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Heartbreak Hotel (Buffy #2)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  2,113 Ratings  ·  336 Reviews
From Deborah Moggach, bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, comes another hilarious and romantic comedy, this time set in a run-down B&B in Wales.

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 t
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 4th 2013 by Chatto & Windus (first published January 14th 2013)
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Catherine Robertson
Apr 26, 2013 rated it liked it
This book has 4 stars worth of charm and good humour, but its structure lollops about like a boisterous puppy, leaving a trail of chewed up endings. Why spend so much time in Amy's head while her relationship isn't working only to view her from a distance when she finally meets Mr Right? Ditto Andy the postman: two chapters, possibly more, on his marriage breakdown and then the instant he re-appears, he's matched to some campervan woman whom we've never met before (unless I missed something, whi ...more
Jul 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Wonderful collection of characters ranging in age and background set in vividly depicted Wales. Moggach excels in characterization and setting, both detailed, virtually jumping off of the pages. The reader experiences a delineated treat with Moggach’s intense descriptions.

A sweet story of average everyday people dealing with varying circumstances intersecting at Buffy’s B&B searching for healing, closure or respite. Life challenges aren’t always pretty, however, Moggach captures the narrativ
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Hugely disappointing.

I've read almost all Deborah Moggach's novels, including Best Exotic Marigold Hotel back when it was called These Foolish Things, so I approached this with high expectations.

But by the time I got to page fifty or so, I'm afraid I'd realised this one's a dud.

I think the problem is that there are too many characters spread too thinly across the narrative, which is partly because of the way the book is structured.

Couldn't help comparing it to Maeve Binchy's final novel, A We
Shonna Froebel
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 him ...more
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm sort of sorry that "These Foolish Things" got retitled as "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" because that makes it seem that Deborah Moggach has embarked on a Hotel series. I suppose the hotel/B&B as a device for bringing together a motley crew of characters, each with their own back story, into one space is useful, but this book is not that formulaic. It is hugely entertaining and enjoyable, with a gentle humour, and I really got into the unfolding of the story. Indeed, we regular readers ...more
Joanne Moyer
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it

Retired actor Russell 'Buffy' Buffery is getting tired with his London life, so when he inherits a more shabby than chic B&B in Wales from an old friend, he decides to leave his old life and start a new one. He quickly realizes that while in a lovely setting, his B&B is in need of some work -- and some customers -- or he won't have it very long. He comes up with a theme as a kind of 'lonely hearts' hotel and offers classes for people whose significant others did the thing they could not
Sarah83 L
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: litsyatoz
Ein netter kleiner Roman für zwischendurch. Leider war vieles zu vorhersehbar.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour, fiction, 2013
Retired actor Russell "Buffy" Buffery is in his 70s, has been married three times and has children with four, all adults now, some of them even middle-aged. When his dear friend Bridie dies and leaves him her B&B, Myrtle House, in a small Welsh town called Knockton near the border, Buffy decides - despite his children's scoffing - to pack up his dingy London flat and move there to embark on a new venture.

The hotel itself is an old Georgian building with dated wallpaper and a leaking roof. It
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

When aging actor Russell 'Buffy' Buffery inherits a B&B in rural Wales he stuns his family and friends by abandoning London to run it. Buffy finds he enjoys his role as host, but the crumbling manor is in desperate need of maintenance, and a steady occupancy rate, and he needs to find a way to fix it before it all falls down around him.

The premise of Heartbreak Hotel, and the reputation of author Debbie Moggach, is what drew me to select this novel for review, unfortunately I was disappointe
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of my favourite authors - I whipped through this and found it laugh-out-loud funny. Some of the observations by the 60 something characters were so true as to be uncomfortable - but hilarious. There was a fair bit of pathos - and I suppose the way everything works out in the end is unrealistic - but I still stormed through this and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll look for the other book about Buffy - 'The ex-wives.' Moggach has moved away from the more 'serious' themes of her early writing - but ...more
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice read with a few LOL moments. Having seen the marigold hotel film, and loving it, I must now go read the book!
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

It w as a light and easy read. The characters are likable, the setting is agreeable, the story a bit unlikely, but still believable. A nice Sunday read.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
A charming, witty, slightly quirky tale of a thrice divorced retired actor and his attempt to run a B&B. There are lots of characters and my head was swimming with them at first, but if you just let that wash over you it all ties itself together in an endearing happily ever after kind of way. This is fun fiction at its best.
Erica Annuar
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
One.. or someday, we will realise that beneath us all.. hope & faith do exist. This book gave me that. Hope to find love eventually.
Nate Chamberlain
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Heartbreak Hotel is a recent work by Deborah Moggach, author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, set to release in paperback in January of 2016. Heartbreak Hotel was my first experience of Deborah Moggach. I listened to the audiobook while interstate travelling and enjoyed the rich characters and warm setting.

The story focuses on Buffy, a retired actor, who inherits a B&B in Wales and moves there to escape the noise of London. To get it up and running, he goes through minimal preparation hopi
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Russell "Buffy" Buffery is retired from the acting profession and is sick of living in London. He's simply getting too old for the hustle and the bustle, not to mention the lack of parking available! Salvation from the busy city comes in the form of a tired B&B located in the Welsh countryside, left to him in a dear old friend's will. The only problem? The B&B is desperately in need of repairs and he hasn't any money for them, nor does he have the bookings to provide the income.

At first
Luanne Ollivier
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Annie McDonnell
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was so honored when I was asked to review Deborah Moggach’s latest story!! She is a force to be reckoned with in story-telling. It would have been hard to be disappointed by the author inspired the wonderful movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”. Needless to say, I was certainly not disappointed with “Heartbreak Hotel”. I do wish it was called “Heartbreak B&B” though…(small things)
This “Hotel” is actually a rundown home named “Myrtle House”, that is ran as a B&B (Bed & Breakfast)
I have had this book sitting on my shelf for some time and finally got round to reading it.

I had high hopes for this book as I loved the Marigold Hotel and thought this would be on the same wave length. Unfortunately I was quite disappointed with it, this also claims to be extremely funny but I didn't laugh at all.

This follows Buffy a retired actor living in London, who has a friend in Wales who runs a B and B. He gets the news that she has passed and he has been left her B&B, Buffy sums u
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mit siebzig Jahren erbt der ehemalige Schauspieler Buffy überraschend ein Bed and Breakfast. Noch einmal wagt er einen Neuanfang und zieht in das kleine Städtchen in Wales. Er ist ein charmanter Gentleman, der in seinem Leben viele Frauengeschichten hatte, aus denen zahlreiche Kinder entstanden. Nun will er es noch einmal wissen und versucht dem in die Jahre gekommenen Haus wieder Leben einzuhauchen.

Eine Geschichte mit ganz viel Herzenswärme, dass die Sehnsucht nach einer Tasse Tee und englische
Kelly Smith Reviews
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC of Heartbreak Hotel from the publisher for an honest review.

I am one of the few people who didn't go see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in theaters, though I did read the book when it first came out. So I knew to expect a motley crew of characters in a beautiful setting with a lot of snarkiness.
That's exactly what I got and more.
The book reminds me a little of a naughtier Maeve Binchy tale: a wide array of characters, a lovely UK setting and an instantly recognisable voice in
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This was really funny. I was smiling almost throughout and a few times I found myself laughing out loud. The author is extremely talented with her observations of people, although sometimes it made me fear growing any older because it wasn't always pretty. There were a lot of characters introduced in the first few chapters who were then reintroduced later in the book and a couple of times I got confused or had forgotten which character was which. There was a handy list at the front detailing the ...more
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
I really wanted to give this 4 stars but despite a promising beginning and a quite touching ending, the story flagged somehow in the middle. I enjoyed the introductions to the characters, their relationships and breakups but then they arrive at Murtle House and hey presto! they have paired off and found love. The story lacked depth and interesting twists.
Having said this I really enjoyed hearing the audio book superbly narrated by Nicky Hensen. His voice was perfect for Buffy the aged ex-actor.
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Heartbreak hotel has many, many characters, but the main one is Buffy, who runs the Bn'B and arranges the courses for the lonely hearts. As a book, its not that bad, even though some of the stories are not as good as the others, and some of them end up unfinished. I couldn't understand Buffy at first, I couldn't even make out what kind of celebrity he was. But, I tend to read those books from time to time as a break from the ya, and so heartbreak hotel was a nice book if you don't expect too muc ...more
Jun 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
A huge disappointement. I loved the movie "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and had very high expectations, but none of them were fulfilled. There were too many characters, the strands only got together at the very end and most of the twists were more than obvious. I skimmed through the pages a lot. With other bad books, you have a lot you can rant about, but here ... it was just so boring, I don't have a lot to say.
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
Three and a half stars for the entertaining characters which make for lively reading in this comedy. At times I found it impossible to remember who's who, there are so many couples and ex-couples. The writing can be uneven although some parts are brilliant for their insightfulness. It could probably use a further edit to tighten the plot line. For me the story went "off" at the end.
Lisa Lovell
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Like the Best Marigold Hotel - only in Wales! Most of the characters are likeable, if a little flaky but you couldn't help but like them - I haven't read any of her other stuff and don't know if it's all the same, but there were no complaints here
Lesley Moseley
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it
maybe 3 1/2. Just the ticket for a lovely , light-hearted read about very convincing and kind characters. Nice change from the recent spate of week-willed grown-up girl-children with mommy issues.

Antonina Kozłowska
3,5 - za dużo na gołe 3* ale za mało na pełne 4*.
Caroline Montague
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
A delightful story with lots of laugh out loud moments.
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Deborah Moggach is a British writer, born Deborah Hough on 28 June 1948. She has written fifteen novels to date, including The Ex-Wives, Tulip Fever, and, most recently, These Foolish Things. She has adapted many of her novels as TV dramas and has also written several film scripts, including the BAFTA-nominated screenplay for Pride & Prejudice. She has also written two collections of short sto ...more
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