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  1. Margitte Margitte says:

    FROM THE BLURB Roxanne glamorous, self confident, with a secret lover a married manMaggie capable and high achieving, until she finds the one thing she can t cope with motherhoodCandice honest, decent, or so she believes until a ghost from her past turns up 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. The Cocktail Club Maggie Phillips, or Mrs Drak FROM THE BLURB Roxanne glamorous, self confident, with a secret lover a married manMaggie capable and high achieving, until she finds the one thing she can t cope with motherhoodCandice honest, decent, or so she believes until a ghost from her past turns up 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. The Cocktail Club Maggie Phillips, or Mrs Drakeford, Editor , Roxanne Miller freelance contributor ,and Candice Brewin senior journalist at the The Londoner had a standing arrangement at the Manhattan Bar in London Once a month it was cocktail hour for the three besties They discussed everything except their well guarded secrets Life was like a well shaken rose tinted martini without the paper umbrella added Colorful and good in its own splendor The friendship was as true as the cocktail menu every month The quality unquestionable, the satisfaction unrivaled.Like everything else in life, change was inevitable Some changes can happen gradually Others, like lightning all at once An arrival, a departure and a deception crashed down on the secrets of the three friends before they could reach out for the next olive or the bowl of complimentary almonds on the bar table And suddenly the friendship took on a rather different color Actually, the color of loneliness Of hurt Of introspection The cocktails mysteriously became undrinkable Indigestible.This is simply an entertaining, relaxing, heartfelt, great read Nothing about this tasteful tale of friendship, trust and loyalty bothered me It s a feel good, decent all rounder A great experience The wordsmith behind it knows what she s doing


  2. Andrea Guy Andrea Guy says:

    This is probably the most painful chicklit book I ve ever read I love when Madeliene writes as Sophie Kinsella, so I thought I d give this book a go.Big mistake.I ve had it out from the library for over a month and I m finally finished with it.This one was truly phoned in.Anyone that couldn t guess what Heather is up to or about to be up to almost from the instant she is introduced, isn t paying attention to the story.Then there are the characters None of them are what you call great people M This is probably the most painful chicklit book I ve ever read I love when Madeliene writes as Sophie Kinsella, so I thought I d give this book a go.Big mistake.I ve had it out from the library for over a month and I m finally finished with it.This one was truly phoned in.Anyone that couldn t guess what Heather is up to or about to be up to almost from the instant she is introduced, isn t paying attention to the story.Then there are the characters None of them are what you call great people Maggie is drinking while pregnant Roxanne is sleeping with a married man Candice is just plain STUPID.It felt like Madeliene was trying to create some kind of Sex and the City type story with Cocktails for Three, but the end result was really not all that exciting.I was really hoping for somethingglamorous, but that wasn t to be found here If it weren t such a quick read, once I convinced myself to go on reading it, it would have been truly miserable.I highly recommend Madeliene Sophie s other books, but not this one I have to go and read a Harlequin to bring back the warm fuzzies I expected to get with this book


  3. Kelly Kelly says:

    This book was just okay Honestly, I love Madeleine Wickham when she writes as Sophie Kinsella because the books are light and they usually make me laugh But this is the second go that I ve had with Madeleine Wickham and, even though logically I know it s the same person, I just think that she loses some of her mojo when she s not writing as Sophie Kinsella This book was a perfect example of that she had three characters that were okay, but the front says that its deliciously funny witty This book was just okay Honestly, I love Madeleine Wickham when she writes as Sophie Kinsella because the books are light and they usually make me laugh But this is the second go that I ve had with Madeleine Wickham and, even though logically I know it s the same person, I just think that she loses some of her mojo when she s not writing as Sophie Kinsella This book was a perfect example of that she had three characters that were okay, but the front says that its deliciously funny witty and wicked and I don t think that I laughed once Also I m getting really sick of this whole three friends who meet for cocktails and are supposed to be best friends but really no one knows what s going on in the other people s lives schtick that some chicklit books have fallen into And even though I think Wickham was trying to go for the oh, this is light and fluffy on the outside but look, these could be real women aspect of things, I still felt like they were caricatures instead of characters It was alright, but I don t think I would read it a second time and it will be going in the for Goodwill pile


