Hugh is not a happy man. His immaculate wife Amanda seems more interested in her new kitchen than in him, and he works so hard to pay for it, he barely has time for his children. Maybe he'll have a chance to bond with them on holiday. His old friend Gerard has lent them a luxury villa in Spain - perfect.
Both families arrive at the villa and realize the awful truth - Gerard has double-booked. What no one else realizes is that Chloe and Hugh have a history; and as tensions rise within the two families, old passions resurface. It seems that Gerard's "accidental" double booking may not be an accident after all...
©2001 Madeleine Wickham; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
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Madeline Wickham had clearly not hit her stride when she wrote this one. She does have a quirky imagination which might have saved the book were it not for the disappointing narration (too loud at times, and too sing songy for my taste). I'd skip this one. Wedding Girl is a better choice for this author.
The British novels I love are packed with dry humor, sharp observations of life, witty asides. This one is not. It's just a simple little romantic plot whose wryest lines appear in the first few pages, so you can actually listen to them for free and save yourself the download. Still, I give it 3 stars because it did pass some otherwise boring time fairly enjoyably while I did my chores.
I love Sophie Kinsella/Madeleine Wickhams books, however this was not her best. It was a nice story and the characters were good however the story line didn't really build up. The narrators accents were distracting too. Overall an ok read but not the best of her collection.
Not enough story to keep me interested. Yes, you already know how it ends before you start it but it would have been nice for the storyline could have been more intent, funny, compassionate, etc.
It was entertaining
Good definition of each character through her perforrmance
Easy, light and entertaining to listen to
I saw that this author wrote the Shopaholic series, so I was hoping for something a little more light-hearted and funny.
The word I would use to describe the tone of this book is
This book read more like a play than a novel. While there were a few times the prose was beautiful enough for me to rewind a sentence, it was very dialogue-heavy and the scenes took place in a small number of settings.. Also, much like a play, the character development seemed a bit deliberate, as if you simply must see the character change via dialogue in 2 hours.
It wasn't fun or funny like the Sophie Kinsella books I've read, but it was an okay way to pass the time.
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