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Cocktails for Three

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Three successful young women in the magazine business meet on the first day of every month for cocktails in a London bar and reveal secrets that could undermine their lives and relationships. Reprint. 75,000 first printing...Title: .Cocktails for Three..Author: .Wickham, Madeleine..Publisher: .St Martins Pr..Publication Date: .2006/03/07..Number of Pages: .301..Binding Typ...more
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Published March 7th 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2000)
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Sep 01, 2007 rebekah rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: sophie kinsella fans
I picked this one up from my friend Dani(new to goodreads) the snippet on the cover proclaims the book to be "deliciously wicked and witty and funny" or something to that effect. Dani gave me her review before lending it out, "it's not deliciously witty and funny but it's pretty good. " I must say, I agree. I am a fan of the Shopaholic books so I thought I would give this book a shot and as I am traveling I needed an easy plane read. It was not as polished or funny(actually I didn't find it all...more
This book was just okay. Honestly, I love Madeleine Wickham when she writes as Sophie Kinsella because the books are light and they usually make me laugh. But this is the second go that I've had with Madeleine Wickham and, even though logically I know it's the same person, I just think that she loses some of her mojo when she's not writing as Sophie Kinsella. This book was a perfect example of that - she had three characters that were okay, but the front says that its "deliciously funny... witty...more
Bhargavi Balachandran
It's no secret that i love Sophie Kinsella's writing.As a corollary, i assumed that i would like Madeleine Wickham's writing as well.After all,it was by the same author. I wouldn't say i was entirely right. The writing styles are as different as morning and night. Whereas,Kinsella enthralls you with her witty writing, Madeline's writing is more restrained and mature.I haven't read any other Madeleine novel and might run the risk of over-generalizing.

Cocktails for three is about the lives of 3 yo...more
Andrea Guy
This is probably the most painful chicklit book I've ever read. I love when Madeliene writes as Sofie Kinsella, so I thought I'd give this book a go.

Big mistake.

I've had it out from the library for over a month and I'm finally finished with it.

This one was truly phoned in.

Anyone that couldn't guess what Heather is up to or about to be up to almost from the instant she is introduced, isn't paying attention to the story.

Then there are the characters. None of them are what you call great people. Ma...more
An Odd1
Funny quips amid troubles. Not short-lived champagne fizz of ambitious or frivolous rich, more bitter beer of everyday (female) human woes. Outer conversations and inner thoughts both sound real. Situations resolve believably with resources we have seen, no deus ex machina out of the blue. Ordinary working people accept misfortunes, quietly realize truths, move on, bolstered by unconditional friendship (love). "We shouldn't keep secrets or put on acts for each other. None of us should ever feel...more
i think i've read everything sophie kinsella's written, but this is my first foray into madeleine wickham. it is not, as my husband assumed from the title, about a threesome, but about three best friends who meet at a bar once a month for cocktails. each is hiding a deep secret from the others but in the end, they all come out in a cathartic rush of relief and friendship.

as another reviewer pointed out, the cover advertises "cocktails for three" as "deliciously witty and funny." funny it is not....more
Jun 18, 2007 Kimberly rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: New moms, alcoholics
Shelves: chicklit, newmoms, loaned
Aidan loaned me this book. I think I may have traded for my Jenny McCarthy collection, though unintentionally. I liked it, then I didn't because it was way too predictable, but now I like it again. It is about 3 friends, one a new mom, one a likely alcoholic who is her boss's mistress and the other being taken advantage of by a blast from the past.
maybe it's more of a one & a half star book. i didn't LOATHE it...but i also didn't like it.

the book centers around three friends & colleagues. they all work for a magazine called "the londoner". roxanne is a freelancer who travels the world & writes hotel reviews, as far as i can tell. candice does more investigative reporting, & maggie is the editor. maggie is extremely pregnant & about to go on maternity leave when the book opens. her secret is that she feels woefully unpr...more
Books by Madeleine Wickham (the real name of Sophie Kinsella) are the types of books you read when you're lying in the sun on holiday. You read it because it's easy and quick and, frankly, because it's the only book you packed.

I predicted what was going to happen very quickly and I was right. I wanted to be shocked or, at the very least, feel something but it was just all so ... blah. The characters in Wickham's books are always rich with pretentious names (I mean noone is actually called Giles)...more
Szawanah S
frankly, i dont read this book front to end. i simply skip the pages where Heather are in. i hate the Heather part. even when they first met her. i know that she is up for no good. how stupid for candice to not know it. duh! so i just read the first half of the book, without skipping any pages, then grew tired of Heather than skipped most of Heather part, then resume reading all when Candice realize that Heather was nothing but a scumbag i.e when Roxanne secret lover, Ralph (i forget the name al...more
After several girlfriends let me in on the fact that one of my favorite authors (Sophie Kinsella) was actually a pen name for Madeleine Wickham and that Madeleine had various novels published, I was eager to read them! Cocktails for three is the first of Madeleine's novels that I've read and I devoured it wholeheartedly.

Cocktails for Three follows the lives of three women who work together and are friends. Outside of work they meet up once a month at the Manhattan bar to catch up with one anothe...more
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"Cocktails for Three" is one of those books that was just made for it by the pool while sipping a strawberry daquiri. Reading any book by Madeleine Wickham is wonderful for zoning out...mindless entertainment with a heart. You may know Wickham better by her pen name, Miss Sophie Kinsella, the queen of British chick lit.

