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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312943970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312943974
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Wickham (The Gatecrasher; also, the Shopaholic series as Sophie Kinsella) spins a delightful story of British families forced to spend their vacation together after a mutual friend promises them the same week in his Spanish villa. Chloe Harding hopes that a holiday will soothe the strain between her and longtime partner Philip Murray, who is worried that a recent takeover of his company may cost him his job. Their hopes are dashed when they arrive and find another family already settled at the villa. To Chloe's disappointment, she'll be sharing the space with Hugh Stratton, the beau who broke her heart 15 years ago. Now married to high-maintenance Amanda and with two children, Hugh apologizes, and though Chloe initially expresses nothing but hurt and disdain (all the while keeping their past a secret from Philip), she eventually considers beginning life anew with Hugh. Wickham does a bangup job of creating believable characters—even Amanda is less vapid than she at first seems. Surprises abound as the plot unfolds, and the families begin to wonder whether their mutual friend made an innocent mistake in getting them together. (July)
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Wickham, who writes the popular Shopaholic series as Sophie Kinsella, explores what happens when two couples struggling with their relationships end up at the same Spanish vacation villa, owned by their mutual friend Gerard, an arrogant wine critic. Free-spirited Chloe and her longtime partner, the tightly wound Philip, are looking to escape their worries over the fate of his job. Workaholic Hugh can’t seem to connect to his uptight wife, Amanda, or their two daughters. Neither family is pleased to find Gerard has double-booked the villa, but unbeknownst to Philip and Amanda, Chloe and Hugh knew each other years ago, when they had a passionate love affair that ended abruptly when Hugh learned Chloe had a young son. Now together again 15 years later, they find their passion for each other is reignited. With its slightly older characters and more adult problems, Wickham’s novel has a different tone than do her Shopaholic tales, but it’s an equally engaging yarn, sure to please her many fans and gain her new ones. --Kristine Huntley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An easy to read book with delightful characters.
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I recommend this to anyone who has enjoyed Sophie Kinsella stories.
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I ended up skimming the book just to get through it.
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Format: Paperback
I absolutely love Sophie Kinsella and this is the first book I've tried of her chick-lit line featuring less romance and more grounded issues--through her real name, Madeleine Wickham. Sleeping Arrangements is light, refreshing, and has a bit of a implausible--but still charmingly British--storyline; I enjoyed it immensely, but don't think it's something from which I took much away.

The hidden past surrounding Chloe and Hugh is slowly unraveled through flashbacks. From their first encounter at Gerard's villa, there's an explosive recognition--boom. From there on, readers slowly learn what exactly it is that's between them, and how exactly they'll react. Without giving too much away, I will say the plot itself was highly extractable and far-fetched, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Wickham's characters aren't particularly deep. For the most part, they're static and unrelateable, but she pens them with such grace and endearment, that I can't help but like them all. Even the ones that are portrayed negatively, such as Hugh's ridiculously anal wife, Amanda, are pleasing and entertaining to follow.

The highlight of this novel would definitely be its execution. The plot and characters themselves are mediocre and unremarkable, but the writing flows easily, and Wickham's style is smooth, often subtly hilarious, and blithe. I breezed through this novel; Sleeping Arrangements is a quick, lighthearted story set to the backdrop of a gorgeous Spanish town; a great read for a sunny day!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JaneLewis on April 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Having read most of Sophie Kinsella's novels, I was eager to dive into her work under her real name, Madeleine Wickham. What I have found is that the Kinsella works are more like adult fairy tales, where everything works out with a happy ending. In her Wickham works, the endings are more true to real life. So if you are wanting a fantasy happy ending, please do not bother with the Wickham works as they will be too much of a downer for you.

Now on to the actual book. I enjoyed "The Gatecrasher" much better. I felt that these characters were way too self-absorbed. Each one wanted to meet the desires of his or her own Id constantly. Amanda actually turned out to be my favorite character of all, mainly because she acted like a real person to me. The rest were too one sided. I hated the Nanny in the book as I felt she was way over the top. I did enjoy the ending because it didn't have the fairy tale ending. It gave a real-ending to the problems presented in the novel.

As for future reading, I think I am going to stick to her lighter fare under Sophie Kinsella.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By emily on July 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Although I adore this author, I prefer her much more as Sophie Kinsella. When she writes as Madeleine Wickham she lacks the wit and humor that won me over. The characters in this book are not particularly likable and share very different values than I do. Subjects like infidelity, teenage sex and teenage substance abuse are taken very lightly and almost passed off as nothing. The ending seemed a little too picture perfect for the "realness" and meatiness of the rest of the book and basically left me no better and no worse for having read the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leslie on June 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
Two couples and their children end up sharing a vacation villa. Will they cheat and break up their families? Given that this is supposed to be an upbeat chick-lit book, not an angsty drama, what do you think? I found the adult characters two dimensional and unappealing. Only the fact that I have enjoyed many of her other books kept me reading to the end. I don't know why but the books she writes as Kinsella are much, much better than the Wickham books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By thewaspyfeminist on January 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Maybe I'm outgrowing chick lit? Or maybe this was just crap. I'm not sure. The last few chick lit books I've read have not really been enjoyable to me, so I'm sort of leaning towards the former; but maybe I'm just making bad choices. There were not any characters in this book that I liked. They are all reprehensible, selfish and annoying. Two families are thrown together in the same house for a week of holiday and it's starting to look like it wasn't an accident. The books that Wickham wrote under the pen name Sophi Kinsella are highly enjoyable fun. But the ones written under her own name have been barely more than average in my opinion. This one is just pretty bad. I wish I could go back to my self two weeks ago and take this away.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Smeddley on December 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I can see how this book might have been pretty interesting as a character study, unfortunately, I didn't like any of the characters. They seemed just a little off and a bit phony - not quite two-dimensional, but flat in some respects. And a lot unbelievable in others, especially in ways that screamed convenience, plot-wise. Speaking of plot... it was a bit thin, as well. Sure, the main premise was understandable enough, the old ploy of throwing enemies in together and seeing what happens. But the problem is that nothing really extraordinary or interesting does happen. It's all very predictable and clichéd, and the ending is a complete disappointment.

On the up side, the writing was very easy to read and I sped through the book in one sitting.

I wouldn't particularly recommend this book to anyone, but the writing this author has done under the name 'Sophie Kinsella' is far, far better and I suggest you check out those before you pick up this one.
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