Heartbreak Hotel

Heartbreak Hotel

Book - 2013
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At Myrtle House, the twin beds have never been so busy...

The irrepressible Russell 'Buffy' Buffery has upped sticks from London and moved to a decrepit B&B in rural Wales. He needs to fill the beds, and what better way than with 'Courses for Divorces', his new money-making wheeze.

Those checking in include: 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.

Under Buffy's tutelage, these casualties of the marriage-go-round find themselves re-learning all those skills never thought they'd need again, and a whole lot more besides...

Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 2013.
ISBN: 9780701187811
0701187816
Characteristics: 293 p.

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CRRL_MegRaymond Aug 01, 2017

An aging lothario inherits a bed and breakfast in Wales. When he decides to leave London to run the B & B, he realizes he needs a “hook” to get customers.

artsyhelen Sep 01, 2014

Read "The Ex Wives" first by the same author. Great read and it's the precursor, character-wise to this one. The characters she creates and the writing style are very entertaining.

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AvidListener
Jan 29, 2014

I also found this book heart-warming and a comfortable story. I particularly like her characters and would like to meet some of them. Nothing spectacular, but a good read and well-written. This writer reminds me of Fay Weldon.

LaughingOne Jun 26, 2013

Not nearly as good as the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, but with a similar theme of getting an odd mix of people into an old hotel (aka bed and breakfast), this time for week-long stays on courses. The entire first part of the book looks at the lives of a lot of people who eventually end up at the B&B. The story is confusing at best and I just plain didn't care much for most of the characters. Give it a miss.

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Fenaderee
Jun 14, 2013

This novel is full of love stories, some peripheral, some more central to the plot. What's unusual is finding a credible portrayal of new love arising between people of a certain age. For me, that was the special charm of this pleasant, heartwarming novel. But the mix is also leavened with a soupcon of farce to keep it from collapsing into a sticky mess. Recommended.

Cdnbookworm Apr 04, 2013

This amusing novel is in the same style as her previous novel These Foolish Things (read before I started blogging), later made into the popular movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Here we have aging actor Russell "Buffy" Buffery, who is unhappy with the direction his London neighbourhood seems to be going on, taking a chance on the impulse to move to Wales. Why Wales? Well, an old friend of his has died and left him her bed and breakfast house in Knockton, and he decides to try running it himself. He comes up with the idea to add on a variety of courses to appeal to city folk, as package deals.
Buffy is a fascinating old charmer, who has had three wives (one now dead) and 5 children (by four different women, only two of them his wives). He has decent relationships with all his kids and his stepdaughter, and they all make appearances of some sort here.
Along the way we meet a variety of people all either looking for some sort of change in their life, or who have had change thrust upon them. As various courses attract them to Knockton, they find different sorts of change than they had been looking for, but mostly very satisfactory ones. From postmen to writers, makeup artists to bankers, we meet an interesting group of characters.
A humourous, upbeat novel that will have you laughing out loud, touched, and definitely entertained.

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