Christmas on the Island

Christmas on the Island

by Jenny Colgan


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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! And warm up your kitchen with bonus recipes for the Little Beach Street Bakery’s seasonal shortbread, Lanark Blue Scones, and Black Buns.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062850072
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 40,766
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jenny Colgan is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Bookshop on the Corner, Little Beach Street Bakery, and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, all international bestsellers. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and Scotland.

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Christmas on the Island 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. Could have gone on for another 200 pages to finish everyone's stories. Did not enjoy the political punches but the story and the island are interesting enough that I stuck with it. Thanks for sharing!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I began this book not realizing it was second in a series. Turned out it didn't matter. I fell in love with the characters and their beautiful island. I'll be reading more of this series for sure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, I enjoyed reading this book, but it seemed to pick up a lot of speed at the end and hit a brick wall. I mean, nothing came to a conclusion and you are left wondering how everyone’s story ends.
DerFish More than 1 year ago
Lovely little story about a couple of couples on a Scottish Island as they fall in love and realize t. Great book, no killing and that type of nonsense. Lovedit.
Twink More than 1 year ago
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....
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: …when you grow up somewhere with a population of about a thousand, secret internet shopping came as a boon on par with electricity… I am definitely and absolutely in the process of considering getting around to telling Joel… I just wanted to say, if you guys want to keep this secret, you have to stop ignoring everyone else to stare at each other like you want to eat each other up. I mean it, honestly, it’s gross. It’s putting people off their mince pies. My Review: This was the third book in the series but my first visit to the island of Mure, so I was unfamiliar with the daunting number of characters residing there, although I quickly grew to adore their individual oddities and the quirkiness of the small community and greedily covet all the previous books as well as all books written by this gifted scribbler. The writing flowed smoothly and easily drew clear visuals across my gray matter as effortlessly as a movie reel. I was transported and felt the chill of their winter and heard the howl of the wind. The storylines were insightfully written and eloquently hit all the feels, although considerable tragedy and real-world problems were front and center despite the season. My eyes may have been stinging and my throat may have closed up a few times, sigh. This author has to have mad skills to have squeezed my cold heart. Her word voodoo is strong.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
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.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
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.
Claire140 More than 1 year ago
I must admit I love Jenny Colgan books but she seems to have dropped off my radar for a little while, but I am glad to say I'm back on track with her wonderful books! I think the main reason she dropped off my radar is because a few of her books have different titles for the same book and I get very irritated with publishers when they do that. You get all excited to read what you think is a new book by a favourite author only to find it's one you've already bought and read. Very deceiving and it really gets my back up. This book is the third in this series, and although I do wish I'd read them in order I am still looking forward to going back to read the other two and seeing how the characters have got the point they're at in this book. Flora lives on Mure and runs the Seaside Kitchen, a cafe which sounded lovely and welcoming. Her boyfriend, although he doesn't seem to think of himself as that initially, is Joel who is an American and has quite a few issues from his childhood to overcome, which from the sound of things were also addressed in previous books. He was quite hard work but a major issue later in the book gave him the kick up the behind he needed to realise what he had and appreciate it more and not worry quite so much. There are a few quite heavy issues going on in this book and yet, even though it was extremely sad in parts, it was just such a compelling reading, with humorous bits too. The characters are (mostly!) just so relatable. I even warmed to Tripp, Colton's estranged brother, who turned up unexpectedly and was a real idiot to start with. There are definitely a couple of unresolved issues by the end of this book with a few of the characters so I can only hope that there are more books planned in this series as I for one will most definitely be reading them. Very easy reading, one of those 'just more one chapter' books for me that I was sad to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago