In a gorgeous quay-side hotel in Cornwall, the long weekend is just beginning...
Claire Marlowe owns 'The Townhouse by the Sea' with Luca, the hotel's charismatic chef. She ensures everything runs smoothly - until an unexpected arrival checks in and turns her whole world upside down. And the rest of the guests arrive with their own baggage. There's a couple looking for distraction from a family tragedy; a man trying to make amends for an affair he bitterly regrets...and the young woman who thinks the Cornish village might hold the key to her past.
Here are affairs of the heart, secrets, lies and scandal - all wrapped up in one long, hot weekend.
©2012 Veronica Henry (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group
This is an almost perfect escapist listen. It does have chick lit cliches and the ending is predictable but I loved the Cornish setting, the cast of characters and Anna Bentinck's excellent narration. I wish there was more Veronica Henry on Audible.
Carries you away!
So many great characters. I cannot pick just one.
Her narration of this book was great aside from one thing. She made several relatively young men sound like 90-year-olds with ill fitting dentures. I don't understand why she did this (after she presumably listened back) as other male characters were narrated really well and sounded normal!
Yes, I never really wanted to put it down.
I took a punt on this as it was heavily discounted. I was doubtful about whether I would get along with it. I love contempory fiction, but it can be fine line to lightweight, wishy washy 'chick lit' and I feared this novel may be the latter. Happily, this was not the case at all. It was beautifully written, the characters were so well drawn. I quickly felt I knew them and, as their lives unfolded, I really cared about them and what happened to them. This is just a lovely book that carries the listener/reader away.
The story was simple yet captivating
People who stayed at the hotel their lives unfolded ,funny, sad just brilliant and a fab ending
What an incredible reader ,I loved her voice and the different characters she did was great , she made the story and I am looking for more of her narrations .
Just a fab read/listen light hearted and just so lovely .
"Solid escapism, nothing groudbreaking but fun."
I might, but this is the second book I've heard Anna Bentinck narrate and she seems to have only a handful of character voices so each book contains the same voices which aren't always well matched to the characters.
This is the first Veronica Henry book I've listened to.
A better understanding of the characters by the narrator. It wasn't awful, just a little wet.
In the end it was, it took me a while to separate all the characters and to care sufficiently about their lives but once I did, I wanted to know the outcome.
This is a perfectly pleasant book, it didn't move me, it's not particularly original and I didn't learn much but it was an easy listen and I enjoyed the escapism.
Wanted something less demanding to read, about to holiday in Cornwall and this had great reviews. Thought, in the early stages, I'd blundered in to classic chiclit, but was surprisingly gripped, worried about the chararacters and punched the air at the (albeit inevitable) happy ending. Came away with a big smile on my face.
"Easy summer reading"
This is a novel that requires little concentration - so perfect holiday reading. As always, Anna Bentinck is an excellent narrator. There are a few different stories to keep the novel alive, however, the main story is rather dull and predictable. I did not feel sympathetic towards Claire, the main female character ... and Nick was a bit of a drip!
The story was based on a place that seemed very familiar to me which was enjoyable.
All in all, a lazy summer read but don't expect too much.
"Fun Fun Fun!"
The narration was great, it's a very hard job to do but this narrator kept to the voices and was very convincing! A great story and great conclusions.
"well worth a read!"
this is not normally the type of book I go for but I thoroughly enjoyed it. There was such a wealthy mix of characters and it gets increasingly interesting as their paths start to merge.
A lovely, engaging read.
"Good holiday listen"
This was chosen as a really light weight listen to totally switch off to and it served that purpose really well.
Not sure that I have thought about it that deeply as not that sort of book or listen.
The narration was fine and worked for me.
Not sure that I would be bothered with a follow on but it was a good and relaxed listen to switch down a gear with when I just needed an easy listen and easy to follow yarn. Funny in parts and kept up my interest without having to think too hard. Great summer listening.
"Lovely Summer book"
Summery, fizzy, lovely
The parties at the boys' house - beautifully described.
I liked Nick - Anna Bentinck made him sound as charming as he was described as being.
There is a letter that is read twice in the book - no spoilers but it was definitely moving.
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