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Publisher's Summary

On the tiny Scottish island of Mure, Christmas preparations are even more hectic than usual....

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?

©2020 Jenny Colgan (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Nobody does cosy, get-away-from-it-all romance like Jenny Colgan." (Sunday Express)

"A cracker.... The one must-read this festive season." (Sun)  

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  • Truds
  • 18-10-2020

Spoiled by change in narrator

Having listened in rapid succession to the previous three books in the Mure series (which I thoroughly enjoyed) prior to listening to "Christmas at the Island Hotel", I found the change of narrator spoilt this latest novel. The main characters did no longer feel familiar; the narrator made the novel sound like a children's book although I am not certain why that was. I assume there was a reason a different narrator was used for this fourth story, but I think the same narrator is important when a series is produced as an audio book, because the 'voice' of each character contributes to how the listener identifies them and pictures them in their head. I also found the storyline less interesting with my mind often drifting away to other thoughts and therefore having to frequently "rewind".

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  • Sarah
  • 08-11-2020

Spoilt the book by not having the same Narrator

The story was good, but what let this down for me was a different Narrator, she was good but just was not the same. Having listened to the previous two book for continuity having the same narrator would have been so much bettwe and made this book 5 stars. The story was good and linked to previous two books, would recommend a listen but just didn't have the edge of the first 2 books.

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  • Christine
  • 26-11-2020

Narrator changed why?

I don’t understand the need to change narrator mid series but the new one is awful. I couldn’t understand half she said and it was just hard work. Returned for credit.

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  • Reading Rosie
  • 11-11-2020

Another Colgan Triumph

If you adore Jenny's books as I do then you will not be disappointed. Like hot chocolate, cosy pj's and a roraring fire, our latest outing to Mure is everything you want it to be and more. I have immediately restarted the book as I can't bear that it's finished!

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  • Richard MacKenzie
  • 09-11-2020

Superb

A fantastic addition to a series I already devoured. Love the addition of the new characters and the book seamlessly continues from where it was left in the previous book. Narrator was great and it was an easy enjoyable listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-2020

Changing the narrater!

Changing the narrater for the four book was very annoying, I'm not sure if it was written differently as well or if it was the narrater but I just couldn't connect to the characters in this book as well as the other three.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-10-2020

Wonderful

This book is a wonderful warm hug. It’s uplifting and cheerful, sad and and joyful. It’s everything I wanted it to be and more. A wonderful escape back to Mure.

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  • Fiona
  • 25-10-2020

Good story as usual. not the narrator

I have enjoyed all the summer seaside kitchen books set on the fictional island of Mure. I enjoyed the story of this one too but the narrator was not the same as the previous and it felt all wrong. To the point that I won't be listening to this again. It just grated the whole way through and didn't fee like the Flora and family I had grown to know and love

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  • Koo
  • 22-10-2020

Adorable

I've waited for this audio and I wasn't disappointed. Loved every second. Felt bereft when it ended. Gorgeous story and as always the author made me want to up sticks and move to Mure. Tiny bit irritated by the overuse (in my opinion) of the word 'absolutely' but doesn't alter my rating.

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