40 Love

40 Love

by Madeleine Wickham
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40 Love 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Mrs_Humpy More than 1 year ago
This book was great, but this is a reprint of a book she has already written under another name! It was previously named The Tennis Party and the paperback was much cheaper; they are trying to charge you full price for a hardback that isn't new!!! Beware!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really haaaaatttttttteeeeeeeeeee this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Sophie books but this wasnt her best work!
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givemeshoes More than 1 year ago
Sad life of all the characters. No morals and the book just left you feeling horrible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started this book, didn't read it for one day, and had to start it all over again. Too many characters and too many story lines. Not a bad read, but it eas not my favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry but this book has too many characters and didn't Iike any of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Right from the first words, the author engages you. I could not put the book down and as an avid reader of Madeleine Wickham, this is one of her best. I cannot wait for her to publish more novels!!
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melclem More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book to read without much "thinking" involved. It follows the lives of three couples over a weekend tennis match and unravels that what looks perfect on the surface isn't always the same underneath. In typical Wickham style, English humor is dotted throughout the story, although this one is a bit more serious than previous novels. Overall, I was happy with this easy read and would def recommend to those who dig chick lit.
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This book was boring and disappointing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Expected more in this book, but still a decent read
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I thought there were too many characters for how short the book is. I would recommend any other book by this author, because I've read all of them (including the Kinsella books), but I could have done without this book. There was not enough focus on individual characters.
Twink More than 1 year ago
3.5 for the bookm, 5 for the reader The name Sophie Kinsella is immediately recognizable as the author of the hugely successful Shopaholic chick lit series. How about the name Madeleine Wickham? No? Well, they're one and the same. The Tennis Party, originally published in 1995, was Wickham's first book. It has been re-released in North America as 40 Love. Four couples gather for a weekend tennis party. - but the host believes it should be a tournament instead. And although tennis is ostensibly the reason for being there, each of the couples have their own reasons and agendas for the weekend. With a little too much sun and a lot of too much drink, the social facade begins to slip. Quite a bit. I chose to listen to 40 Love rather than read it. I don't think I would have enjoyed the book near as much in written form. The reader was award winner Katherine Kellgren - one of the best around. Her accents are spot on, reflecting every character's personality and nuances. Each character sprang to life and immediately formed a picture in my mind. Her intonation and inflection give the story life and verve. It is such a treat to listen to her narrate. Having read all of the Shopaholic series, I was expecting more of the same. And yes, in a way it's there - it is chick lit for sure. There are the 'lighter' characters such as the 'innocent' couple Annie and Stephen. And I found the children delightful. But it is the darker characters that really gave me pause. I enjoyed the tale up until the last few chapters. It is a bit of a farce, poking fun at the 'noveau riche' and the desire to have more, more, more. But, the character of Charles was just plain cruel and truly vicious. I was actually quite shocked by the words Wickham put in his mouth and the violence he displayed. Kellgren's reading intensified the effect. I was disappointed with the direction taken with this character and his wife's reaction and subsequent (non) action. It rather spoiled what had been a good listen up to that point. I guess I just associate chick lit with a feel good read. Wickham/Kinsella has definitely improved since this original effort.