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A Night on the Orient Express Paperback – 4 Jul 2013
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It's a glamorous and absorbing read, a well-written romp with a cast of believable, empathetic characters whom you'll be fascinated by from the start (DAILY MAIL)
For one group of passengers, there's more at stake than the trip of a lifetime. Compulsive reading. (WOMAN & HOME)
The perfect summer read, full of glamour and intrigue (NOVELICIOUS)
[A] tale packed with warmly-painted characters...Not only does Veronica...keep the intirgue and pace moving, she offers glorious descriptions of the ever-changing landscapes, and particularly of the romantic environs of their final destination - Venice (WESTERN MORNING NEWS (Devon))
Get ready for the journey of a lifetime. The wonderful award-winning novel from the bestselling author of THE LONG WEEKEND.See all Product description
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In addition to Imogen and Adele, we meet a couple that are in a relatively new relationship; Stephanie and Simon along with Simon's kids. Archie and Emma both win a competition to have the ultimate blind date on the Orient Express, and finally Riley and Sylvie who are an older couple who have been friends for years and are taking their regular `birthday' trip on the Orient. Initially, I was surprised to see so many characters, but this wasn't a negative as such in my eyes. I liked all of the characters and was keen to see what happened to each of them.
Veronica Henry has managed to bring the trip and experience on the Orient to life for me. I could almost imagine myself taking the trip alongside these characters, and experiencing all the old fashioned glamour. There were two things that I wasn't sure about with this book though. The first was the length of it, I have no idea if this was shorter than her usual books; or whether I just read it really quickly but it seemed to be far too short for my liking. The second thing was that although I enjoyed it, I almost felt like it was 4 short stories combined into one book. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but I would love to see books on all the individual characters.
Overall, another great read by Veronica Henry and one I thoroughly enjoyed. I would love to think there could be a possibility of books following these characters onward (especially Archie and Emma!). Who knows....
For me I found the structure made it a bit difficult to grasp immediately which sub plots were being developed and I felt we never really got to know some of the characters as well as I would have liked. A bit schmaltzy too at times but if that it what you like-enjoy.
The setting for the book was not it's only charm however, this novel followed a number of different stories. Emmie & Archie who have won their trip courtesy of a matchmaking website competition, Sylvie & Riley who have been lovers for years but are reaching their twilight years and long for stability, the blended family with two troubled teens and Imogen who is travelling to Venice to collect a painting on behalf of her grandmother Adele from a mysterious friend Jack. The way in which their stories intertwine are beautiful. We bob backwards and forwards between present day and Adele's past looking into each story intertwined.
Occasionally in books like this where authors try to pack in lots of intertwined stories you can sometimes feel you are granted only snapshots or that some characters are given less time. Henry though does a remarkable job of ensuring each story is defined in it's own right and that each is concluded. It is an extremely well written story, it evokes real atmosphere of travelling on board the world famous train and of it's destination Venice. It made me yearn for the chance to one day experience this famous journey and the Hotel Ciprianni.
I would love to spend more time reading Veronica Henry if all her books are of this calibre.
I have always enjoyed Veronica Henry and this book was more or less up to her normal standard, though I have read others by her which I preferred (but that is only my own personal view).
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