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The Long Weekend [Paperback]

Veronica Henry
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Book Description

5 July 2012

In a gorgeous quay-side hotel in Cornwall, the long weekend is just beginning . . .

Claire Marlowe owns 'The Townhouse by the Sea' with Luca, the hotel's charismatic chef. She ensures everything runs smoothly - until an unexpected arrival checks in and turns her whole world upside down.

And the rest of the guests arrive with their own baggage. There's a couple looking for distraction from a family tragedy; a man trying to make amends for an affair he bitterly regrets . . . and the young woman who thinks the Cornish village might hold the key to her past.

Here are affairs of the heart, secrets, lies and scandal - all wrapped up in one long, hot weekend.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409135462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409135463
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 12.9 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Veronica Henry began her career as a secretary on 'The Archers' before turning her hand to scriptwriting. She has written for some of our best loved television dramas, including Heartbeat and Holby City. She writes escapist fiction with an edge - her latest book is set in a row of beach huts on the North Devon coast: assignations, confessions and shocking revelations abound amongst the sandcastles and ice-cream.

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A host of different personalities fill this fun summer read - the talented Veronica Henry's tenth book (STAR magazine 2012-07-16)

Fast-paced and full of guilty secrets The Long Weekend is a great summer read. Veronica Henry's creation of a clever web of characters, each with their own story to tell, makes this a real page-turner. (CORNWALL TODAY 2012-08-01)

Beautifully written and dreamily descriptive, this delightful read will make you laugh, sob ... and pack up the car for a trip to the Cornish Coast. (CLOSER 2012-08-11)

This story is fun and fast-paced and you are bound to find yourself rooting for the main character Claire as well as wishing you could spend your weekend at the beautiful Townhouse on Sea. (NO 1 magazine 2012-07-27)

So many things happen over the couple of days and Henry has woven the events around each other in a fascinating, highly believable and highly enjoyable way. (CORNWALL LIFE)

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A short break can become the holiday of a lifetime . . .

The terrific new novel from the bestselling author of THE BEACH HUT

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107 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fabulous... 12 July 2012
By Best Crime Books TOP 100 REVIEWER
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The last book of Veronica Henry's that I read was The Beach Hut which I absolutely loved. Veronica has a way of telling many stories in one book without you feeling overwhelmed. In The Beach Hut she managed it flawlessly. She has taken the same writing style and done it again, but even better with her latest release The Long Weekend. We start sedately by meeting the main focus of the story which is Claire Marlowe and her partner Luca who own a very high end hotel named The Townhouse by the Sea. I instantly loved Claire and to be frank, despised her smarmy boyfriend Luca. In a matter of a few chapters I felt myself longing to visit this place. It sounded glorious and to be honest somewhere that I would have stayed at in a heartbeat.

After the initial introductions we are introduced to the other characters that feature in the book almost as mini short stories combined. We meet Laura and Dan, young adults on their first weekend away with family secrets to uncover. There is Nick and his stag party who have no idea that their arrival will change many lives following the weekend. We also see Angelica, one of the staff members, and Trevor and Monique who are investors in the hotel.

I found myself utterly absorbed in each character and their troubles. It's hard to be more specific than this without spoiling the story so I won't elaborate. Somehow, Veronica Henry manages to whisk you away with all of the characters and I was irritated when I had to stop reading to do the `proper' things like work or cook. It truly is a great thing when you find a book that you don't want to put down and this book was a great example of that. The writing style was easy, the story absorbing and at the same time gripping as well as the fact that I just could NOT put the thing down. Read in a day and a truly wonderful book that I would highly recommend.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a lovely find.... 17 July 2012
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I read this book after reading a short story by the author in a magazine recently, and then reading the other reviews for it. I'm so, so glad I did - I absolutely loved it. I'm not generally a "chick lit" sort of person but this ticked all the boxes - great story, very well written, fabulous characters; I loved them all. It was fairly obvious what was going to happen at the end, but she did have me guessing for a while. Having recently read some dreadful books (50 shades being the worst) and some difficult books (Madeleine, which I am still trying to read but having to stop often because it's so heartbreaking), this was an absolutely gorgeous find and I will now search out Veronica Henry's other books. Wonderful.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of that for me, please! 11 July 2012
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Who ever would have thought so much could be packed into a weekend - even a long one?

