Saturday, July 19, 2008

Sleeping Arrangements by Madeleine Wickham

Chloe, a designer, desperately needs a holiday. She and her partner, Philip, are taking their sons Sam and Nat for a week at her friend Gerard's Spanish villa. Hugh Stratton is looking forward to his own vacation for a chance to bond with his two young daughters and his wife, Amanda. Chloe's and Hugh's hopes for relaxation turn to bewilderment and slight tension when both families realize that Gerard (their common friend) has invited them for the same week. Chloe and Hugh also share a secret--they were a couple years ago. With both Chloe's and Hugh's relationships on the rocks, will they be tempted to become involved again? In Sleeping Arrangements, we get the points of view of a variety of characters--Chloe, Hugh, Philip, Sam, and the nanny, Jenna. This is one thing that differentiates these books from those Wickham writes under the name Sophie Kinsella. I quite like getting inside various characters' heads, so I have enjoyed all of Wickham's books that I've read (The Gatecrasher, Swimming Pool Sunday, and The Tennis Party). Sleeping Arrangements was a light, at times humorous read--perfect for vacation or a day at the beach.

1 comment:

S. Krishna said...

I didn't like The Gatecrasher so much, but I might have to check this one out!