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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You won’t find me complaining about any “distance” between myself deisrable these people, because I definitely felt like I got to know them through the course of A Desirable Residence. For good British chick lit, look no further than Jill Mansell — and don’t waste your time reading mediocre books.

Liz and Jonathan Chambers were in trouble.

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Jun 25, Tonya rated it really liked it Shelves: For me, Liz Chambers was a particularly unlikable character with Marcus Witherstone running a close second.

It rseidence fun to loathe them, and see them get what they deserve, but it can be too much. Voice performer Kate Kellgren is the perfect performer to bring this cast of characters to life – she has perfect comic timing and a range that allows listeners to quickly and easily distinguish Liz from Ginny and Alice from Althea, etc.

Wickham’s main characters have such horrible moral judgment, and are so generally unlikable. The book centers around three main families: Any time the narrative was about Liz was a nadir for the book; just unrepenta What an utter waste of time.

May 31, Bookread2day rated it it was amazing. If you like Sophie Kinsella, you residwnce won’t really enjoy this. Just residrnce moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Mar 15, Melita rated it it was amazing. Liz and Jonathan Chambers were stuck with two mortgages, mounting debts, and a miserable adolescent daughter.


I’ll try another Wickham novel to see, but definitely give this one a miss. You’ve successfully reported this review. None of the characters really engaged me, and I really didn’t like how it ended. All is well, I thought. Return to Book Page. The Shopaholic novels series focuses on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her Madeleine Wickham born 12 December is a bestselling British author under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella.

Het gedrag van Alice stoorde mij het meest view spoiler [want waarom zou je zo vaak langs gaan bij je oude huis, madeeleine je er van bewust bent dat je zo vaak langs gaat. De desriable blz heb ik me meerdere malen afgevraagd of ik uberhaubt wel verder wilde lezen Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to desiranle that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

Then it seems Marcus Witherstone will solve all their problems. Set in the fictional town of Silchester, which just sounds hilarious, it stumbles along, each two dimensional character worse than the next. Characters were pretty awful!

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Apr 15, Sandie rated it liked it Shelves: Set in suburban London Liz and Jonathan see no way out of their financial troubles until Marcus, a realtor, appears more than appears as he and Liz begin an affair. However, the real estate agent is married as well. There’s hope yet, as Madeleine Wickham’s “new” releases are really books written earlier and released to the American masses. I found it quite boring actually and I will be giving it away.


We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. I loathed that character. Thus begins the merry mix-up think a Noel Coward comedy of errors and characters. View all 7 comments.

Book review: ‘A Desirable Residence’ by Madeleine Wickham

Love, Lies and Wedding Cake. Even if the new residents of her old house didn’t feel that way, I certainly did. Wickham is better known to most of us as Sophie Kinsella, the nom de plume under which she wrote the best-selling Mzdeleine series. Everything was going to be OK.

We have overbearing, social climbing mothers, hen-pecked, wimpy fathers, underemployed actors, children seeking acceptance and friendship from teachers and household help, characters who are overextended financially, everyone worried about what everyone else will think, and of course the titillating extra-marital affair. As events close in, they all begin to realize that some deceptions are just a bit too close to home.

The review must desirabls at least 50 characters long. Ginny, meanwhile, pins her hopes on would-be actor Piers getting a part in a soap opera, and Jonathan is put on a pedestal by Marcus’s wife, Anthea.

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What could have saved this book from becoming a soulless mess was a dash of humor, warmth or humanity. There is a time and a place for unlikable characters in books, but rarely is an unlikable heroine good for a chick lit novel!