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Christmas on the Island: A Novel

Christmas on the Island: A Novel

Escrito por Jenny Colgan

Narrado por Sarah Barron


Christmas on the Island: A Novel

Escrito por Jenny Colgan

Narrado por Sarah Barron

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4/5 (51 valoraciones)
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7 horas
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Publicado:
Oct 16, 2018
ISBN:
9780062867483
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Café by the Sea—whose novels are "an evocative, sweet treat" (JOJO MOYES)—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 the people you love—unless, of course, you've accidentally gotten pregnant by your ex-boss, and don't know how to tell him. In the season for peace and good cheer, will Flora find the nerve to reveal the truth to her nearest and dearest? Will her erstwhile co-parent Joel think she's the bearer of glad tidings—or is this Christmas going to be as bleak as the Highlands in midwinter?

Meanwhile Saif, a doctor and refugee from war-torn Syria is trying to enjoy his first western Christmas with his sons on this remote island where he's been granted asylum. His wife, however, is still missing, and her absence hangs over what should be a joyful celebration. Can the family possibly find comfort and joy without her?

Travel to the beautiful northern edge of the world and join the welcoming community of Mure for a Highland Christmas you'll never forget!

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Publicado:
Oct 16, 2018
ISBN:
9780062867483
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Sobre el autor

Jenny Colgan is Scottish born and bred, born in Ayrshire in 1972. After graduating from Edinburgh University, Jenny worked for six years in the health service whist moonlighting as a cartoonist and doing stand-up in the outer fringes of London’s comedy circuit.

