Sleeping Arrangements

Sleeping Arrangements

Book - 2008
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Chloe needs a holiday. She's sick of making wedding dresses, her partner Philip has troubles at work, and 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 realize the awful truth--Gerard has double-booked. What no one else realizes 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...
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2008, c2001.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312383428
Branch Call Number: WICKHAM
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 25 cm.


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May 17, 2017

Not a bad book, I enjoyed it.
Though it wasn't one my favourites from her. It definitely lacked the clever sense of humor we are used to reading from her, but the book was an easy read and still enjoyable.

madison382 Oct 01, 2015

When I chose this book I wanted something light and funny. It was light, but not funny. Did not care for any of the characters.

Jul 04, 2015

In her romantic comedy, Sleeping Arrangements, Madeleine Wickham, better known as Sophie Kinsella, the author of the Shopaholic series, spins a riveting tale exploring true love. The ending will surprise readers, while resolving loose ends. Overall, Sleeping Arrangements is an enjoyable summer read.

Mar 13, 2013

this was easy beach reading while I was on holiday, but it isn't particularly funny, compelling or well written.

JewelMcLatchy Aug 01, 2012

I also find that I prefer the Sophie Kinsella books to these, but if you know ahead of time that the Madeleine Wickham books are meant to be more realistic, gritty, down-to-earth, serious and much less flighty/ridiculous (in a good way!! Don't get me wrong, because I adore the Shopaholic series and other Kinsella stand-alones), then you won't be disappointed. If you want the uproariously funny antics of Shopaholic and the others, then just skip these and stick with Sophie Kinsella.

Jul 05, 2012

Pleasant read but I found the story a bit weak.

Jan 10, 2011

Very thin plot. Not nearly as engaging as the Shopaholic writing. Characters are very predictable.

Jan 08, 2011

Although the plot seems a bit choppy, this is a pretty good book. The characters all have their flaws, but in the end [spoiler] start realizing them and try to change for the better. The scenery described and the village are nice too, and I'd recommend this as a summer read.

Aug 28, 2009

I was excited to get my hands on this book- I absolutely love Wickham's Sophie Kinsella books. Unfortunately, this one fell rather flat for me. The characters were decidedly unlikable and the plot failed to capture my attention. Her Kinsella books, with their light, quirky sense of humour are so much better and more satisfying. My advice: don't expect much out of this book and you won't be disappointed!

AD_Library Aug 06, 2009

Two families are off to Spain for a much needed week of vacation to unwind from their stressful lives. Luckily, their friend, Gerard, has graciously offered the use of his villa. To both families, at the same time! Of course, Chloe and Philip are hardly connecting these days as Philip worries about his impending layoff and of course Hugh isn’t that happy with Amanda, who seems to care more about spending his money than spending time with him. Wouldn’t you know that Hugh and Chloe used to be lovers and this week is their chance for another rendez-vous?

This novel is fun for a day of lounging around the pool when you don't feel like paying much attention to what you're reading.

2 stars (out of 5)


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Jul 04, 2015

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Jul 04, 2015

Chloe and Phillip are life-partners embarking on a much needed vacation to a luxury house in Spain with their two sons to escape their hectic lives. At the same time, banking executive Hugh is hoping to bond with his distant wife Amanda and their two twin girls during a stay at a vaction home in Spain. The lives of both families intertwine when it turns out they are all staying at the same luxury vacation house during the same week. Incidentally, Chloe and Hugh have a romantic history unbeknownst to their family members. Will spending time together reignite their old relationship or has too much time passed? As secrets are exposed the more time the families spend time together, both old and new conflicts arise.


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Jul 04, 2015

“I'll never stop wondering, you know. What could have been. If we'd stayed together, all those years ago. We might have come here to this villa, as husband and wife. With Sam. I might have had Sam as my son."
"You might."
"We might have had six children together."
"Six! I'm not sure about that."
"The worst things is... The worst thing is, we probably would have become discontented. After a few years. We probably would have lain here in the sun, feeling a little bored, wondering if we did the right thing in marrying each other. Not realizing how bloody lucky we were..."
"It's late. We should get some rest."
"We make so many decisions over a lifetime. Some turn out to be unimportant...and some turn out to be the key to everything. If only we knew their significance at the time. If only we knew what we were throwing away.”


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