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Christmas at the Island Hotel

(Mure #4)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Another heartfelt and delightful Christmas tale from the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop on the Corner and Christmas on the Island.

New York Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan returns to the setting of Christmas on the Island and Endless Beach for a heartwarming new novel celebrating the season, and Scotland.

On the tiny, beautiful, and remote i
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 20th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2020)
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Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Not realizing this was book 4 in a series it took a bit to sort out who was who and their back story. This is just a warm, friendly series set in a make believe town Mure in Scotland. The characters have depth and the setting made it a entertaining read.
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-arcs

Although this is book four in Jenny Colgan’s ‘Mure Series,’ it is my first from this talented author. Jenny has more than thirty published books, in what I like to call the, “happy, cozy read.” Yes, of course, there is a little romance in here, but it is not the ‘syrupy sweet’ stuff I have read in other books. Jenny writes with her heart and mind. This book piqued my interest because I was in immediate need of a happy read, (and I mean now), that could lift me from my reality, (pandemic cabin fe
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well folks, it was definitely worth the wait! I totally loved this fourth book in the Mure series. It. Was. Wonderful! I actually read it twice before writing my review because I enjoyed it so much!

Jenny Colgan has written a funny, romantic, heartwarming story with all my favorite returning characters as well as some wonderful new ones. Some unfinished business from the prior book is addressed with the possibilities for a Book #5 (hope, hope, hope) as well.

An added bonus, there was no profanity
I was really ambivalent about this novel. What’s not to like about a Jenny Colgan Christmas book? The plot involved major suspension of disbelief (a spoiled, lazy foreign prince is forced by his father to get a job in the kitchen of a hotel on a small Scottish island). There are the stereotypical characters—a temperamental, abrasive French chef, a rich spoiled twenty-something, a bratty child whose parents think she’s just adorable, an ambitious London journalist and, of course, the sweet local ...more
Elizabeth Plunkett
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-2020
I loved returning to the charming, cozy Island of Mure in Christmas at the Island Hotel by Jenny Coligan. This was a lovely sweet love story with charming side characters. Reading this book while eating sad desk lunches felt a like Saturday lie-in with a milky tea. It was so calming and a perfect Christmas read! This book feels timeless, like you can enjoy it now and for many years to come. Coligan writes with whit Agot had me in tears.
Laura Hill
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Harper Collins Publishers and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on October 20th, 2020.

Jenny Colgan is one of the three authors who write “Women’s Fiction” that I will read. That I love to read. Funny, heartwarming, a guaranteed happy ending but with plenty of lovable characters who manage not to descend into stereotype and / or caricature.

Fintan has been left a behemoth of an almost-ready hotel on a tiny
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this Christmas themed book, it is full of family drama, romance and fun. Great story to read at any time of the year. I received my copy from Goodreads First reads.
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Christmas at the Island Hotel is 4th in Jenny Colgan's Mure series. We return to the remote Island of Mure which is located between Scotland and Norway..I was very happy to be back there.

The story centers around the Grand Opening of the Island Hotel and it is near Christmas when the book opens up. Many of my old friends are there and a few new characters, now also friends, have been added. It all works miraculously for the season and marvelously for the story. At the end I felt there is certainl
Luanne Ollivier
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Is it too early to read Christmas fiction? Absolutely not! And especially when it's the latest novel from Jenny Colgan! Christmas at the Island Hotel releases today.

Colgan takes us back to the remote, wee, Scottish island of Mure - and it's residents. I'd be quite happy living there myself. I always feel like I'm catching up with old friends when I turn the first page of the latest Mure tale. And making some new ones as well - new characters are introduced with each new book. Some who may have b
Norah Gibbons
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+. All opinions are my own. Christmas At The Island Hotel by Jenny Colgan is book four in her Island of Mure series. I think you need to read the previous four books in this series to enjoy this one because I found the bouncing from character to character distracting and kept feeling like I was missing something because I had not read the previous books. The story is lovely and heartwarming, a delightful Christmas story that takes place on ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jenny Colgan deftly weaves the personal narratives of the residents of Mure, a small Scottish island, as their lives shift and grow in unexpected ways. The newest installment of Colgan's Summer Seaside Kitchen series offers winter seasonal comfort, cheer, and guidance for new readers and series fans alike. Chapters alternate character perspectives, delving into ongoing issues with newly widowed Fintan, as he struggles to honor his husband's dreams; Flora, restless during her pregnancy, takes on ...more
Not realizing that this was book 4 in a series, I read it without having read the previous books so It took me a bit of time to sort out who the various characters were. The book wasn't confusing, but I'm sure my enjoyment of it suffered by not knowing the various characters' back stories. The main story was centered on shy, budding baker Isla, and a spoiled Norwegian duke's son, Konstantin, who is banished to the island to work in the kitchen of a brand new boutique hotel by his father after on ...more
I have read all the books in this series and love them all!!!!!  Despite what some people say in their reviews I would highly recommend that you read these books in the order they are written. Otherwise you will probably be confused to who people are & their stories. That's just my opinion though.  I love Jenny Colgan's style of writing & her homey way of storytelling.  I highly recommend this book ...more
This book is going in to my Christmas book collection, and I see myself reading it during future Christmas seasons! I loved the angel! Every town that celebrates Christmas needs one! This book made me very happy. Also, it was exactly what I needed to read when I read it.
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful story of finding one’s self, perseverance and romance. There are a wide range of delightful characters including the location itself and an Angel. The complete turnaround for Candace Blunt the reporter was a little much but it was Christmas after all!