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  • (5/5)
    I love Jenny Colgan books. My only gripe with this one is the incredibly offensive American accent...
  • (3/5)
    This book is a sequel in the continuing series of life on an island outside of England. Good writing and simple characters. Quaint read although I did not feel attached to any of the characters.
  • (4/5)
    I read a Jenny Colgan a few years ago and really enjoyed it and so I asked for this Early Reviewers book. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that there are several earlier books in the series and so, for me, this one started very slowly as it was an effort to get up to speed with the characters.Overall, I'd say this Christmas story of a life on a small Scottish island isn't bad but it would certainly be helpful to read the earlier books in the series before tackling this one.
  • (5/5)
    What a wonderful holiday read. I've so enjoyed all of this series about a small island community and family!
  • (4/5)
    What is better then a cosy seasonal holiday book? A cosy holiday book set in Scotland penned by Jenny Colgan! As a fair disclaimer I’m an unashamed Jenny Colgan fangirl (The Bookshop on the Corner being my favorite). I think Christmas on the Island is better suited to those that have previously read books in this series, struggling as a stand alone. For those that are familiar with the series this is a wonderful addition to the story of Flora, Joel, and the Scottish isle of Mure. Thank you to LibraryThing and William Morrow for the advanced reader copy and the opportunity to review Christmas on the Island.
  • (4/5)
    Christmas on the island by Jenny ColganSounded like a good title and wanted to read this book as I've lived on an island during the holiday.Narrater is from Scotland and has the accent to speak this book. Quite unique as I mostly listen to just English with no accents.Story is set up about the location of the Scotland island and how life is during the cold dark winter days.We find Flora has to tell her boss some serious news...There is a lot of talk about others as any island it's what keeps them going.Highly sexually graphic. Enjoyed learning about others and their lives, the sex not so much.Lots of twists and turns. Recipes included.I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
  • (5/5)
    I was chosen Goodreads to read and give an honest review of this book. Honestly. I love this author and how she helps me to journey to an area that is on my bucket list. I can easily picture the landscape and the people. I can hear the lilt of their voices as if I am there. It was wonderful to visit this area again and catch up with the characters that I got to know in the previous books. This family runs on love. You feel like you can pull up and walk into the kitchen and you would be served breakfast without them ever noticing that you are a stranger.
  • (2/5)
    As others have said, this book is part of a series. When looking at the book, there's nothing that says there are other books in this series already. I entered to get this book as an Early Reviewer due to the title and the rave reviews of the author. Who would pass up an opportunity to read about Christmas on a Scottish island? However, this book was not for me. It was extremely hard to follow and the writing was lacking. It felt like the story didn't go anywhere. None of the characters are particularly likeable either. The only redeeming part of this book is the location.
  • (4/5)
    I liked this book a lot more than I expected to, I thought it would be trite and formulaic but I really loved the characters. Flora lives on the Scottish island of Mure and is involved in the lives of the local residents, including the town doctor Saif, her boyfriend Joel, billionaire Colton, and many more. Their lives are not easy but the islanders pull together to make a happy Christmas season. 3rd in a series, I didn't read the first 2 but still was able to follow the story and enjoy it.
  • (3/5)
    Having read a couple other books by Colgan, I expected a little more. The storylines are awkward, ie., too many of them and rather melodramatic for a Christmas book. It seems somewhat disjointed until the end where things come together and tie up nicely. Being an ARC there were lots of small typos/grammatical errors that I hope got cleaned up. That kind of thing is distracting to me. Still ... I like the characters, wintry seasonal feel, Scottish culture, and strong sense of place.
  • (5/5)
    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 darkness, both figuratively and literally, to aid others who need a helping hand. Flora finds herself in a fix, but her best friend Lorna is also in need of support in her unhappy situation. Together, they bolster each other, and the whole community is there for Fintan and Colton, especially when Colton’s brother Tripp shows unexpectedly. Tripp’s visit turns into a much needed learning experience for him. This delightful book is vastly entertaining, but is has depth and much meaning in its pages. Highly recommended.
  • (4/5)
