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Heartbreak Hotel [Kindle Edition]

Deborah Moggach
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (354 customer reviews)

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From Deborah Moggach, bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, comes another hilarious and romantic comedy, this time set in a run-down B&B in Wales…

When retired actor Buffy decides to up sticks from London and move to rural Wales, he has no idea what he is letting himself in for.

In possession of a run-down B&B that leans more towards the shabby than the chic and is miles from nowhere, he realises he needs to fill the beds – and fast.

Enter a motley collection of guests: Harold, whose wife has run off with a younger woman; Amy, who’s been unexpectedly dumped by her (not-so) weedy boyfriend and Andy, the hypochondriac postman whose girlfriend is much too much for him to handle.

But under Buffy’s watchful eye, this disparate group of strangers find they have more in common than perhaps they first thought...

‘Addictive and funny... If there is a book more like a Richard Curtis film, you’d be hard-pressed to find it’ Psychologies

'Just as exuberant and hilarious as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Good Housekeeping

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"Another hilarious and heart-warming tale from the author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (Marie Claire UK)

"This warm, funny and generous romp of a novel is a delight" (Independent)

"Nobody writes as well about the stirrings of elderly loins. This extremely funny novel is set in rural Wales, in the sublime company of Russell ‘Buffy’ Buffery… The joy lies in the delightful characters and the wry, pin-sharp commentary on their shenanigans. Bliss" (Kate Saunders The Times)

"This is a comic performance so footsure it almost tap-dances" (Sunday Times)

"There’s all the warmth and the humour you’d expect from Moggach, as well as moments of beautifully expressed insight into her lonely hearts" (Helen Zaltsman Observer)


‘Just as exuberant and hilarious as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.’ (Good Housekeeping)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1818 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (22 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009A94G1G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (354 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,440 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Characterisation 28 Feb. 2013
By C. Colley TOP 500 REVIEWER
When retired actor Russell "Buffy" Buffery inherits a guesthouse in Wales from an old friend, he decides to move there. Buffy is fed up of the hustle and bustle of London and needs a new challenge.
Several months later, Buffy is enjoying his new life at Myrtle House in Wales, but clearly not making enough money to maintain the run down B&B. Buffy needs to fill the beds and comes up with the idea of 'Courses for Divorces'. With a few broken marriages behind him, Buffy is no stranger to the marriage-go-round and decides to run residential courses for people who have recently split up and find themselves re-learning all those skills they never thought they'd need again.
Buffy's various courses attract an interesting cast of characters to Myrtle House and Deborah Moggach writes about them with plenty of humour. The characters and their situations are well described and the story is witty and entertaining.
A thoroughly enjoyable book and would love to see it made into a film.

I've read and enjoyed several books by this author, but I seem to have overlooked The Ex-Wives. Buffy first appeared in The Ex-Wives and the story follows his love affair with Celeste and includes his various ex-wives and offspring. Please note, though, Heartbreak Hotel is a stand-alone novel and you do not need to read The Ex-Wives first.
Also, Twin Beds: Christmas at Heartbreak Hotel, is a short, free ebook and follows Buffy and guests, during the festive season. I've read this one and recommend it, especially if you have enjoyed reading Heartbreak Hotel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First half superb, second half less so 3 Dec. 2013
By Ralph Blumenau TOP 500 REVIEWER
What a delight to meet old Buffy again, at 70 nine years older than when we met him in The Ex-Wives (see my review), and Deborah Moggach's warm and earthy humour has not faded either in the twenty years since the earlier novel was published. Or at least this is this is true of the firts half of the book.

Buffy is tired of modern London where familiar areas are constantly being redeveloped and where life-styles seem to him to be becoming steadily seedier. So when a comfortable old flame has died and left him her B&B in "Knockton", an old-fashioned friendly little market-town just inside Wales, he decides to move there and run the guest-house himself. The place is distinctly run down and Buffy is impractical - a sturdy local woman does the essential work - and it attracts only a few passing guests. But Buffy is the sort of person to whom guests tell their problems - in one case a wife complains that her husband doesn't know how to talk to women. Now that is something that the much-married Buffy has always been good at, and it occurs to him to earn a little extra money by running residential courses helping divorced people to cope. He would recruit locals to teach people to do the things for which they had always relied on their ex-partners - one week devoted to learning about the inside of cars, another week to cooking, another to gardening. Buffy himself would run a course called How to Talk to Women.

