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Christmas on the Island

(Mure #3)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  13,025 ratings  ·  1,256 reviews

Christmas on the remote Scottish island of Mure is bleak, stark — and incredibly beautiful.

It's a time for hunkering down, getting cosy in front of whisky barrel wood fires, and enjoying a dram with the people you love — unless, of course, you're accidentally pregnant to your ex-boss, and don't know how to tell him. In what should be the season of peace and goodwill on ear

Published October 16th 2018 by HarperAudio (first published October 1st 2018)
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Debbie I had not read the previous I did not know it was a series & was just looking for a Christmas read. I had no problems with characters or fo…moreI had not read the previous I did not know it was a series & was just looking for a Christmas read. I had no problems with characters or following the story.(less)
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Janeen I agree...they definitely had children. Just another small blip in this series...the first two were so good, but I'm struggling with the voice and inc…moreI agree...they definitely had children. Just another small blip in this series...the first two were so good, but I'm struggling with the voice and inconsistencies in this one.(less)

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Mar 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rom-com
When I started reading this book I thought of a cosy log fire with a cup of egg nog I actually found this series in my library which I do laps each week sometimes twice, but I digress I went in blind read no reviews & what a surprise this was this is the third in the mire series I adored it was set in Mure a tiny island 🏝 high up of the north of Scotland.

Flora runs the local Sea Side kitchen she came here 2 years ago after leaving London, to be a lawyer but her ex boyfriend Joel Binder who I des
Rebecca Carter
"An Island Christmas" or "Christmas on the Island" (the name seems to differ), means we get to return to the remote, yet unspoiled and beautiful Scottish island of Mure, and catch up with characters such as Joel and Flora and get to know some characters from the previous book a little better.

The book is based a year after the events of the first book in the series "The Summer Seaside Kitchen". As with many books such as this, it's not obligatory to have read the first books (no complicated plot
DJ Sakata
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 am definitely and absolutely in the process of considering getting around to telling Joel…

I just wanted to say, if you guys want to keep this secret, you have to stop ignoring everyone else to stare at each other like you want to eat each other up. I mean it, honestly, it’s gross. It’s putting people off their mince pies.

My Review:

This was the thi
Melissa Rose
Dec 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Let me preface this review by stating that when I first picked up ‘Christmas on the Island, I hadn’t realized that it was the third installment in a series. However, having enjoyed Colgan’s ‘Little Bookshop on the Corner earlier this year, I figured that I would give this book a shot … I was sorely disappointed.

First off, the characters were annoying as hell; all of them seemed to be childishly wrapped up in their own self-absorbed worlds. I found this especially annoying in Flora and Joel’s cas
Dec 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
I chose this for a cosy Christmas read. I wasn’t expecting someone dying from terminal cancer, a horrible war refugee story and child abuse?! What the...? The tone of this book was all over the place. I only kept reading as it was a present but wish I had bailed.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
I can't say enough good things about this series (I would def read in order)

Everyone is adorable but there is also heartbreak and heavy things. I want to live in Mure basically, and have all of these characters be my BFF. And maybe shove Lorna aside, so I can have Saif to myself?? ;)

I could also listen to Agot talk all day - which is huge since I normally don't love kids in books.

Just the best series <3 <3 <3
Jan 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
I have read all 3 books in this series and this one is just badly written and frustrating. I'm sorry but I won't be reading anymore of these if there is a fourth book. The characters are all unlikable, selfish, unrealistic and boring. Flora and Joel are so awful and have been together for three books but he can't even call her his girlfriend?? What! She seems to be terrified to even call him after a row so weeks go by without them speaking, then he comes home and they have sex...then row again a ...more
Alayne Emmett
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was another goodie from Jenny Colgan I have read most of her books and they are all wonderful. Warm, funny can be sad but, also they always end up happy. If you want a book that makes you feel warm and fuzzy and very satisfied then you should give Jenny’s books a go. This one was the third in the Isle of Mure series and it continued on from the last one so you do really need to read them in order. Lovely series.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2018-releases

Flora lives on Mure and she runs the Seaside Kitchen, the most beloved cafe that offers the most delicious things ever. Her boyfriend Joel, the one who's American, a high - flying lawyer with quite a few issues from his childhood finally start to open and feel happy. But then something happens - how are they going to cope with it?
Dr Seif and his two boys are still trying to settle into their new family life on the island, and even though the villagers are so welcoming, do they feel like at home
Nicola Clough
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was looking forward to the next one in this series as love Scotland and hearing about the island life. It didn't disappoint me at all was well written and heartwarming and heartbreaking as well and also full of romance or can people not see the romance and not be happy. Full of Christmas and comfort and joy and the characters are brilliant and a brilliant book from the first page.
Saif the dr is still settling into family life with his boys on the island and trying to give them the Christmas t
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Rachel Gilbey
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly didn't think I was going to read a better book this year than The Endless Beach, the previous book set on Mure, but I think his is just as amazing if not even better.

Annoyingly I can't say too much about any aspects of the plot, because this is book three in a series and I would wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend you read all three of these in order, to get the full emotional impact and to really care about the characters. Hence anything I say is likely to spoil your enjoy
Dec 03, 2022 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2022
My least favorite Jenny Colgan so far. I did tear up at one point, but thought there were too many sad story lines all in one book...a Christmas book no less! I think I might have liked it better if I had read the other two Mure books first. I did read this one out of order. oops! It was set at Christmas, but didn't have the light, sweet, Christmas vibes I was really looking for. Oh well. On to the next one. ...more
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
The third, charming novel about the people of Mure, the fictional island in northern Scotland.

The fourth book, pub date, October 20, 2020, is the best of all.

