A Desirable Residence: A Novel of Love and Real Estate [Madeleine Wickham] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. From the author of the. Chick lit superstar Wickham (The Wedding Girl) is in stellar form in her latest, a story of intersecting fates set in suburban London. Self-centered. As much as I became initially engaged in Madeleine Wickham’s A Desirable Residence, all the attraction here is centered on unlikeable.

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Books by Madeleine Wickham. I will be reading more of Wickam’s books. While her writing is fluid and enjoyable, her characters — the anchors of any story — were terrible. Welcome to My World.

Totally agree, and Remember Me? What 14 year old is encouraged by adults around her including her mother to drink wine and spirits? The Best Books of Then realtor Marcus Witherstone came into mareleine lives—and it seemed he would solve all their problems.

Most of the characters were pretty unlikeable, and, while the buildup to the climax was engaging and well-paced, the ambiguous ending was less than satisfying. This book was a huge disappointment for me.

A Desirable Residence

Did everyone know this but me? Mar 15, Melita rated it it was amazing. While Wickham’s characters are more sophisticated, I prefer the charming naivete that causes Kinsella’s main girls to deairable get in scrapes.

Desidable the last few pages of the book, Jonathan subtly lets on that he was one-hundred percent aware with all that was going on with everyone throughout A Desirable Residence, which isn’t surprising given his intellect. There is a time and a place for unlikable characters in books, but rarely is an unlikable heroine good for a chick lit novel!

Book review: ‘A Desirable Residence’ by Madeleine Wickham

It was very abrupt. Description Liz and Jonathan are in trouble. If you like Sophie Kinsella, you probably won’t really enjoy this.


It was boring, lifeless and grating — though I did manage to finish it, so I guess that says something. He knows the perfect tenants from London who will rent their old house – glamorous PR girl Ginny and almost-famous Piers.

The real question is would I actually want to know them? This did not fall into that category. Shopaholic to the Stars.

Set in suburban London Liz and Jonathan see no way out of their financial troubles until M Those who enjoyed the over-the-top popular Shopaholic series will be delighted to find that Madeline Wickham who wrote desirahle Shopaholics as Sophie Kinsella has returned with her trademark tart wit, unerring eye, and imagination to introduce us to Liz and Jonathan Chambers who find themselves thigh-high in debt thanks to two mortgages, sky rocketing bills and an unknowable, impossible young daughter, Alice.

Here they were, stuck with two mortgages, mounting debts and a miserable adolescent daughter who hadn’t wickjam to move anyway.

Before this book, I have enjoyed many of Madeline Wickham’s novels – including the ones she wrote under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove: How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.

Loads of wily Wickham fun!

A Desirable Residence : Madeleine Wickham :

There are seven characters; none of which seemed remotely convincing or valid. We have overbearing, social climbing mothers, hen-pecked, wimpy fathers, underemployed actors, children seeking acceptance and friendship from t What we have here is a failure to communicate”.

Published November 1st by Black Swan first published June 1st He knew the perfect tenants from London who would rent their old house: Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. She lives in London with her husband and children.


Marcus begins regretting a shady business deal that could land him in huge trouble, and as Liz grows more delusional, Ginny becomes more worried and desperate, and Anthea more unforgiving and relentless. Some parts were funny. I simply could not get into this book – I could tell where it was going within the first 20 pages.

It’s obviously not “cool” to divulge your innermost feelings to your parents or your spouse. The laugh out loud romantic comedy you need to read in Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day When will my order arrive?

All of the Kinsella’s element is here. I’ll try another Wickham novel to see, but definitely give this one a miss. Her conflicted feelings about the adults in her life she loves her parents while simultaneuously writhing inside when confronted by their eccentricities rang very true and helped make her character so honest and poignant.

It is fun to loathe them, and see them get what they deserve, but it can be too much. Please review your cart. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! One Less Problem Without You. Although this book was published in the UK several years ago, it is just now making its way into the US marketplace.