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40 Love

2.88  ·  Rating Details ·  3,750 Ratings  ·  408 Reviews
Everyone wins this game of literary tennis, a comedy of manners about envy in which Wickham skewers the nouveau riche. At their country estate, Patrick Chance and his wife host a weekend tennis party. As four couples gather on the sunny terrace, it seems obvious who among them is succeeding, and who is falling behind. But by the end of the party, nothing will be quite as
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published 1995)
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Hybridmobile
Sep 26, 2011 Hybridmobile rated it it was ok
Ehhhh. Too many characters introduced right off gets confusing. And maybe I should know, but what the hell is "Lloyd's Name"? Kinda pivotal, and I have no clue.
Lorelei
Jul 13, 2012 Lorelei rated it did not like it
I love Sophie Kinsella, but have yet to find a Madeleine Wickham book that I've enjoyed. Odd, since they're one in the same. This book had empty and confusing characters gathering together around a match of Tennis, which felt more like an afterthought by the time the book was done. The arguments and conflicts in the book made no sense. The children appeared and disappeared as though they were hardly there at all. The pages kept turning, but I'm still not sure what I read.
Cathy
Oct 21, 2011 Cathy rated it liked it
Oh Madeleine Wickham, how you continue to disappoint me, even as your pseudonym generally leaves me happy. While "Sophie Kinsella" epitomizes all that is right with chick lit--the frothy story lines, the witty one-liners, the pratfalls, the likable naivete of the main characters--in her books, Madeleine Wickham does the opposite. The word that always rises to the forefront of my consciousness when I read Wickham is "SPITE." Characters are so SPITEFUL. Also, as opposed to naivete, characters are ...more
Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
Too confusing and hard to follow. Normally I LOVE Sophie Kinsella's novels, but this one just did not work for me.
Allison
Sep 25, 2011 Allison rated it did not like it
terrible! I normally enjoy her books, but this was utter crap!
•Anna•
Jun 07, 2013 •Anna• rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Il successo di questo libro la ha portata a scriverne altri nove, di cui ben cinque con protagonista la celeberrima Becky Bloomwood.

Ma menomale che hai cambiato stile, cara mia!
E "libro" d'esordio 'sta grandissima cippa! Chiamalo libro.
Ma che è? Un manuale su come farsi venire la depressione.
Quel brio, quell'atmosfera divertente e rilassata nonostante tutto vada a rotoli, tipico dei romanzi firmati Kinsella, è ancora lontano anni luce.
E' proprio vero, i libri firmati Madeline Wickham non hanno
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Luanne Ollivier
The name Sophie Kinsella is immediately recognizable as the author of the hugely successful Shopaholic chick lit series. How about the name Madeleine Wickham? No? Well, they're one and the same.

The Tennis Party, originally published in 1995, was Wickham's first book. It has been re-released in North America as 40 Love.

Four couples gather for a weekend tennis party. - but the host believes it should be a tournament instead. And although tennis is ostensibly the reason for being there, each of the
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Adriana
May 03, 2013 Adriana rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
I really enjoy Wickham’s writing as Sophie Kinsella, so I was looking forward to reading this. However, most of the characters are unlikeable and their obsession with money and each other’s financial situation, while the heart of the story, is beyond unpleasant.

With a title like “40 love”, I came in expecting at least a bit of romance. There is nothing like it in this book. There is a bit of ‘we’ve been married forever and we’ll make it work’ love but nothing particularly romantic.

One thing I di
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Tiffany
Aug 03, 2012 Tiffany rated it liked it
I always wait for Ms. Wickham's latest novel with baited breath, so when I saw that her book the Tennis Party was being released stateside with the title 40 Love, I was elated! Unfortunately 40 Love turned out to be one of my least favorite books by Ms. Wickham. It's obvious the book was written early on in her career and she was still working on her writer's voice. That is not to say I didn't enjoy this book, it just wasn't my favorite by this author. 40 Love is the story of several couples who ...more
James Henry
Jun 18, 2015 James Henry rated it it was ok
Paper-thin characters, stereotypes abound (The good, poor mother! The shady salesman! The rich bitch!) and a banal plot. Thank God this was a quick, easy read, otherwise it would have been pure torture to sit through.
Jennie
Feb 17, 2012 Jennie rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-feb
I love the Shopaholic series and Sophie Kinsella's other stand-alones I enjoy too. I've read one other Madeleine Wickham, Sleeping Arrangements and liked that as well. So I was prepared to really enjoy this book. And instead...I was not impressed. This book seemed utterly pointless. You know, if I hated this book, at least I'd feel something about it. But I feel nothing about this book.
Dominique
Interesting book. Not amazing but great read.
Fitria Mayrani
Feb 18, 2013 Fitria Mayrani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Saya gak tahu kenapa Sophie Kinsella mengganti nama penanya dengan nama asli. Sebagai penggemar karya-karya beliau, saya tidak mempermasalahkan apa pun namanya. Sejauh ini, saya selalu menikmati cerita-cerita yang disajikan dalam setiap novelnya.

Ada udang di balik batu. Ada bisnis terselubung di balik pertandingan tenis. Patrick si OKB perlu tambahan modal agar bisa mendongkrak bisnisnya yang sedang terpuruk. Untuk itulah ia mengadakan pesta tenis dan mengumpulkan beberapa temannya dengan tujuan
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Elusive Controversé
Sep 19, 2014 Elusive Controversé rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
It’s hard to believe that ‘The Tennis Party’ is written by Sophie Kinsella (using her real name Madeleine Wickham). At best, it was boring. At worst, it was pointless, annoying and mediocre.