4.5 stars
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A truly wonderful Christmas story, filled with many characters loving, grieving, repenting, trying to move on and just live their best life.
Wildly entertaining. Joyful and a little sad. So we'll written that I felt I knew these people.
Don't miss this gem.
Robin Blankenship
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jenny Colgan has been a favorite of mine since I read Amanda's Wedding almost 20 years ago. She is an author that I have loved everything I have read by her. The Mure Series is so amazing. It is sweet and fun and touching. Colgan writes so well. I can picture myself there with all the characters. This one did not disappoint. It is a great book in general but an awesome Christmas Story. This books gave me the feels. Highly recommend.
What a delightful story. Jenny Colgan is able to take simple ideas and spin them out to be pleasurable reads. Set on the Island of Mure, a Scottish island, remote, harsh, where the weather is always a factor, and transport to the mainland might be by ferry if the weather is good, or not at all if the weather is uncooperative.

A cast of oddball characters, some of whom who have been introduced in earlier books in this series, live and love on the remote Scottish island. (I have not read the previo
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I love the non-existent island of Mure, and its inhabitants, and I think this is a strong series for Colgan. This one is not my favorite; the reader is in for a shock at the beginning, and the tone of that shocking between books event colors the tone of the whole book. Colgan has some really interesting material to work with, including mothers who want to return to work but feel guilty, and the loyality a widowed person owes to their dead spouse, but she doesn't develop those themes in a meaning ...more
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
The 4th book in Jenny Colgan's Mure series is a fun read. It was nice to revisit the island and all the characters you have fallen in love with in the previous 3 books. This is not a stand alone book so you will be a bit lost if you haven't read the first 3.
Jul 25, 2020 added it
This was a fun follow-up to the original book, though I didn't realize it when I picked it to read. If you loved the cast in the first story they are all here plus a handful of new oddball characters that the story essentially revolves around starting about one third in. As with the previous book, there are those of us who'd love to visit or live on a remote Scottish island where the world that revolves around
"likes" and "shares" and trendy-ness have very little meaning or bearing on everyday l
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I had trouble getting into this book. I think it would of been better if I had read the previous books first and had a handle on the characters.
This is not my normal genre, mystery and historical fiction are my favorite but I usually enjoy a 'feel good Christmas' story which is why I entered the contest. I was disappointed that I just could not get into the book and ended up not finishing it. I did read the first 20 chapters. There was nothing really wrong except that it wasn't my style.
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jenny Colgan has done it again! Back in Mure, this time for Christmas, readers visit again with Flora and Joel and all of their family and friends. This book is filled with love and friendship with mostly happy endings. Thank you to Netgalley for this ARC, especially perfect during the difficult days of Covid 19. This book offers pure escape and optimism for future days!
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
So many Christmas books look cozy and appealing, but they end up being too sugary sweet for my taste. This one is different--interesting story (somewhat far-fetched in places) in an unusual location with some hilarious episodes featuring a kitchen, diners in a new hotel, and an out-of-control dog. If holiday books are your thing, this one is a really solid offering by an entertaining author. Part of a series, but you don't have to read any of the others.
Advance copy from Edelweiss and Harper Co
Linda Sardone
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
My thanks to HarperCollins Publishers and NetGalley for access to an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A story that finishes well can make a reader forgive and sometimes forget earlier disappointments. Although in this case, the fact that almost everyone is miserable from page 1 until about 75% into the story makes me question if the author is disconnected from her fan base for this 4th in her Mure series. Its Christmas, after all. And not everyone finds Christmas to be a happy time, but this
Linda Sardone
My thanks to HarperCollins Publishers and NetGalley for access to an ARC.

A story that finishes well can make a reader forgive and sometimes forget earlier disappointments. Although in this case, the fact that almost everyone is miserable from page 1 until about 75% into the story makes me question if the author is disconnected from her audience for this 4th in her Mure Island series. Its Christmas, after all. And not everyone finds Christmas to be a happy time, but this story opens like a bad T
Cindy Roesel
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Holidays have arrived on the tiny island of Mure, located between Scotland and Norway in Jenny Colgan's new novel, CHRISTMAS at the Island Hotel (WilliamMorrow).

Finton and his sister, Flora Mackenzie are going to turn the Rock into a luxurious destination for those seeking a little something special and incredible food. But before Christmas Day arrives, the hotel will need to get into ship shape and the kitchen staff has to blend. Once Finton hires Chef Gaspard who believes he's now working
Jani Brooks
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mure, Scotland - Present Day

The tiny island of Mure lies in the far north of Scotland's waters as close to Norway as it is to Scotland. Despite its small year-round population, Mure is self-sustaining with fresh seafood, and land to graze cattle and sheep. It's also the home of a brand new hotel, the Rock, that, maybe because of its name, is off to a rocky start.

Fintan MacKenzie technically owns the Rock, but he despises it, and would sell it in a heartbeat. However, it was left to him by his hu
Kathleen Gray
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know that feeling of snuggling down into something cozy? Or listening to an Adele song? That's what reading this lovely novel is like. Don't worry if you haven't read the earlier books in the series- you'll be fine hopping in. Fans, however, will be pleased to see how the characters have moved along (or not) and with the addition of new ones. Konstantin, a Norwegian dubbed the Party Prince, finds himself exiled by his father to Mure and working in the kitchen for Gaspard, a volatile and tale ...more
Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Want to spend Christmas on an Island situated midway between Scotland and Norway? This is the novel for you, so snuggle up with a mug of cocoa or glass of mulled wine and soak in island life as everyone prepares for Christmas. 

The biggest surprise to me is the fact this is book four in the Mure series. Drawn into the blurb I didn't notice… however, don't despair because Christmas at the Island Hotel can read and enjoyed as standalone… I can attest to that and reassure you, Ms Colgan introduces e
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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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