Sunday, 7 December 2014

Christmas Review! - The Reluctant Elf by Michele Gorman

The bit on the back…

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?

This is the second book I’ve read by Michele Gorman, the first also being a Christmas book called Christmas Carol which I can highly recommend. You can check out my review here.

The reluctant elf is all about software programmer Lottie who is drafted in at last minute to look after her Aunt’s B&B.

The story kicks off with a rather unfortunate situation which gives us an insight into Lottie’s past and what she’s had to go through. She lives with her daughter Mabel and that also shows just how strong a character she is. She drops everything and rushes to be with at her Aunt’s side in a completely selfless act and I love how desperately she loves the family that she has left.

The story unfolds as Lottie’s stay is extended in Wales and the full extent of her mission as temporary innkeeper is unveiled. I love this type of plot line where characters are faced with a tough situation that they have to try and turn around. It is comforting in its predictable formulaic plot and it makes for a great read especially with its familial and Christmas themes. I love the title of this short, 120 page story and how its subtle pun links with the story.

If you are looking for a feel good short story to snuggle up with one wintery afternoon then I would definitely recommend this!

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