Christmas on the Island by Jenny Colgan (Review by Kala Saxon)

Our Rating

I want to start by gushing over the book itself. I am talking about the copy that I received. I have never received a copy with the plastic covering before. I loved it. Felt like it was fresh off the printer of the writer. Okay, I am done gushing over the book. Now it is time to tell you what my thoughts are of this cozy Christmas story. I am a sucker for stories told in Scotland, especially if the author throws in some of the local dialect.

What I noticed immediately about the writing style of the author is that she is very descriptive. What I mean is that some of the descriptions were too wordy in my opinion. I can always appreciate descriptive stories but in this case, I felt like it was a bit overdone. I wanted more dialogue between the characters instead of all the descriptions. I didn’t feel like the story was moved along fast enough. I was anxious to see what was going to happen. There was so much tension being built up with each of the storylines but when the climax and resolution came, they felt rushed.

I would recommend this story to those who need a nice Christmas story, but do not want the typical everyone is happy all the time setting. This book is set during the holiday, but the author manages to incorporate real-life conflict. Let’s face it, in real life there is not usually a holiday that goes by without some type of conflict that is going on. Now whether it gets resolved before season end or not is another story altogether.

Even though I felt that the writing was too wordy at times, I did enjoy the story itself. I will have to give this author another chance since she does have other books set in this same place.

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