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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 Landlord of Hummingbird House by Jane Harvey #Review


I am delighted to feature Jane Harvey's The Landlord of Hummingbird House on the blog today and to be on the first day of its tour.

When April moves into Hummingbird House, she is intrigued by her mysterious landlord, Dai.

With a bruised heart and a distinct lack of furniture, she spends the summer getting to know the other occupants. As she smartens up her home and makes peace with her recent past, she befriends Paul, a solitary ex-chef, and Betty, an elderly lady who lives in the basement flat.

But Hummingbird House holds many secrets, and the relationships of the tenants are not as straightforward as they seem. April learns some shocking truths one eventful night, and realises that victims and villains can look the same.

The Landlord of Hummingbird House is a contemporary novel exploring unlikely friendships, unexpected love interests, and family relationships. Here, everyone is in need of a second chance - and appearances can be deceptive.

 My Thoughts

The strap line for this novel is 'First Impressions and Second Chances' and I feel that it sums it up perfectly. You see Hummingbird House through April's eyes as she settles into her new apartment and meets the other inhabitants. They are an interesting group, so different to each other. You are gradually fed details about their pasts and realise pretty soon that there is a secret whichApril is not privy to for most of the story. Well drawn and believable, I enjoyed getting to know the inhabitants of the house.

    In the background is a slow burning and gentle romance. April shows that she is a resilient character who is starting again after the break-up of her relationship. The story is nicely paced with enough intrigue to keep you hooked. There are some surprising moments, none more than the final line and certainly, you are left thinking that there is such a lot of potential to find out what happens next in Hummingbird House.

In short: Secrets and a gentle romance

About the Author


Jane Harvey is a pen name (shhh). She crafts fun fiction for the thinking woman, where she enjoys exploring unexpected friendships and writing happy endings. This is lucky, because in real life her (prize-winning) fiction is a little bleaker. She was born and raised on the island of Jersey, and lives with two males and a dog. She owns an admirable collection of animal vases and unusual lighting.

 You can follow Jane here: Instagram |  Facebook  |  Twitter 

Book links:  Amazon UK |   Amazon US

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

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