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  • Location: Wales

Heartbreak Hotel

Heartbreak Hotel

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2000s:  At Myrtle House B&B, the beds have never been so busy…

  • ISBN: 978-0099578628
  • Genre: Humour

What you need to know before your trail

At Myrtle House, the twin beds have never been so busy…

The irrepressible Russell ‘Buffy’ Buffery has upped sticks from London and moved to a decrepit B&B in rural Wales. He needs to fill the beds, and what better way than with ‘Courses for Divorces’, his new money-making scheme.

There’s certainly a motley collection of guests:  take Harold for example, on his own since his wife ran off with a younger woman. Amy who has been dumped by thier other half and a postman with a problem.

Nothing in common eh? Well, that’s a whole other story – and this is that story.

Travel Guide

The village of Knockton (very aptly named) in the book is fictional but is apparently based on Presteigne where the author herself fell in love with. Which is just as well as once you’ve stayed a while with this bunch of people who probably would not get on the programme Four in a Bed, or if they did they would argue and not even turn up to payment day, you’ll know why.

Courses for Divorces was a neat idea but the kind of people attracted to it , not so much. Imagine spending time in a small rural B and B with this lot never mind the owner! Buffy is seen as rather an agony uncle where his guests go to him and tell him their problems.  Each chapter is like a room number – open it up and meet those behind it with a little story of their own. Then stand back and look at the overall B&B and wonder what this B& B will turn into as plans are mentioned in the novel for its future. The people you meet sometimes in hotels and B&Bs are a mix of all walks of life, ages and backgrounds and it’s in little rural places like this when you meet them and marvel at the many varied characters out there!

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Web: Deborah Moggach.com

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