There really isn’t much of a plot. A bunch of characters spend a few days at the Chance couple’s house. They play tennis a few times but the matches were boring and didn’t serve any purpose. Throughout the book, they were constantly eating and talking or being mean to one another. In Patrick’s case, (view spo
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Sonnet Fitzgerald
Jun 10, 2016 Sonnet Fitzgerald rated it it was ok
What in the name of suburban angst is a Lloyd's Name?

I assume this is a British term, but despite speaking BE for three years I have never encountered it. I read the US version of the book, via St. Martins, and the publisher decided to neither change this term (which is crucial to the story) nor provide an explanation. I was doing alright reading this light character study until the Lloyd's Name became impassable. I could not understand the rest of the story without it, and my frustration and co
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Sarah
Sophie Kinsella is een prachtige schrijfster in haar genre, ze beschikt over een vlotte pen en ik vind haar boeken doorgaans vermakelijk. De tennisparty echter deed weinig voor me. Niet alleen konden de personages me stuk voor stuk weinig interesseren, het plot was slap en op plekken zat er zelfs weinig vaart in. Slappe plotten kan ik door de vingers zien bij een chicklit, weet waar je aan begint. Maar als het verhaal niet doorloopt, juist bij een chicklit, is dat geen goed teken. Ik ergerde me ...more
Natt BookEuphoria
This was an interesting one for me. It was the first book I have read that Sophie Kinsella wrote with her Madeleine Wickam. And it was different, it wasnt as funny and light-hearted as her other books and the plot wasnt very strong. It basically was a very simple idea filled with drama and did seem quite unrealistic as most of the characters were grown adults. It is about a rich couple inviting a few friends over to play tennis for a weekend. And so far so good, but when a bunch of drama gets pu ...more
Beverly
Jan 29, 2015 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't get it. I gave this 4 stars instead of 3 to balance all the hate for this book. This is the first novel by Madeleine Wickham/Sophie Kinsella, and all of her skills are on display here. She writes women's fiction with always above average depth, even in some of her Shopaholic series. And no matter what, she is fun. In her Wickham books she is less funny, and maybe that's why readers are disappointed. But she is a great novelist of manners, gentle ironist, and storyteller in the British tr ...more
Helene Harrison
Review - This story, like Swimming Pool Sunday seems to lack direction. It just seems to be a collection of various different stories rather than a collective whole. But Wickham's writing, as always, is funny and well-written and clever. The characters seem to be two-dimensional rather than people you can step into the shoes of.

Genre? - Chic Lit / Romance / Drama

Characters? - Caroline Chance / Georgina Chance / Patrick Chance / Charles Mobyn / Cressida Mobyn / Nicola Fairweather / Stephen Fairw
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Jessica
Jul 12, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Sophie Kinsella's books are like marshmallows -- fun but fluffy. Her books under the name of Madeline Wickham (her real name) tend to be a little more serious and a bit more dull. This story about four couples enjoying a weekend holiday together takes a long time to get started but, once it gets going, it's a fast read with an Kinsella-esque crazy ending.
Lesley
Sep 15, 2011 Lesley added it
I didn't even finish- got about 25 pages in and just knew it wasn't worth my time. I had read some pretty bad reviews, so perhaps I was tainted, but it didn't grab me at all right away.
Cyndi
Dec 19, 2015 Cyndi rated it it was ok
With friends like this, who needs enemies?
Federica Violet
Oct 07, 2015 Federica Violet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molto carino! Ho adorato alcuni personaggi, tra cui Caroline, e lo stile della Kinsella è sempre impeccabile, entra nella vita dei personaggi con una facilità incredibile.
Alexandra
What a crap story. Totally pointless and just a bunch of unlikeable rich snobs you want to hit in the head with tennis rackets.
Alisha Dunaway
May 13, 2012 Alisha Dunaway rated it did not like it
So boring that I couldn't even get half way through.
Jessica Collier
Jul 16, 2017 Jessica Collier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kristin
Jul 12, 2017 Kristin rated it liked it
This book was eh. It wasn't awful, it was easy to read, but some parts were annoying. She referenced Nicolas issue so many times, but never really touched on what the struggle was. Basically, it was a child you had no connection to that you're supposed to feel sorry for but don't. Also, she said injera was a Nigerian meal, incorrect, it's a bread. And I had to google what a Lloyd's name was, and I still don't understand. As previously mentioned, the tennis match was barely a part of the book. De ...more
Beth
May 12, 2017 Beth added it
Such mean, spiteful, conniving characters. I couldn't find any that I found likable, other than the two little girls. I got to about halfway and skimmed to the end. Sophie Kinsella is my favorite author, and while I wasn't expecting a Wickham book to be quite the same, I wasn't expecting it to be so unreadable either.
Ellie
Jun 24, 2017 Ellie rated it did not like it
Nothing good to say about this one except that it didn't take long to read. Shallow characters and no real story line.
Robin
May 11, 2017 Robin rated it it was ok
Simple story and writing. It was a quick read for some light entertainment.
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Madeleine Wickham (born 12 December 1969) is a bestselling British author under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. Educated at New College, Oxford, she worked as a financial journalist before turning to fiction. She is best known for writing a popular series of chick-lit novels. The Shopaholic novels series focuses on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her ...more
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