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A Night on the Orient Express

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,056 Ratings  ·  162 Reviews
The Orient Express. Luxury. Mystery. Romance.

For one group of passengers settling in to their seats and taking their first sips of champagne, the journey from London to Venice is more than the trip of a lifetime.

A mysterious errand; a promise made to a dying friend; an unexpected proposal; a secret reaching back a lifetime...As the train sweeps on, revelations, confessions
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 4th 2013 by Orion Publishing Group (first published July 2013)
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Morana Mazor
Sep 18, 2015 Morana Mazor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Priznajem da me ova knjiga privukla naslovnicom i naslovom.. Nisam imala neka jako velika očekivanja, a kad ono- iznenađenje! Odlična je! Osim naslovom, i strukturom malo podsjeća na Agathu Christie jer je nekoliko početnih poglavlja posvećena likovima koji se, svaki sa svojom pričom, i sa svojim razlozima, spremaju na putovanje Orient Expressom od Londona do Venecije. Ipak, ovaj puta nema umorstva, samo ljubav ... Ljubav u raznim oblicima, raznim životnim dobima, raznim zapletima i raspletima ...more
Jade Heslin
Apr 02, 2014 Jade Heslin rated it it was ok
If I had 1 for every time I read a book about ‘rich people complaining about how rich they are’, I’d have about 3. Mainly because I DO NOT read this kind of trash (unless forced to do so for a book club). The Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen books were somehow excusable due the fact that they are period pieces/actually set in the past. But Veronica Henry? Oh, she can just cock off!

That being said, I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want to go on the Orient Express. So much so, that I actually looked online
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Anne
Sep 05, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I think I said it all when I reviewed The Long Weekend on Goodreads and Amazon last year really, but I don’t think there’s any harm in saying it again. There are a few kinds of novels I always know I'll enjoy. With a small few exceptions, I usually enjoy dual-time narratives, so long as the links aren't too clunky. And I enjoy books set in exotic places - unless the stories are a disappointment. Then there are the books – think of the late Maeve Binchy – where you take one location and introduce ...more
Sarah
Jul 24, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
Ovo je jedna od onih knjiga od kojin nisam očekivala posebnu zanimaciju. Kupila sam je sestri i uzela je iz čiste dosade da "ohladim" glavu da pročitam. Znajući da je verovatno romanitika očekicala sam da mi se u potpunosti ne dopadne, međutim ova priča je za nekog ko je sanjar (poput mene lično) odlična. Nekoliko priča isprepletanih u jednoj knjizi sve se dodoruju a opet su sve indivdualne, obožavam slikovite opise i to je ono što mi se dopalo ovde, pojela sam je za dva dana jer nije teška ali ...more
Jenny L
Sep 11, 2013 Jenny L rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-books
I wish the title was " Several Nights on the Orient Express" - or at the very least "A Return Journey...." Like all Veronica Henry novels I've read, this did not disappoint. Loved the start with the 'Not On The Shelf' profiles of two characters. This is a book full of promise and happy, uplifting endings for all the characters. Loved it, can recommend it if you are looking for a positive, life affirming story.
Samantha
Jul 28, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it
Another good book by Veronica Henry, I think this was my favourite to date but more because I have always wanted to travel on the Orient express.

Beautifully written characters, ideal for whiling away some hours in the sun.
Julie (73)
Jul 30, 2013 Julie (73) rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2013-read
Loved it and would love Veronica Henry to publish a sequel. Ended just a little bit too quickly for me.
Elisha
Jul 10, 2014 Elisha rated it liked it
My mum lent this book to me because she knew I was in need of something quick and light before my birthday. She told me this was "easy to read in a few nights and guaranteed to make you smile". So, I took her advice and read it and it was exactly as she said it was. It was a lovely light read and I really enjoyed it. I can be quite picky when it comes to romance because I like things to be cute and I'm prone to a few clichés, but the second that romance crosses the line into soppiness then I ...more
Jana
Aug 29, 2013 Jana rated it liked it
A Night on the Orient Express

