When retired actor Buffy decides to up sticks from London and move to rural Wales, he has no idea what he is letting himself in for. In possession of a run-down B&B that leans more towards the shabby than the chic and is miles from nowhere, he realises he needs to fill the beds - and fast.
Enter a motley collection of guests: Harold, whose wife has run off with a younger woman; Amy, who’s been unexpectedly dumped by her (not-so) weedy boyfriend; and Andy, the hypochondriac postman whose girlfriend is much too much for him to handle.
But under Buffy’s watchful eye, this disparate group of strangers find they have more in common than perhaps they first thought.
©2013 Deborah Moggach (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
the narrator was very good but it's the complex story that was the most enjoyable; the cast of characters so diverse and so right for someone else.
when I got the clue that Monica was falling in love
all the ideas Monica offered for the improvement of the Myrtle House.
the charming accent!
When Buffy realized he loved Monica.
the warmth of the house created by all the personalities willing to be open. I want to look for another book by the author.
Definitely! There is a lot of detail and nuance in this book and I'm sure I missed some of it as I listened in the car.
Buffy was a real trouper always close to the brink of despair but saving himself with imagination and compassion.
Henson's voice was perfect for this story - to me it seemed like Buffy's voice although he did all the characters convincingly.
I would love to join all of them for a dinner at Myrtle House - what a great hotel and such wonderful clientele!
I loved listening to a book about characters mostly my age but still full of life and hope for the future.
The best thing about this book was the narrator's delivery. He was spot on with each character. That being said, I would not recommend this book. The book is not bad, it's just not my taste.
It truly heart warming wonderful book. It should be read by all ages especially the young so they realize that people in their 60s and 70s are still vital, loving,laughing, human beings.
I found this book very hard to follow, especially at the beginning. There are so many characters and they're not related/connected at first. I know what the author was aiming for I just think she missed the target.
When I saw this book was by the author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, that was all I needed to know. Don't expect a lot of action. If you're like me you won't miss it. Character development is lovely. Nicky Henson does a fine job with narration-- I don't think it could have been done better.
to busy and hard to follow. I finally stopped listening.
it was OK
i doubt it.
"Very enjoyable listen!"
Good narrator. Interesting storyline with characters that are very well developed. Definitely recommend for light entertainment.
"A gentle and kind read."
The golden thread of storyline running through Heartbreak Hotel is very similar to that of Marigold Hotel, also by Deborah Moggach, but that doesn't distract from the interesting characters and their individual stories. It's still a very good read!
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