Christmas on the Island

Christmas on the Island

A Novel

Book - 2018
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While Flora struggles with how to inform her ex-boss that she is carrying his baby, a doctor refugee from war-torn Syria embarks on his first Christmas season without his wife on the remote Scottish island of Mure.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062869203
Branch Call Number: FICTION Colgan 2018
Characteristics: 337 pages : map ; 24 cm


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Mar 06, 2019

Somehow Jenny Colgan writes sad, but happy books and happy but sad books, always managing to break our hearts while uplifting them at the same time.

Christmas on the Island at first feels a little bit like her last book, as Joel struggles with his past. And like the last book, the town of Mure and the family of families that inhabit it rescue him and each other. It's beautifully done and more beautifully written.

Mar 05, 2019

Do not care for the writing style. Seems dull and plodding to me. Read some of the front of the novel and a few of the back pages, but not the rest. Cannot say that the descriptions of actions and surroundings added to fuller characterization.

Mar 04, 2019

Ah, another trip to the elusive island of Mure, every bit as good as the previous ones. There will be more, as there are unresolved issues. This one was particularly sadder than the others - won't reveal more. But an all-together curl up and lose a few hours in a satisfying read experience. Colgan doesn't disappoint.

Mar 03, 2019

This is the third book in the series and a very good follow up to Endless Beach. I hope Jenny Colgan follows writes another follow up as this has been a great story! Recommended! :-)

Nov 26, 2018

Colgan's books are charming and a quick read because she has such a deft way of describing her characters and situations in quick word sketches. In this book, Flora MacKenzie is alarmed to find herself pregnant from a boyfriend who always seems to be gone. With Mure plunged into its annual winter darkness and Christmas almost upon them, Flora struggles to find her balance while her brother Fintan's husband is dying of cancer and her brother Innes is befuddled by a separated wife who suddenly finds the island charming again. Flora is also caught up in her friend Lorna's unrequited love for the town doctor and keeping her cafe stocked with enough Christmas cake to feed the locals and the horde of "non-Russian" nuclear submarine sailors. Colgan resolves some situations at the novel but leaves plenty of unanswered questions for the next book in the Summer Seaside Kitchen series.

Nov 22, 2018

I love to pick up a Jenny Colgan book and get lost in the make believe world of island people, long, dark, windy winters, love of family and good friends, adult love where nothing is easy and there are no graphic sex scenes but the love is the point, and the struggle to live on a tiny island where every one knows one's every move and can practically read your mind. These books are rarely longer than a six hour read--and I am always sad when I reach the end--despite the happy ending, I want more! Please read her books in order.


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