Friday, September 7, 2012

Book Review: Cocktails For Three

Author: Madeleine Wickham
Title: Cocktails For Three
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
Publish Date: 2000
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: Roxanne: glamorous, self-confident, with a secret lover -- a married man Maggie: capable and high-achieving, until she finds the one thing she can't cope with -- motherhood Candice: honest, decent, or so she believes -- until a ghost from her past turns up At the first of every month, when the office has reached its pinnacle of hysteria, Maggie, Roxanne, and Candice meet at London's swankiest bar for an evening of cocktails and gossip. Here, they chat about what's new at The Londoner, the glossy fashion magazine where they all work, and everything else that's going on in their lives. Or almost everything. Beneath the girl talk and the laughter, each of the three has a secret. And when a chance encounter at the cocktail bar sets in motion an extraordinary chain of events, each one will find their biggest secret revealed. In Cocktails for Three, Madeleine Wickham combines her trademark humor with remarkable insight to create an edgy, romantic tale of secrets, strangers, and a splash of scandal.

Review: This is probably the most painful chicklit book I've ever read. I love when Madeliene writes as Sofie Kinsella, so I thought I'd give this book a go.

Big mistake.

I've had it out from the library for over a month and I'm finally finished with it.

This one was truly phoned in.

Anyone that couldn't guess what Heather is up to or about to be up to almost from the instant she is introduced, isn't paying attention to the story.

Then there are the characters. None of them are what you call great people. Maggie is drinking while pregnant. Roxanne is sleeping with a married man. Candice is just plain STUPID.

It felt like Madeliene was trying to create some kind of Sex and the City type story with Cocktails for Three, but the end result was really not all that exciting.

I was really hoping for something more glamorous, but that wasn't to be found here. If it weren't such a quick read, once I convinced myself to go on reading it, it would have been truly miserable.

I highly recommend Madeliene/Sofie's other books, but not this one. I have to go and read a Harlequin to bring back the warm fuzzies I expected to get with this book.

Rating: 2 flowers


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