Christmas at the Island Hotel

Christmas at the Island Hotel

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"On the tiny, beautiful, and remote island of Mure, halfway between Scotland and Norway, a new hotel opening is a big event. New mother Flora MacKenzie and her brother Fintan are working themselves half to death to get it ready in time for Christmas. The new hotel's impressive kitchens throw together two unlikely new friends: Isla Gregor is the hardworking young girl who has been a waitress in the island's cafe, dreaming of a bigger, better life now that she's at a proper fancy hotel. Konstantin Pederson is working his way up in the hotel's kitchens too...but he is also, secretly, the only son of the Duke of Utsire. Konstantin has been sent to learn what it is to work hard for a living, before receiving his inheritance. Although he's initially resentful, the place grows on him; he has never met anyone quite like Isla and her fellow Murians before. As the island's residents and special VIP guests gather for the hotel's grand opening gala, Christmas is in the air. But so are more than a few small-town secrets..."--Back cover.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2020
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062911285
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 21 cm.


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Apr 16, 2021

I hate winter yet I still want to live on Mure. That's how much I enjoy this series and its fourth installment, 'Christmas at the Island Hotel'.

I appreciate when a series focuses on new characters rather than inventing things to make old characters the focus.

There were a few storylines I found discombobulating, especially the story of Saif's wife, which I found very odd and difficult to understand. I think it may be a preview of an upcoming storyline. I'm not sure I'm fond of it because of its serious political nature.

There are fewer descriptions of the natural beauty of the island and more descriptions of buildings, from the lovely The Rock Hotel decked out for its first Christmas to the always slightly sticky Harbour's Rest.

I read the Mure series as they came out rather than back to back so I didn't catch as many inconsistencies as others apparently have, except for the diamond bracelet that hours later became a necklace. I really don't care. I view errors like those as proof-reading and editing errors as opposed to author errors. I advise Jenny Colgan to check those who are checking her.

4 stars

Sep 20, 2020

Thanks to NetGalley & HarperCollins Publishers/William Morrow Paperbacks for a digital advance readers copy of this book. All comments and opinions are my own.

I'm of the belief that it's always the right time of year to read a book set during Christmastime. Especially if it's written by Jenny Colgan. I was excited to read this one, not even realizing it was book #4 in the series. And happily I discovered it can be read as a standalone, though now I want to go back and read the first three.

This is a sweet and heartwarming story of everyday people and an incognito Norwegian prince, a crazy French chef, a grieving widower, and a new mother, all living in a small Scottish village where everyone knows everything about everyone else. The story begins as the Island Hotel prepares to launch on Christmas Day. Be prepared for the mouthwatering food descriptions as the hotel's restaurant makes delicious meals throughout the story. Of course there are misunderstandings, mishaps, an ill-behaved dog, and quirky traditions, but I loved the way various plot threads came together to provide a satisfying conclusion - I definitely recommend this "happily ever after" book.

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