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Christmas at the Island Hotel (Mure)

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And while I really liked the series in general, if another Mure Island book comes out, I would hesitate before reading it--I simply have no patience with the inconsistencies and changes--when you are writing a series of books that readers grow attached to, it makes zero sense to start changing names, etc. You don’t need to read the earlier three books to enjoy this book, but it would help you to enjoy the development of the relationships between the characters. Jenny Colgan will deliver her trademark HEA ending, but the road there wasn’t as enjoyable as I’d hoped.

But there are some good subplots too - will Dr Saif ever find out whether his long-lost wife is still alive…? There is a developing romance between Konstantin, a newcomer from Norway, and Isla, who used to work at the Island Cafe and is now working in the kitchen at the Rock.Things like this just weren't necessary and were confusing to me as a well-established reader of the series.

Door de beeldende schrijfstijl waan je je volledig op het eiland, voel je je onderdeel van de gemeenschap en is tussendoor stoppen met lezen vrijwel geen optie. It wasn't just small things, some characters who have been in the entire series now have different first or last names. Joel forgets to mention that he has arranged for the son of the Duke of Norway, a spoiled and lazy brat, to come and work as a kitchen boy at the Hotel, to help his father straighten the kid out. Op een gegeven moment kan Flora het niet meer aanzien en besluit ze haar zwangerschapsverlof af te breken om hem te gaan helpen - dat ouderschap ging haar man Joël toch al beter af dan haar. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.There was no redeeming qualities in this novel and from start to finish the story was boring and bland.

The Rock - the rambling, disused hotel on the tip of the island - was Colton's passion project before he died. wife and his relationship with Lorna, and some other funny and not-so-funny antics around the island. It helps that there’s a MacKenzie family tree at the beginning, followed by a list of all the other characters.It is still close enough to Christmas with a nip in the air, so I see no reason to stop reading Christmas stories, and this one was good fun and hit all the feels from the lows of grief and humiliation to the highs of a freshly acquired sense of purpose and pride as well as new and deepening love affairs. I’ve read several - a friend remarked that I have quite a collection given that I’m not a huge fan of her writing. 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. Siblings Fintan and Flora are trying to get the hotel ready for opening at Christmas, while Fintan battles grief and Flora adapts to the new world of motherhood.

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