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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan; 1st Paperback Edition edition (1 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552997692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552997690
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 801,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A wry and incisive novel that leaves you guessing til the end"--"Sunday Post" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adrianna Jones on 2 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
Warning: This review contain's spoilers.

When I think of reading a Sophie Kinsella book, I normally imagine something light-hearted, funny and definitely entertaining. Now I completely understand the concept of branching out and writing different types of books under a pseudonym so I wasn't expecting something like her other books. In that respect, this book definitely met those expectations. Unfortunately however, I was also expecting something good (for lack of a better term) which this definitely was not.

I think it's safe to say that there was not one single likeable character in the entire book, which as you can imagine is quite a feat. They weren't likeable and they most definitely were not happy, which in turn made me feel pretty depressed. The main character, I found completely and utterly moronic. Why on earth would you, knowing your married, accept another man's proposal and then do NOTHING TO OBTAIN A DIVORCE??! The 'ignore a problem and hope it goes away' attitude is quite common with Sophie Kinsella heroines but it is normally carried out in a funny and charming way. Not this time though; I felt like physically shaking some sense into her.

I could rant for significantly longer and dissect each character's many issues (fiancé: whiny brat, sister: pregnant with child of man old enough to be her father, mother: obsessive, father: late-life crisis with work/marriage, actual husband: dead, actual husband's lover: wracked with guilt/grief, actual husband's lover's wife: borderline psychotic). Like I said, not a happy one in the bunch and I could carry on going but frankly I've wasted enough time on this book as it is. Sophie Kinsella: Please stick to your normal books and retire as Madeleine Wickham (who I can safely say I will never read anything else by)!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. S. Johnson on 12 April 2011
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book, the characterisation and the plot were very good. What really annoys me with anything I have read by Madeleine Wickham is that the books are obviously not proof-read properly. Time and time again there are typos which aren't spelling errors so they aren't being picked up by the spell-checker and someone is obviously not taking the time to proof-read the stories properly. It makes me cross because I think if I am going to pay for a book then it should be proof-read properly, everyone expects the occasional error but Black Swan really don't seem to have got their act together! If Madeleine is reading this then she should ask for a discount on publishing costs!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
My fiance bought me this the week leading up to our wedding and I couldn't put it down - I read the whole book in 2.5 hours - then picked it up and read it all over again! In fact I read it 3 times in the 4 days leading up to our wedding! AND I was rushing around!! It's funny, gripping and has an unexpected twist that stopped it being predictable! Can't wait to read the others Ms Wickham has written!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Balooby on 22 May 2000
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Was one of those books that you didn't want to put down from the start. A really easy read and perfect for that true 'escapism' feel. Am definately going to search for more books by Ms Wickham - excellent, thanks very much!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By P. Lang on 2 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
Sophie Kinsella is my favourite author. I wasn't impressed with The Tennis Party which was the first book I read under her real name. However I thought I would give it another go and this book was really really good. Very Sophie Kinsella! It was funny but heart felt, with a twist or two along the way, great read! If you love Shopoholic you will love this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Love2ReadUK on 4 Jan. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I tried to like this book, after another reviewer claimed that Kinsella writing as Wickham was better than her other books, but it's just the usual chick-lit fare, served up in the usual way. Also, why write under another name if the genre and the style is almost (okay, lacking in humour and substance but you get my drift) the same? Just my POV, though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 Jun. 2013
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I love books by Sophie Kinsella so I was quite excited when I realised that she also had books under her name Madeleine Wickham.

It starts off with easy going, fun loving Milly who meets a young gay couple. One of them men is American and needs to stay in the country so despite only knowing them for a few days, she agrees to marry him. Skip forward and Milly is about to get married - without actually getting divorced from her American husband. Milly panics and she tries to hunt down her husband with her wedding only days away.

The story is a nice enough story and I did enjoy the ending. My favourite part of the story was actually not the part about the main characters but small parts involving the gay couple and Milly's sister. My problem with this story is that I found the idea that someone would just assume that getting married again without previously getting divorced was okay, was just a bit unrealistic. Milly (the main character) was not a character I liked that much because I just found her irresponsible and couldn't get over her excuse about "forgetting" she was already married. I didn't like that she put on a completely fake persona for her fiancé because I felt that if she felt the need to do this then they shouldn't be getting married to him anyway. There are a few unexpected parts which was done well and overall it was okay though I probably won't re-read it, which for me, is unusual.
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