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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.

The Wagging Tails Dogs Home by Sarah Hope #Review #WaggingTailsDogsHomeBook1


Sarah Hope's The Wagging Tails Dogs' Home is the first in a new series of uplifting  stories. It was published by Boldwood Books on 31st May.  

Life could not be busier for Ginny and the team at Wagging Tails.

The annual dog show is looming, a crucial event when it comes to fundraising and ensuring the volunteers can continue the brilliant work they do.

But their trusted newspaper reporter, who always includes them in his weekly column, is retiring, only to be replaced with a city-slicker named Darryl. And Darryl, as Ginny soon learns, has no interest in articles he deems 'below him'.

Not one to take no as an answer, Ginny becomes determined to get him to meet the dogs themselves. One look at their cute faces and they'll worm their way into his heart.

But what Ginny doesn't anticipate is that Darryl might be more open-hearted than he seems. And inviting him to the dogs' home might be the best decision she ever made – even if she doesn't realise it at first!


My Thoughts

This is an entertaining and lighthearted read, full of adorable dogs and with a god variety of characters. Under the humour and the fun, however, there is a slightly darker message, highlighting how dogs have been abandoned and may be the victim of puppy farming. There are also some anguished owners who have to give up their pets for  different reasons. What shines out is the sincerity of the volunteers at the dogs' home, who go out of their way to make the dogs feel safer and more secure.

    Ginny has had a difficult time in the past and has moved away from London after a messy love affair. Jason, her ex-boyfriend, is arrogant and one to avoid. Ginny's determination  to make the dogs' lives better drives her on and takes her to the local newspaper where she meets Darryl. Trust is something Ginny finds almost impossible and she has to decide if she is able to take a leap into the dark and to start a new relationship. You will find yourself rooting for the dogs and also Ginny to get a happy ever after. There is a lot of potential in the setting with plenty of scope for future stories.

In short: Second chances all round.



About the Author

Sarah Hope has been dreaming up stories ever since she was a child. She remembers many a family stroll along the beach when she’d daydream about her next adventure story, and dreamt of one day becoming an author. Sarah writes romance novels with a Happy Ever After endings, and her latest series, Wagging Tails Dogs Home is due to be published by Boldwood in 2023. Sarah lives in Central England with her two children, her dog, Lacey and a bunny named Ruby.

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Thanks to Sarah Hope, Boldwood and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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