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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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Nice story, easy listen and great narration. Absolutely seems to be this author's favourite word.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • mrs tracy cook
  • 15-06-2021

Why change narrator for final book?!

It was probably really good but I had so much invested in the characters from the first three that I just couldn't enjoy this final one with the new narrator. Not a complaint about the narrator at all as she was very good but her accent...well just everything was so different that I just couldn't enjoy it - very disappointing

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  • dk.bookworm
  • 09-01-2021

Disappointed

I never thought that I would give one of Jenny’s books 3stars .... I normally love them.
The plot was all over the place and quite honestly not a lot really happened.
Yes there was a HEA .... but that was about the only good point.

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  • rebeccah prince
  • 04-01-2021

Perfect continuation of the storylines on Mure

beautiful as per usual. I think one of the main themes of this story is about finding out who you are and being confident in your abilities, hopes and dreams! I really like this series of books as she delves into some deeper issues. The initial characters carry on with their stories dotted throughout the new plot lines. I really like hearing how the doctor and his family are settling in and adjusting to the new world they have been thrust into. Jenny Colgan continues to address this serious issue very sensitively. She also shows us what happens after the happy ever after of Flora meeting the love of her life and the difficulties in being a 21st century woman. I really hope there is more to come in this series as I feel there is great scope for plot lines on the little, but beautiful, Isle of Mure! and of course the main plot focuses on the new love interest of a young couple which is sweet and endearing.

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  • Lou Lou
  • 17-12-2020

New Narrator weird at first, but stick with it!

Heartwarming story and lovely way to (presmuably) end the series, so definitely worth listening to.

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  • Lisa Smith
  • 12-12-2020

Another beautiful tale for this series.

I love this series, the characters and setting are wonderful. Thank you Jenny, more please!
long may you continue to develop the characters and their lives within this beautiful setting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-12-2020

Change of narrator put me off (sorry)

I had listened again to book 3 to refresh myself with the characters, found to off putting with the change of narrators for this book, the previous narrator was so good and helped me loose myself in to Jenny’s fab writing, maybe if I hadn’t re listened to the last book it would not have bothered me, but I felt I couldn’t get in to the story, so have returned for a credit and will get the paperback to read,

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