In the first half of the book the chapters about Buffy are interspersed with initially unrelated chapters, each a gem in itself, about Londoners whose marriages or relationships have broken up and who feel lonely, bereft and incompetent: Monica (64), Amy (31), Harold (56) and Andy(40).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable oddball romcom 4 April 2013
By Lady Fancifull TOP 500 REVIEWER
Heartbreak Hotel is a pleasant, warm, enjoyable read. A larger than life collection of characters in a small Welsh village connect and disconnect with each other. There is a shaggy dog story feel to the book overall.

The basic mix takes an elderly bon viveur much married ex actor with a brood of children and step children and a warmly raconteur filled life. He inherits a ramshackle hotel from an ex lover, and decamps to Wales to inhabit it. Wales is more filled with warm, companionable, quirky eccentric people who are aware of each others' business and comings and goings than London was. London may well have been filled with equally warm, companionable, quirky eccentric people, but the people were more isolated from each other. The quirky hotel, or quirky elderly actor seem to act as a magnet to bring all these people together. Great fun is had by all. Unlikely couples get together. The middle-aged and the elderly are also amongst the ones getting it together. Sex isn't just for the young.Life exists outside London.

There is nothing wrong with this book, except as I drew towards the close I did begin to feel 'so what' It reminded me that what I really appreciated in Moggach was what I found in a much earlier work Tulip Fever which still lingers in the memory - more BITE as well as quirky humour. Heartbreak Hotel was good fun, but I know I will soon forget it

I received this as a digital copy for review from the publishers
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars. Light, Warm and Entertaining 13 Feb. 2013
Russell 'Buffy' Buffery, an ageing actor living in London, is very surprised when he inherits from an old friend, Myrtle House, a dilapidated bed and breakfast in rural Wales. Buffy is tired of the hustle and bustle of London, and when his daughter visits and he has to resort to taking a tray out to her and serve tea in her car because there is nowhere for her to park, Buffy makes the decision to start a whole new life in Wales, much to the surprise (and amusement) of his adult children. However, Buffy finds that filling beds at the B & B is not as easy as he thought and, with the roof leaking and the window sashes rotting, he realises that he will need to come up with a plan to make more money. Buffy then has a brain wave; having been through the marriage mill himself, and thinking he has spotted a niche in the market, he decides to run residential courses for people who have recently been divorced and find themselves lacking the skills their partner possessed; and so, 'Courses for Divorces' is born. Buffy feels that his profession as an actor qualifies him more than adequately to be the tutor for conversation classes, especially his planned 'How to Talk to Women' classes, but for the more practical aspects of his course, such as: 'Basic Cookery', 'Gardening for Beginners' and 'Basic Car Maintenance', Buffy realises he will need to hire people to help. Enter Nolan, a bronzed, curly-headed car mechanic, with the perfect profile, who is ideal for Buffy's car maintenance classes, and sure to be a hit with the female clients, and he is just one of the tutors we meet in the course of this entertaining story. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
easy fun read
Published 6 days ago by Intelligent rabbit
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
far better than the film (best exotic marigold hotel)
Published 27 days ago by Mrs P A Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars didn't she write The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
3.5/5 Deborah Moggach...didn't she write The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel? Yes, she did indeed - I loved that book - and the movie! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Luanne Ollivier
3.0 out of 5 stars I actually bought this for my aged mother thinking it would something...
This is the first Deborah Moggach book I have read, and yes it's a light hearted romp and not an unpleasant read, I was taken aback by the level of expletives used. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sandiep
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Liked it very much.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Gillian M Clayson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by Brian Baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful read from Deborah Moggach
Another wonderful read from Deborah Moggach. Loved all the characters, enjoyed finding out what happened to them. Buffy was a great old guy - very amusing story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jazzy2
4.0 out of 5 stars A good tale with good interest in seeing the characters attracted ...
A good tale with good interest in seeing the characters attracted to Buffy and how they bond together and find new lives, whilst still orbiting around Buffy's' hotel. Read more
Published 1 month ago by uncle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
most enjoyable read.
Published 1 month ago by trees
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, truthful, poignant and very readable.
a heart warming, poignant and realistic romp through loves, loss, growing old, loneliness, relationships. Read more
Published 2 months ago by bookclubmember20
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