  4. rebekah rebekah says:

    I picked this one up from my friend Dani new to goodreads the snippet on the cover proclaims the book to be deliciously wicked and witty and funny or something to that effect Dani gave me her review before lending it out, it s not deliciously witty and funny but it s pretty good I must say, I agree I am a fan of the Shopaholic books so I thought I would give this book a shot and as I am traveling I needed an easy plane read It was not as polished or funny actually I didn t find it all I picked this one up from my friend Dani new to goodreads the snippet on the cover proclaims the book to be deliciously wicked and witty and funny or something to that effect Dani gave me her review before lending it out, it s not deliciously witty and funny but it s pretty good I must say, I agree I am a fan of the Shopaholic books so I thought I would give this book a shot and as I am traveling I needed an easy plane read It was not as polished or funny actually I didn t find it all funny as the Shopaholic series and I wasn t particularly invested in any of the characters although having been a victim of a psychopath myself once I identified with Candice, the wide eyed innocent but if you enjoy Kinsella s work and want something a little darker, a little less well written, then this book is for you


  5. Janille N G Janille N G says:

    I am a huge fan of Madeleine Wickham or rather, I should say that I am a huge fan of her when she writes under her pen name, Sophie Kinsella That s right, the author of this little known chick lit novel is in fact the hugely famous writer of the Shopaholic series, among other awesome stories shout out to I ve Got Your Number, my personal favourite Although I ve read almost all of Kinsella s novels, I had never picked up one of Wickham s, until a few days ago.I ve owned Cocktails for Three I am a huge fan of Madeleine Wickham or rather, I should say that I am a huge fan of her when she writes under her pen name, Sophie Kinsella That s right, the author of this little known chick lit novel is in fact the hugely famous writer of the Shopaholic series, among other awesome stories shout out to I ve Got Your Number, my personal favourite Although I ve read almost all of Kinsella s novels, I had never picked up one of Wickham s, until a few days ago.I ve owned Cocktails for Three for about three years now, since I picked it up at a used book sale It sat on my bookshelf for all this time because I just never felt in the mood for it, having heard mixed reviews about the stories Kinsella writes under her real name I always opted to read a proper Kinsella novel, rather than delving into Cocktails for Three, and I only picked up this novel this week because I wanted a quick read that I would be done with rapidly.Well, Cocktails for Three is certainly a quick read, but it is also one that has left me conflicted I both enjoyed it and found it very slow, and I couldn t reconcile the fact that Wickham is Kinsella, and vice versa, because the tones and styles of their novels are just so different Kinsella s novels are effortlessly hilarious, replete with over the top but endearing characters whose dramatic lives still somehow seem to be relatable to the reader Cocktails for Three is perhaps evenrelatable in the sense that the characters are very average and every day, but for some reason, I just couldn t make myself like any of the three main characters, Candice, Maggie and Roxanne It wasn t until about two thirds into the novel that I even enjoyed it at all, and I felt myself wavering between being excited by the story and feeling helplessly bored by it.I think, as I just mentioned, my main reason for struggling with Cocktails for Three is that I didn t find any of the female leads likable They each have these flaws that are extremely difficult to look past and which I found pretty annoying Candice is ridiculously na ve and innocent, to the point of making me want to slap her Maggie is so unprepared for motherhood that she seems not to think it bad to drink or be around cigarette smoke while pregnant and Roxanne is in the midst of a 6 year long affair with a married man, which is a story arc that has always rubbed me the wrong way, since I first began reading chick lit I admit that, as I got halfway into the novel, I started to warm up to the three characters, but I still found it hard to ignore Roxanne s immorality, Candice s ignorance and Maggie s selfishness What s , there wasn t really anything romantic about this novel, and while not every novel has to be a romance of course, I ve grown so accustomed to how artfully Kinsella writes romance that it made me kind of sad to read a novel of hers that was love free.With all that said, somehow, I look back on the novel now and I feel like I enjoyed it It wasn t a favourite by any means, but I do have to admit that it breaks the chick lit mold and doesn t rely on stereotypes or clich s I appreciate that, and while I didn t love the story or the characters, I found the novel interesting enough and was overall happy and occupied while reading it.This is certainly a hard one to rate I think I ll definitely give another novel by Wickham a chance in the future, to see if they all adhere to this slightly different style but I probably will pick up another Kinsella novel first .5 out of 5


