The Long Weekend Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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A host of different personalities fill this fun summer read - the talented Veronica Henry's tenth book (STAR magazine)
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)
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)
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)
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)
A short break can become the holiday of a lifetime . . .
From the bestselling author of THE BEACH HUT
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
This book is supposed to be a light-hearted chic-lit, and yet it felt so heavy and miserable and I can't use the word "enjoyable" to describe it.
Usually books like this I would expect to find a certain elements of humour in it, which this book is seriously lacking and makes it very boring and I needed a lot of encouragement to carry on reading.
I've read a lot of crap chic lit too and this one is by far not the worst... hence the two star!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the characters in this book and the fact it all took place beside the sea. all in all a very nice read.Published 4 months ago by WENDY VAN VREESWIJK SIMPSON
Never read any of Veronica Henry books before,but I really enjoyed this. I will buy her books again.Published 4 months ago by B L Radcliffe
Really enjoyed this book :-) Initially, the constant switching between the different characters stories was a little distracting, but once you get used to it it's alright. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Laura N Bren