I won this through twitter a couple of weeks ago. I probably would never have picked this up myself and would likely have declined if a friend or colleague had offered to lend it to me. It just seemed so far removed from my usual tastes in literature. And that’s just the thing: I had trouble getting into and enjoying my usual reads. I’ve been terribly exhausted when I returned from work and it was the height of summer and unbearably hot, and I expected some light rom
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Sian Wadey
Dec 23, 2014 Sian Wadey rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
After reading The Long Weekend by Veronica Henry I grabbed the next book of hers with two hands. I loved the style of her writing, the characterisation and the way all of the stories interlinked.
A Night on the Orient Express is about, unsurprisingly, the events that take place just before, during, and just after a journey on the Orient Express. This book focuses on several different characters, Imogen, off to Venice to pick up a painting that belonged to her grandmother Adele, who has a story o
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Laura Smith
Jul 17, 2013 Laura Smith rated it it was amazing
This is the first Veronica Henry book I've read and I was drawn to it, I imagine like many readers, by it's glorious setting - the romantic, classic and glamorous Orient Express. Set on board the train's famous journey from London to Paris it was beautifully atmospheric and a wonderful setting for a novel.

The setting for the book was not it's only charm however, this novel followed a number of different stories. Emmie & Archie who have won their trip courtesy of a matchmaking website compet
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Jemima Pett
Mar 03, 2016 Jemima Pett rated it liked it
Shelves: bookclub
This was a bookclub read, introduced by our leader as ‘a light, fun read, to counteract the ones we haven’t enjoyed recently.’

It lived up to its summary, and I enjoyed it.

The book combined a set of people who would be taking the train for various reasons, setting up their stories, and exposing the key turning points for each of them on that fateful night when they should have been asleep in the Wagon-lits, with Switzerland passing by in the darkness. Well, for some of them it did; for others – l
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Elaine
Jul 07, 2013 Elaine rated it really liked it
This is a lovely feel good read following five groups of travellers on their journeys from London to Venice on the Orient Express. We follow each set through their preparations for the journey, the travelling itself and then their time in Venice. Running in the background, throughout the book, there is also a sixth story – a very romantic love story spanning 50 years and which provides the reason for one traveller, Imogen, making the journey now. It does seem at first that there are a lot of ...more
Anne
Sep 30, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing
Veronica Henry had a special talent in creating settings that are so evocative, the reader is transported to places that are wonderfully special, accompanied by characters who are interesting and colourful.

