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Heartbreak Hotel by Deborah Moggach


When retired actor Buffy decides to up sticks from London and move to rural Wales, he has no idea what he is letting himself in for.

In possession of a run-down B&B that leans more towards the shabby than the chic and is miles from nowhere, he realises he needs to fill the beds – and fast.

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) weedy 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 find they have more in common than perhaps they first thought...


In some places this story felt like a series of snapshots of peoples' lives, who touched briefly but weren't connected to each other, and there was a degree of that, but there was also some common threads running through the story who eventually wove together like an image in fabric.

I did have one or two moments when I became confused about who was who, simply because of the large amount of characters in the novel. Apart from that, I did enjoy the story, and it was refreshing to read about older people taking the lead roles.

The book was certainly uplifting and it had some very funny moments.

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