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Christmas at the Island Hotel

(Mure #4)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  828 ratings  ·  186 reviews
On the tiny, beautiful, and remote island of Mure, halfway between Scotland and Norway, a new hotel opening is a big event. New mother Flora MacKenzie and her brother Fintan are working themselves half to death to get it ready in time for Christmas. 

The new hotel’s impressive kitchens throw together two unlikely new friends: Isla Gregor is the hardworking young girl who ha
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Published October 20th 2020 by HarperAudio (first published October 13th 2020)
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Mark The fact that she can't keep the details straight from book to book and no editor seems to catch them is frustrating and I'll give up reading anything…moreThe fact that she can't keep the details straight from book to book and no editor seems to catch them is frustrating and I'll give up reading anything else from her. In addition to this and the stuff already pointed out the cafe changes names every book and is a pink building in book 1 to 3 and suddenly is a grey building in book 4. (less)
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Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Elizabeth Plunkett
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
3.5 stars
Is this book predictable? Oh definitely yes.
Is it still enjoyable? Definitely yes as well, but you need to have read the first three books in the series for this one to be as meaningful as possible. There are a plethora of characters and relationships that have been developed over the past three books, and starting here would be like joining a family reunion where everyone knows each other except for you.
The residents of Mure are getting ready for the Rock to open for Christmas, the fir
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jenny Colgan Jenny, what happened?

Another fun Mure story, yes, but what is going on with the many, many unacceptable inconsistencies? By book 4 you have a well-established group of readers who are attached to your characters. Here are the name changes and issues I noticed (which made it really hard to read at times!). These aren't extras - these are BIG characters.

- Jan (Charlie's wife) is now Pam (and her character went from a formidable outdoorswoman to a competitive yummy mummy)
- Joel Binder
Shelley Lawrence
3.25 stars

First, a thank you to Goodreads for this giveaway book win.

I’ve read all of Jenny Colgan’s books in her Mure series set on a fictitious, wintery, remote island on the Scottish coast. I feel like I personally know these quirky characters who are each unique in their own way, since I’ve been spending time with them since book one. Jenny Colgan’s books are never easy or overly sweet. They contain all kinds of characters, many who are distinctly difficult, and experience real hardships and
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Jenny Colgan and her writing so I was super excited about the prospect of a Christmas book. Unfortunately, this was my least favorite of her books. What I love about her books is the witty writing, the laugh out loud comedy, the heartwarming plots, and the cozy settings. This was just not the same in my opinion and was a disappointment. There are a lot of characters to keep track of so it was not only hard to keep track of them, they aren’t very likable. The town is not very cozy and it d ...more
Sonia Cristina
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Jenny Colgan's books are, no doubt, comfort readings. Reading CHRISTMAS AT THE ISLAND HOTEL was such a great delight.

I'm very fond of the Mure series series. The location - a small Scotish island, so far north that, in the Summer, the sun is bright almost the entire night - has enchanted me from the very first book. And the characters, oh those Murians are such funny, adorable people.

This 4th book was a welcome surprise, full of the loveliest Christmas spirit and love, love is all around and th
Delicious! As always this series on audiobook is the way to go. At first a few annoying characters and no I am not talking about Flora's little niece! But she does feature! But as time went by I was caught up in the fairytale and general island goings on. Surely at least another could be squeezed out of this series!
I like spending time in Mure. It's just so NICE. Even though this book is largely about things that are hard. It's still nice.
Laura Hill
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Blodeuedd Finland
I just did not feel it, and I always like Colgan. It was like too many people, too much of nothing

And that rich guy, son of Duke from Norway? What killed it there was that he wanted butter on his toast, just say butter, you don't have to say the Norwegian word, it is still butter
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was good but there were so many inconsistencies with the past three Mure books. It drove me crazy. It wasn't just small things, some characters who have been in the entire series now have different first or last names.
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
I will admit, I was a little nervous reading Christmas at the Island Hotel. I loved the first book in this series, but the second wasn't a favorite. Although you don't need to read the others to enjoy this, I do recommend it as several loose ends get tied up. I was a little annoyed at first with a new character being introduced, but I ended up really enjoying the Konstantin storyline. I really enjoyed this book- it ended in a satisfying way that could be picked up by a 5th book or could leave th ...more
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Leza Palguta
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jenny Colgan just makes me smile. Her books are a perfect break from darker reads.
Mandi Schreiner
I adore this town and these characters. The first book in this series made my heart happy and also broke it at times as well.

This one was good, but not nearly as deep as the previous books. I wanted to get more in depth with Lorna and Saif. We were told thing s about them but just skimmed the surface. Same with Fintan and Joel.

Still, will always think of this series so fondly.
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Luanne Ollivier
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Claire Mc Partlin
NARRATOR: Eilidh Beaton

Another wonderful additional to the Mure series of books, this time set around the opening of The Rock Hotel and Christmas.

We have the usual characters, along with a few additions (unfortunately Flora's annoying little niece is just as annoying as usual!).  Finton (owner of the hotel) is still struggling with losing his partner, so Flora is helping out a lot, even though she's supposed to be on maternity leave.
The two new main additions are Gaspar, the rude French chef, an
Norah Gibbons
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has set a very high threshold for all of the Christmas books I’ll read this year :)

This book is the most recent in the Mure series. You could read it as a stand alone but I wouldn’t recommend it, only because you will get so much more value out of this story if you know the characters better.

Flora and Fintan are trying to get Colton’s hotel up and running. Colton was Fintan’s husband and the hotel was his dream not Fintan’s. Fintan is letting Flora run the show while he’s grieving. Flo
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
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is such a sweet story. It has all the charm of a small town during any holiday. I thought the characters were written with surprisingly good chemistry for the limited amount of time they had been together. I was unaware this was part of a series when I read the book, but it didn't impact my reading experience at all. I had no trouble keeping up. The only thing holding me back from giving it five stars was the fact that I felt like it skipped from character to character a bit too quickly. I ...more
Louise Culmer
This latest instalment of the isle of Mure saga is rather more cheerful than the previous ones. Some much needed lightness is brought to the island by two new employees of the Rock - the temperamental French chef Gaspard, and the incompetent Norwegian kitchen boy Konstantin, who can’t even peel a potato. Flora and Joel have had a baby, and seem to be getting along all right. Saif and Lorna are as tormented and tortured as usual, but even they manage to have a happy interlude. The book ends on a ...more
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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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