The Reluctant Elf (From - Festive Feast) - Michele Gorman

4 Stars

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? 

Michele Gorman is the USA TODAY bestselling author of eight romantic comedies. Born and raised in the US, Michele has lived in London for 16 years. She is very fond of naps, ice cream and Richard Curtis films but objects to spiders and the word "portion".

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This review is for the first of three short stories in a Christmas Collection by Michele Gorman. I do plan on reading all three but I wanted to get this review up right away.

This was a fun, cute, sweet, and kinda crazy Christmas story. I don't know why people like the kinds of books they do, but I really like books that take place in an Inn or B&B. especially ones that are being remodeled or are in need of repair (why is this an attraction for me?). Well this curbed my craving perfectly!

The character development was great. And I actually liked all the characters (even the weird ones). I especially liked Lottie and Danny (who wouldn't like Danny???). The descriptions were equally as good - I could easily picture everything. I am not sure I would want to stay at the Inn, maybe when it is finished? LOL

Even though this was a short story it was very well thought out. A fun romantic Christmas short to add to your list.
This is the third one by Michele. I really like her books and now I look forward to reading them!
See my other reviews - Little SacrificesPerfect Girl.

Thank you Michele for sending me this e-book for my honest review!

Buy The Reluctant Elf  - HERE
Or the whole collection - Festive Feast - HERE
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