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"Just as exuberant and hilarious as "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"." --"Good Housekeeping"

"The details are hyper-real enough to be memorable the breakups are sad, the backsides are saggy, and no one looks good for their age without being bleak. The theme of love at any age is well-worn territory; here, it's worn in all the right places." "Kirkus"
"A charming tale of second, even third, chances." "Booklist
" Courses for Divorces. "That s the plan in Moggach s (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ) latest novel. When thrice-married Russell Buffy Buffery leaves London and buys a rundown B&B in the rural village of Knockton, Wales, he targets the niche newly single-traveler market with classes like, How to Make a Sponge Cake, and How to Change a Tire. However, the eccentric group of guests who show up learn little about practical matters and more about relationships."" New York Post"
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""I will start this review by declaring how much I adored this book, and Moggach, as both are such a true delight for any reader...Humorous, heartfelt and memorable characters will forever be in the minds of the readers as this book is clearly a masterpiece...I encourage readers to read this book. If possible read all of Moggach's books. "Heartbreak Hotel" is a wonderful pick-me-up and I promise you will come to love the author as much as I have." "Night Owl Reviews
"Heartbreak Hotel "is the first book by Deborah Moggach that I have had the pleasure of reading, and I was pleasantly surprised! The motley crew of characters provided me with no end of entertainment, and the setting was picturesque and quite fun."..Heartbreak Hotel "was an entertaining read, perfect for enjoying on a relaxing day in the sunshine or at the beach."" The Book Chick"
"I recommend this one to anyone looking for a heartwarming, easy read laced with great humor and unlikely friendships." "Many Hats
"Heartbreak Hotel "was a cute story. Though I have never read anything by Deborah Moggach I have heard of her and her excellent writing skills. This was a well written story about a B&B that brings some lost people together." Hyper Ashley
""Heartbreak Hotel" was a humorous, touching, fun to read novel sure to appeal to those who loved 'Marigold'." "A Book Worm's World"
"I understand from "Heartbreak Hotel" what makes Moggach so endearing as a writer...What's sweet about this book is the relationships that develop. Moggach's writing is very character-driven. " "Spencer Daily Reporter""

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2509 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (22 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009A94G1G
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 379 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,152 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 first 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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Deborah Moggach writes with a shrewd wit as she describes the relationships of her cast of thousands at a delapidated old hotel in the country town of Knockton, in Wales. This is a lighthearted book that would unveil many of its hidden perceptive gems on a second read.

To his surprise, aged Russell Buffery known as Buffy during his acting career, inherits an old B&B from his former landlady and friend, Bridie. Although he's a Londoner through and through, Buffy is becoming disillusioned with the way the capital is going and decides to up sticks to the country and try his hand at running a B&B.
The place struggles to make ends meet, so Buffy decides to advertise the place as a haven for divorcees and the abandoned. Here they can learn the skills that their partners formerly took responsibility for. Various weeks offer car maintenance, cookery, gardening and 'How to talk to women'. As a bonus, Buffy gets his car serviced, his garden weeded and the cookery done by his paying guests.
This very clever precept is the basis for a wealth of interactions and new relationships, as Ms Moggach lets her characters loose in Myrtle House.

I listened to this on Audible, which didn't really do the book justice because of the problem with referring back to remember who is who. It's a bit chick-lit in many ways but it is the underlying wit and perception that raises this book above other books of this genre. Those of our book group who had read Deborah Moggach's best book, Tulip Fever, didn't feel it was of the same calibre, but this one felt as though it would make an excellent TV series.

Deborah Moggach recently attended the Dubai Literary Festival and was hugely entertaining. I highly recommend seeing her if she comes your way.
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By C. Colley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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