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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.

What Next? by Shari Low #Review


In October 2020, I took part in the celebrations for the 20th Anniversary of Shari Low's What if? You can read my review here.  I then reviewed its sequel, What now? I am delighted therefore to be taking part in the tour to celebrate a third in the series, What next?

Two weeks, four friends and one big bucket list of secrets to unravel…


Val Murray and her best friend, Josie had been planning a ‘Thelma and Louise’ bucket list style holiday.

Now Josie is gone, and Val needs to make the trip before it’s too late.

But Val doesn’t want to do it alone, so she enlists the help of her nieces, Carly and Carole, and their best pal, Jess, who jump at the chance to join Val on a trip of a lifetime.

What Val doesn’t realise is that Carly, Carole and Jess are all at turning points in their own lives, nursing crushing secrets, lies and betrayals.

Somewhere between Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York they all hit a crossroads and have to decide if they want to return to the lives they left behind or let Josie’s last wishes take them on a brand new adventure.

 My Thoughts

In What Next? you meet up with Carly who should have everything she has ever wanted within her grasp. However, life is not that uncomplicated and Carly realises just what she is about to miss- her life back in the UK. There is plenty of humour in this romcom as Carly and her friends return to the USA and cause quite a lot of havoc as they try to finish their friend, Josie's bucket list which she was not able to fulfil. Val, Carly, Carole and Jess are firm friends who know each other back to front. They all have their own concerns which have to be worked through.

    This is a life affirming book, full of warmth and wit. Friendship and family are both central themes. There are also some poignant moments for what might have been. Overall, the friends will make you laugh, especially Aunt Val, but you can't help but like them all and wish them well.

In short a fast paced romcom full of laughs

About the Author

Shari Low is the #1 bestselling author of over 25 novels, including One Day In Summer and My One Month Marriage and a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. She lives near Glasgow.

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Book link:  Amazon UK

Thanks to Shari Low, 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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  1. Thank you for the wonderful review! I so appreciate it x


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