    This book is part of a series. While I have not read any other books by the author or in the series, and I followed this one well enough, I think it would have helped to have either some back story on the characters of on the series as a whole. In this story, set on the remote Scottish island Mure, Flora has discovered she is pregnant with her lover’s baby and is not quite sure how to tell him. For his part, Joel, the father, is a man who has no family that he knows of, having been raised in the foster system. In fact, Joel really does not know much about families or how or when to relate to them. In addition, the island doctor Saif, a refugee from war-torn Syria, is set to spend the first Christmas in his new home with his two young sons—all of whom are adjusting to new life, though not as easily as one would hope. In addition, Saif’s wife is still missing, and her absence casts a pall over the family’s enjoyment of this season. The story revolves around the days preceding the holiday, when all things on Mure turn to the impending holiday and its celebration, done in a way that is suitable but unique to this remote Scottish island. The story was interesting. The rugged life on and description of this island were interesting, as I knew nothing about it before picking up the book. I did find all the names of various characters a bit disconcerting, though I realize that they are probably common to the area and fit the setting nicely. Also, I did not quite understand how Flora and Joel could have such difficulty coming to grips with the reality of Flora’s pregnancy, as both were obviously old enough and hopefully mature enough to have overcome what looked like feelings and actions of much younger, more immature characters. Still, their love story was fascinating to watch as it played out throughout the tale. I felt a great deal of angst for Saif and his young sons, all struggling with Western concepts and culture surrounding this holiday, though I did find some of their reactions a bit strange (especially around the nativity scene/play put on by the island’s children). They did not seem to have assimilated into the island, its people and culture all that well, though it was very obvious they had been totally embraced by the island and its inhabitants—as it the case with small, remote areas such as Mure. As I said, I found the book and interesting read, and one I could get through quite easily without having read anything else in the series, but I thinks more back story would have helped me understand and enjoy it more. Some reviewers criticized the inclusion of politics, but I did not find that too much to take, as I did not think this aspect was overblown, as it brought reality closer. This is a book that will definitely appeal to readers who have read and enjoy the series, though it is well enough written to appeal to any reader looking for a good Christmas tale, who enjoys romance, while learning about this remote island. I received this from Library Thing to read and review.
  • (5/5)
    Author Jenny Colgan introduced us to the residents of the tiny Scottish island of Mure in The Cafe by the Sea, which I found delightful. She revisits them in her wonderful new novel, Christmas on the Island.Flora left her paralegal job to open a little cafe, Seaside Kitchen. She enjoys her shop, and her relationship with her former boss Joel is going well. Being back home with her family and friends has made her very happy.But Joel and Flora's relationship hits a bump whe Flora ends up accidentally pregnant, and Joel doesn't react the way she had hoped. Joel had a very difficult childhood, and he doesn't know if he can be a good father.Flora's brother Fintan found love with Joel's biggest client, Colton Rogers, an American multi-millionaire, who came to Mure and built a huge mansion. At first the town hated Colton and all he stood for, but he has since become a valued, beloved member of the community.Colton and Fintan's love is interrupted by a severe health issue, and an unwelcome and unexpected visit from Colton's brother from Texas. Colton has had nothing to do with his family for years, so he is suspect about the timing of his brother's visit.The newest member of the community is Dr. Saif Hassan, a Syrian refugee who has been relocated to Mure. Saif has two young sons who are trying to adjust to a new life in a very different place. Saif is also looking for his wife, who never made it out of Syria.Saif has become friends with Lorna, his sons' teacher and Flora's best friend. Lorna is attracted to Saif, but his missing wife casts a pall over their burgeoning relationship.Once again, we get mouthwatering descriptions of some of the treats made in the Seaside Kitchen, including recipes at the end for Lanark Blue Scones, Black Bun and Shortbread. I also enjoyed learning about the Christmas traditions of this tiny Scottish island.Reading Christmas on the Island is like catching up with old friends. Jenny Colgan makes you feel as though you hopped on the ferry yourself and landed there to spend the holidays. While there is joy, as with life, there are also sorrows. The way that Mure welcomed and accepted Saif and his sons is uplifting, but Colton and Fintan's story is very sad.I loved Christmas on the Island and hope that we get to meet up again with the residents of Mure.I highly recommend it.
  • (4/5)
    Christmas on the Island takes place on a small Scottish Island by the name of Mure. Flora the main character has found herself pregnant with her boyfriend Joel's child and is unsure how to tell him. Though the story revolves around Flora and Joel there are many other characters that are playing other major and minor parts. I am aware that this is part of a series and while I have never read any of the other books I was able to follow this fairly well. I have read other books by Jenny Colgan and always found her writing to be quite pleasant. When I saw the book on the Early Reviewers page I jumped at the chance to review her work again. If I had one thing to say that bothered me it would be that there are too many character stories to follow. If I had read other books in the series it may not have been as difficult but, it just seemed that there were too many characters to keep track of.I was given a copy of this book for honest review from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
  • (2/5)
