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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.

A Christmas Caroline by Camilla Isley #Review #Giveaway


The Christmas novels just keep on coming! We have another standalone romcom in Camilla Isley's Christmas Collection. A Christmas Caroline was published on October 26th by Pink Bloom Press. I also have a great International giveaway with the chance to win a copy of A Christmas Date. Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post.

A modern-day retelling of A Christmas Carol…

Caroline is a cynic career woman living the high life in Manhattan where love and relationships are but a distant memory of the past.

But after a freak accident on Christmas Eve, Caroline receives a visit from a cheeky spirit of Christmas Past, Present, Yet to Come, and—most importantly—Christmas That Could Have Been. When she wakes up on Christmas Day suddenly married with three kids and living two doors down from her parents in New Jersey, Caroline has a chance to experience the life she would’ve had if she’d made a different choice.

Will small-town life as a mother and a wife make her rediscover what’s really important in life?

 My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed the echoes of A Christmas Carol in this romcom. Although the link is clear, there are enough differences to enable the story to stand on its own feet and have its own distinctive voice. Caroline is a vividly drawn character whose reactions to her predicament bring real humour to the story. I liked her growing relationship with the young people she met and how she had to re-assess what makes for a successful life.

    I also enjoyed the other characters' reactions to Caroline. Sam, it seems, has the patience of a saint. Second chances, starting again. appreciating family ties are all associated with the end of the year and the start of a new one. There is a certain tension in the background throughout as you wonder what is going to happen and when. Still it is a warm festive story which captures love of family and shows you how decisions made at certain key moments can change the path of someone's life.

In short: an entertaining festive read

About the Author

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.

She's a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading--duh!--cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies--popcorn, please. She's a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn't want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.


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 Book links: Apple   |   Amazon UK  |   Amazon US
Thanks to Camilla Isley and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 
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Giveaway (International)


Giveaway to Win 3 x e-copies of A Christmas Date by Camilla Isley (Open INT) To enter just follow the link below and good luck!

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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