The Reluctant Elf by Michele Gorman

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?

This is a wonderfully eventful festive novella that will have you turning the pages eager to discover more.

We follow the story of Londoner Lottie and her seven year old daughter Mabel who just days before Christmas, receive a call to inform them that their Aunt Kate has been in an accident, which has left her in intensive care.
Rushing to her bedside in Wales, Lottie finds that it’s not just her Aunt who is in need of tender loving care, but Kate’s B&B also needs help.
Throw into the mix, a hotel reviewer, his family and a taxi driver who is about to turn into a handy man, this year the season of goodwill is about to be tested.

I loved the mix of characters that we meet throughout the story, we have sensible single mum Lottie who is determined to help her aunt, even if that means coming out of her comfort zone and delving into the world of housekeeping.
The wonderfully quick witted Mabel, who lightens the mood and ignites the love within the story,
Then there’s Danny. the helpful taxi driver who takes cooking to a whole new level and the very handsy Hugo.

The truth is, the storyline instantly pulls you in but the characters and the festive feel make this story a magical CHRISTMAS read that will brighten those gloomy winter days.


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