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Heartbreak Hotel

Heartbreak Hotel [Kindle Edition]

Deborah Moggach
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"Best Exotic: Delightful and entertaining" Mail on Sunday "Best Exotic: Warm, wise, funny" The Guardian "Best Exotic: A glorious romp that will inspire roars of recognition" Sunday Express "Best Exotic: She writes beautifully... Brilliant" Sunday Telegraph

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After the far-flung charms of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Deborah Moggach moves to the Welsh countryside in her hilarious new comedy.

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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,368 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 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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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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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A charming and captivating novel 29 Aug 2013
By Zarina @ Page to Stage reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Retired actor Russell Buffery, or Buffy as he's more widely known, has been living and working in London for the better part of his life. However, when his close friend Bridie passes away and leaves him her B&B in a small village in Wales, Buffy decides that this is as good a time as any for a much-needed change of scenery. He soon packs up his belongings and moves from the bustling big city to the quiet middle of nowhere.

What follows is the utterly charming and heartwarming story of Buffy's new life in Wales and the eclectic guests that end up staying in his home, Myrtle House. The chatty actor is much more than just the man who rents out rooms and makes the full English in the morning. Sometimes he takes on the role of therapist as helps his guests rekindle their love for one another and at other times he provides the evening's entertainment in the form of a poetry recital. The B&B's inviting atmosphere and its welcoming host soon influence the tenants' lives and in turn they also leave a positive mark on Buffy. Add to that the villagers themselves, who increasingly take centre stage as the story progresses and they warm up to the newcomers, and Buffy's large extended family who drop it one after another, some for a short visit and others for an unexpected longer stay, and the cast of fascinating characters central within the novel is complete.

Deborah Moggach, despite having a wealth of novels to her name, is probably most widely known as the author of 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' (first published as 'These Foolish Things'), which was adapted into a film with some of the British crème de la crème, including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith, in 2011.
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