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Heartbreak Hotel | [Deborah Moggach]

Heartbreak Hotel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Mark 07-24-15
    Mark 07-24-15
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    "Patience is a virtue"

    The story is a little slow in the beginning. If you stick with it you will definitely be rewarded!

    60 of 77 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette M new york 08-21-15
    Yvette M new york 08-21-15 Member Since 2014

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    "a surprising sweet story"
    What made the experience of listening to Heartbreak Hotel the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heartbreak Hotel?

    when I got the clue that Monica was falling in love
    all the ideas Monica offered for the improvement of the Myrtle House.


    What does Nicky Henson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the charming accent!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Buffy realized he loved Monica.


    Any additional comments?

    the warmth of the house created by all the personalities willing to be open. I want to look for another book by the author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Analysts Detroit 08-08-15
    Analysts Detroit 08-08-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Disconnected "

    I could not get into the story. It was hard to follow and not very interesting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 08-20-15
    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 08-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "More than 5 Stars! A Delight!"
    Would you listen to Heartbreak Hotel again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Buffy was a real trouper always close to the brink of despair but saving himself with imagination and compassion.


    Which character – as performed by Nicky Henson – was your favorite?

    Henson's voice was perfect for this story - to me it seemed like Buffy's voice although he did all the characters convincingly.


    If you could take any character from Heartbreak Hotel out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would love to join all of them for a dinner at Myrtle House - what a great hotel and such wonderful clientele!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved listening to a book about characters mostly my age but still full of life and hope for the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arbel 08-18-15
    Arbel 08-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful!"

    A heartwarming tale of growing older and finding love in all its shapes and sizes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna 08-15-15
    Ronna 08-15-15
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    "Light, easy listening"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lit Chick 08-15-15
    Lit Chick 08-15-15 Member Since 2011

    Litchick

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    "Wonderful"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    1st time Granny 08-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Queenmum 08-12-15
    Queenmum 08-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A sweet, gentle, and really lovable story"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RCA 08-10-15
    RCA 08-10-15

    Fudge eater

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    "hard to follow"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    not really


    What could Deborah Moggach have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    to busy and hard to follow. I finally stopped listening.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    it was OK


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    i doubt it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Very enjoyable listen!"

    Good narrator. Interesting storyline with characters that are very well developed. Definitely recommend for light entertainment.

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    5/27/15
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    "A gentle and kind read."
    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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