Lottie was looking forward to the nice quiet Christmas in the countryside with her daughter, Mabel and Aunt Kate until the unthinkable happens. Catching the first train out, she is faced with the fear that this could be just like what happened to her parents years ago, though arriving at the hospital shows that her Aunt is in a coma due to her injuries but should be fine, she just need time to heal before they take her out of the coma.
It doesn't take Lottie to realise that she would now have to take over the Christmas preparation at her Aunt's B&B, with the surprising help off the taxi driver who drop them off at the hospital but stayed around to see what happened, Lottie has no clue on how she is going to pull this off.
Then again, if her Aunt described a luxury B&B then it surely wasn't the one she arrived at, with the old fixtures, dirty floors and a total disaster, she is suddenly overwhelmed by the job she has on her hands. Having just three days to change the complete look of the house is going to be more challenging that she first thought, though with Mabel and Danny's help she is more than certain that she can pull it off, if not she really will need a miracle.
With the guests due to arrive on Christmas Eve, Lottie must try whatever she can to make sure her Aunt gets the rating she needs to keep her business. Though upon arriving she can tell that these customers are going to be anything but normal, Lottie know she just has to fake her smile and count down the hours until they leave and she is holding the rating in her hand, as it will all be worth it.
The Reluctant Elf is a wonderful Christmas book that shows that miracles can happen even if it is in the form of old, run down B&B's in the middle of nowhere. With its family, laughter and impressive plot, I would recommend The Reluctant Elf to anyone that wants a book that will make you smile with happiness after reading the last page.
If I had to sum this book up in three words, they would be Charming, Christmassy and Marvellous.