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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.

Just Say Yes by Maxine Morrey #Review


I am happy to feature another romcom by Maxine Morrey. Just Say Yes was published by Boldwood Books on November 8th. 

Wedding planner Madeline lives in a picture-perfect thatched cottage, in a picture-perfect English country village.

There’s only one problem - dream cottages take a lot of work, and with a leaking roof, and not enough money to pay for it, what Maddie needs now is a big wedding to plan.

So she’s delighted when she takes on the wedding of Californian heiress Peyton, to all-round good guy Patrick.  She’s less delighted to find out that she's going to have help – from the admittedly gorgeous, but equally maddening, tall, dark and handsome best man Lorcan.

The wedding is set to take place in a castle in rural Ireland, and so, in no time, Maddie and Lorcan are on their way to Ballalee. Life hasn’t always been easy for Maddie, and work has become her refuge. But soon the warmth and humour of Lorcan’s Irish family and friends start to chip away at Maddie’s walls.  And as the big day approaches, it might be time for Maddie to focus less on her clients’ love life and more on her own…

My Thoughts

There is a real feeling of joy in this story with the chemistry between the two central characters off the scale. Both Maddie and Lorcan have complicated back stories which shed light on their attitudes and reactions. Maddie regiments her life according to a strict schedule. It gives her a sense of security and keeps her calm. Lorcan says that marriage is not for him and shuns the idea of commitment. However, when you see him in his home village with his close family and friends, you realise that he has a gentle and caring side.

    I enjoyed the repartee between Maddie and Lorcan. Their conversations fizz along and show you the connection between the two. With a lively cast of characters including the adorable Bod, the dog, the story comes alive. It is a fun and entertaining read, set in the English countryside and the majestic Irish  coast. Maddie is a survivor, struggling to keep her business afloat after the pandemic. You can’t help but root for her. 

In short: a warm, witty look at love 

About the Author


Maxine Morrey is a bestselling romantic comedy author with twelve books to her name including #NoFilter and Things Are Looking Up. She lives in Dorset.

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Book links: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Maxine Morrey, Boldwood Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the event.

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