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Christmas at the Island Hotel

Narrated by: Eilidh Beaton
Series: Mure, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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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.