First published in the UK by Chatto and Windus in February 2013.
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Swapped for at the book exchange at Camping Serro da Bica, Ourique, Portugal
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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.
I enjoyed the start of Heartbreak Hotel. The vignettes of the various characters are well-observed and full of life. However, once the novel actually got into the eponymous hotel, I thought the storyline lost its sharpness becoming too fluffy and cute. Some people find their true selves, some rebound into immediately fulfilling relationships, Londoners slot comfortably into Welsh village life as if they were born to it and family turns out to be the most important thing after all. An entertaining but very light holiday read!
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