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
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"Very believable story brilliantly narrated."
All of the couples in the book have very interesting stories to tell. So many contrasting lives. I like a realistic book and felt a real connection to all the characters. The narration made the book come alive. A wonderfully descriptive author who made me want to stay in the area and at the hotel
"Simple, captivating story, loved it!"
I really enjoyed this book, the story was captivating and enjoyable to the end.
Well written by Veronica Henry, and Anna Bentinck's narrating was exquisite.
I have just purchased "A night on the Orient Express" same author and narrator. I have high hopes.
"A little predicatable, but worth the listen."
A lovely story about 5 different sets of people all converging in a little hotel over a bank holiday weekend. All stories were belivable and were intriging in their own right.
Loved the character of the cheating husband and his mistress and child.
The narrator was good - I would happily listen to other books that she has narrated
Yes! I listened to it over the course of 2 days and was enjoying it so much that I didnt want to stop.
A great little book, a little predicatable, but hey - it was worth the listen. It's not usually my genre either, but I have to say I would happily listen to books by this author again.
Great little read - because it made me smile :-)
"Thoroughly enjoyable read"
In the Chick Lit stakes this is one of the good ones.
I enjoyed the way that the author kept the story moving the whole time and how, right to the end, you were left wondering how it would end.
I haven't but I think she enacts each character superbly.
When Isabel decides she is not going to tell her family that she is dying of cancer so that they can enjoy one last Christmas and New Year together without the cloud of knowing hanging over them.
Thoroughly enjoyable characters and it was nice to get "into" the story from the beginning. A recommended read for anyone who enjoys a good story.
"A complete washout"
Oh dear – what universe do these people come from? This is the tale of middle class people who are so gorgeously yummy and pretty and perfect that they just can’t help falling in love with each other and their extended families by the warming glow of the Aga. Nobody blinks at the idea of a stag party booked into a boutique hotel on the south coast. A child is repulsive and a bit of an embarrassment when dressed in Primark clothes, but is suddenly acceptable when given a wardrobe makeover. A single mother is a feckless over-tanned creature who deserves abandonment into a life of prostitution. A middle-aged teacher has an affair with his 17-year-old pupil and somehow his continued deception of his wife is acceptable. I could go on but I am danger of getting into a lather just like Claire when ‘fresh tears popped from her eyes like bubbles from a bottle of Fairy liquid. ‘
I normally like Anna Bentinck and rate her narration very highly but this one is just plain strange. Young men sound like pensioners wrestling with their dentures. The Italian character has a comedy voice and the females are either dim Sloane ranger types or vulgar working class parodies. I got to the end but only after ranking the speed up 3 times. I suddenly feel refreshed now it is all over.
Not sure anything could have made this a 4 or 5 star listen. The book was padded out with adjectives, even the pencils were "crisply" sharpened. It actually got depressing in the end as there was a flowery description for absolutely everything.
The characters were all very similar. I got this book for a long journey and was very disappointed with my choice.
The narration is just awful the Italian boyfriends voice is dreadful ,story line predictable very good for insomnia . Give it a miss.
"Easy and enjoyable"
Easy escapism with good narration...although the voices were a bit odd! Young men who sounded like spoof elderly toffs and capable young women who sounded like barbie dolls. That said, it's a pleasant tale with several intriguing interwoven stories and a satisfying if not unexpected ending.
"Surprisingly enjoyable story poorly read"
Wouldn't listen to another book read by Anna Bentink, her 'character voices' are irritating and unrealistic, but still found the story to be well written and at times drew me back wondering what was going to happen.
"Was I reading the same novel?"
Well, I bought this book because of the reviews as they were excellent. I was so disappointed, This novel is more suited to Mills and Boon than serious publishers, it was a load of mushy tripe - with so many coincidences that it was painful!
The topic was suited more to a television soap than a book -it was all about relationships and with very little substance or action!
I wasn't overly impressed by the reading either - the voices were 'specific' to different characters, and I know it must be hard to develop voices for such a cast - but most of the men sounded as thick as a brick - or with a jaunty, but irritating, laugh in their voice.!
I surprised myself by actually listening until the end - and that is a waste of 12 hours of my life I will never get back!
I REALLY don't understand the massive amount of 5* reviews - but as I have said before - thank goodness for our varied tastes as we are lucky to have such a mix of books to choose from, my fault that I chose the wrong one this time!
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