Christmas at the Island Hotel

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On the tiny, beautiful, and remote island of Mure, halfway between Scotland and Norway, a new hotel opening is a big event. New mother Flora MacKenzie and her brother Fintan are working themselves half to death to get it ready in time for Christmas.

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Finton and his sister Flora Mackenzie are going to turn the Rock into a luxurious destination for those seeking a little something special and incredible food. But before Christmas Day arrives, the hotel will need to get into ship shape and the kitchen staff has to blend. Once Finton hires Chef Gaspard who believes he’s now working in a “kitchen in the ocean,” and takes great pleasure in yelling at the staff and making them cry, we’re almost there. Isla Gregor who has been working at the Seaside Little Beach Street Bakery Cafe sees being hired at the Rock as a step up. Konstantin Pederson, who is a Prince in disguise and his fat ugly hairy dog, Bjark have been banned from Norway by his father the Duke of Utsire. His phone, credit and debit cards have all been turned off, so he can focus on what its like to work for a living. Before the big Christmas opening, there are a series of soft openings, including one to benefit a charity. Everything has been moving forward until that fateful night. Sixty people are seated for pate, red wine braised venison, potatoes and roasted carrots and turnips. Serving dinner is behind schedule, so diners are served wine, wine and more wine with some bread and butter. Unfortunately once the waiters begin serving dinner for the already sauced diners, Konstantin’s dog gets out and pandemonium follows. It’s all caught on video and the Rock becomes known as “Britain’s Worst Hotel” – a laughingstock before it even opens. Most of the staff think the Rock is a bust but continue working toward Christmas because the hotel is fully booked. At the same time, the town is desperate for Christmas decorations, so Konstantin hires an Norwegian artist who creates a huge, beautiful, contemporary angel that when its lights are turned on, lights up the entire island. The town is split over whether it’s lovely or hideous. And then Christmas Day arrives. I’ll leave you there.


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