Heartbreak Hotel: A Novel

Heartbreak Hotel: A Novel

by Deborah Moggach


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Heartbreak Hotel: A Novel by Deborah Moggach

By the author of the bestselling novels The Best Exotic Marigold HotelandTulip Fever, the hilarious and romantic novel set in a crumbling bed and breakfast
In her effortlessly winning novels Tulip Fever and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Deborah Moggach charmed readers and critics alike with her generous prose and hilarious dialogue. With Heartbreak Hotel, Moggach has triumphed once again.
When retired actor Buffy decides to leave London and move to rural Wales, he has no idea what he is letting himself in for.
In possession of a run-down bed and breakfast that leans more toward the shabby than the chic and is, quite literally, miles from nowhere, Buffy realizes that he needs to fill the beds—and fast. Otherwise, his vision of the pastoral countryside will go up in smoke.
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) nebbishy 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 finds that they have more in common than perhaps they first thought.
A charming romantic comedy that will captivate even the most determined urbanite, Heartbreak Hotel is a supreme entertainment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468312584
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 01/19/2016
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Deborah Moggach is the author of many successful novels includingTulip Fever,the recent film adaptation of which stars Alicia Vikander, andThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was made into two very popular movies starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith. Her screenplays include the film ofPride and Prejudice, which was nominated for a BAFTA. Her novelsIn The Dark,Heartbreak Hotel, and Final Demand are published by Overlook.

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"The details are hyper-real enough to be memorable—the breakups are sad, the backsides are saggy, and no one looks good for their age—without being bleak. The theme of love at any age is well-worn territory; here, it's worn in all the right places." —Kirkus

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Heartbreak Hotel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Aelius More than 1 year ago
A bit soppy, but well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet story with real characters. You are in the moment with their feelings and reactions. You will truly enjoy her writing!
bookmouseDH More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy the book but there were many characters coming and going so it took a while to really get into the story. It was worth the effort.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written book, really enjoyed it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book .I am old it was hard to get past the fiirst use of the C word. But I did oh.........
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
like marigolld hotel the better and sweet suggest book jacket author should have been told had wrong dog as fig was a jack russel buska
Twink More than 1 year ago
3.5/5  Deborah Moggach...didn't she write The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel? Yes, she did indeed - I loved that book - and the movie! Moggach's new release, Heartbreak Hotel is just as heartwarming! Retired actor Russell 'Buffy' Buffery has lived a rich full life, but now he finds himself somewhat lonely living in London. He doesn't know his neighbours, its noisy and crowded and his children (and there are many from assorted wives and liaisons!) are busy with their own lives. When an old flame leaves him her bed and breakfast in rural Wales, he decides to move in and run the place himself. "...a new career beckoned. Luxuriantly bearded, his cheeks ruddy with claret, Buffy could take centre stage again, welcoming guests into his charming B and B in the picturesque town of Knockton, wherever that was. Log fires, bonhomie, brass beds made for lusty couplings - adulterers welcome! His Full English Breakfast, all organic of course, would become legendary. Perhaps he could even raise his own pigs." Uh huh. The B and B isn't quite what he pictured - it needs a little work and the whole running of a B and B might be a bit more work than Buffy had thought..... I loved this character. He's a rascal, but a lovable one. He's got the gift of gab and folks naturally gravitate towards him, spilling their thoughts over a glass of something. Moggach introduces a number of other characters, all unhappy with their relationships - or lack thereof. And Buffy has a revelation - he could run Courses for Divorces! All the skills that newly singles might need - car maintenance, gardening and more. Brilliant! The place will be booked solid! (You can take some of these courses on Deborah's website) Moggach fills her novel and the B and B will a wonderfully quirky cast of characters and situations. Through the ruminations and lives of  Buffy and company, Moggach dissects, explores and celebrates love - of all kinds and of all ages. There are many supporting players, but it was Buffy I enjoyed the most. Me? I'd love to have a little cottage in Knockton and stroll down the pub for a natter. Heartbreak Hotel was a humourous, touching, fun to read novel sure to appeal to those who loved 'Marigold'. Read an excerpt of Heartbreak Hotel. I mentioned I love the movie of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - and have just discovered The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has just been released. I would love to see Heartbreak Hotel made into a movie as well. I can totally picture Timothy Spall as Buffy.