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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?? 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 In surely they would be on social media, it's so easy to stay in touch via messages etc but these two don't seem to even talk. When they are together they don't talk or share anything personal or have fun.
Yet they think that they are in love? That's not love.. Regarding the writing It's awful. The phrase "he had a nasty cancer" appears in chapter one and it's just a weird way to describe a main character who is dying of pancreatic cancer. The worst character is the four year old brat Agot who speaks like a baby and seems to just shout all the time and does whatever she wants.
Two year olds speak like that, not a child due to start school soon. She is very irritating and unrealistic. I also cannot forgive that some characters' back stories have been changed. It's like Jenny Colgan forgot what happened in her second book and what she'd written before. There were also so many spelling and grammar errors it was difficult to read Very poor.
Dec 10, Mayda rated it it was amazing Shelves: romance , christmas. 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. Indeed, the strength and spirit of the inhabitants of the island shine through the 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.
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. This delightful book is vastly entertaining, but is has depth and much meaning in its pages. Highly recommended. View all 5 comments. 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.
Such a lovely Christmas story, was so great to read about all the wonderful characters from this series again. It was romantic and funny and very sad and heartbreaking at the same time.
Another great read by Jenny Colgan. Jun 05, LauraBee rated it it was ok Shelves: dame-lit-project , fiction , from-the-library , books-read , one-good-series-deserves-another.
I had high hopes for this book. As an unpublished author myself, I always read books in my basic genre in two ways. One, just as any reader, enjoying it or not, but also as a writer. Does this element work? Why or why not? Could it have been done better, or more to the point, could I do it better? That sort of thing. I found the first book in the series, gobbled it up with enjoyment, then rapidly moved on to the se I had high hopes for this book. I found the first book in the series, gobbled it up with enjoyment, then rapidly moved on to the second and had to wait a couple of days, then pretty much inhaled the third.
So yes, I enjoyed the books, well. And I admit, had there been the normal amount of time in between them, my noticing of some glaring plot point issues might not have been quite so intense. But really, Jenny Colgan? Has now vanished in book three? Now they are childless and regretted their decision. They regret their decision in the earlier book, too, but for a very plausible reason! Now to make them childless means they were just plain weak willed when it would have counted for Joel to have parents.
There were better ways to handle THAT! Texans are all types. Additionally, the timing is pretty off in the book. Timelines are important in series, especially and in a few instances they are muddled or stretched out, again just pointing out a laziness. How could you not think through these things when you began the book?
This book feels like it was rushed through editing with no sharp eyes on it. There are a few others, too, along these lines. Yes, you need to have some of the interior.
Another reviewer noted this, too, that although things do happen, you get very little local color and not much of a Christmas-y feel. It gets two stars for a mostly satisfying conclusion.
Dec 14, mindful. This one has a hearty dose of hardship as well, but the Christmas spirit shines through brightly in spite of it all. Oct 28, Kathryn rated it it was amazing Shelves: contemporary-fiction , , 5-stars , audiobooks , christmas-season.
Loved it. Perfect narration again and just adored meeting up with the people from the Island of Mure. More please! Nov 14, Jen The Starry-Eyed Revue rated it really liked it Shelves: , audiobooks , adult , contemporary , library.
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.
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 I had hoped would be an emotionally moving story centered around Christmas on a windswept Scottish island. Disclosure: I received this copy from LibraryThing early reviewers. Well, the Cafe book was disappointing enough that I ended up skipping the second book.
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