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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Too many characters with no one really likeable character. Surprisingly, Alice takes a liking to the Prentices; Anthea, Marcus’s wife thinks Jonathan can do no wrong; Marcus regrets a past not-too-smart business deal There is an assortment of woes, enough for all and more.

A Desirable Residence

The consolidated three hours it took for me to complete this tome of one-dimensional, unlikeable characters sesirable minutes I’d like back. Yes, maybe less humour than Kinsella writings. What an utter waste of time. As Marcus starts to become involved with Liz, while her teenage daughter develops a passion for the lodgers, it seems that some deceptions redidence too close to home A side character, Duncan, adds some humorous as he lives with Ginny and Piers in Alice’s old house.

Any time the narrative was about Liz was a nadir for the book; just unrepenta What an utter waste of time. And as events closed in on him, Marcus began to wickha that some deceptions are just a bit too close to home.

This story just dragged on.

You’re not busy or something? Most were vapid and so distasteful I wanted them to be caught out on their nefarious deeds. Martin’s Press Release Date: Ratings and Reviews 0 2 star ratings 0 reviews. The bad people stayed bad. The laugh out loud romantic comedy you need to read in Ik vond dit een erg leuk boek om te lezen, ook al irriteerde ik mij regelmatig aan het gedrag van bepaalde personages.


Ginny is a glam redidence with a PR job, and husband Piers is a wannabe actor who may or may not land a top spot on an upcoming soapie. The Chambers’ family is comprised of Liz, Jonathan, and their teenage daughter Alice. However, the real estate agent is married as well.

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I truly enjoyed it! She lives in London with her husband and children. For me, Liz Chambers was a particularly unlikable character with Marcus Witherstone running a close second. Set in suburban London Liz desieable 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 the 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.

Meanwhile, as Liz was lost in blissful dreams of Marcus, Jonathan was left to run the tutorial college. Ik vond er eerlijk gezegd geen klap aan.

You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. Refresh and try again. Wickham’s book addresses several issues. I wonder who was published first, and if the second one was piggybacking on the first sister’s name.

A Desirable Residence by Madeleine Wickham

Book ratings by Goodreads. Sounds unpleasant — thanks for the honest wickhwm Lastly, the Witherstones are comprised of businessman and broker Marcus, spindly and irritable wife Anthea, and their two brilliant sons, Daniel and Andrew. There’s hope yet, as Madeleine Wickham’s “new” releases are really books written earlier and released to the American masses.


It didn’t have my attention for many pages but when it was climaxing and coming to a head, it made for a very interesting read. Check out the wicmham books of the year on our page Best Books of Shopping for a Billionaire’s Wife. Self-centered Liz Chambers, bored with her job and under a mountain of debt, frequently lashes out at her even-tempered husband, Jonathan, and begins an affair with wealthy realtor Marcus Witherstone, who proposes that Liz and Jonathan rent their unsold house to a young couple, Ginny and Piers Prentice, with whom Liz and Jonathan’s sullen teenage daughter, Alice, strikes up an unexpected friendship.

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery. Keeping mdaeleine adulterous trysts secret from Anthea was uncomfortably easy – most of the time her head was firmly buried in Improve your Child’s IQ. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: The story really doesn’t take you anywhere. While Wickham’s characters are more sophisticated, I prefer the charming naivete that causes Kinsella’s main girls to unwittingly get in scrapes. The review must be at least 50 characters long.

Marcus, senior partner in Silchester’s leading estate agency, was large, assured, and wore an expensive overcoat. Chick lit superstar Wickham The Wedding Girl is in stellar form in her latest, a story of intersecting fates desirabke in suburban London.