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Christmas at the Island Hotel (Mure)

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Yes, of course, there is a little romance in here, but it is not the ‘syrupy sweet’ stuff I have read in other books.

This book was different, as it introduced a lot of new characters into the mix and focused less on the usual cast of characters, but I was ok with that. Her books have sold more than nine million copies worldwide and in 2015 she was inducted into the Love Stories Hall of Fame. Sightings of whales are common while dots of seals sunning themselves on rocks near the end of the beach occur daily.This one was just as sweet and delicious to read, snuggled under a blanket on a very cold and rainy afternoon. When you step inside the twinkling lights, Christmas decor, clinking of dishes, and the soft chatter of locals warms you all the way through. Flora feels guilty leaving baby Douglas with Joel, his father, who is totally enamored with his baby son. Oh yes, no he makes a brief appearance when he hires cliché French maverick chef Gaspard in Glasgow, commenting on how he had fancied the men in glasgow when coming here as a teenager.

But there are some good subplots too - will Dr Saif ever find out whether his long-lost wife is still alive…? The blurb on the back of my copy implied that they would be the central characters of the story, however it turns out that we are mainly going to hear about Isla, your typical milquetoast shy white girl who falls in love with not-so-subtle down on his luck Norwegian Prince Konstantin, sent to the hotel as a kitchen boy to get some perspective in his privileged life.Also, one of the storylines has seemed off since Colgan first introduced it in an earlier book - maybe it’s because I don’t think it’s a story she should be telling. The story didn't give me any of the cozy feelings of a small town nor did it give me the warm feelings of Christmas or the holidays in which I was hoping for. The settings make you want to move there (she even makes the tap water sound amazing) and the descriptions of baking and food have ruined my attempts to stick to my diet, goddammit! There was no redeeming qualities in this novel and from start to finish the story was boring and bland.

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