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Christmas on the Island

(Summer Seaside Kitchen #3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  537 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Café by the Sea comes this heartwarming holiday novel set on a charming Scottish island.

On the remote Scottish island of Mure, the Christmas season is stark, windy, and icy—yet incredibly festive and beautiful...

It's a time for getting cozy in front of whisky barrel wood fires, and enjoying a dram and a treacle pudding with
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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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
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
Mandi Schreiner
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Loved it. Perfect narration again and just adored meeting up with the people from the Island of Mure. More please!
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fab book in this series. It was so lovely to be back on Mure and seeing what Flora and everyone else have been up to. I am pretty sure this is my favourite book in the series.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been so looking forward to reading this edition of the Summer Seaside Kitchen series. I couldn’t put it down, as with all Jenny Colgan’s stories I was quickly drawn into the narrative and felt part of the community. This one just rung the emotions out of me and by the end, I was sobbing.

An Island Christmas continues on from The Endless Beach telling us about the characters I have come to love. Flora and Joel are still trying to get together, while Lorna and Saif still circling each other,
Blodeuedd Finland
This story certainly was bittersweet. It was a story about the people, this island, and their hopes and dreams.

But first, this is book 3 and at first I felt, well not lost, but I did feel like I if I had gone into a room filled with people who knew each other. And I dared not approach anyone cos they all seemed to enjoy each other's company so much. But I got to know them by watching them, it that makes sense.

The book is mostly about Flora, a former lawyer, who now runs the Seaside Kitchen. She
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I have said before that all of Jenny Colgan’s books follow the formula of girl’s life falls apart in the big city, she moves to some remote Scottish island, manages to eke out a living, meets wildly quirky natives, finds that special one man, they fall madly in love but, for some reason, they don’t communicate and this splits them up until they come to their senses. Since this is the third book in the series, most of the formula has already happened, except for another round of miscommunication. ...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I did not realize that this was a series until I downloaded this book. And then I realized that I missed the second book. But a quick perusal of the summary on GR and the bit of recap at the beginning of this book had me set to rights. I loved the deepening of the complex relationships first introduced in The Cafe by the Sea, and though this story got a little bleak at times, it was still full of the soul-searching I appreciated from the first book. I am definitely a fan of Jenny Colgan's now.
Another delightful book by Colgan. Despite the sadness of this one, there's just something about this series that makes me feel like I am getting a hug. The audio narration of Sarah Barron is once again outstanding, although I will confess to switching to the actual book since I read faster than I listen.

On finishing Christmas on the Island I can't help but wonder if there's going to be another book in the series. There are so many loose ends! Surely this can't be the end? And, I would totally
There's a list of twenty-four other novels by Jenny Colgan in the front of Christmas on the Island, but I've only read one, The Bookshop on the Corner. I've picked up, and even brought home some of the books. The titles can be appealing -Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe, The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris. But, this one takes place on a small Scottish island. Since I hope to go to Edinburgh in September, it was time to try another one of Colgan's novels.

Mure is a tiny island off the coast of the
Martha Johnson
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Claire Mc Partlin
I must admit I love Jenny Colgan books but she seems to have dropped off my radar for a little while, but I am glad to say I'm back on track with her wonderful books! I think the main reason she dropped off my radar is because a few of her books have different titles for the same book and I get very irritated with publishers when they do that. You get all excited to read what you think is a new book by a favourite author only to find it's one you've already bought and read. Very deceiving and it ...more
Lara Furar
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely delight. I’ll say 4 stars for the writing, the story, and ability to cheerfully take me away to a Scottish island. And the 5th star for being the absolutely perfect book I needed to read at this moment.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
What a lovely series and this one was just right. I'm quite sure I'll attempt to make a fruit cake this Christmas!
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read the first two in this island series from Jenny Colgan but that didn't matter as I soon caught up with who the characters were and their relationships to each other. I enjoyed reading the descriptions of this small tight knit community and engaged enough with the characters that a few tears were shed at different points in the story. A good cosy read now that the weather is starting to become distinctly autumnal.
At the end of the previous book, Flora found out she was pregnant, Colton told Fintin that he was dying and Lorna loved Siaf from afar.

This book picks up very shortly after the previous. Flora is becoming more pregnant by the day and she’s still afraid to tell Joel. Joel is not an easy guy to love. Flora has loved him for years, they are finally together and she knows the pregnancy will strain their relationship.
She isn’t wrong. I forgot how difficult Joel could be with commitment. I understand
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mure, and it’s citizens, is one of my favorite Colgan created communities. The characters are fresh and unique and every time Colgan releases a new Seaside Kitchen book, I can’t wait to dive right in...and I always find myself wishing that I could move to Mure!

