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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.

Starlight Cottage by K T Dady #Review #PepperBaySeriesBook1


Starlight Cottage is Book one in the Pepper Bay series by K T Dady. I am delighted to be on the tour to celebrate it, today. 

Welcome to Pepper Bay. A small close-knit community where you’ll find chocolate box cottages, quaint shops, drama, friendship, and love.

Snuggle down with this cosy, feel-good, comfort read that whisks you away to a beautiful bay on the Isle of Wight –Perfect for fans of Christie Barlow, Phillipa Ashley, and Holly Martin.

The Pepper Bay books are standalone stories that intertwine with recurring characters.

Starlight Cottage–Anna Cooper and Jake Reynolds both live at the luxury London building, River Heights. The only difference is that Jake lives in the penthouse, and Anna lives in a tent on the roof.

When Jake finds out, he offers Anna a chance of a new life in his grandmother’s childhood home in Pepper Bay, and she decides to take the opportunity to see if she really can make a fresh start somewhere else.

The beauty of Pepper Bay, with its quaint shops, chocolate box cottages, and all of Jake’s closest friends, immediately fills Anna’s heart with nothing but love, and it isn’t just Starlight Cottage that she finds herself falling in love with.

 My Thoughts

This is a great introduction to a new series, with several potential characters set up for subsequent novels. This first one introduces you to Pepper Bay, set on the Isle of Wight, and centres on Jake and Anna's story. It is a lovely, uplifting story to take you into Autumn, culminating with a few Christmassy scenes to get you in the mood for what is to come! Anna and Jake have their own pasts which have left their imprint on their mental health and they have some difficult issues to begin to come to terms with. They could not come from two more different backgrounds. Jake is privileged, Anna from a care background but they begin to see that they have quite a lot in common.

    Family and friends are at the centre of the story. The community of Pepper Bay is so enticing and who wouldn't want to stay in this delightful place? With such a welcome and kindness from the locals, Anna sees the chance for a new life but it remains to be seen whether she can take the risk and the opportunities. This is a heart-warming read which has some lovely references to reading and romance novels which connect the reader to the story. You are also given alternating chapters from Anna and Jake's point of view and I especially liked glimpsing those unspoken thoughts which tell you so much. 

In short: Second chances in the beautiful Pepper Bay

About the Author 


Author, reader, mum, chocolate lover, and a huge fan of a HEA. I was born and raised in the East End of London, and I’ve been happily writing stories since I was a little girl. When I’m not writing, I’m baking cakes or pottering around in my little garden in Essex, trying not to killthe flowers. I’m the author of contemporary romance, middle-grade, and the thought-provoking thriller about mental illness, The Focus Program.

You can follow K T Dady here: Website  |  Twitter   |  Instagram

Book links: Amazon UK   |  Amazon US

Thanks to K T Dady and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.  

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