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Book Review: The Reluctant Elf by Michele Gorman

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?

My thoughts
Single mother Lottie finds herself unexpectedly hosting Christmas for a reviewer at her aunt's B&B in Wales... Not realising what a poor state the house is in, Lottie takes on the challenge to gain a good rating from the reviewer and his family, therefore saving her aunt's livelihood. With the help of her daughter Mable, their taxi driver and determination, will Lottie manage to save Christmas and therefore the B&B?

I enjoyed reading this book - it was an easy, lighthearted read and I read it in one sitting. It had a typical chick lit premise (single mother meets single father) which may put some people off; I didn't mind this at all. I also enjoyed the cute little mishaps and the attempts to 'save' Christmas.

This was a great little read for the dark autumn nights, and a nice lead up to the festive season.

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary/advance copy of this book for consideration of a review.


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