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The Reluctant Elf: A chick lit / romantic comedy novella (Kindle Single) by [Gorman, Michele]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 482 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Notting Hill Press (13 Nov. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00O2TKBAY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,678 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I was delighted to receive a complimentary copy of 'The Reluctant Elf' in exchange for an honest review.

I'll put it straight out there: I was hooked from the very first page and didn't put it down until I'd read the final word. It was fabulous!

The Reluctant Elf centres on Lottie - adult orphan, single mum to Mabel (who is older and wiser than her years), and niece to Kate.

Lottie and Mabel are set to visit Aunt Kate for a Welsh Christmas, during which time Kate is opening up her B&B to a reviewer and his family, for an all-important rating. With Kate being seriously injured in an accident, Lottie is determined to have the reviewer's visit go according to plan. When Lottie and Mabel arrive at Kate's, they are shocked at what they find. Drawing on support from an unlikely source - a taxi driver - Lottie sets about acquiring the rating with some good old fashioned elbow grease and a little creativity.

Of course, this wouldn't be a great story without a few tangles along the way: the reviewer's family members are an interesting bunch and Danny the taxi driver doesn't appear to be as helpful as Lottie had imagined. The relationships between the characters and a couple of unexpected events provide some light humour as Lottie and Danny try to save Kate's business.

I really enjoyed Michele's descriptions of the characters and the events that led Lottie, Mabel and Kate to their current situation. The story moves along at a comfortable pace and leaves the reader satisfied, whilst also leaving a door open for a potential sequel. I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to read this lovely story and recommend it, not only to fans of Michele's other books, but also those who enjoy the writing of Alexander Potter, Melissa Hill and Marian Keyes.
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By Suze Lavender TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 July 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Lottie's aunt Kate has had an accident. Lottie and her seven year old daughter Mabel were supposed to spend their Christmas holiday with Kate at her bed and breakfast. An important guest has booked a Christmas stay and it's too late to cancel the booking. He has to give the place a rating, so he's an important guest. Lottie has never seen the bed and breakfast and unfortunately it isn't quite what she expected it to be. The house is a mess and Lottie isn't used to cooking and cleaning. In London she employs someone for that and in Wales she tries to find help too, because she can't pull this off on her own.

With the help of taxi driver and artist Danny she does some last minute fixing up. She offers Danny quite a bit of money to help them get through the entire Christmas. The guests aren't easy, the reviewer has brought his demanding family. He has a brother in law with wandering hands and lips, who doesn't care much for his wife who doesn't like anything and who always has a headache. They have twins who are a disaster. They're all messy and they turn the house upside down. Will Lottie and Danny be able to save both Christmas and the rating? Will they end up friends or will they hate each other at the end of such a difficult holiday?

The Reluctant Elf is a fun Christmas story. Lottie is pretty clueless when it comes to running a bed and breakfast, but she tries to make the best of it and she manages to solve a lot of problems with a little bit of creativity. There were some funny scenes and there's also a bit of wonderful romance. I think Michele Gorman has written a great Christmas story, it has warmth and it's festive. It has everything I like about Christmas books.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of this book for a honest review.
Lottie Crisp and her seven year old daughter, Mabel, are going to spend Christmas in Bodelwyddan with their Aunty Kate. However, they end up going to Bodelwyddan earlier than planned due to Kate having an accident and ending up in hospital.
There is a guest reviewer and his family coming to Aunty Kate's B and B for the Christmas holidays and with Kate in hospital, taking care of the guests and B and B fall to Lottie and Mabel, with the help of their friendly taxi driver Danny.
Christmas can be a time for remembering times gone by, and family and friends that are no longer around, and it can also be about new beginnings too: sometimes when you are not looking for them.
I enjoyed this story, Mabel was a lovely child and made me smile a lot, along with the trials Lottie and Danny went through running the B and B. This will get you into the Christmas spirit, I recommend this book to you.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I was given an ecopy of this book by the PR team at Notting Hill Press in exchange for an honest review which I'm more than happy to give. I loved the cover and title of the book and I am a total sucker for a christmas tale.

Lottie receives news that her aunt has been involved in a car accident and is in hospital. She and her daughter Mabel were travelling to Wales to spend Christmas with her anyway so pack everything up and head off to Wales a few days early.

Lottie finds herself in a bit of a pickle, her aunt Kate has been put in an induced coma and it's clear she won't be out of hospital for christmas when the B & B she runs is expecting a very important guest - a reviewer, who Kate was hoping would give the B & B a much coveted star rating to help improve her business.

It's been years since Lottie had visited her aunt in Wales because her aunt always came to London to stay with her so she wasn't really prepared for the mammoth task she found herself lumbered with, add to that the chef and cleaner going awol for christmas and the chaos is just about to begin.

This really is a festive read with a difference, Lottie makes the taxi driver who took her to and from the hospital an offer he couldn't refuse and the hilarity began. Lottie has never run a B & B before and is shocked at the state of her aunt's home, particularly has she has a booking for a reviewer over christmas. Her aunt has always been there for her so she is determined to put on a 'good front' for the reviewer so sets about the task of performing a few miracles.

For a novella Michele didn't half pack everything into this book. There were high's and lows and everything in-between.
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