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An Island Christmas

(Summer Seaside Kitchen #3)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  4,237 ratings  ·  520 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 earth, will Joelbeautiful.


Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 18th 2018 by Sphere
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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…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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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.

Melissa Rose
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 an
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-releases, 2018

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
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
Martha Johnson
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Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, romance
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 28, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 g
Loved it. Perfect narration again and just adored meeting up with the people from the Island of Mure. More please!
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.
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 ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
A very entertaining read that I finished in one sitting, but I decided on 3 stars. I found the main characters annoying and self-absorbed, and the more interesting story (Loran and Dr. Sarif) ended abruptly, leaving me feeling dissatisfied.

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
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

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 d
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 t
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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
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 read a
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This "only" gets four stars because while it's a very good book, it is not a very good last book in a series, which it appears to be right now. Like, I want more of all the characters, but (view spoiler) just feels unfinished.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We've only got a few days until Christmas, and I'm struggling to get all of my preparations in order. The past week has seen me unexpectedly purchasing a new car and spending the last several days sick in bed. Needless to say, I'm a bit behind on all things holidays. But things are beginning to get back on track. I'm basically done with my shopping (thanks Amazon!), I only have a few more days of work, and I've gotten in some really great Christmas reads. The one advantage to being home sick is ...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.
Similar to many other Jenny Colgan books, tackles difficult subjects very well. Not terribly festive, but not a bad read
Emma Crowley
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How I wish that Jenny Colgan would never stop writing this simply brilliant, heart-warming and wonderful series set on the remote Scottish island of Mure. Every time I finish one of these stories I am gutted to leave the setting, the characters and their lives behind until the next time. You do so hope there will be a next time and thankfully Jenny this festive season has brought us An Island Christmas, with such a stunning cover to match another exciting and emotive read between its cover.
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
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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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Summer Seaside Kitchen (3 books)
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  • The Endless Beach (The Summer Seaside Kitchen, #2)
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