  6. Ciara Ciara says:

    maybe it sof a one a half star book i didn t LOATHE itbut i also didn t like it.the book centers around three friends colleagues they all work for a magazine called the londoner roxanne is a freelancer who travels the world writes hotel reviews, as far as i can tell candice doesinvestigative reporting, maggie is the editor maggie is extremely pregnant about to go on maternity leave when the book opens her secret is that she feels woefully unprepared for motherhoo maybe it sof a one a half star book i didn t LOATHE itbut i also didn t like it.the book centers around three friends colleagues they all work for a magazine called the londoner roxanne is a freelancer who travels the world writes hotel reviews, as far as i can tell candice doesinvestigative reporting, maggie is the editor maggie is extremely pregnant about to go on maternity leave when the book opens her secret is that she feels woefully unprepared for motherhood roxanne s secret is that she has been having a six year affair with a married man her friends know about the affair but don t know who the man is turns out it s their publisher at work, ralph allsop i m not really giving anything away because it was pretty apparent from the first time he was introduced that he was the guy candice s secret is that her father was a con man who fleeced many of her childhood neighbors out of their money candice her mother uncovered his perfidy after he died.they meet monthly for cocktails at a cheesy place called the manhattan bar really, this book is kind of just a sex the city knock off in that respect on this particular evening, the waitress that serves them is an old school acquaintance of candice s candice knows that her father fleeced this school acquaintance s father out of his money the waitress is named heather in order to make amends, candice arranges for her to be hired on at the londoner.sowe can all see what happens, right say it with me heather is well aware that candice s father conned her father, though she doesn t let on to candice that she knows instead, she takes advantage of candice s naive attempts to make amends she moves into candice s flat, takes the job at the londoner, tricks candice into doing all her work for her, paying for all her groceries, etc etc she deviously turns roxanne maggie against heather tells her boss that candice is bullying her at work meanwhile, she filches personal receipts from candice s bedroom turns them in as expenses to the magazine, setting candice up to look like a thief by the time she is finished, candice is alienated from her best friends on the verge of losing her job.maggie has her baby feels isolated out on her country estate, being a full time mom you can guess what happensshe slowly slips into loneliness depression before she finally snaps admits everything to the home health visitor her mother in law they arrange for her to get some help the mother in law has a little chat with her son, who starts pitching inwith the baby maggie decides to return to work move back to london.roxanne notices that ralph is losing weight looking haggard she hopes it s because he is thinking of finally leaving his wife for her but actually, he has cancer is on death s doorstep rather than tell roxanne this, he tells her to take a posh job she was offered in cyprus she thinks he s broken up with her disappears to the south of france for two weeks while she s away, ralph dies roxanne is completely wrecked by this finally confesses her affair to maggie candice turns out ralph left roxanne his london house as a way of legitimizing their relationship from beyond the grave roxanne gives it to maggie for her family to live in while maggie goes back to work.when maggie takes over at the magazine, she swiftly uncovers all the evidence of heather s treachery against candice candice is swiftly reinstated after fighting through the entire book, the three women make up vow to be friends forever candice even starts a relationship with the dashing lawyer who lives across the hall from her the book ends with maggie s baby s christening, at which roxanne dabs a bit of champagne cocktail on to the baby s brow welcomes her into the cocktail club i was kind of like, about that no one better splash my baby with alcoholic beverages act like it s a touching gesture of camaraderie the book of course goes into waydetail about all this stuff, but it s all so convoluted ridiculous, i just can t the book is also in no way funny or witty i don t think there was a single humorous line in the entire book wickham also has a really obnoxious habit of flavoring her dialogue with asides about how someone s face reddened or how their cheeks became warm in 301 pages, i think there were approximate 297 instances of someone being caught out in a lie by blushing can i just say that i have never in my life actually noticed someone blushing used that as the clue that helped me figure out they were lying to me i don t think it really happens the characters are also painfully one dimensional the brassy perfectionist mama magazine editor, the seemingly tough jetsetting mistress with the heart of gold, the innocent well intentioned dupe ugh give this one a miss


