A Desirable Residence

A Desirable Residence

Book - 1996
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Liz and Jonathan are in trouble. They can't sell their old house.Here they are, stuck with two mortgages, mounting debts and a miserable adolescent daughter who hadn't wanted to move anyway. Then it seems Marcus Witherstone will solve all their problems. He knows the perfect tenants from London who will rent their old house - glamorous PR girl Ginny and almost-famous Piers. Everything is going to be OK.Or is it? As Marcus starts to become involved with Liz, while her teenage daughter develops a passion for the lodgers, it seems that some deceptions are too close to home... Everybody loves Sophie Kinsella- "I almost cried with laughter" Daily Mail "Hilarious . . . you'll laugh and gasp on every page" Jenny Colgan "Properly mood-altering . . . funny, fast and farcical. I loved it" Jojo Moyes "A superb tale. Five stars!" Heat
Publisher: London : Black Swan, 1996
ISBN: 9780552776707
Branch Call Number: WICK
Characteristics: 287 p


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Jul 04, 2015

In another realistic fiction novel typical of her style, Madeleine Wickham follows the debt, extra-marriatal affair, and dreams of three different families. Ultimately, this is another breezy yet fun read.

JewelMcLatchy Aug 30, 2013

Definitely not my favourite Madeleine Wickham novel. As already mentioned in someone else's comment, and while a lot of the characters were disagreeable (I especially disliked Liz, found Ginny at least slightly more relateable and realistic), I really enjoyed the passages with Daniel and Andrew and found myself liking Jonathan more and more as the story progressed and wanted to cheer him on at the end. If you are used to reading Wickham as Sophie Kinsella, just be aware that this is a completely different style - no silly hijinks, ridiculous scenarios, etc. - and you'll be less likely to come away disappointed.

Jan 08, 2011

Not Wickham's greatest work by any means. Most of the characters are difficult to like, and even the few nice ones, like Ginny, end up being bitches. That would be okay if her moment of evil had been solved, but no- it was left hanging horribly. The book had a terrible ending. It was still an okay read, because of Wickham's easy-to-read writing style, but I was deeply dissatisfied.

Dec 07, 2010

All her books as madeleine Wickham are incredibly boring and have terrible plots.
Most of them are just weird.

Sep 18, 2009

It was alright.

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Jul 04, 2015

Beginning with the start-up tutorial college that Liz and Jonathon Chambers take out loans to fund, soon the lives of three families intersect in surprising ways. Real estate Marcus Witherstone seemed to be the solution to their mounting debt when he speedily rents out their house that they have had trouble selling. While waiting for the new tenant to arrive, Liz and Marcus get drunk on champagne and one thing led to another. As Liz loses interest in the tutorial college she and her husband were previously so passionate about, her daughter Alice has difficulty adjusting to their new life and often sneaks out to visit their old house. When Alice meets the new tenants, she becomes enraptured by their glamorous lifestyle and spends more and more time with them. As the lives of her characters grow intertwined, Madeleine Wickham concludes the book with a reveal of the secrets that have been growing from the interactions. Ultimately, this is another breezy yet fun read.


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Jul 04, 2015

"'And now,' he was saying, 'you must make a decision. You have, as I see it, two realistic options.' And a few unrealistic ones? Liz wanted to ask, but instead she looked intelligently at him, leaning forward to show she was interested."


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