Tuesday, 12 September 2017

A Night On The Orient Express by Veronica Henry

A Night On The Orient Express by Veronica Henry
First published in the UK by Orion in July 2013.

How I got this book:
Received as a giveaway prize

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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 and assignations unfold against the most romantic and infamous setting in the world.

Veronica Henry introduces us to several couples who will be travelling on a single Orient Express journey to Venice. Each pairing is quirky in some way and we learn a little of their history as the novel progresses. Flitting from one story to another made the pace swift, but I would have preferred to have spent more time with fewer people and got to know them better. Particular stories such as Riley and Sylvie are potentially fascinating.

Although the book is inspired and based around the physical train journey, there isn't much detail outside its carriage windows. I did enjoy getting insider information about the Orient Express as it's a trip I have aspired to, but I think most of our protagonists' journeys are within their own emotions as they discover what they really want from their relationships. Having said that, this isn't a deep philosophical read and I was a little irritated by sweeping gender stereotyping. A Night On The Orient Express is an entertaining light holiday novel and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to read it in a sunny campsite field among daffodils!

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  1. The Orient Express does conjure up luxury images, I wonder if perhaps we get a little disappointed if the reality doesn't quite live up to our dreams.