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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.

A Little Christmas Panto by Angela Britnell #Review


Angela Britnell is a favourite on this blog. Here's her latest festive romance, A Little Christmas Panto which was  published by Choc Lit on October 31st.

Can a little Cornish village panto convince a troubled Hollywood heart throb to act again?

Oh no it won’t! At least that’s what Zach Broussard initially thinks when the eccentric Anna Teague tries to railroad him into helping out with her community pantomime production in the run-up to Christmas. Zach has his reasons for leaving Hollywood behind, and his retreat to the remote village of Polcarne in Cornwall signals the start of a new acting free life for him.

But when Zach meets Anna’s daughter, Rosey – an ex concert pianist who has swapped Mozart for panto tunes – he starts to wonder whether he could change his mind, and not just about acting.

If nothing else, will the residents of Polcarne ensure Zach has a Christmas he never forgets?

Oh yes they will!

 My Thoughts

This is a warm, festive read which captures the humour and the community feeling of the local Christmas Panto. There is plenty of scope for some varied characters and all of them add to the story in their own way.  The most flamboyant of all is Anna, Rosey's daughter, whose life revolves around the annual Amateur Dramatics. Not everything goes to plan but the story is well paced and lively and the pantomime is a great setting for the action.

    Rosey and Zach have both found their way to Cornwall nursing some difficult feelings. Rosey has returned home after a disastrous marriage and found a satisfaction in the village which she realised she lacked in her life as a concert pianist. Zach has given up his Hollywood career and looking for a new challenge and some answers as to the direction his life is going to take. Family and friends are both very important to both Rosey and Zach.  They add warmth to the story and credibility to the characters. This is an entertaining festive read which  I thoroughly enjoyed, especially the chemistry between the two main characters. 

In short: a fine festive romance

About the Author

Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her home outside of Nashville, Tennessee to visit family and friends, drink tea and eat far too many Cornish pasties!

A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she's visited or lived on her extensive travels. Thanks to almost four decades of marriage to her wonderful American husband she's a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association. Her first novel ‘Truth and Consequence’ was published in 2006 and she’s now had over 40 novels published internationally and multiple short stories in women’s magazines.


If you'd like to find out more of what Angela gets up to (Advance warning: this may include references to wine, dark chocolate, Poldark and the hunky Aidan Turner) check out  or follow her on , and on Instagram as Angela Golley Britnell.

You can read my reviews of some of Angela's books here: Here Comes the Best man| Christmas at the Black Cherry Retreat 

Book links: Amazon UK 
Thanks to Angela Britnell, Choc Lit and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.
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  1. Thanks so much for the generous review, and I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to Polcarne and the pantomime. I appreciate you joining in this fun book tour and for always being such a great supporter.


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