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Christmas at the Island Hotel (Mure Book 9) Kindle Edition
Escape with Jenny Colgan this Christmas.
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On the tiny Scottish island of Mure, Christmas preparations are even more hectic than usual . . .
Flora MacKenzie is worried about her brother. Fintan hasn't got over the death of his partner, Colton, and Flora thinks he needs a project.
The Rock - the rambling, disused hotel on the tip of the island - was Colton's passion project before he died. With Flora's help, Fintan is going to get the hotel up and running in time for Christmas, transforming it into a festive haven of crackling log fires and delicious food. But running a hotel, they are about to discover, is not that easy. Especially when their motley staff includes a temperamental French chef, a spoilt Norwegian kitchen boy who can't peel a potato without mutilating his own hand and a painfully shy kitchen assistant who blushes when anyone speaks to her.
Can they pull it together in time for the big opening?
And can Flora help her family find happiness this Christmas?
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Jenny Colgan is the internationally bestselling author of novels in several series, including the Rosie Hopkins series, Cupcake Café series, Little Beach Street Bakery series, and Polly and the Puffin series, as well as numerous stand-alone novels.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B085WNFHGR
- Publisher : Sphere (15 October 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 5244 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 374 pages
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Also, Mark and Marsha keep changing which drives me nuts...they didn't adopt Joel in the first place because their own children were too young, in book 3 they hadn't been able to have kids and in book 4 Marsha has a new name!
I must admit to being a bit concerned initially, when the book seemed to focus very heavily on two rather quirky new characters, Gaspard and Konstantin. To call these new characters eccentric would be an understatement.
Thankfully, the story quickly settled into the usual familiar rhythm of island life, centring around the three generations of MacKenzie family, and the luxury hotel, The Rock.
I always enjoy catching up with Flora and Joel, and especially Lorna and Saif. Agot, as ever, provides so much light entertainment, I can almost see her furrowed, often furious brow. Her open disdain for the new addition “Buglish” is understandable and endearing.
If you are looking for a cosy read, which will make you smile. The residents of this gentle, close knit rural Scottish community, will provide you with some lovely escapism.
4* from me.
Flora is meant to be on maternity leaving having had Douglas, but instead finds herself helping out at the Rock more and more, given Fintan is of course still grieving for Colton, but also finding himself whether he wants to be or not, in charge of seeing Colton's dream come to fruition.
A large amount of this story features the staff working in the kitchens of The Rock, including the fiery French chef Gaspard, Isla from the Seaside Kitchen who is incredibly shy, and Konstantin who is a young Norwegian man with absolutely no life experience of anything, but has been banished to Mure to get a job.
We also get a few catch ups with Saif's story which again intrigued me, and I do wish we could spend more time with him
And everyone's spoilt and outspoken 5 year old, Agot is back, not happy about Douglas' existence within the family, and generally demanding all manner of things.
I really enjoyed both getting to know the new characters, the disastrous early services in the restaurant, as well as catching up with all the regulars from previous books. It felt like I had returned to my home away from home as I am that absorbed with the lives of the Mure inhabitants.
This was everything I wanted and expected from a Jenny Colgan book, and as a result it was the perfect sort of a read for me. I am already eager to return to Mure to see what everyone is getting up to now.
Meanwhile, Konstantin, the errant Norwegian son of the Duke of Hordaland, is given an ultimatum by his father: do a real job or he will be disinherited. Konstantin is stripped of his credit cards, his cars and his mobile phone and sent to work as a kitchen hand at The Rock.
Can Konstantin grow up, work hard and find romance? This is Jenny Colgan, you bet he can!