about three friends who learn to deal with the dramas/changes going on in each other's lives...one is pregnant for the first time, one in a romance that doesn't look to have a future, and one meets someone from her past...the writing style reminding me of Cecelia Ahern...Cocktails for Three's author also wrote the Shopaholic series as Sophie Kinsella
Same author as the Shopaholic Series, just penned under a different name. This book was a quick read, maybe not quite as funny as some of the books under the Sophie Kinsella name. IMHO, if you like the Shopaholic books, you will probably enjoy this book.
Okay, so as Madeleine Wickham, I mostly cannot stand Sophie Kinsella. This book is a perfect example of the distaste I have for the nomme de plume of Wickham. In Cocktails for Three, I just couldn't get over some of the immorality that was going on around which I wish I could explain more but there are just too many spoilers. As Sophie Kinsella, the author's work relies on the characters to figure themselves out even though they may be pideonholed into categories based on their outward appearance. As Madeleine Wickham, I feel like the characters are skewed and just don't make sense. They really have no moral baseline, especially some of the characters in this book, or carry on way too far, making the story unpalletable and just plain annoying. I cannot recommend this book to anyone who is searching for another book written by the author as Sophie Kinsella. I'm afraid to say that, in my opinion, the writing just isn't the same and isn't nearly as effective, meaningful, or even entertaining.
If you like Sophie Kinsella (which I do) you will like this book. Although not quite as funny or cute as the Shopaholic series, it's very similiar in the style that it is written. It reminded me a lot of Sex and the City (though this book is definetly NOT dirty at all) and I literally read it in 2 days. Very good.
I could not get into this book and there were too many main characters for me. I kept putting it down, then skipped ahead to see if I could get interested. Eventually I just put it down for good. Sorry, I love Shopaholic and the other books she wrote thereafter...
This author, Madeleine Wickham, is aka Sophie Kinsella. I just loved her "Can You Keep a Secret?"...and when a friend here at PBS raved about this book, I googled it up, and knew "laughing out loud" was exactly the choice for my next read! GREAT book!
Three ladies who make sure to have a meeting of the minds every month. The general theme of the book smells of Sex in the City, but for me that was an okay thing to go into as I loved the show (and plan to read the book). So I had some good hopes going into the book. I also was excited because so far I have enjoyed the Shopaholic series, and this is the same Author, different name.
Sadly the book did not live up to my hopes. While I love Sophie Kinsella but under the name Madeline Wickham she just falls flat. The book is not nearly as funny as the shopaholic series, and there just seems to be something else missing as well. The women in this book come off as just plain shallow to me. Where while our lovely Shopaholic has issues, she also shows she can be a good human. I just dont see that in Three Cocktails, so in my humble opinion this is a big pass.
This is a good story about three friends that meet for drinks after work in London's swankiest bar once every month. They continue meeting and talking even after the circumstances of their lives change.
Romance, but with a chicklit aftertaste. I kept picturing Jaime Murray as Roxanne, and sometimes I'd think of Maggie as the Miranda character from the Sex & the City TV series. (Madeleine Wickham writes the Shopaholic books under the name Sophie Kinsella.)
I loved this book. Although I am a fan of the "shopaholic" books, I thought that the characters in this book were more "real" than the "shopaholic." Maybe because I am not a shopper. I do enjoy the "shopaholic" books, but I loved this book.
I enjoy reading books that deal with friendships and how these relationships ebb and flow over time and through different circumstances. I especially like books that have "real" characters that face real situations.
The mother character, Maggie, went through many of the same things that I did as a first time mom, so it was great to see that "real" mom versus the "sugary-sweet" characters that gloss over what being a first time mother can really be like. Jennifer Weiner's books are also like this, so add Wickham to the list of authors that can portray real characters. I highly recommend this book!!
I enjoyed this quick read book. I think it has something everyone can realte to. My cover is different than the one shown in the picture. Mine is a aqua color with a champagne bottle, a champagne glass and sunglasses drawn on the cover. I believe mine is the American release and the above may have been the UK release.
Sophie Kinsella (Shopaholic series) actually wrote this book using a pen-name. It is a standard entry in the chick-lit genre, with 3 female characters. They are all friends until a chance encounter changes the dynamic of their friendship. It is a light, entertaining read. Great for a vacation when you don't want to think too much, but you do want to be entertained.
A fun chic lit read written by the author of the Shopaholic series, Sophie Kinsella. (Madeline Wickham is her real name). Althugh I loved the shopaholic books more (they're my favorite chic lit of all time), this was a great book and a fun read.
I found this book to be a lot slower than the Shopaholic books, but I have a feeling this was meant to be a little more serious than those. However, Madeline Wickham (also know under the pen name Sophie Kinsella) did an amazing job.
I wasn't as happy with this book as I thought I would be. Love her other ones but this one seemed really flat. The characters just didn't seem to develope as well as they could have. Story dragged abit in spots but that just maybe me. Just didn't think it was up to her normal writing standard.
At the first of every month, when the office has reached its pinnacle of hysteria, Maggie, Roxanne, and Candice meet at London's swankiest bar for an evening of cocktails and gossip. Here, they chat about what's new at The Londoner, the glossy fashion magazine where they all work, and everything else that's going on in their lives. Or almost everything. Beneath the girl talk and the laughter, each of the three has a secret. And when a chance encounter at the cocktail bar sets in motion an extraordinary chain of events, each one will find her biggest secret revealed.
In Cocktails for Three, Madeleine Wickham combines her trademark humor with remarkable insight to create an edgy, romantic tale of secrets, strangers, and a splash of scandal.
Madeline Wickham is the author of several acclaimed novels. As Sophie Kinsella, she has written bestsellers including the Shopaholic series and The Undomestic Goddess.
Also writes a Sophie Kinsella. Story about 3 women who meet the first of every month at a cocktail bar. Roxanne: glamorous, self-confident, with a secret lover-a married man. Maggie: capable & high-achieving, until she finds the one thing she can't cope with-motherhood. Candice: honest, decent, or so she believes-until a ghost from her past turns up.
Info from book jacket:
At the first of every month, when the office has reached its pinnacle of hysteria, Maggie, Roxane, and Candice meet at London's swankiest bar for an evening of cocktails and gossip. Here, they chat about what's new in the their lives and what's new at the Londoner, the glossy fashion magazine where they all work. But beneath the girl talk and the laughter, each of the three has something to hide: High-achiever Maggie is pregnant, and terrified at the prospect of becoming a mother; glamourous Roxanne is losing hope that her secret lover will leave his wife; and kindhearted Candice cannot escape the guilty secret that has pursued her since childhood.
When a chance encounter at the cocktail bar sets in motion an extraordinary chain of events, their lives quickly spin out of control and their friendship is stretched to the limit. Suddenly, Maggie, Roxanne, and Candice must face their fears and troubles alone, and it is only a matter of time before one of them snaps...
Mine has a different cover. Roxanne: glamorous, self-confident, with a secret lover---a married man. Maggie: capable and high-achieving, until she finds the one thing she can't cope with---motherhood. Candice: honest, decent, or so she believes---until a ghost from her past turns up. At the first of every month, when the office has reached its pinnacle of hysteria, Maggie, Roxanne, and Candice meet at London's swankiest bar for an evening of cocktails and gossip. Beneath the girl talk and the laughter, each of the three has a secret. And when a chance encounter at the cocktail bar sets in motion an extraordinry chain of events, each one will find her biggest secret revealed.