Madeleine Wickham is Sophie Kinsella, and
Everything's coming up roses for Fleur Daxeny, as she goes through more rich men than she does designer hats....if that's humanly possible. Beautiful, charming, and utterly irresistible, her success at crashing funerals to find wealthy men is remarkable. But behind Fleur's Harvey Nichols wardrobe, is a woman with a mysterious past. Fleur wastes no time in seducing her latest conquest, the handsome and rich widower Richard Favour, and she swoops into his life like a designer-clad tornado. His children are caught up in a whirlwind as their father's new girlfriend descends on the family estate leaving chaos and excitement in her perfume-scented wake. Soon, more than one family member is suspicious of Fleur's true intentions. Fleur is not one to wear her heart on her Chanel sleeves, but she soon finds herself embracing Richard and his lovable family.
But just as Fleur contemplates jumping off the gold-digger train for good and enjoying the ride of true love, a long-buried secret from her past threatens to destroy her new family. Fleur is thrown into a race against time to prove herself to Richard before it's too late.
Can she trust her heart or will she cut ties and run away as fast as her Prada pumps can take her? Take a wild and marvelous ride with The Gatecrasher, whose clever, chic, and sassy style will leave you desperately wanting more wonderful Wickham!
©1998 Madeleine Wickham (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
Don't go by the cover on this one. It's much more serious than lead to believe. The ending is unexpected but in a good way.
only for a listen while driving somewhere, or coloring your hair or other time when you'll only half listen.
yes, no one is perfect.
the scene's of the lead character's youth in India are pretty good, but short.
It made me appreciate my red-gold hair more.
The narration was pretty good but sometimes a little over played. Still, not bad.
I was intrigued to see the difference between pen names, and this book certainly provides all the stunning depth of typical kinsella characters even if they do cover more serious territory. The title and cover don't do much to help establish this distinction between voices, but despite the jarring effect of figuring out that this will not be a rom com, it is an interesting read. I do, however, wish that the end were a little longer to show a few of the loose ends being tied up.
The performance by Katherine Kellgren was great, although I'm not a fan of her American accent. Maybe it was more the character - a whiney teenager in this case - but I much prefer Ms. Kellgren's other accents and voices. She kept me listening to the bitter end.
The story started off interesting, but the characters fell flat and were ultimately annoying, no one was likable enough to cheer for, one character was horrible enough to dislike but there was no payoff for bad behavior at the end, and the whole story itself just fizzled into nothing. There were elements to each character that could have been developed further to make each character more real. As it was, I felt like I missed a chapter or two somewhere between a lead up to a possible dramatic climax and the end of the book.
The ending sucked.
Nothing stood out to be a favorite.
Really disappointing book. It could have been better, but I felt the author was too wrapped up in giving everyone a "happy ending" that no one got a satisfying conclusion. Not even really happy ones, just sort of a fluffy meringue of "I ran out of time; here's the end of the book; live happily ever after."
Photo is of my portuguese water dog, Sheila!
A bit of black humor for this author, with an odd plot. Doesn't quite get off the ground, though. Still, if you do like Sophie Kinsella, it's interesting to read an earlier effort. Worth an audible credit.
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