Sisterly Love written and self-published by Michelle Vernal is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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Nobody’s Perfect Are They?
Rebecca Loughton’s bumbled her way through her thirty-something years making a few cock-ups along the way. Of course, these wouldn’t be so obvious if it wasn’t for her golden haired, older sister Jennifer.
In a bid to escape Jennifer’s lengthy shadow and to find her happy ever after Rebecca, high-tails it out of her hometown of Christchurch to the other side of the world landing a legal secretary job in the buzzing city of Dublin. A few drinks later, all she has to show for her new life is an embarrassing one-night stand and a dollop of flirtatious banter with her boss Ciaran, who just happens to have a predatory receptionist in hot pursuit of him.
Amidst plans of preventing such a merger, Rebecca receives news that Jennifer’s picture perfect life has a big, fat crack down the middle of it in the form of a philandering husband. Summoned home to look after her sister’s children and cooking school while she works on her marriage, Rebecca finds the reality of looking after two young children along with the bizarre array of guests booked into the cooking school grim. The only bright spot on her horizon are Ciaran’s e-mails but then she meets David Seagar whom she thinks might just be the ending to her happy ever after but will he prove to be far from perfect too?
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Michelle Vernal’s debut novel Sisterly Love that was first published back in 2013. Sisterly Love was previously published with the title The Brazilian Job. I have read a few books now by Michelle Vernal and she is fast becoming one of my ‘go to’ authors with her descriptive locations and fab character analysis.
This was such a fun read that had me smiling through the pages.
Sisterly Love is a story about sibling rivalry but also having your sister’s back and being there when needed. But it’s also a story of misconceptions; what you presumed you knew of your sibling was not always the true picture.
I loved Rebecca’s character, the carefree younger sister who is a single lady from New Zealand working in Ireland. Rebecca is loving life in Ireland working as a PA for a law firm and her first lesson moving to the area was a quick fire tutorial in pronouncing Irish names. Rebecca has this sizzling chemistry thing going on with her boss Ciaran but she’s not committed herself to taking the next step as she’s afraid it would ruin the great friendship and working relationship that they have now. When Rebecca hears her sister Jennifer needs help back home in New Zealand she doesn’t hesitate to hop on a plane to be there for her family. However, as much as Rebecca loves her sister she hadn’t had much experience looking after her niece and nephew aged 3 and 7 respectively. Rebecca learns pretty quickly the randomness that is young children; their moods and funny quirks. I loved the scenes with Rebecca and her young charges, Hannah and Jack, there were some lovely endearing moments and some fabulous funny scenes.
Jennifer was very organised in her personal and professional life and runs an international cooking school on the site of her home. She has enlisted the help of a fellow foodie Betty who is another character I particularly warmed to. There are some great scenes in the cooking school with Betty and the students.
Rebecca soon learns that there are perks to doing the school run when she bumps into handsome single father David Seagar. Rebecca has some serious thinking to do in her personal life regarding her feelings for her boss Ciaran especially now David Seagar has caught her eye.
This was a gorgeous, heartwarming, fun romance with characters you will soon learn to love. I hope one day the author Michelle Vernal will revisit these characters.
About the Author
Hello, my name is Michelle Vernal, and by way of introduction, I’m Mum to Josh and Daniel and am married to the super supportive Paul. We live in the garden city of Christchurch, New Zealand with our three-legged, black cat called Blue. BC (before children) Paul and I lived and worked in Ireland, the experiences we had there have flavoured my books.
I’ve always written, but it was only after my first son was born that I decided to attend a creative writing course at Canterbury University. Oh the guilt dropping him at pre-school so I could learn the basics of story writing, but oh the joy of having conversation to contribute other than the price of nappies that week! The first piece I ever penned post course was published by a New Zealand parenting magazine. I went on to write humorous; opinion styled pieces of my take on parenting, but when the necessity for being politically correct got too much, I set myself the challenge of writing a novel. Six books later and a publishing deal with Harper Impulse here I am. These days I write for a North Canterbury lifestyle magazine and my latest book Sweet Home Summer has just been released by Harper Impulse.