Thursday, October 05, 2023



Emerald Bay at Christmas is a beautiful sight to see, and that is exactly why Ava Kelly returns every Christmas.  The snow is falling, and the Shamrock Inn smells like Christmas.  Ava and her twin sister Grace return home for the holidays.  Ava and Grace moved to London, with its hustle and bustle and life in the city.  It's been a year since Ava and her ex, Shane, split up.  Returning to Emerald Bay is bittersweet, Ave wants to get back together with Shane.  When they reconnect it was as if they hadn’t parted for a second.  Picking up right where they left off a year ago, they begin planning a future together once again.  The hardest part will be when Ava has the difficult conversation with Grace letting her know she may not be returning to London.

A Christmas Miracle in the Little Irish Village by author Michelle Vernal was a lovely, heart-warming story of second chances.  This wonderful festive story will definitely pull at your heartstrings as you flip through the pages.  This story will not only transport you back to Emerald Bay, but will have you celebrating Christmas in Ireland.  I not only wanted to hang the Christmas lights but I am ready to decorate the Christmas tree.  What a wonderful and charming story filled with reconciliation, second chances and new beginnings.  I loved this amazing book and it’s a great addition to this lovely series.  I highly recommend it.




Author:  Michelle Vernal
Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date: October 2, 2023 
Pages: 332
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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. 
But planning a future with Shane would mean telling Grace she’ll be moving back to the village for good. Ava knows it will break her sister’s heart for them to be parted.

But, before Ava can build up the courage to talk to her twin, terrible tidings about Shane hit The Shamrock Inn like a winter storm. With everyone but Grace rushing to the harbour, will Ava’s hopes for a future with both Shane and her sister in it be dashed? 
Or could a Christmas miracle bring them all together?


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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