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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.

Christmas at the Little Sewing Shop by Helen Rolfe #Review


Today, I am delighted to feature a festive romance by Helen Rolfe, Christmas at the Little Sewing Shop  which was published on October 27th by Orion. You can read my reviews of some of her other books here: Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin  |  Christmas at the Little Knitting Box  |  The Little Village Library|  The Farmhouse of Second Chances

Can three sisters stitch their family back together?

Loretta loves running the little village sewing shop in Butterbury. Some of her most precious memories are sitting with her three daughters Daisy, Ginny and Fern, stitching together pieces of material - and their hopes and dreams.

But this Christmas the family is coming apart at the seams: Fern feels like she's failing at motherhood and marriage, Ginny's passion for her job as a midwife is fading, Daisy is desperate to prove she ' s changed since her wild younger years - and most of all, Loretta seems to be hiding something...

As they come together to create a new festive quilt, the bond between the sisters begins to heal. But when Loretta reveals the real reason she's brought them all home, can the sisters mend the quilt, and their family, in time for Christmas?

Full of kindness, community and festive magic, this is a treat to curl up with this Christmas! Perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Jenny Colgan and Ali McNamara

 My Thoughts

This is one of those feelgood, festive reads which I like to read in the weeks before Christmas. You have the anticipation of the season but also a look at the pressures which families feel as the day draws near. Each of the sisters has their own issues and reasons for the distance which seems to have grown between them all. It is clear that their mother has a reason for wanting them all together and that she is keeping it secret from them. When it emerged, it was quite a surprise. 

    You certainly see the links between the generations, both within the families and community. The pull of family responsibility is strong. As each of the sisters come to terms with what they want for their futures, the storyline fits in with what we learn of their characters. There is an undercurrent of romance for the sisters but the most important part of the story centres around family relationships. 

In short: family, community, feelgood 

About the Author

Helen Rolfe is the author of feel-good fiction. She writes romantic and contemporary women's fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen's stories always have a happy ending.

You can follow Helen here: Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter 
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Book links: Amazon UK
Thanks to Helen Rolfe, and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 
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