Sleeping Arrangements

Sleeping Arrangements

by Madeleine Wickham
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Sleeping Arrangements by Madeleine Wickham

Chloe needs a holiday. Her partner, Philip, has troubles at work, and the whole family wants a break. Hugh is not a happy man. His immaculate wife, Amanda, seems more interested in her new kitchen than in him—and he works so hard to pay for it, he barely has time for his children. Maybe he'll have a chance to bond with them on holiday…

When the two families arrive at a villa in Spain for their respective vacations, they all get a shock—it has been double-booked. An uneasy week of sharing begins, and tensions mount in the soaring heat. But the temperature isn't solely to blame: What no one else realizes is that Chloe and Hugh have a history—and that the "accidental" overlap might not have been so accidental after all…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312943974
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/30/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 1,041,533
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Madeleine Wickham is the author of several acclaimed novels, including A Desirable Residence, Cocktails for Three, and The Wedding Girl. As Sophie Kinsella, she has written a number of bestsellers including the Shopaholic series, Twenties Girl, Remember Me?, The Undomestic Goddess, and Can You Keep a Secret? Confessions of a Shopaholic was made into a major motion picture starring Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy. Born in London, Wickham studied at New College, Oxford. She lives in London with her husband and family.

Hometown:

London, England

Date of Birth:

December 12, 1969

Place of Birth:

London, England

Education:

B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Oxford University, 1990; M.Mus., King's College, London, 1992

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Sleeping Arrangements 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 102 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book that I have read from this author and I found it equally enjoyable. It was a fun summer read that kept me looking forward to the next chapter ahead.
AngelinaL More than 1 year ago
This is a fun read that is great for the beach or rainy days. The characters are interesting and the plot is humorous and heart-warming at the same time. I was able to relate to the characters in the story. This book would make a great gift for girlfriends!
Jean55 More than 1 year ago
A little too predictable; seems like she couldn't decide between writing a mystery or a romance. I love this author but this wasn't one of her best.
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TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Sophie Kinsella and this is the first book I've tried of her chick-lit line featuring less romance and more grounded issues—through her real name, Madeleine Wickham. Sleeping Arrangements is light, refreshing, and has a bit of a implausible—but still charmingly British—storyline; I enjoyed it immensely, but don't think it's something from which I took much away. The hidden past surrounding Chloe and Hugh is slowly unraveled through flashbacks. From their first encounter at Gerard's villa, there's an explosive recognition—boom. From there on, readers slowly learn what exactly it is that's between them, and how exactly they'll react. Without giving too much away, I will say the plot itself was highly extractable and far-fetched, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Wickham's characters aren't particularly deep. For the most part, they're static and unrelateable, but she pens them with such grace and endearment, that I can't help but like them all. Even the ones that are portrayed negatively, such as Hugh's ridiculously anal wife, Amanda, are pleasing and entertaining to follow. The highlight of this novel would definitely be its execution. The plot and characters themselves are mediocre and unremarkable, but the writing flows easily, and Wickham's style is smooth, often subtly hilarious, and blithe. I breezed through this novel; Sleeping Arrangements is a quick, lighthearted story set to the backdrop of a gorgeous Spanish town; a great read for a sunny day! Pros: Charmingly clever // Witty and perceptive // Linear storyline // Light, breezy read // Masterful, yet brief description of Spanish countryside Cons: Shallow, two-dimensional characters // Nothing deep or profound // Unmemorable Verdict: Cute and fluffy, Sleeping Arrangements isn't particularly complex or profound, but it's a damn entertaining read. The characters are fun to get to know and the story unravels by itself; this is effortless, feel-good chick-lit with stormy twists and turns and a penchant for family values. Madeleine Wickham weaves a funny, breezy, and tender story with her usual British magnetism and sprightliness of touch. Rating: 8 out of 10 hearts (4 stars): An engaging read; highly recommended. Source: Complimentary copy provided by TripFiction in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book with a few twists I didn't see coming. Very entertaining. Great vacation, take to the beach book!
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Keeps you guessing!
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Just like all of Madeleine Wickham book this is such a fun easy read. It has a way of making you guess what will happen and you wont be able to put it down.
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