    When I started reading this book I had hoped for a delightful return to the Scottish isle of Mure and a wonderful opportunity to catch up with its inhabitants. Instead, I got a running commentary on American politics. I may not continue listing Jenny Colgan's books as a must-read, as like most I read these books for their light-hearted take on life. Most people who read this type of book want an escape for a few hours during a hectic season, and if so this is probably not the book for you. If on the other hand, you absolutely need to catch up with the inhabitants of Mure (which is what I had hoped for) then go ahead, but you may leave some negative feelings about the book since you have to put up with the political commentary.
  • (5/5)
    FIrstLine ~ In winter, the mornings are very dark on Mure, the tiny island high up off the coast of the north of Scotland, hallway to Iceland for (or, it occasionally feels like, to the North Pole when the west winds blow in).This book is so sweet and original. I just loved it so much. It was jam packed with heart, characters you will swoon over and so much Christmas goodness. This is must read and a book that you will not soon forget. You may want to escape to the Scotland yourself after you read it!
  • (5/5)
    Oh, can I tell you how much I adore Jenny Colgan's books! (A whole bunch!) Her latest NA release is Christmas on the Island - perfect seasonal reading. It's the third book in the Seaside Kitchen series.Flora is the owner of the Seaside Kitchen on the remote, beautiful Scottish island of Mure. Flora is a perfect lead - fun, quirky and very likable. The supporting cast also endear themselves to the reader - Flora's loud and noisy family and the wonderfully diverse and sometimes eccentric villagers. Each and every one has a part to play in the tapestry that is the life of Mure.Everyday life, love lost, love found, friendship, family rifts, family uniting and community are the driving forces behind Colgan's works.This is the time of the year when I enjoy seasonal reading, cosying up with a feel-good read, a cup of tea and a warm blanket. Delightful, inviting and heartwarming, Christmas on the Island was the perfect read for me. (And I would be quite happy living on Mure!) I hope there's another Mure book in the works - there are a few storylines that haven't been resolved....
  • (2/5)
    Christmas on a Scottish island sounds romantic and magical, but the people there can have the same problems that we all have no matter where we live - and survive, too.
  • (5/5)
    Many thanks for the LibraryThing Early Review copy of Christmas On The Island. I loved catching up with Flora and her family and friends on the (imaginary) island of Mure. This is the third in a series about the lovely inhabitants of Mure. If you haven't read the first two books you really should before dipping into this book. You'll want to learn all about the people - get the context of their relationships. I have loved each book and the third just as much. It boils down to connections between people and how we all need them and must continue to try to do better - in every way. I really hope this isn't the last I'll read of the people of Mure. There are some ends that weren't completely tied up - and I need some reassurance!
  • (2/5)
    I listened to Colgan's The Bookshop on the Corner on audio earlier in the year and enjoyed it, so I was excited to win this one from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program. I knew it was 3rd in the series, but I didn't think not having read the first two would affect my enjoyment very much.Unfortunately, I was rather disappointed in this book. Two of the main storylines had elements that I really dislike—adultery in one and negative stereotypes of Texans in the other. The third storyline was ok, but had that “the characters only need to have one conversation” trope going on. Most of the characters seemed immature to me, particularly the woman in the adultery-related storyline. I enjoyed the setting and the atmosphere of the island quite a lot, though I do think the hardships of that lifestyle are underplayed. And yes, I recognize it’s a romance novel and not meant to be an accurate portrayal of life. However, it clearly is trying to be a “complex” romance novel as it does touch on a lot of serious issues—refugees and how hard it is for them to adjust to a new life, cancer, death, miscarriages, etc. So it seems like it is trying to have its cake and eat it too. Yet, none of the elements are excellent.When I first started this, I was really enjoying it and I thought I might read the first two books in the latter part of 2019 and then reread this next Christmas, but by the end I had no desire to do that. There is also clearly going to be a sequel, but I won’t be picking it up.On an editing level, there were multiple typos and errors in this, which I hope were not included in the real book when it was released in October 2018.
  • (4/5)
    Jenny Colgan’s seasonal novel reminded me vividly of the PBS series “Shetland”, but the village is friendlier, but just as secluded and difficult. I thoroughly enjoyed my first Christmas novel with all the tension, excitement, and friendship in Colgan’s story. I did experience a little uncomfort with the Scottish names and keeping all the characters in order. Jenny Colgan does a wonderful job with characters and scenery and emotions. I plan to read more of this author and learn more of Scottish islands and culture. The story covers many topics: the wedding of two men, immigrants from Syria, small town culture, and relationships among families.
  • (3/5)
    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 novel's greatest asset and pushes the rating up a bit. I received a copy through LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program in exchange for an honest review.
  • (4/5)
