Christmas at the Island Hotel (Mure)

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Christmas at the Island Hotel (Mure)

Christmas at the Island Hotel (Mure)

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The writing was fine, but the storylines all just get bogged down. I found myself not caring about any of these characters and could not believe how slow things were moving. Regarding the writing...It's awful. The phrase "he had a nasty cancer" appears in chapter one and it's just a weird way to describe a main character who is dying of pancreatic cancer. The worst character is the four year old brat Agot who speaks like a baby and seems to just shout all the time and does whatever she wants. A four year old should be able to speak in complete sentences and chat to people but she says "YOU NOT COWBOY" or "ATTI FLOWA" instead of Auntie Flora. Two year olds speak like that, not a child due to start school soon. She is very irritating and unrealistic. Flora feels guilty leaving baby Douglas with Joel, his father, who is totally enamored with his baby son. Maybe she is a bit jealous, but she is also amazed that Joel went from a high-powered, international lawyer, to a Daddy! Joel is equally amazed but just cannot believe the gifts he has been given at this stage in his life. He does have some work left to do, but it seems so boring compared to watching his baby son. As the island’s residents and special VIP guests gather for the hotel’s grand opening gala, Christmas is in the air. But so are more than a few small-town secrets… My Rating: Favorite Quotes:

when you grow up somewhere with a population of about a thousand, secret internet shopping came as a boon on par with electricity…I like to read that. I have been through crap, and there will be no more magical happy endings for me. I have had my share of them. They were fantastic. Now I want to read about people who are content with real life blessings. Things are going to be OK.

With that aside, if I was a less stubborn person, I would have set this book down and not finished it. Instead, I stubbornly pushed through with my eyes glazed over in boredom. I was hoping the setting would make up for such a dry plot but it did not. 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. I had to construct a large art work on the island and without giving too much away, that was as much of a headache to arrange for me as it was for the characters in the novel but I think we got there in the end. With Christmas At The Island Hotel obviously being set during the holidays, do you have any favourite holiday-themed books or movies?The new hotel’s impressive kitchens throw together two unlikely new friends: Isla Gregor is the hardworking young girl who has been a waitress in the island’s cafe, dreaming of a bigger, better life now that she’s at a proper fancy hotel. Konstantin Pederson is working his way up in the hotel’s kitchens too…but he is also, secretly, the only son of the Duke of Utsire. Konstantin has been sent to learn what it is to work hard for a living, before receiving his inheritance. Although he’s initially resentful, the place grows on him; he has never met anyone quite like Isla and her fellow Murians before. I have just started reading this fun Groundhog Day-style story and I’m already dreaming about spending Christmas at a snowy Utah cabin!!

Practical Emma thinks it’s just a coincidence, but her best friend Bronwyn believes it’s the magic of synchronicity that caused Emma to find the watch. Fletcher was the one that got away, and somehow Emma never quite moved on. The timeless classicLittle Womeninspired this heartwarming modern tale of four sisters fromNew York Timesbestselling author Virginia Kantra. Politics! Gak! I read books as an escape from politics so it took away from my fun to have Colton's brother characterized as a surly, insensitive Texan who watches Fox News and has never met a gay couple. Ugh--old, worn out stereotype. Sad face. In ‘Het eilandhotel’ keer je terug naar Mure, het kleine eiland met zijn uitgestrekte strand, kleurrijke huisjes en inwoners, Flora’s café en het chique hotel op het noordelijkste puntje. Na alle gebeurtenissen in de vorige boeken was ik erg benieuwd naar de ontwikkelingen in de levens van alle geliefde personages en samen met een vriendin las ik dit boek in één dag uit. Jenny Colgan did it again en mijn eerste kerstboek van dit seizoen is uit! I wanted to write such a good review for this book--I've really loved the Mure Island series by Jenny Colgan, but this book left me completely baffled and I'm being generous giving it three stars. 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. I actually grew to like Konstantin and Gaspard.Banal and tedious from the outside I should think! I go to a coffee shop, stare into the middle distance, type for two hours then eat a sandwich. I’m a fast typist so I just kind of watch the movie in my head and type it out. You’ve published numerous novels over the last 20 years. What would you say is the most important thing you have learned when it comes to writing and publishing? I found the first book in the series, gobbled it up with enjoyment, then rapidly moved on to the second and had to wait a couple of days, then pretty much inhaled the third. Five years later, her life is approaching normal: her career as a celebrity photographer is flourishing, her son Jasper is growing up, and they are enjoying the run-up to Christmas with their tight circle of close friends. But all this changes one morning when Lee finds a book in the basket of her bicycle – and scrawled inside it, a desperate message.

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