  7. Bhargavi Balachandran Bhargavi Balachandran says:

    It s no secret that i love Sophie Kinsella s writing.As a corollary, i assumed that i would like Madeleine Wickham s writing as well.After all,it was by the same author I wouldn t say i was entirely right The writing styles are as different as morning and night Whereas,Kinsella enthralls you with her witty writing, Madeline s writing isrestrained and mature.I haven t read any other Madeleine novel and might run the risk of over generalizing.Cocktails for three is about the lives of 3 yo It s no secret that i love Sophie Kinsella s writing.As a corollary, i assumed that i would like Madeleine Wickham s writing as well.After all,it was by the same author I wouldn t say i was entirely right The writing styles are as different as morning and night Whereas,Kinsella enthralls you with her witty writing, Madeline s writing isrestrained and mature.I haven t read any other Madeleine novel and might run the risk of over generalizing.Cocktails for three is about the lives of 3 young with it women who work for a magazine in London and are best of friends.Roxanne is a confident and gutsy young lady who has a secret lover whose identity nobody knows.Not even the other 2 girls.Maggie is the capable editor of the magazine who finds it difficult to grapple with the issues of motherhoodCandice is the quintessential trusting,generous blonde with a troubled past.The trio meet regularly at a local bar to gossip and catch up with their lives.Their lives change when, unexpectedly Candice s schoolmate turns up as a waitress at their favorite bar.The story is not exactly path breaking and is predictably tame.Each woman has a different ghost to conquer and as usual the story is about how the women get their act together at the end of it all..Can chick lits have an ending other than a happily ever after.I was a little dissapointed with the typecasting related to names.Do all Roxanne s have to be gutsy and spunky.Similarly, do all Candice s have to be blonde,unsuspecting innocent girls.The book didn t make me gasp out of surprise at any point in the narrative.That is where i realized that the Kinsella name hung about this novel s neck like a dead albatross This book was not meant to have crazy twists.It was meant to chronicle the journeys of 3 young women who were battling 3 different situations When i started seeing the book in this light,i felt that the book was not that disappointing.It was a standard Danielle Steele type fare sans the melodrama and copious amounts of tearing.Despite the book being devoted to 3 heroines,all 3 characters are etched out well.The emotions that the 3 central characters go through are also captured very well.However,some emotions like the insecure feeling that Maggie has when her mother in law tries to help her out or the one where Candice feels guilty about the families that her father ruined is a little grating on the nerves after a point as it gets too excessive.Overall,its a decent read Not as light hearted or funny as i would have wanted it to be.If i didn t know that this was written by the same lady who wrote Confessions of a shopaholic, i would probably not judge it this way.Definitely not my style of writing,but i have promised myself to read a fewMadeleine books to understand her style better.I would stick to Cecilia Ahern or Danielle Steele if i needed a non humorous chick lit fix Rating 2 out of 5


  8. Love Fool Love Fool says:

    Three successful young women in the magazine business meet on the first day of every month for cocktails in a London bar and reveal secrets that could undermine their lives and relationships This book reminded me of my friends and I which is maybe why I loved it I appreciated how each woman was at a different phase in her life and the problems each faced I highly recommend this book for any age It was funny and the characters were relatable Enjoy it with your favorite cocktail.


  9. Gina Gina says:

    The book was cute except I can t stand when pregnant ladies drink cocktails Yuck


  10. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Loved the story The three friends , their friendship, their issues and the writing And was surprised at the end to discover that the author was Sophie Kinsella writing in another name.


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Cocktails for Three [PDF] ❤ Cocktails for Three ⚣ Madeleine Wickham – Thomashillier.co.uk Madeleine Wickham, who writes the internationally bestselling Shopaholic series as Sophie Kinsella, has penned an irresistibly dishy and entertaining novel about three savvy young women and the secret Madeleine Wickham, who writes the internationally bestselling Shopaholic series as Sophie Kinsella, has penned an irresistibly dishy and entertaining novel about three Cocktails for PDF \ savvy young women and the secrets they share over monthly drinksRoxanne glamorous, self confident, with a secret lover a married manMaggie capable and high achieving, until she finds the one thing she can t cope with motherhoodCandice honest, decent, or so she believes until a ghost from her past turns upAt 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 their biggest secret revealedIn 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.