Veronica Henry's characters are engaging from the start, and although there's a big cast list here, I was caught up by every one of them. Each has his or her own dilemma and we can really empathise with them. For some reason, it's Colin who is staying in my head. He's the wealthy baker whose one mistake in life was to father a child by someone at a time his own wife was sunk in a deep, dark depression. There's no way to make quick moral judgements here. He knows what he did was wrong, but his marriage was in a difficult place at the time and he has been trying to do the right thing ever since - paying for his daughter's upkeep and making sure he sees Chelsey once a year. Poor Chelsey is plump and puddingy, but he still loves her and wants to do the right thing by her. Facing his wife, Alison, with the truth is perhaps the hardest thing he has ever done, but this part of the story, too, is brilliantly told.

There are many strands in this book, though, not just Colin and young Chelsey's story - and each one is lively, rounded and compelling. And the setting is sublime - who wouldn't yearn for a weekend in those sumptuous bedrooms, eating Luca's fabulous food? And who could fail to warm to Nick Barnes and his divine brothers?

I really recommend this book, it's easy to read and hugely enjoyable.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect Summer read... 23 July 2012
By C. Rucroft VINE VOICE
I have read two Veronica Henry's before - The Beach Hut and The Garden Party - and I didn't particularly like either of them! I was drawn to this one because of the cover. It just screams Summer!

This book follows a number of character's stories but the main character is Claire, who owns the hotel where all the 'long weekends' happen. My favourite of all the characters was Colin and his daughter. I just loved that story. Don't be misled into thinking this is a light and frothy story either. It's much more than that.

I love how Henry has taken us into the back story of some of the character's lives and the book is so well written. All their stories really do come together and I found myself racing through this book. There was never a dull moment and I didn't want to put it down.

This is a brilliant book that I loved and I will certainly be looking for more of Henry's books in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Long Weekend 28 Feb 2013
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I read this over two days and though the story was quiet entertaining at times, its not a book I would recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fairly poor 24 Feb 2013
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Strangely, I enjoyed reading this, and it is easy to read, BUT - I was expecting more given the reviews of others? Pretty much by the end of the first chapter you know where it's going? Hey, thank goodness for diversity - if we were all the same, the world we be a far less rich place?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love this author got through book after book on my long holiday in US! x
Published 8 days ago by Vivienne Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Brilliant read. Full of different characters. Couldn't put it down. Great story lines. Another great book, on to the next one by this brilliant author.
Published 1 month ago by Alison Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Gutted
I read another title from this author which I loved. Ive read the first 20 pages and I'm not going to finish it. arrived promptly and in new condition from seller.
Published 1 month ago by Duffy Clan
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good relaxing read
This was a good summertime read. A little bit of suspense & romance but not too much of either, so it made for a good relaxing read.
Published 2 months ago by Gymgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book made a great holiday read, a bit predictable in places but some twists as well. Really enjoyed the place descriptions and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by Suzanne
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely gentle read
Lots of interesting characters with different lives and backgrounds stay at a classy hotel by the sea for the weekend. Each one has different life changing experience. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tracey Want
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend you to visit hotel in Cornwall, because you'll see it's a...
"Long Weekend" by Veronica Henry is the book that can't be specified into one genre, because inside you'll find people and their stories, both sad and funny, that can be... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Denis Vukosav
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read
This is not the style of book I would usually read but I tried it and really enjoyed it. I am from Cornwall myself which may have something to do with it, but I found it easy to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Holly74
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely holiday read
Took this on holiday and loved it. Very easy read very enjoyable. Hope to read more books by this auther
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Kathleen Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
This is the fourth book I have read by this author. She writes a good story and I was entralled the whole way through and it only took mea few days to finish it.
Published 4 months ago by Jules
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