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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 Mersey Mothers by Sheila Riley #Review #ReckonersRowBook3


The Mersey Mothers is the third in Sheila Rigby's Reckonert's Row series, set in Liverpool in the mid-twentieth century. It was published on 19th April by Boldwood Books.

Liverpool 1953

January sees the dawn of the Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation year as the mothers of Reckoners Row unite in preparation for the celebration of the new Queen.

Meanwhile Evie Kilgaren is dreaming of her summer wedding to Danny Harris, but trouble looms for Skinner & Sons with a new rival trying to put them out of business, but no-one knows why....

Ada Harris is summoned to the bedside of her estranged husband, who, in his dying moment confesses to a deadly secret - he knows who really murdered Evie’s mam Rene all those years ago and the consequences are far reaching.

Has an innocent man been jailed and is there still a murderer walking carefree?

Will Evie get the happy-ever-after she so longs for with Danny? And will The Mersey Mothers unite and still be friends?

 My Thoughts

This is a great series which captures the spirit of the time, through the period detail, especially when you read about the characters' daily lives. 1953 was a landmark year for the United Kingdom, as it was the year HM Queen Elizabeth was crowned and I enjoyed its inclusion in the story, as it affected life in Reckoner's Row.  Life in Liverpool is still affected by the Second World War as rationing and shortages are still affecting daily life.

    At the beginning, you are shocked by an incident which happened in 1947, six years before most of the story is set. It is a powerful opening chapter which has repercussions throughout the story. The characters live in a close- knit community with a keen sense of place. There are several mysteries to unravel but ultimately it is a satisfying story, with well- drawn characters and a credible, range of emotion.

In short: Well written historical fiction with a great sense of place

About the Author

Sheila Riley wrote four #1 bestselling novels under the pseudonym Annie Groves and is now writing the Reckoner's Row series under her own name. She has set it around the River Mersey and its docklands near to where she spent her early years. She still lives in Liverpool.


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Book link:  Amazon UK

Thanks to Sheila Riley, 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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