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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 Island in Bramble Bay by Victoria Walker #Review #PublicationDay


Do you fancy some summer sunshine? Victoria Walker's latest novel, The Island in Bramble Bay is published today, April 23rd by Ever After Books

Welcome to Bramble Island! Find breezy, sunshine-filled days, shaded woodlands, glittering sea and a summer of love…

Maggie Cassidy is the new park manager of Bramble Island in Dorset. A job on an island where she is the only year-round inhabitant is the perfect fresh start for her. But when she’s torn between the job she came to do and the island she has grown to love, can she hang on to her perfect new life without compromising her dreams?

Charlie Mackenzie is the forester on Bramble Island. He is a loner full of secrets, burnt out by the life he left behind in San Francisco. When his past catches up with him can he finally face what he has spent three years running from without jeopardising everything that healed him?

Bramble Island lulls them both into an idyllic existence but when the outside world bangs on their door, is history about to repeat itself for both of them?

 My Thoughts

The setting on Bramble Bay is gorgeous and completely in synch with the story. Bramble Bay is almost like a character within the story. It is the magnet which brings Maggie there and where Charlie has found a measure of healing. The trees and Nature are a healing influence. This is an entertaining story with some likeable characters and a variety of secondary characters who could you could imagine being at the centre of their own stories.

    Maggie emerges as an unselfish and generous character. There is a strong thread of romance throughout the story which gives it an escapist feel. You soon realise that there is more to Charlie than his work as a forester. Ultimately, you see that the sides of his character have to make peace with each other as he has to decide what is really important to him. 

In short: lovely characters and a big dollop of romance

About the Author

Victoria Walker has been writing romantic fiction since a visit to Iceland in 2014 inspired her first novel. As well as writing, she spends her free time dressmaking, knitting and reading an inordinate amount of contemporary romance, occasionally punctuated by the odd psychological thriller and saga.

In the past she has worked as a cinema projectionist, a knitting and sewing tutor and has owned a yarn store, all things which will no doubt appear in her books if they haven't already.

Victoria lives in the Malvern Hills with her husband and two teenage children.


You can follow Victoria here: Twitter  |  Instagram 

Book links:  Amazon UK  |   Amazon US  

Thanks to Victoria Walker, Ever After Books and Rachel of Rachels Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the event.



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