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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 Summer Job by Lizzy Dent #Review


I am so happy to be featuring Lizzy Dent's debut romcom, The Summer Job which is published by Penguin on April 15th. 

 Have you ever imagined running away from your life?

Well Birdy Finch didn't just imagine it. She did it. Which might've been an error. And the life she's run into? Her best friend, Heather's.

The only problem is, she hasn't told Heather. Actually there are a few other problems...

Can Birdy carry off a summer at a luxury Scottish hotel pretending to be her best friend (who incidentally is a world-class wine expert)?

And can she stop herself from falling for the first man she's ever actually liked (but who thinks she's someone else)

The Summer Job is a fresh, fun, feel-good romcom for fans of The Flatshare, Bridget Jones and Bridesmaids.

My Thoughts

This is a real escapist read, just perfect for the coming summer. The central character, Birdy, is always entertaining and wears her heart on her sleeve. She gets herself into a situation she finds it hard to get out of, as she checks out of her London life and heads to Scotland. The setting is gorgeous and there are some lovely descriptive passages which fit beautifully into how she is feeling.

  Birdy has had a difficult childhood and as the story develops, she has a yearning for the security she sees others have had. Her relationship with Heather throws light on both their insecurities. You feel all the characters Birdy meets have their own story to tell and there feels like there is more to come. if Lizzy decides to write it. There are some genuinely funny episodes but also some poignant momentswhen things do not go to plan. Overall, it is a fun read with some sparky characters and at the heart, a gentle romance.

In short: Fun, feisty and fabulous!

About the Author

 Lizzy Dent (mis)spent her early twenties working in Scotland in hospitality, in a hotel not unlike the one in this novel. She somehow ended up in a glamorous job travelling the world creating content for various TV companies, including MTV, Channel 4, Cartoon Network, the BBC and ITV. But she always knew that writing was the thing she wanted to do, if only she could find the confidence. After publishing three young adult novels, she decided to write a novel that reflected the real women she knew, who don't always know where they're going in life, but who always have fun doing it. The Summer Job is that novel.

You can follow Lizzy here: Twitter  |  Website   |  Instagram

Book link: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Lizzy Dent and Ellie Hudson of Viking Books for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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