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Heartbreak Hotel: A Novel Paperback – January 19, 2016
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"A charming tale of second, even third, chances." —Booklist
"“Courses for Divorces.” That’s the plan in Moggach’s (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”) latest novel. When thrice-married Russell “Buffy” Buffery leaves London and buys a rundown B&B in the rural village of Knockton, Wales, he targets the niche newly single-traveler market with classes like, “How to Make a Sponge Cake,” and “How to Change a Tire.” However, the eccentric group of guests who show up learn little about practical matters and more about relationships." —New York Post
"I will start this review by declaring how much I adored this book, and Moggach, as both are such a true delight for any reader...Humorous, heartfelt and memorable characters will forever be in the minds of the readers as this book is clearly a masterpiece...I encourage readers to read this book. If possible read all of Moggach's books. Heartbreak Hotel is a wonderful pick-me-up and I promise you will come to love the author as much as I have."—Night Owl Reviews
"Heartbreak Hotel is the first book by Deborah Moggach that I have had the pleasure of reading, and I was pleasantly surprised! The motley crew of characters provided me with no end of entertainment, and the setting was picturesque and quite fun...Heartbreak Hotel was an entertaining read, perfect for enjoying on a relaxing day in the sunshine or at the beach." —The Book Chick
"I recommend this one to anyone looking for a heartwarming, easy read laced with great humor and unlikely friendships." —Many Hats
"Heartbreak Hotel was a cute story. Though I have never read anything by Deborah Moggach I have heard of her and her excellent writing skills. This was a well written story about a B&B that brings some lost people together." —Hyper Ashley
"Heartbreak Hotel was a humorous, touching, fun to read novel sure to appeal to those who loved 'Marigold'." —A Book Worm's World
"I understand from Heartbreak Hotel what makes Moggach so endearing as a writer...What's sweet about this book is the relationships that develop. Moggach's writing is very character-driven. " —Spencer Daily Reporter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Deborah Moggach is the author of many successful novels, including Heartbreak Hotel and In The Dark, both published by Overlook. Her novel Tulip Fever has been adapted for film and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was made into a very popular movies starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith.
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What you get is dozens of vignettes tied loosely together by the B&B and Buffy's wine fueled and largely ineffective attempts to be helpful. And you do get an awful lot of Buffy, who becomes a less and less engaging companion as time passes. (He is careless and self-indulgent, yet as the heart of the story he is more or less guaranteed a happy ending of some sort.)
All of that said, some of the brief scenes sparkle; some of the conversations are witty and edgy. The author has a way with the knowing or cutting throwaway line, or the telling detail, and there are some aspects of domestic life that are laid bare like a boned fish. The book has a heart-warming faith in late blooming romance, second chances, and the possibilities for personal reinvention, and that easy going message coupled with some snappy patter was quite enough to make this an entertaining and diverting amusement. If nothing else, you could think of this as a coming-of-age-again tale for the older but wiser set.