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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.

Will they Won't they? by Portia Macintosh #Review

 

It is Happy Publication Day to Portia Macintosh and her latest romcom, Will They, Won't They? which is published today by Boldwood Books.


When life goes off track sometimes the only thing you can do is go back to where it all began...

Emmy Palmer is the star of Bragadon Forest, the biggest fantasy series on TV; adored by the public, living the life of glamour and luxury in London.

But when scandal strikes, Emmy must escape the city and return to her seaside hometown to lie low and wait for the storm to pass.

Emmy's agent decides it would be a good look to star in the community Christmas pantomime, but who else could be playing her leading man but her ex-boyfriend who she may or may not have ditched to move to London a decade ago...

As the show approaches, love and friendships blossom and the real question is - Will they? Won't they?


 My Thoughts

This is an entertaining, fun read with plenty of hilarious moments and a lively cast of characters to deliver them. Emmy's family certainly made me smile, particularly her aunts, one of whom is determined to age disgracefully! Still family is at the heart of the story and binds Emmy back into her life with her blended family. She is a likeable character but she is quite slow to see what is in front of her eyes all the time.

    The opening chapter certainly takes you by surprise but turns out to be a good introduction to Emmy's situation. I found the scenes with the amateur dramatic group to be sharp and well observed. Each of the characters has their own individuality and reasons for being in the production and of course some are larger than life. With the full range of age groups, from stroppy teenagers to those with a lot more maturity, you feel that Portia has conjured up quite a rich world and one which will certainly make you smile.

In short: sharply observed with some likeable characters.  

About the Author


Portia MacIntosh is a bestselling romantic comedy author of 16 novels, including The Plus One Pact and My Great Ex-Scape. Previously a music journalist, Portia writes hilarious stories, drawing on her real life experiences.

 

You can follow Portia here: Website  |  TwitterInstagram   |  Facebook

Book link: Amazon UK 

 Thanks to Portia Macintosh, Boldwood Books, and Rachel of Rachels Random Resources  for copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

Check out the rest of the tour!
 

 

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