These stories center around Flora Mackenzie, her family, and everyone else who has entered her life she returned to Mure three books ago! This includes her boyfriend Joel, who is unprepared for some very shocking news from Flora. Joel’s s
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have previously read the other books in this series, and enjoyed them. This is book 4, and I think that the previous books in the series should be read first to get full enjoyment from them.
I always enjoy Jenny's books, they are always a pleasure to read, and I love to see what happens next to the characters, each book leaves you wanting to know what happens nexr. This book is no exception. I really hope that there will be another book set in Mure.

Flora has a lot on her mind, she has just foun
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh how I loved this book ! - and how wonderful it was to return to the island of mure and catch up with the wonderful characters I first encountered in Jenny’s previous book ‘The endless beach’.
Although I do wonder if someone who had not read the previous novel would be as invested in the characters as much because so much happened in the last book and this feels like an exstension of that, albeit a wonderful one.
I would there fore recommend reading the endless beach prior to this as it’s a be
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a first for me by this author... but it won't be the last.

I didn't realise it was part of a series, but that didn't matter as it read well as a stand-alone story.

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 shou
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a Jenny Colgan fan anyway, but I really enjoyed this. It's the third in her series set on the Scottish island Mure, and she's very good at capturing the feeling of a small island community - both good things and challenges. The community includes a Syrian GP, recently reunited with his children who are having difficulty adapting to life on the island, the local headteacher and Flora - cafe owner and manager, who grew up on the island, ran away to London and has now returned. Flora's story is ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man, I just love these characters. I want to just keep reading about their lives, I don't even care if they are doing anything exciting or not. And I very much appreciate how the author handled the hospice aspect, the palliative care. It was very realistic, and also very emotionally honest. We all want as much time with our loved ones as possible, and sometimes our need to keep loving them can make us a bit selfish. But I also liked that the author showed that life keeps going on, even when terr ...more
Joanne Clark
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Island Christmas- Jenny Colgan
I absolutely love this series so was very looking forward to reading this! I have read all of Jenny Colgan’s books about Mure so catching up with the Murians was awesome. However I felt there was so much going on this time it felt like it was all squashed in and kind of rushed and I was gutted with how it ended, it was like it was left unfinished as there was room to go on if that makes any sense to yous. My heart broke for Fintan and Coltan it was so beautiful a
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Katy Race
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I'm not sure I have the words to say anything. I have waited for this book for son long and boy it didn't disappoint. Yet again I was transported to the Isle of Mure for adventures with Flora, Joel and Lorna and the rest of their families and friends. I laughed, I cried and I read it in a few hours. Absolutely amazing again, leaves me sad as I want more and to go live there with them. Would recommend to anyone, as I often do with Jenny's books. An amazing book by an equally amazing author. Th
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Island Christmas is the next instalment in this series in which we revisit Flora and her friends and family on the small island of Mure.

I have really enjoyed this series, the characters are lovely and we get to know them and gain further insight into their lives in this instalment.

Jenny Colgan has a way of making you feel like you know her characters and in this story she deals with illness, family tension, relationships and grief. Another brilliant book that I have read in just under a day
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore Christmas-themed novels, books by Jenny Colgan, and sequels, so this was a winner even before I opened it 😊

It was lovely to be back on the island of Mure again, and especially at Christmastime.

Flora runs the seaside café and is in a relationship with Joel, although it’s slightly fragile due to his background. How will he react to her news? Lorna is in love with Saif, a refugee doctor, but can he return her love?

A lovely, heartwarming read to get you in the mood for Christmas!

Thank you to
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jenny Colgan’s books are always a delight, and An Island Christmas (according to NetGalley)/Christmas on the Island (according to Goodreads) is no exception. It follows on from previous stories set on the fictional Scottish island of Mure, revisiting the characters of Flora, Joel, Saif, Lorna, Fintan, Colton and others. It’s warm but never fluffy -all the main characters have their issues and some difficult subjects are broached. Yes, there are tears before the end.

I love how diverse and inclusi
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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

Other books in the series

Summer Seaside Kitchen (3 books)
  • The Cafe by the Sea (Summer Seaside Kitchen, #1)
  • The Endless Beach (The Summer Seaside Kitchen, #2)