Title: Sleeping Arrangements
Author: Madeleine Wickham
Release Date: July 8, 2008
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: *** 1/2 (out of 5)
From the dust jacket:
Chloe needs a holiday. She’s sick of making wedding dresses, her partner, Philip, has troubles at work, and the whole family wants a break. Her wealthy friend Gerard has offered the loan of his luxury villa in Spain. Perfect.
Hugh is not a happy man. His immaculate wife, Amanda, seems more interested in her new kitchen than him, and he works so hard to pay for it, he barely has time for his children. Maybe he’ll have the chance to bond with them on holiday. His old friend Gerard has lent them a luxury villa in Spain. Perfect.
When both families arrive at the villa, they realize the awful truth: Gerard has double-booked them for the same week. What no one else realizes is that Chloe and Hugh have a history, and it seems that Gerard’s “accidental” double booking many not have been so accidental after all. Soon an unexpected romance begins to seriously heat up this holiday, and it isn’t long before long-buried secrets and fiery passions erupt.
With her trademark style of keen insight and razor-sharp wit, Madeleine Wickham will keep you on the edge of your seat. So sit back, grab a cool drink, and get ready for a wonderful trip you’ll not soon forget.
In case you aren’t aware, Madeleine Wickham is none other than the true identity of Sophie Kinsella, the author of the popular Shopaholic novels. [My review of Remember Me] Wickham uses her real name when she wants to write edgier chick lit (is there even such a thing?). In my experience, I’ve found that I don’t like Wickham’s novels as much as Kinsella’s; the lack of character growth was a frustration in The Gatecrasher, and it seems that trend has continued in Sleeping Arrangements.
I did enjoy Sleeping Arrangements and found it to be quite amusing. The main character, Chloe, was an appealing character, and surprisingly, Amanda was more than she first appeared to be as well. Philip was a bit frustrating, but eventually grew into a better character. The real disappointment lied in Hugh. He was shallow and flighty, and I just flat out disliked him. I understood the nature of his past with Chloe, and why there was an attraction between them, but it really seemed like there was no reason for her to be attracted to the person he had become. I really just didn’t like the character.
Besides that, the book is fine. It’s nothing remarkable, but it’s an enjoyable chick lit read that is mindlessly entertaining. Anyone will probably have fun reading it, but promptly forget about it as soon as they move on to their next book. Those of you who haven’t read any of her work, stick with Sophie Kinsella. Remember Me? was funny, had a great storyline, and was thoroughly enjoyable – read that one instead of this!