The irrepressible Russell "Buffy" Buffery has upped sticks from London and moved to Knockton, Powys, to a B&B inherited from an old flame. With his future spread before him, and a string of failed marriages behind him, Buffy decides it's time for a new challenge.
Meanwhile: Harold's wife has run off with a younger woman leaving him alone with his as-yet-unwritten novel narrated by Mary Pickford's cat; Amy's weedy boyfriend has turned out to be not so needy after all; and Andy's partner's corset-and-suspender-clad attempts at seduction are having anything but the desired effect. They're all lost with nowhere to go, and feeling well past their sell-by dates. So they decide to enrol on "Courses for Divorces" in a sleepy rural town. Under Buffy's tutelage, they find themselves relearning all those skills they never thought they'd need again, and a whole lot more besides.
©2013 Deborah Moggach; ©2013 AudioGO Ltd
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"Funny, light hearted & great narration"
Was recommended to read this, but didn’t really want to, so I got the audio instead, very glad I did. Great narration, funny, and light-hearted enough to make two (otherwise dreadful) massive train journeys really enjoyable…. Perfect for a holiday listen or a commute and well worth a credit. I’ll definitely give Best Exotic Marigold Hotel a listen now.
"I did not want the story to end."
This is the first of Debora Moggach's works I had come across and it will not be the last, It was like donning a very comfortable magic feel good bath robe I felt warm comfortable and fully engaged with each of the characters so much so I genuinely did not want the story to end. Thank you Deborah its been a very long time since I felt so cheered by a book I am now looking forward to enjoying your other works.
"Entertaining but not outstanding"
Whilst I enjoyed this story, I can't say that any of the characters are particularly memorable or that I was desperate to get back to it after each break.
I never felt that the story actually got off the ground.
I didn't particularly enjoy Nicky Henson as the narrator either although his voice is probably reflective of the central character.
I have read several Deborah Moggach books and was looking forward to this one but am probably not even going to finish it. The first turn off was the swearing which seemed superfluous and unnecessary - just added to make the dialogue "edgy". For me what makes a book are the characters - being drawn into their lives and stories. But Buffy is not really very interesting or real and the story itself all seems a bit self conscious - like it is trying to tick best seller boxes.
As I am listening I find my mind drifting off or being jarred - this is definitely the most disappointing Audible book I have purchased
This has got to be one of the best books I've listened to in a long time.
Best exotic Marigold hotel
"More Healing Heart B&B"
The main story is eventually set in Wales, though could have probably been anywhere, the story starts by outlining the various key characters and then slowly pulls them all together. I enjoyed Nicky Henson's narration and felt it was right for the main character. This is a pleasant view of some of life's interesting and complex relationships and self belief's. An enjoyable listening.
"A pleasure, love all the different characters."
Buffy, the main character in this book, is an entertaining bloke, I'd like to meet him.. He has a tale to tell having seen life via his work, a actor and his glossy life in his marriages and extended family..He inherits a small B&B and his life changes from that of busy London to a village in Wales..
There are so many people in this book, each having individual characteristics and a life gone by.. All ages and all interesting with hopes and dreams. Not slushy more down to earth and funny too. Loved it.
"A weekend read"
Amusing at times, but this book never really lived up to expectations. I kept expecting a twist or a turn, but... Undeveloped characters and situations, all rather superficial. A lighthearted weekend read, worthy of three stars, it will fill your time, but it is far from memorable.
The intertwining of the characters, draws you in, They are believable and the central character Buffy is quite affable and loveable.
Easy, Warm and likeable
In some places it made me laugh out load.
This is an easy listen. each of the characters is interesting and is a shorty story within their own right. It is a light listen with a reasonable ending although no unpredictable.
"Feelgood lighthearted read"
I liked the book because it was easy to lsiten to and lighthearted. Most of the characters were older and it was nice to listen to their life experiences and hear about the scars these had left.
Russell 'Buffy' Buffery, was my favourite character. I liked the way that he makes a go of running Myrtle House the dilapidated bed and breakfast in rural Wales which he is surprised to inherit. It is also fun that not all his plans work out quite how he expected.
I definately liked the Buffy character best.
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