Friday, May 17, 2024



Grace Kelly has always had a heart for Emerald Bay.  She grew up there and loves the wonderful people, and of course the beautiful sparkling sea.  The sun hits the sea and dances like little diamonds on the water.  She could use some help with rent at her London flat and does not want to ask her family.  She reunites with Christopher Dorrance a friend that she hasn’t seen or talked to in eight years.  He happens to need a place to live so he moves in.  They haven’t told their feuding families back home in Ireland, knowing that they wouldn’t approve.  But when a mutual friend, Clara and her son Alfie lose their home because of a flooding rain storm, Grace and Christopher decide to help them.  They decide on a village charity concert to raise money for Clara and her son.  Alfie has leukemia and needs to keep up with his treatments. So, all the money raised from the concert will go to him. However, this concert could also be exactly what the feuding families need to bury the past hurts once and for all? 

Secrets in the Little Irish Village written by Michelle Vernal is a lovely tale of new beginnings and seconds chances.  This light hearted story will have you flipping the pages at a rapid rate.  I couldn’t put this one down until I got to the end.  I love this fabulous series and this last installment was fantastic.  I too am drawn to Emerald Bay as the author does a fine job of describing how wonderful it is to live there.  I would definitely add this little beauty to your summer reading list.  I highly recommend it.




Author:  Michelle Vernal
Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date: May 15, 2024 
Pages: 315
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Grace Kelly can’t escape the draws of Emerald Bay; the sweeping cliffs, the sparkling sea… and her gorgeous new flatmate. The problem is, she has to keep him a secret from her family. And she isn’t the only one in the village with something to hide this summer…

Grace really needs someone to help cover the rent for her London flat, but Christopher Dorrance? Everyone in the little Irish village of Emerald Bay knows about the feud between their families, though no one knows how it started. But, both being in a tight spot, they try and make it work, swearing to tell no one back home. Until a mutual friend and her son in the bay are left homeless after a storm. Grace and Christopher must head back to Ireland to help… together.

As they flesh out their idea to raise money for their friend with a village charity concert, Chris’s blue eyes light up. Even though they have to hide out for every planning session, and after all her father has said about the Dorrances, Grace can’t believe how kind he is. Soon sparks are flying as they laugh together, chasing dairy cows from a field to set up the stage. 
Could Chris be more than just a flatmate?

But their hopes that a good cause will soften the hostility between their dads are dashed. The two men still argue constantly. And with a happy future for their friend depending on the concert running smoothly, 
the truth behind the feud threatens to come out and destroy everything…

Could the events of the past destroy any chance of a future for Chris and Grace?
 Or, if Grace follows her heart, could she finally heal the rift between their families?


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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