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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.

Always on my Mind by Beth Moran #Review


I am always delighted to welcome a new book by Beth Moran to the blog. Always on my Mind was published by Boldwood Books on March 28th. 

Sometimes when you can’t see the way forwards, the best thing to do is to look back...

When Jessie left home at eighteen, she swore she’d never go back. But when life takes a turn for the complicated, she’s forced to move in with her twin, Isaac, and his two best friends. To her dismay, one of these is Elliot, the boy Jessie once loved, until his life was changed forever by a terrible accident that Jessie still blames herself for.

Cohabiting with three alarmingly unhouse-trained males was not in Jessie’s life plan so when Isaac, Elliot and Arthur offer her a generous rent discount if she’ll help them with their ‘Boys to Men Project’, designed to end years of disastrous dating, she reluctantly accepts the challenge.

As Jessie embraces the comfort of being home, revelling in her new job at her parents’ day centre full of people determined to grow old disgracefully, she realises her housemates aren’t the only ones needing to make some changes. And maybe, if she can finally forgive herself for Elliot’s accident, she can start to look forward to a future, with or without him by her side.

 My Thoughts

 I absolutely loved this novel! The characters in it are so well drawn and the relationships are lovely. Jessie is delightful and there is such a lot of humour which shines through, largely through the friendships between the Jessie and her three flatmates. Jessie has been running away from the guilt she feels over an incident in her youth and in many ways, this story is about how she comes to terms with the past and recognises where she actually feels at home and where she wants to be.

    Another source of humour has to be The Outlaws, the group of older residents of the village who she is responsible for formulating a programme of activities which they will be interested in and invested in. Jessie shows a strong streak of empathy for others and proves to be a staunch friend and advocate. This novel takes a look at how society views those with a range of disabilities but also shines a light on the positives that can be drawn. This is an uplifting read, full of warmth. It is a veritable hug of a book.

In short: Heart-warming moments and a touch of romance.

About the Author



Beth Moran is the bestselling author of romantic novels including Christmas Every Day and Just The Way You Are. She regularly features on BBC Radio Nottingham and is a trustee of the national women’s network Free Range Chicks. She lives on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest.


You can read my review of Christmas Every Day here
 and How not to be a Loser here and Take a Chance on Me here and We Belong Together here and Just The Way You Are

You can follow Beth here: Website   |  Boldwood Books Profile Page   |  Facebook   |  Twitter  |  Bookbub  |  Newsletter Sign Up Link 
Book link: Amazon UK 
Thanks to Beth Moran, Boldwood Books and Rachel from Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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