Monday, October 17, 2022



Shannon Kelly just went through an unexpected break up with her boyfriend.  It wasn’t the outcome she was expecting, so she is wondering if she will ever find true happiness.  Christmas is going to arrive whether she is ready for it or not.  The twinkle lights, the hot chocolate and the joy of the season isn’t exactly what she wants right now.  Shannon’s huge Irish family is there for her and they are ready to turn her broken heart around.  Shannon slips on the ice and James Cabot is there to catch her, she can’t help but wonder if he is “the one”.  Shannon shows James around Emerald Bay and the more time they spend together, the more Shannon realizes that maybe this Christmas won’t be so bad after all.

This story was so heartwarming and I loved all the characters.  They were well developed and very relatable.  The conversations around the dinner table had me reminiscing about our family dinners when I was young.  I loved the detailed description of the sights, scents and sounds of Christmas in the village.  What a lovely experience of the snow falling and the inspiration of the conversations with the family and friends.  I loved that this story hit all the feels and had me laughing out loud.  I recommend this book to propel you to Ireland and straight into the Christmas season.

Thank you Michelle Vernal for such a fabulous story.  I really enjoyed this book and I definitely recommend it. I look forward to reading more of your stories.




Author:  Michelle Vernal
Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date: October 14, 2022 
Pages: 303
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Welcome to the little Irish village where Christmas celebrations are in full swing! Twinkling lights, cosy fires and big mugs of hot chocolate are in abundance as Shannon Kelly returns home to the Shamrock Inn. Will this be the year she finds the man of her dreams or is she destined to be forever unlucky in love?

Thirty-four-year-old Shannon is heartbroken following an unexpected break up. Seasonal joy is the last thing on her mind, as she wonders if she’ll ever find the kind of long-lasting love she’s always dreamed of. Even the comforting distractions of her big Irish family can’t cheer her up. Then things get even worse when Shannon slips over on the ice and finds herself red-faced in the arms of a gorgeous American man…

Despite the embarrassing encounter, Shannon can’t help wondering who the handsome stranger is. She soon finds out when 
James Cabot takes a room at the Shamrock Inn. Their second meeting is equally disastrous when she gives James the tour – without realising her skirt is tucked into her knickers! Shannon isn’t sure how she’s going to survive living under the same roof when she has such a talent for making a complete eejit of herself, and resolves to avoid their new guest at all costs.

But when Shannon discovers James is in Ireland because he’s claiming to be the long-lost grandson of her elderly neighbour, Maeve Doolin, she is immediately suspicious. Shannon has known kind Maeve since she was a little girl and feels protective of her, so she’s determined to find out the truth. Even if it means spending more time with James…

The two of them end up getting closer than she’d bargained for when they take a tour of Emerald Bay and end up snowed in together. But just as James begins to make Shannon’s heart melt with his cheeky grin and awful carol singing, a shocking secret threatens to shatter the growing romance between them.

Can Shannon trust James? And will she get the happily-ever-after she’s been hoping for this Christmas?

ABOUT michelle vernal

Michelle Vernal is a New Zealand author who writes stories that will take you onto the page with her characters and make you feel part of their lives. She writes with humour and warmth, and her readers describe her books as unputdownable, feel good and funny. Her writing has been likened to Maeve Binchy but with a modern-day vernacular. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the Love Stories Award. In 2020 she won the Reader's Favorite Gold Medal Award for Chick lit, and in 2021 was shortlisted for the Page Turner Book Awards.

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