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Cocktails for Three Hardcover – July 6, 2001

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From Publishers Weekly

Maggie, Roxanne and Candice, the heroines of Wickham's latest Brit romp, are three successful women in their early 30s working in the editorial office of the Londoner, a magazine enjoying a circulation renaissance. They meet on the first of every month at the Manhattan Bar, a posh lounge that caters to clientele sporting Prada bags. There, Wickham serves up a healthy dose of good-natured witticisms mixed with biting retorts as the trio bonds over adultery, pregnancy jitters and guilt. Freelancer Roxanne secretly dates an unknown referred to by the women as Mr. Married while jet-setting to Cypress and other foreign locales on a regular basis. Meanwhile, Maggie's stuck at home in the country on pregnancy leave from her position as editor. It is kindhearted reporter Candice, however, who is in for serious trouble. When she recognizes a waitress at the Manhattan Bar as Heather Trelawney, whose family was ruined by Candice's father, Candice decides to make amends. When Heather applies for a job as editorial assistant at the magazine, Candice supplies her with a writing sample of her own, landing her a job over 300 other applicants. Not heeding her friends' advice to leave well enough alone, Candice continues to extend herself beyond normal bounds of generosity and is surprised to discover in the end she's been duped and betrayed by Heather. In a predictable climax, Wickham delivers a nicely sewn up ending with each of the character's problems resolved, although none all that happily. Readers desiring a chatty, neatly told tale will be delighted by the author's deft handling of character development and drama.

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From Booklist

Take three successful career women, the urbane world of London publishing, add friendship, then shake and serve this story in a cocktail glass with a slice of secrets as a garnish, and call the concoction Cocktails for Three. It is an entertaining tale about three friends, Candice, Maggie, and Roxanne, set in the world of sophistication, cocktails, and the Londoner magazine. Once a month the women meet at the Manhattan Bar over martinis to talk, laugh, and share the funny moments making up their daily lives. But there is more to this story than gin and gossip. Each friend hides a secret that she hasn't revealed to the others. As the plot pours forth, the secrets are revealed and life gets shaken up, scary for the trio. Wickham writes a witty tale that goes beyond mere gossip, fashion, and fun; she provides a wickedly insightful look at the choices women make between career, children, and relationships. Eileen Hardy
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (July 6, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312281927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312281922
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,540,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Lively on January 28, 2003
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I must say that I was very impressed with "Cocktails for Three!".
You read about the tales of 3 best friends who meet at a Manhattan Bar the same night every month. They get to catch up on everything that is going on with their lives.
Maggie is pregnant. Roxanne has been dating a married man for 6 years. Candice has such a warm heart and can't seem to say "NO."
The end of the book will throw you for a loop. As other reviews have said, you will not see it coming.
This book kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next to the (3) characters. I am sure that you will be able to identify a personal friend of yours for Maggie, Roxanne and Candice. I was able to finish in just (1) day which is rare for me.
I can't wait to check out Wickman's other two books.
Enjoy!
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Cocktails for Three is a fun and feisty novel about three Londoners at critical points in their lives. They get together at their favorite bar after a difficult day at The Londoner -- a fashion magazine where they all work -- to discuss their latest exploits through cocktails. Each one of them is facing a dilemma.
Candice is a successful writer, but her stabilized career becomes threatened when she stumbles upon Heather, an old friend from high school...
Maggie is a married woman awaiting the arrival of her first child. She is quite content with her position as editor for The Londoner, which is why she is torn between continuing her career and giving it all up to become a full-time wife and mother...
Roxanne is beautiful, glamorous and free-spirited. However, she is stuck in a relationship that's going nowhere, for the man in question is married with children...
Cocktails for Three is a wickedly funny read that could satisfy all Chick Lit enthusiasts. Despite its banal and recycled plot, the novel's sharp dialogue, believable characterization and excellent prose make the novel a definite must read...
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I have read and loved all of Sophie Kinsella's novels, so when I found this in a bookstore over the weekend, I jumped at the chance to read something new by her. I had no idea she was also writing under another name!

I found Cocktails For Three to be a quick, fun, and entertaining read. It certainly passed the time I spent in the airport over the weekend very fast. But I found the story at times to be a bit far-fetched and unrealistic. I liked the Shopaholic series better. It's an overall feel good fun novel, but not anything earth-shattering.
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COCTAILS FOR THREE is a story about 3 GFs and their chaotic lives. All 3 work for the fictional magazine, the Londoner. Each struggles with relationship issues. Candice is an idealist who disses her too-friendly flat neighbor, Ed, but eagerly embraces a stranger named Heather. Roxanne has a secret married lover. Maggie is a new mother who is exhausted and feels like a complete failure. All 3 central characters are likable even when they are not behaving very well. I felt compassion for Maggie who was clearly exhausted and overwhelmed by motherhood. I wanted to slap Candice who was so bent on being Mother Theresa that she was completely blind to reality. I wanted to hug Roxanne then tell her to get her own life and not steal someone else's. If the reader cares about the central figures in a novel the author has successfully brought her characters to life. Madeleine Wickham has managed to weave mystery, intrigue and even a sense of reality into each storyline. Cocktails for Three has a bit of "Mean Girl" in it and the arrogant vindictive ex-boyfriend everyone loves to hate. It's fun, easy to read and engaging. Once you start it you won't want to put it down. Highly recommended.
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What a disappointment! I feel I've wasted my time reading this. I love Sophie Kinsella's books and so was excited to find she'd written more. The review of Cocktails for Three was great; it looked like it would be a fun romp of a book. Instead, it was quite a slow read, the characters were not well developed, and I didn't really care about any of them. I felt the story ended rather abruptly. I'd never have known this was written by SK. That said, don't forego her Shopaholic series or the other books she's written. They are definitely fun! I have read and enjoyed all of them.
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This book wasn't as hilarious and clever as the other books by Sophie Kinsella that I have read. Her characters normally leap off the page and are engaging and wonderful, but this book lacked that usual sparkle. It is probably a good enough book, but I was expecting so much more from a Sophie Kinsella book as her books are generally absolutely fantastic. I was disappointed.
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Madeleine Wickham proves once again that she is more than just a "chick lit" author. Though her novels are short, they do pack a punch and try to teach a little life lesson besides.
Candice, Maggie and Roxanne are best friends who work at the Londoner, a monthly magazine in - where else? - London, and meet on the first of the month for cocktails at the Manhattan Bar. This particular month finds Maggie ready to give birth, Roxanne still with her married with children boyfriend and Candice having just broken up with her co-worker boyfriend, Justin. Candice recognizes their waitress as a girl she was at school with and says her name, just as she realizes that her recognition was probably best kept to herself as the waitress, Heather Trelawney, had to leave school when her family lost all their money due to Candice's swindling father. It strikes good-hearted Candice that she can try and make amends to Heather by helping her get a job at the magazine. Unfortunately, her good deeds don't stop there and as the saying goes, "No good deed goes unpunished."
Follow these friends through the ups and downs of motherhood, affairs, death and evil machinations and enjoy every page of it.
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