    I have been reading and enjoying Jenny Colgan's books for years, The Bookshop on the Corner and Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery in 2016 and Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery in 2017 are just a few. In fact, I used to order her books directly from England before they were available here in the States because they were guaranteed to make me smile. Her novels are just the right amount of appealing, engaging, and heartwarming even as she addresses current social issues that might seem at odds with the otherwise comfortable and cozy feel. Christmas on the Island, her latest novel, is quintessential Colgan. The small, remote, northern Scottish island of Mure is getting cold as Christmas is getting nearer. Flora was born and raised on Mure and returned to the island after a year away. She owns the Seaside Kitchen, a bakery on the main street of the town and is an integral part of the fabric of Mure. It just so happens that she is unexpectedly pregnant and is struggling with how to break the news to her boyfriend Joel, knowing that, because of his past history, this will be a really big deal but not knowing exactly how he'll react. She is not the only one on the island facing big life changes either. Saif is a doctor working on Mure. He is a Syrian refugee and has recently been reunited with his young sons but doesn't know the fate of his much loved wife, not even if she's still alive. He and the boys are having to adjust to a very different climate, culture, and life amidst people who can't have any idea of the horrors they saw or of the threats to their way of life, their religion, and their past that they still feel, even on this welcoming island. It doesn't help that Saif is fighting growing feelings for Lorna, the boys' teacher in the tiny lower school. As Saif and his boys try to establish a new life, another life is coming to a close. Colton Roger is a reclusive billionaire from Silicon Valley who arrived on Mure with grand development plans but fell in love with the island as it was and with his eventual husband, Fintan, Flora's brother. Now he's dying of cancer and his long estranged brother turns up to claim the family's share of the pie.Colgan tackles some pretty tough issues in this novel but the only time anything is remotely preachy is when American politics are dragged into the plot via Colton's offensive and overly stereotypical, negative brother. All of the other issues are dealt with deftly, allowing the story not to be overwhelmed with the message. Mure might be wretchedly cold in the winter, but the tightly knit community is otherwise warm and wonderful. The novel is certainly not simply a happily ever after, especially given Colton's clear diagnosis, among other things, and this imparts a feeling of necessary bittersweetness to the tale. The setting is well drawn and that it makes the reader want to visit even during the cold, dark winter is impressive indeed. This is the third in a series and while a knowledge of the previous two novels might help give a little more depth to the characters, reading them isn't necessary to enjoy this one. (In fact, I own but haven't read the previous two yet either.) Readers who are looking for a heartwarming read about the importance of love, friendship, and acceptance, set during the season that is all about these things will find this novel fits the bill.
  • (3/5)
    Traditionally, I read a book about Christmas to help me set the mood for the Holiday season. Although this book may be part of a series, the reader can become familiar with the island's characters within a few chapters. Now this story of the Isle of Mure is not your typical Hallmark Holiday movie fare but rather a story of the islanders who mix with the new town doctor who arrived from Syria, the billionaire American and his young lawyer. By book's end, the reader will be making travel plans for Scotland. Highly recommend this book and a few others from the same author.
  • (4/5)
    It's wonderful to go back to the island of Mure and spend time with our friends from the two previous books in the Summer Seaside Kitchen series. This time instead of summer, its the coldest part of the winter and there are all sorts of new problems going on in Mure. (Note: This series needs to be read in order to totally enjoy it.)This book continues with the love story between Flora and Joel, the sickness of Colton and the love between him and Fintan and the acclimation of Saif and his two sons from war torn Syria to this remote island. These are the main issues but there are lots of other characters and situations in this small town. Everyone knows everyone's business in this small town and Flora is trying to keep a secret - she has gotten pregnant and has no idea of how Joel will react to the news based on his issues with his family growing up. Colton is dying of cancer and his husband Fintan (also Flora's brother) is distraught when Colton's brother comes to visit. Saif is their well liked town doctor who still feels very different from everyone. He is trying to help his sons acclimate to their new lives. At the same time he is waiting to hear about whether his wife is dead or alive, he is also falling in love with the school teacher. So there is no lack of drama but along with it are laughs and tears.I definitely enjoyed this book and hope that there is another book about these characters in Jenny Colgan's plans.Thanks to librarything for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.
  • (2/5)
    Apparently Ms. Colgan wanted to include any current social problem she could think of including wealth, gay marriage, unmarried pregnant women, non-Christian religions at Christmas time, refugees, and adults who suffered abusive childhoods -- all living in a small isolated town where everyone tended to know what was going on. Although many of the problems are resolved by the end of the book, the story is unsatisfying. The graphic sexual scene is particularly inappropriate.