Wednesday 24 December 2014

Review: The Reluctant Elf by Michelle Gorman

Meet Britain's Worst Innkeeper

Single mother and extremely undomestic goddess, Lottie, has five days to become the ultimate B&B hostess to save her beloved Aunt Kate’s livelihood.

When Aunt Kate ends up in the hospital, Lottie and her seven-year-old daughter are called to rural Wales to stand in at the B&B. Without the faintest idea how to run a hotel (she can barely run her own life), Lottie must impress the picky hotel reviewer and his dysfunctional family who are coming to stay over Christmas. Without the rating only he can bestow, Aunt Kate will lose her livelihood.

But will Danny, the local taxi driver who she hires to help her, really be Santa’s little helper, or the Grinch who stole Christmas?

Review: this was my first Michelle Gorman book/novella and it was a really good place to start in my opinion! This was a lovely tale for Christmas time and the perfect length to fit in at this time of year (I read it on the way to and from a party on tubes/trains!) it makes a good alternative to all of the sickly sweet stories around at the this time of year as well because this story gets a little bit dark In places and exposes the reality of things going wrong at this time of year! 

I liked lottie as a character, mainly because she just rolls up her sleeves and gets on with it, no questions asked, she also has extreme family loyalty to her daughter and to her aunt. She is very likeable and pret realm twist too. I found Danny a little difficult to believe as a character. I honestly am not sure that a real person would take the action that he did but I liked him all the same. The guests in the story play the evil pantomime characters and they are truly worthy of the hisses and boos! 

The storyline is funny and very fast paced, the length is just perfect, you will definitely find yourself wincing at some of the mishaps and laughing at the way Lottie tries to fix things. There is a strong message of family throughout the whole story, families of any kind and that is why it is perfect for this time of year! I really enjoyed this story. It wasn't too hard to handle for a busy time of the year and so perfect holiday reading! 

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