An eclectic group of people are all setting out for a night on the Orient Express. There's Imogen who is travelling to Venice to collect a mysterious birthday parcel. Riley, the photographer who realises that he is not invincible after all, and is determined to make sure that his one true love
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Sherry
Jan 25, 2016 Sherry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sónia
Quando soube do lançamento deste livro, a palavra "mistério" referida na capa e a alusão ao Expresso do Oriente remeteram-me para algo relacionado com Agatha Christie. Puro engano. Provavelmente terá sido uma jogada inteligente da editora mas, depois de ler algumas páginas, senti-me algo defraudada. Contudo, tenho a referir que, dentro do género, já li pior (mas também já li melhor). Se há personagens, como Adele, que estão bem desenvolvidas, outras há que mereciam um pouco mais de atenção por ...more
Michael
Jan 28, 2014 Michael rated it liked it
I would think that anyone wanting a light romantic story would be satisfied with this book. With a setting of the Orient Express, Veronica Henry cleverly pulls together a variety of characters (such as a family, couples, single passenger) and we discover their backgrounds, the reasons why they are travelling on this particular trip on the Orient Express and all this on top of a love affair that occurred two generations earlier. The train trip ends in Venice and after some predictable and perhaps ...more
Ann
Jul 09, 2013 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows the stories of five groups of people travelling on the Orient Express from London to Venice. It is well written and easy to read and would make a great holiday read. However I did find it rather lacked substance and a lot of story lines were not properly explored and left me wanting to know more. The conclusions were sometimes a bit too neat and not very convincing. There is a sixth associated story line concerning a romance spanning some forty years which is much better ...more
Ellen
Jul 15, 2013 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Book just got better and better. Loved the descriptions of Orient Express train and also Venice. Interesting note; I watched a show on hotels featured in Movies and The Cipriani was featured. Went to the website to check it out. This hotel was where several of the characters stayed after their train trip.I suppose this book would appear as "fluff" but sometimes my brain needs a rest especially after reading depressing Oprah type books ( that don't always have a happy ending>) Since I don't ...more
Ravia
Mar 26, 2016 Ravia rated it did not like it
A story-less, characterless shallow book. few people, from various backgrounds, decide to travel by orient express and they do so and reach Venice by train and the story ends. every once in a while a chic lit is a welcome change to lighten up the mood. This book, on the other hand, bored me to death. Not recommended, not even to get you through a boring flight. I'm bothering to write this review only to save others from wasting few days of their precious reading time.
Jellicle
Nov 06, 2013 Jellicle rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved-it, chic-lit
Take a ride on the world's most famous luxury train, The Orient Express, to one of the world's most romantic cities, Venice. Imagine, dream, and escape. As one of the character's says, all the day to day will still be there when you get back so seize the adventure now. At the end of the book, the author includes some travel tips in case the reader feels inspired to take the trip. My bags are packed and ready to go!
Carla Geraldes
Jul 10, 2014 Carla Geraldes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lidos-2
Sinceramente esperava mais. Acho que o título me induziu em erro e fiz uma ideia completamente diferente do livro. Apesar disso não deixei de gostar. É um livro levezinho, ideal para quem gosta de histórias que não obriguem a estar muito atento às histórias. Pelo que se torna a leitura ideal para as férias
Katy Bassett
Jul 19, 2013 Katy Bassett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
I loved this book. At the beginning I had to keep checking back to remember who was who but very quickly they get into the storyline and it all falls into place. 5 love stories for the price of one with varying degrees if success! Located on the orient express with great history and detail. Lovely summer read.
Chris
Aug 05, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
Wonderful feel good book. Descriptions of The Orient Express and Venice were amazing. The book follows a group of travellers all with their own story to tell. A good book if you want a bit of escapism!!
Julie Watkins
Aug 27, 2013 Julie Watkins rated it liked it
not a bad read. read it quickly. some nice characters. if anything made me want to travel on the orient express and most certainly visit Venice which is definitely and always has been on my bucket list
Katie Babicz
Aug 16, 2013 Katie Babicz rated it it was amazing
Love love this book! Great characters loved the way the book was laid out with different characters each chapter kept my attention all the way through. Loved the story and plot best one she has written for a while!
Jill O'Hara
Aug 16, 2013 Jill O'Hara rated it really liked it
Love Veronica Henry books - easy to read - humerous and very satisfying. Think this one disappointed me - everything tidied up too quickly - didn't get chance to get into the characters. I just felt as though this one was written in a bit of a hurry.
Kim
Aug 04, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book following various character who have booked a trip on the Orient Express to Venice. It follows them before, during the trip and in the hotel in Venice. Such an evocative book- you really could imagine yourself there and with a desire to google and book your own trip! One day!
Sarah Turpin
Jul 23, 2013 Sarah Turpin rated it liked it
The storyline was very interesting, but did not grab me so that I couldn't put it down at all, i think there were possible too many characters so there was a lot to keep track of, but nevertheless, it was an entertaining story and I was very pleased with the outcome!
Maria
Jul 15, 2013 Maria rated it liked it
A neat bit of chicklit - a number of story threads all of whom take the Orient Express to Venice. A touch too sweet for me with every story ending "happily ever after", but good for when you are in the mood for something light and positive.
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Veronica Henry was a television script writer before turning her hand to fiction. She has published six novels which she describes as realistic escapism - her characters might have Agent Provocateur knickers drying on the Aga, but their problems and dilemmas are ones everyone can identify with. She is also on the writing team of Bafta-award winning Holby City.
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