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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 Cosy Cottage in Ireland by Julie Caplin #Review


Today I am delighted to be featuring the eighth book in Julie Caplin's Romantic Escapes series : The Cosy Cottage in Ireland. It is published today by One More Chapter.

Snuggle up in your favourite armchair and take a trip across the Irish sea for comfort food, cosy cottage nights and a heartwarming romance…

Talented lawyer Hannah Campbell is after a change in her workaholic Manchester life – so on an uncharacteristic whim she books herself a place at the world-renowned Killorgally Cookery School in Country Kerry. But on her first night in Ireland, sampling the delights of Dublin, Hannah can’t resist falling for the charms of handsome stranger Conor. It’s only when Hannah arrives at her postcard-pretty home at Killorgally for the next six weeks that she discovers what happens in Dublin doesn’t quite stay in Dublin …

Nestled amongst rolling green hills and breath-taking countryside, the cookery school throws Hannah and Conor together – for better or worse.

 My Thoughts

This novel certainly conjures up the beautiful scenery of Ireland, so lush and green.The whole setting is filled with warmth and friendliness- well apart from one quarter! Hannah is an interesting character. So capable in her working life, she is stepping out of her comfort zone to try to bring her cooking skills up to scratch. She likes to be in control, the one with all the answers. During her stay at Killorgally, she has the time to reevaluate what she wants for her future.

   The characters who we meet are a varied bunch and so well drawn. They all add something to the story. At the heart of the book is the developing friendship between Hannah and Conor. Conor has been badly hurt in the past and all his defences are up. Though so different, they are good foils for each other and from the start, the chemistry is there. The opening chapter certainly gets your attention and shows you a side of Hannah's character which you would not otherwise see.

In short: a warm, uplifting romance

About the Author

Julie Caplin, formerly a PR director, swanned around Europe for many years taking top food and drink writers on press trips (junkets) sampling the gastronomic delights of various cities in Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Copenhagen and Switzerland. It was a tough job but someone had to do it.


These trips have provided the inspiration and settings for her Romantic Escapes series which have been translated into fifteen different languages.

The first book in the seven strong series, The Little Café in Copenhagen, was shortlisted for a Romantic Novel of the Year Award.


You can follow Julie here: Twitter @JulieCaplin  
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Book link: Amazon UK
Thanks to Julie Caplin, One More Chapter and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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