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Meet Britain's worst innkeeper. Single mother and extremely undomestic goddess Lottie has five days to become the ultimate B&B hostess to save her beloved Aunt Kate’s livelihood. When Aunt Kate ends up in the hospital, Lottie and her seven-year-old daughter are called to rural Wales to stand in at the B&B. Without the faintest idea how to run a hotel (she can barely run her own life), Lottie must impress the picky hotel reviewer and his dysfunctional family who are coming to stay over Christmas. Without the rating only he can bestow, Aunt Kate will lose her livelihood. But will Danny, the local taxi driver she hires to help her, really be Santa’s little helper, or is he the Grinch who stole Christmas?

©2014 Michele Gorman (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Too far fetched for words. I presume this is classed as comedy.

When they first see the boarding house it sounds as if it’s falling down, with holes in the roof etc. The rooms have crumbling plaster and mould on walls and floors. The girl meets a taxi driver and the two of them miraculously fix the house in 2 days. I particularly enjoyed the idea of fixing holes in plaster with toothpaste.
Gemma Dawson the narrator was very good.

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lovely story

all though a very short story it was very enjoyable to listen to, it was also very funny , Gamma Dawson , the narrate-er always tells a good story , I thought the cat peeing in the guests shoes was so funny . I have a cat myself and if they don't like someone they will go out off their way to be mischievous I will listen to this one again .

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ok

I couldn't get past the voice of the Danny sounding at least 70, spoilt the romance for me.

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nice easy book to listen to

I love this book because although quite short it was so easy to listen to .

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Narration poor

The accent for Danny was laughable. The character was Welsh but his accent was terrible and kept changing from a poor Welsh accent to an unrecognisable one.

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Timeline ridiculous and silly mistakes. Bit like a kid’s school essay. Narrator made the best of a poor story

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Lighthearted story, narration irritating.

A fun story, would make a great film, however the narrator using various voices didn’t work. Shame as it would be more enjoyable if she just read the story without the voices as the content is enjoyable.

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  • Cole M Miller
  • 06-04-21

The Reluctant Elves

This was such a pleasant book to listen to. The characters were nice, there was no sex, swearing, fighting, and no one died. My son was able to come in the room and I didn’t have to quickly pause the book. It was just a fun book to listen to and I would highly recommend it, especially if you were looking for a book to listen to in one or two days.

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  • Mary
  • 30-11-21

fun Christmas romance

I do enjoy a romantic story that doesn't contain graphic sex. it is a fun story without a heavy villain, just a lot of chuckles and smiles.

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  • Debbie
  • 01-12-20

Great Christmas Short

When this one started off with the single mom dreaming of going to bed with a man, I was thinking, oh, no, this one is going to be trashy . . . but I hung on . . . and I'm so glad that I did! I still am not crazy about the beginning, but the rest of it more than makes up for it. Lottie (single mom) and her seven-year-old, Mable head off from London to Wales to Aunt Kate's B & B to save the day. Aunt Kate is in hospital from a car accident, and she is depending on a good rating from the hotel reviewer in order to keep her B & B going. Lottie and Mable, along with the cab driver (Danny) who Lottie has snagged at the last minute to be her cook and handyman at the B & B have five days to get ready for the hotel reviewer and his family. This short audio book is an endearing tale of family and love and a little Christmas magic. I really wish that it was the first of a series, because it would make for a GREAT ONE!

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  • Blondie Buena Vista
  • 27-10-21

Adorable & Uplifting

This book was an absolute joy to read. And predictable in the best way. It warmed my heart and lifted my spirits. The only way it could’ve been better is if I had decided to read it during the month of December! As it is, I am happy to have found it & read it - even in October. I will definitely be looking out for more releases from this author!
For those with sensory sensitivities - there is a little bit of breakthrough mouth noise from the narrator but it’s not bad at all. Overall, the narration was really good.

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  • 18-10-21

simply delightful

This story is a lighthearted tale of a mother and daughter and their humorous Christmas misadventure. Lots of fun! Gemma Dawson was wonderful.

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  • Elena
  • 06-12-21

cute story

The narrator was really good, the ending was predictable but cute. Not much character development but for a short book it was good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-11-21

It was lame.

All of it was really a "if you need to burn two hours and 44 mins because you have nothing else to do" kinda book. The story was lame. The romance was lame. The narration was lame. I'm glad it was a plus option and I didn't pay for this book.

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  • LisaDobrient
  • 19-11-21

Cute story

This is a cute, easy-listening Christmas story. I enjoyed the theme and the narration. Enjoy!

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  • Stacie Allen
  • 09-11-21

Sweet

A very fun and light hearted book, I love that it demonstrates things don’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. I really enjoyed it!

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  • Angela
  • 03-11-21

Meh

It’s was ok. The narrator’s voice affect for males was odd because they all sounded like stuffy old men from India. But the man male character was is in his early 30’s and Welsh. So I don’t know. That was disconcerting.