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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.

It started with a kiss by Lisa Hobman #Review


I am delighted to feature Lisa Hobman's It Started with a Kiss which was published on April 21st. It was first published as Star Attraction.

Can two strangers dreams lead to their destiny?

American Star Mendoza is living in her dream location, Edinburgh, a place she discovered in British novels while growing up.

Employed at a trendy city centre coffee shop, quirky, pink-haired Star spends her days fantasising about a handsome businessman she serves daily.

He's totally out of her league but a girl can dream, right?

Fin Hunter is exhausted from striving for his father's elusive love and approval, and of following a life path of his family’s making.

When things go drastically wrong Fin decides it’s time to stand on his own two feet and follow his own dream.

Star is bereft when her handsome stranger stops coming to her coffee shop, but a chance encounter in the most unlikely of places leaves her wondering if her fantasy could now become a reality?

Can opposites attract over their love of a city and music or is their story simply doomed to fail?

Previously published as 'Star Attraction'

 My Thoughts

This story drips with romance almosy from start to finish. The two central characters, Star and Fin, seem at first sight, to be opposite in personality and upbringing. However, as the story develops, you begin to see that they have much in common, nevertheless. Star and Fin come from very different worlds. Fin may have had a privileged and affluent upbringing but in many respects, he had a lonely, cold childhood as his parents showed him little affection. Star, on the other hand, has had a less rich life but been showered with affection and care. 

     I enjoyed how Fin's character developed as he discovered his hidden alter ego and talent. Both Star and Fin lack confidence in their talents and shy away from public praise. They have to learn to accept it. Friendship is equally important in the story. Both Fin and Star find people who offer support and a listening ear. Set in Edinburgh, the city is a fitting backdrop to their life and you get a real flavour of the place. This is a recommended read .

In short: Chemistry in spades but is it enough?

About the Author

Lisa Hobman has written many brilliantly reviewed women’s fiction titles – the first of which was shortlisted by the RNA for their debut novel award. In 2012 Lisa relocated her family from Yorkshire to a village in Scotland and this beautiful backdrop now inspires her uplifting and romantic stories. Her first title for Boldwood Dreaming Under an Island Skye was published in February 2021.

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Book links: Amazon UK

Thanks to Lisa Hobman, Boldwood Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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