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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.

Seven Exes by Lucy Vine #Review

Today we have a gorgeous romcom to present to you.  Seven Exes by Lucy Vine was published by Simon & Schuster on 25th May. 

 Esther is out with her two friends, bemoaning her lack of relationship, when she finds a magazine from the noughties. Seeking comfort – and a laugh – she turns to the dating advice only to find an article that feels a little too close to home. According to the journalist, there are seven people a woman will date before finding the one:

The First Love, The Work Mistake, The Friend with Benefits, The Overlap, The Missed Chance, The Bastard and The Serious One. 

Her friends laugh but Esther realises each of her exes fits these roles perfectly. Deciding that she’s mistaken her true love in the reject pile she decides to contact each of her exes to find out which is the one that got away...

'Clever, perceptive and screamingly funny... a book you'll never, ever want to break up with.'Lauren Bravo 
 'Funny, hopeful and agonisingly relatable, Esther is all of us. Lucy Vine writes with such compelling honesty,
Seven Exes made me laugh, made me cry and made me want to call all my friends to tell them I loved them then call my exes to apologize/punch them in the nuts. Equal parts romcom and life lesson, it's a must-read.'
Lindsey Kelk 

'Riotously funny, charming, and nostalgic, Seven Exes is a truly optimistic look at turning 30 and all the mess that can come with. Superb!' 
Laura Jane Williams 

‘SEVEN EXES was such a joy to read. I adore everything Lucy writes but I think this is her best one yet.’
Holly Bourne

My Thoughts

This is one of those romcoms which are genuinely funny and really make you smile as you read it. The humour springs from the characters and some of the events and you find yourself totally believing in what it has to say about friendship and growing up. I particularly enjoyed the look backs at the teenage school days when it was fairly obvious that each person was viewing the world through their own prism and quite often misinterpreting what others thought. All the awkwardness and desire to be liked was there on show. 

 It is a great format and each of the seven exes showed Esther different things about herself and what she wants from life. The dynamics between the friends is complicated but ultimately the ties of friendship prove to be the strongest bond. This is a well written romcom, full of life, just right for a summer's day.

In short: Seven chances to find 'The One'

About the Author

Lucy Vine is a really brilliant author, a decent journalist, and a big fan of Oxford commas. She’s the bestselling author of novels Hot Mess, What Fresh Hell, Are We Nearly There Yet? and Bad Choices. Her books have been bought in 15 territories - including the US, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Serbia, Japan, Netherlands, Czech, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Finland, Slovakia - with Hot Mess optioned for a TV series in America. Hot Mess and Are We Nearly There Yet? have both been longlisted for the very brilliant Comedy Women in Print book award.

Lucy has been writing for magazines and newspapers since 2005, with her work appearing in the likes of GRAZIA, Stylist, heat, Fabulous, New, Now, marie claire, Glamour, COSMOPOLITAN, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sun and The Mirror.

You can follow Lucy here: Website  |  Twitter

Book links: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Lucy Vine, Simon and Schuster and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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