Sleeping Arrangements

October 22, 2010

Sleeping Arrangements
By: Madeleine Wickham
295 Pages

"... a delightful story of British families forced to spend their vacation together after a mutual friend promises them the same week in his Spanish villa. Chloe Harding hopes that a holiday will soothe the strain between her and longtime partner Philip Murray, who is worried that a recent takeover of his company may cost him his job. Their hopes are dashed when they arrive and find another family already settled at the villa. To Chloe's disappointment, she'll be sharing the space with Hugh Stratton, the beau who broke her heart 15 years ago. Now married to high-maintenance Amanda and with two children, Hugh apologizes, and though Chloe initially expresses nothing but hurt and disdain (all the while keeping their past a secret from Philip), she eventually considers beginning life anew with Hugh. Wickham does a bangup job of creating believable characters-even Amanda is less vapid than she at first seems. Surprises abound as the plot unfolds, and the families begin to wonder whether their mutual friend made an innocent mistake in getting them together."

You won't laugh while reading this book. You won't cry while reading this book. You won't be missing much if you don't read this book. But, if you're looking for a simple, breezy storyline, this may be a book to consider.

For the most part, the storyline is predictable. Two of the people have a romantic history that has haunted them ever since. Of course, they sleep together. Another two people both work for companies involved in a takeover. One is higher up than the other. Of course, that comes with it's own issues and they get addressed.

There aren't any standout scenes. The only standout character was the Nanny because she was a free spirit and so different from the other main characters. The amount of times one or more characters got drunk got a little annoying only because I thought other directions could have been taken with the story and the characters.

I'm glad I read Sleeping Arrangements. I have tried to read a couple of this author's other titles, but have never gotten very far. Odd, since this author is the pen name for Sophie Kinsella and I love her books.
Rating: Borrow From The Library


Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read on October 23, 2010 at 2:21 AM said...

This is Sophie Kinsella? I didn't know. Well, I will avoid this novel for now, but I like your honest review.

Jen on October 23, 2010 at 12:36 PM said...

Thanks. Yeah, Sophie Kinsella is really this author, too. Kind of wierd to LOVE the author's work, but not their pen name work.

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