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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.

Colouring Outside the Lines by Amanda Paull #Review #CherryDeneBook3


Today's book, Colouring Outside the Lines by Amanda Paull is the third book in the Cherry Dene series.

Meet Katie: she’s about to marry the most wonderful man in the world. The planning is done, the checklist is
checked. The future is set.

Having spent her twenties and thirties enjoying life with good friends, and building a career she loves, it’s taken Katie until her forties to contemplate settling down. And she couldn’t be more delighted she waited.

So, why is her perfect groom standing gawping at her, wearing mismatched socks and sweating buckets? This can’t bode well.

With her special day in tatters, Katie has a decision to make. Does she snatch back the reigns of her old life, and tighten her grip even more? Or should she take a chance on change? Will she find the key to happiness at a Pilates class in a smelly old hall? Or is the curve ball heading her way too huge to handle?

If you like British humour and a flawed protagonist on an emotional journey, you’ll enjoy reading Amanda Paull’s latest novel, Colouring Outside the Lines – a heart-warming tale of shattered dreams, self-discovery and finding true love where you least expect it.

 My Thoughts

Real life versus the idealised version of romance which is to be found in romcoms is the central idea in Amanda Paull's romance. Katie seems to have everything on target to marry and all her checklists have been double checked. She thinks she has sorted out her life and is set for an uneventful if unexciting marriage. However, there are some revelations coming her way and she has to face up to some truths about what she actually wants.

    I found the humour in the book to be quite visual. You can see the events unfolding. Katie's family also made me smile, with her mother in particular causing a degree of mayhem. Despite her organisation, Katie's life seems to descend into chaos, not helped by her family but in the end, I found it to be an endearing story, mostly because of the character of Katie herself.

In short: Can lists and check sheets sort out Katie's messy life? 

About the Author

Amanda Paull grew up in the North East of England and couldn't wait to move away. However, after studying and then living both in England and abroad, she returned to the North East and wouldn't dream of living anywhere else now.


After a short career in teaching, she retrained as a nurse. She recently retired from her post as a Sleep Nurse Specialist and now spends her time writing Women’s Fiction novels and Romantic Comedy short stories. 

You can follow Amanda here:  Website  |  Twitter  |   Facebook

Book link:  Amazon UK  |  Goodreads

 Thanks to Amanda Paull and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.  

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