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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.

Jessica Redland's Snowflakes over the Starfish Cafe is the latest of her novels to be set in Whitsborough Bay. It was published by Boldwood Books on 31st August. 

Welcome to The Starfish Café - where you will find stunning views, delicious food and lifelong friendships.

Two broken hearts.

Since she inherited The Starfish Café, Hollie has poured her heart into the business, striving to keep her mother's traditions and warm-hearted spirit alive. But behind closed doors Hollie is searching for true happiness, as she grieves the tragic loss of her family who were once the beating heart of the café...

An unexpected meeting.

Jake lives by two rules: don’t let anyone get close and don’t talk about what happened. Little does he know that a chance meeting at The Starfish Café, facilitated by a fluffy lost dog, is about to turn his world upside down...

The chance to love again.

Can Hollie and Jake break down the barriers that have been holding them back from finding love and happiness, before Christmas comes around? Afterall, with courage, nothing is impossible...

 My Thoughts

This is a great addition to Jessica Redland's Whitsborough Bay stories. The coastal setting is a key part of the story and you can totally picture the beautiful beaches, rockpools and gorgeous sunrises which are evoked. There are some lively characters who frequent Hollie's cafe or live locally but their stories have a certain poignancy in addition to their overall positivity.

    You are given Hollie and Jake's story in alternating chapters. Seeing events through their eyes and finding out about their past as the narrative goes back and forth through time is delivered at a gentle pace. You can clearly see the similarities in their situations but also the differences in their childhoods. Family  is very important. By family, I would extend this to families created by close friendships and teams of people working for a common cause. Both Hollie and Jake show their vulnerability but also growing resilience as they mature. I found this to be a warm, uplifting story told through likeable characters. There are some emotional moments but also an element of fun and a message to live for today.

In short: With courage, nothing is impossible

About the Author

Jessica Redland writes uplifting stories of love, friendship, family and community set in Yorkshire where she lives. Her Whitsborough Bay books transport readers to the stunning North Yorkshire Coast and her Hedgehog Hollow series takes them into beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds.

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Book links: Amazon UK 
Thanks to Jessica Redland, 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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  1. Thank you very much for taking part in the blog tour for Snowflakes Over The Starfish Cafe and for sharing your lovely review. Really glad you enjoyed Hollie and Jake's emotional story and love that you found a life lesson in it x


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