Chloe needs a holiday. She's sick of making wedding dresses, her partner Philip has troubles at work, the whole family wants a break. Her wealthy friend Gerard has offered the loan of his luxury villa in Spain – perfect. Hugh is not a happy man. His immaculate wife Amanda seems more interested in her new kitchen than in him, and he works so hard to pay for it, he barely has time for his children. Maybe he'll have a chance to bond with them on holiday. His old friend Gerard has lent them a luxury villa in Spain - perfect. Both families arrive at the villa and realise the awful truth - Gerard has double-booked. What no-one else realises is that Chloe and Hugh have a history, and as tensions rise within the two families, old passions resurface. It seems that Gerard's 'accidental' double booking may not be an accident after all...
Sophie Kinsella’s real name is Madeline Wickham, did you know that? (Madeline Sophie Wickham actually) I’m not sure why Authors publish books by a name other than their own,(apparently this is called a pen name) especially as once they are published it seems quite the thing to make it known who the book is really written by. The thing that gets me is this. If you were none the wiser, looking at the text on this cover would you think Sophie Kinsella or Madeline Wickham is her real name?
Interestingly I’ve never seen a Sophie Kinsella novel telling us that this is actually written by Madeline Wickham. But on all the recently published Madeline Wickham novels, it’s blatantly put on the cover that this is written by Sophie Kinsella. But Sophie is the pen name. Are you getting it?
Anyhoo.. This was a book I picked up as ever from the charity shop, it was a small book so I read it really quickly in about a day.
As I would expect from Sophie, sorry Madeline this was a quick, easy, fun read. I enjoyed it. I wouldn’t say I loved it.
Don’t expect anything great from this, if you read the reviews on Goodreads you would probably be put off reading it at all, but it depends on what you are after for your reading time. Most of the time I want something I can dip in and out of without too much thought. It’s not as good as a Sophie Kinsella novel. Not as funny, the characters aren’t as wacky, the plot isn’t very deep at all and it’s pretty predictable.
So it appears that Madeline is better off writing when she has her Sophie hat on.