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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 Sister Pact by Lisa Swift #Review #LeyholmeVillageSeriesBook3


Having read Books 1 and 2 of Lisa Swift's Leyhome Village series, I am delighted to feature Book 3, The Sister Pact which was published by Hera Books on 7th October. You can read my reviews of Books 1 & 2  here: The School of Starting Over   |  Friends with Benefits 

Thirty-year-old Brooke Padgett is the landlady of The Highwayman’s Drop in the beautiful Yorkshire village of Leyholme. Commitment-averse and obsessed with work, she isn't looking for anything serious – and she certainly isn't interested in the pub's new barman, gorgeous single dad Hayden. Or is she?

Older sister Rhianna Garrett has fled wealthy husband James after discovering his infidelity. As she moves back to the pub with her children in tow, it’s clear that living together will be tricky for these two very different sisters...

Meanwhile, their widowed mum Janey is keen to rejoin the dating scene. But a lot has changed since her youth in the seventies – and she’ll need the help of her girls.

As the sisters join forces to help Janey, as well as fight off the chain circling the pub, their relationship becomes close once again. Until Brooke discovers Rhianna is hiding a secret that could drive a wedge between them all…

Can the two sisters come together to save The Highwayman’s Drop, their mum's love life – and their relationship?

 My Thoughts

This romcom is all about family relationships and you get to see three generations and how they interact. Brooke and Rhianna have the most problematic of relationship as siblings but you certainly come to understand why they each think as they do. Both od them develop as the story evolves. The past is key in understanding their attitudes to their childhood home. 

Rhianna has some dark secrets from her past and a dominant ex-husband. I thought that it was fascinating to see how each sister perceived the other and how this contrasted with their own self-image. Despite its serious themes, there are plenty of light moments and romance in this romcom. The trials and tribulations of parenting are a source of humour with differing styles, some of which seem pretentious to the down to earth Brooke. Spending time with your family and caring are shown to outweigh material concerns at the end of the day. This can be read as a standalone although a few characters from previous novels can be met.

In short:  love and loyalty.

About the Author

Lisa Swift is a romance author from West Yorkshire in the UK. She is represented by Laura Longrigg at MBA Literary Agents. Her first book is due to be published by Hera Books in August 2019.

As Mary Jayne Baker, Lisa also writes romantic comedies for Aria Fiction.

Lisa is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

You can follow Lisa here: 

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Book links: Amazon UK  |  Apple  |  Kobo
Thanks to Lisa Swift, Hera Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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