The Long Weekend

The Long Weekend

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A short break can become the holiday of a lifetime . . .
From the bestselling author of THE BEACH HUT

In a gorgeous quay-side hotel in Cornwall, the long weekend is just beginning . . .
Claire Marlowe owns 'The Townhouse by the Sea' with Luca, the hotel's charismatic chef. She ensures everything runs smoothly - until an unexpected arrival checks in and turns her whole world upside down.

And the rest of the guests arrive with their own baggage. There's a couple looking for distraction from a family tragedy; a man trying to make amends for an affair he bitterly regrets . . . and the young woman who thinks the Cornish village might hold the key to her past.

Here are affairs of the heart, secrets, lies and scandal - all wrapped up in one long, hot weekend.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 136 x 200 x 24mm | 272g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1409135462
  • 9781409135463
  • 21,316

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A host of different personalities fill this fun summer read - the talented Veronica Henry's tenth book STAR magazine 20120716
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So many things happen over the couple of days and Henry has woven the events around each other in a fascinating, highly believable and highly enjoyable way. * CORNWALL LIFE * This story is fun and fast-paced and you are bound to find yourself rooting for the main character Claire as well as wishing you could spend your weekend at the beautiful Townhouse on Sea. * NO 1 magazine * Beautifully written and dreamily descriptive, this delightful read will make you laugh, sob ... and pack up the car for a trip to the Cornish Coast. * CLOSER * Fast-paced and full of guilty secrets The Long Weekend is a great summer read. Veronica Henry's creation of a clever web of characters, each with their own story to tell, makes this a real page-turner. * CORNWALL TODAY * A host of different personalities fill this fun summer read - the talented Veronica Henry's tenth book * STAR magazine *
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About Veronica Henry

Veronica Henry has worked as a scriptwriter for THE ARCHERS, HEARTBEAT and HOLBY CITY amongst many others, before turning to fiction. She won the 2014 RNA NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD for A NIGHT ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Veronica lives with her family in a village in north Devon.

Find out more at or follow her on Twitter @veronica_henry
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Rating details

2,057 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 34% (695)
4 38% (784)
3 22% (450)
2 5% (98)
1 1% (30)

Our customer reviews

The Long Weekend is the seventh stand-alone novel by British author, Veronica Henry. Claire Marlowe and her partner, the charismatic chef, Luca Ramsay, own the Townhouse by the Sea, a boutique hotel in Pennfleet, Cornwall, and are gearing up for a busy long weekend: six young men for a stag weekend as well as assorted other guests will keep them on their toes. Trevor & Monique Parfitt, sleeping partners in the hotel, always need extra attention, and have a special project to put to Claire and Luca; Colin Turner is on his annual guilt trip with his ex-mistress, Karen and Chelsey, the daughter that his wife, Alison, and his family know nothing about; Laura Starling has come to Pennfleet with her boyfriend, the laid back and down-to-earth Dan, hoping to find out if artist, Tony Weston is the father that her mother, Marina, has refused to identify all her life. Assistant Manager Angelica has long been in lust with Luca, but finds herself becoming Claire's confidant when the groom in the stag party turns out to be a long-lost boyfriend. Once again, Veronica Henry gives the reader a cast of seemingly stereotypical characters who soon develop depth and appeal. This novel is filled with everyday problems: infidelity, cancer, missing teenagers, secret love-children, post-natal depression, single parenthood and secrets, lots of secrets. The atmosphere of Cornwall is richly portrayed, there is heartache and humour, and as a special bonus, Veronica Henry's tips for the perfect long weekend, including recipes, a reading list and a playlist. A wonderful, heart-warming more
by Marianne Vincent
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