand-out scenes which will stay in your memory. 

In short:  Anatomy of marriages

About the Author

Amanda Brookfield is the bestselling author of many novels including Good Girls, Relative Love and Before I Knew You, and a memoir, For the Love of a Dog starring her Golden Doodle Mabel. She lives in London.

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Book link: Amazon UK

Thanks to Amanda Brookfield, Boldwood Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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