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Hi, my name is Kim and I am addicted to books. See? I can admit it!! 

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The Reluctant Elf

The Reluctant Elf - Michele Gorman

I was looking for a short Christmas read with a good plot and this was it, yet I still had some mixed reactions.


Lottie definitely earns the title "Britain's Worst Innkeeper," although I don't think that Aunt Kate would have won any awards in that area either. When Aunt Kate is in an accident, Lottie and her daughter Mable head to Wales for the holidays a few days early. When they get there, they discover that Kate is down for the count AND expecting important guests over the holidays. And if those guests aren't satisfied, it could mean the end of Kate's career. So Lottie and Mabel step in with help of an unepected ally to "save" the day.


I love the premise, however formulaic it might be, of a bad situation that must be overcome. And Lottie and Mabel definitely walked into a mess. It was a mess so awful that it actually made me sad rather than feel for Lottie's dilemma. It was the kind of mess that made you wonder about the mental state of poor Aunt Kate. I think it was that situation that gave me pause, gave me mixed feelings about Lottie. The complete lack of connection between reality and Kate was never really addressed. Now I know that this is supposed to be a heartwarming, holiday story, which it was, but that seemed like a glaring issue to not address.


Mabel was adorable and funny as anything and I loved her! Lottie, too, was funny, although I thought she was a bit too tempermental with Danny at times and not enough with some of her guests. Danny was a great guy and I thought he was a fantastic romantic hero.


My Recommendation


This is a short read, but a good one to get you in the holiday mood!

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