A Desirable ResidenceBook - 1996
Liz and Jonathan Chambers were 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.
But soon everyone's entangled with everyone else, in the most awkward possible way. And as events closed in on him, Marcus began to realise that some deceptions are just a bit too close to home.
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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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