If you’ve read any of these books you won’t want to miss, ‘Christmas at the Island Hotel.’ Of course, Jenny’s prologue will introduce the main characters so you won’t be lost, and don’t have to read the three previous books.
I read them backwards: 4, 1,2,3; so sort of. 😳😬
Jenny Colgan books are good for when the world overwhelms and you need a sweet and engaging escape. As this is the third book set on the Scottish island and quirky community of Mure, it is like visiting and catching up with old friends. (That's also why you really should read the first two books before this one--so you can come into Christmas on the Island knowing and appreciating all of the characters and storylines.) In this book, winter and the holidays are ramping up which is keeping Flora a ...more
Ann-Marie "Cookie M."
Dear Jenny Colvan,
Just a teeny hint. If you are going to put a character in your book from Texas, do not pick the name of a Texas town at random and assume you know all about that town.
Coppell, Tx. is not a sleepy li'l one horse desert town, somewhere south of Austin, where it is always hot and everybody votes for Trump.
Coppell is a bedroom suburb in DFW (the Dallas/Fort Worth Me dropped), it is fairly cold in the winter. Sometimes it snows, but mostly we get ice storms. You're mostly right a
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, christmas
If you are not a regular reader of this series, keeping track of all the characters that are thrown at you may be a bit daunting at first. But it won’t take long to sort them out, being that they are so well-developed and described. It’s Christmas, but that doesn’t mean that happiness automatically flows to everyone. In fact, there is an element of tragedy to the story, but somehow, it doesn’t make it a sad book. Indeed, the strength and spirit of the inhabitants of the island shine through the ...more
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ok, so this was NOT the Hallmark Christmas novel, but an ACTUAL CHRISTMAS novel, as in A time for living, a time for believing
A time for trusting, not deceiving
Love and laughter and joy ever after. Christmas time, mistletoe and wine... Forgiveness, being a good person, doing whats right, starting a new life (sometimes literaly).

Reading this one was hard work, caring for people you have known for two books, expecting a happy Christmas intermission, read and forget. But it was the opposite - not
Asheley T.

Flora lives on the island Mure in the North Atlantic with her large family of brothers and her father. She runs the Seaside Kitchen and is very happy and in love with the American Joel, who has relocated to the island. Flora has just found out that she is pregnant but is very nervous about telling Joel her news as he has trauma from his childhood and she worries that he may not want to be a father. As the novel begins, Joel has been away in the US on a business trip, but he is due to return
I’d like to say the poor editing and character inconsistencies (view spoiler) kept me from enjoying this but there was more to it than that. To avoid spoilers, I'll just leave it there. And I hope a certain character really did have an epiphany near the end and that things will be different. But I did not enjoy having American politics drug into what I had expected be a moving Chr ...more
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
I thoroughly enjoyed my third outing to Mure, and I'm very hopeful there will be a fourth because there are many loose ends that still need resolving.
The storyline with Colton was heartbreaking, I knew it was coming but it still hit me quite hard. I really loved the furthering of the relationships between Saif and Lorna, and the addition of Tripp.
Not a fan of Joel, really haven't been all through this series. I cannot relate to his reticence and find him to be quite selfish. I wonder what Flora
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Jenny Colgan and have enjoyed this series so far. These are usually my 'go to' comfort blanket books. With that in mind, I was expecting a heartwarming Christmas story (and, in many ways, this is) but at the same time this dealt with some very difficult topics and triggering issues which made this book hard for me to read in places. ...more
Such a lovely Christmas story, was so great to read about all the wonderful characters from this series again. It was romantic and funny and very sad and heartbreaking at the same time. Another great read by Jenny Colgan.
Not too much to say about this one. I just didn't enjoy it. It's not a bad book, but the whole series is just getting a bit samey. I am also not a fan of Joel at all at this point. I understand he had a hard childhood, but at this point it's just all about him at all times and not Flora. And I don't understand why she wants to be with him outside of the supposed hot sex they have all the time. He doesn't do a thing for her at all. She's the one who has to support him the entire time. I wish I fe ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Set on the fictional Scottish Isle of Mure, Colgan's Christmas novel features multiple story lines. Flora discovers she will give birth to Joel's child. A Syrian immigrant doctor falls for the schoolteacher even though his wife may not be dead. Colton's estranged brother visits the island and is forced to deal with Colton's marriage to husband Fintan and Colton's impending death from cancer. Ultimately the novel tried to deal with too many things and handled all of them poorly. Setting is the no ...more
Loved it. Perfect narration again and just adored meeting up with the people from the Island of Mure. More please!
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Christmas is coming to the remote Scottish island of Mure and Flora Mackenzie is busy preparing fruitcakes and other delectable goodies from her cafe by the sea. This season she is more exhausted than ever. The reason for her exhaustion is a secret from the island and a secret from Joel. Flora doesn't quite know how to tell him she's accidentally fallen pregnant! She doesn't know yet how he will feel about becoming a father but she's certain she's ready to become a mother. Her memories of her ow ...more
Kate Olson
🎄Lovely 🌊 Thx to @tlcbooktours for this free review copy!

I own book one in this series and read book two from the library, and was ecstatic to get a copy of book three for review ❤️ Jenny Colgan is one of my very favorite happy cozy authors and her setting in this series on a remote Scottish island is absolutely delightful. This one has a hearty dose of hardship as well, but the Christmas spirit shines through brightly in spite of it all.

And before you ask, of course I’m going to say you have to
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Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including 'The Little Shop of Happy Ever After' and 'Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery', which are also published by Sphere.' Meet Me at the Cupcake Café' won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was 'Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams', which won the RNA Romantic ...more

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Mure (5 books)
  • The Cafe by the Sea (Mure, #1)
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  • An Island Wedding (Mure, #5)

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