This is the story of three best friends...each one with a secret. There is Candice, with a childlike innocence and a terrible past; Maggie, a new mother who does n...more
So far I am already swept away by the main characters: Candace, Maggie and Roxanne. I have the strongest affinity for Candace. Three thirty-something women friends meet once a month at an upscale bar in London. They all three happen to be working at a magazine together, too. EACH has a secret that is about to unfold and weave the story together...
SK a.k.a is a master at sharp contemporary dialogue, especially of women's characters. I still vividly remember many of her books because the character...more
As much as I love all the books Wickham writes as Sophie Kinsella, I have found that I just don't like anything she write under her actual name. This book was horribly depressing from the get-go. One character is being taken advantage of by a girl she's trying to help, and you can see where it's all going -- she'll probably lose her job and friends because of it. Another character just had a baby and is dealing with postpartum depression. And the third character has been in a relationship with a...more
Madeline Wickham as herself is not as superior as Sophie Kinsella her ghost writer name. The author of the Shopaholic series writes a thousand times more fun, witty books than when she writes under her own name. A friend of mine gave me this book for xmas, and I finally got around to reading it a couple weeks ago. I found that some of the characters could have been a little more fleshed out, and that the ending seemed a bit raced and a little too wrapped in a neat bow for my taste. I also think...more
Les aventures de Maggie, Candice et Roxanne, trois amies et collègues londoniennes qui se retrouvent régulièrement autour d'un cocktail. Candice reconnaît un soir Heather, la serveuse du bar à l'une de leur soirée, comme la victime d'un incident passé dont son père est responsable. Heather ne la reconnait pas, mais Candice décide de l'aider, pour rattraper les erreurs passées de son père.

Un roman sympa et qui se lit facilement, moins drôle que d'autres de Sophie Kinsella (généralement les roman...more
Okay, it's not the best book on the planet or anything--it's just chick lit. But it served its purpose. I read it in one night and I just needed something girly, something based in London. It was my first Madeleine Wickham book (I've read all of Sophie Kinsella's books as Kinsella, but just not as Wickham). And I was happy that she got away from her usual formula of neurotic woman that makes a mess, fixes her mess in the nick of time, and ends up with some handsome, completely stable, usually we...more
I have now read 3 other books written under the name Sophie Kinsella and this I've read under the name Madeleine Wickham. I was very disappointed in this book and the characters. I think one of the reasons that I loved the Sophie books was that I could easily identify with some aspect of the main characters, that although the stories were extreme in terms of circumstance, I could SEE myself. I couldn't relate to any of these characters, which made the book seem empty. It was struggle to want to...more
Laura Noi
Quando ho iniziato questo libro ero parecchio scoraggiata. Io ho amato profondamente la Sophie Kinsella degli “I love”, mi ha fatto morire dal ridere tantissime volte e anche riflettere e piangere e sorridere. Aveva creato un mondo davvero buffo ma straordinario.

Questo libro invece è tutt’altro genere e sembra davvero scritto da un’autrice differente. Per saper scrivere con due stili così diversi, e risultare convincente, una persona deve essere davvero brava e la Wickham/Kinsella lo è. Abbiamo...more
J’avais acheté ce livre fin octobre l’année dernière, j’avais vu plusieurs avis qui nous annonçaient un moment bien sympa.
On découvre dès la première page en quoi consiste ce fameux cocktail club : rendez-vous de trois copines tous les 1er du mois. Elles travaillent dans la même agence de journalisme mais ne se croisent pas beaucoup en dehors.
Les trois jeunes femmes nous emportent très vite dans leur univers un peu comme si on était la quatrième copine. Elles sont toutes les trois très différen...more
An enjoyable read with a very satisfactory ending, following the lives and troubles of 3 women. Candice's story was a little far fetched and reminded me of the film " Single white woman".
Amy G.
Loved it!! I thought it was a great read & would definitely read more of Sophie aka "Madeleine Wickham"'s books! :)
Kari Ramirez
I bought this book years ago, maybe even when it first came out. That was when I read Sophie Kinsella's first few books and thought they were great. Then I read a couple more and realized I hated her books. So this one sat on my shelf collecting dust. This year I decided I would make a dent in my shelf. I would either get rid of the books I wasn't going to read or read them. So with that in mind I finally started this book.

And I did enjoy it. I think maybe I just don't like the Shopaholic charac...more
To say I was excited when I came across this novel by one of the most revered authors of chick-lit is an understatement.

In COCKTAILS FOR THREE we are brought into the lives of three very good friends; Maggie, Roxanne and Candice. The threesome - who all work at the ever fabulous Londoner magazine, carry on a tradition of meeting the first of every month to indulge in tasty cocktails, juicy gossip and good ol' girl talk. To one another, they all seem pretty content with their lives, but the truth...more
Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors and I have been anxiously anticipating a new release from her to no avail, but I had no idea that she had previously penned five novels under the name Madeleine Wickham! Although 'COCKTAILS FOR THREE' is not her usual fare it still contained all of the spark and flare that we have come to expect from Ms Kinsella, or should I say Ms Wickham.

'COCKTAILS FOR THREE' is the story of three best friends who are each keeping major secrets from each other. The...more
I picked up Cocktails for Three expecting more of the trademark wit and humor from the Shopaholic series, which the author writes under the pseudonym Sophie Kinsella. After all, the Kinsella name is prominently featured on the cover, and a quote from Kirkus Reviews proclaims the book "Deliciously funny ... witty and wicked." I'd like to know if the reviewer read a different copy than I did, because there is zero wit and humor in this book.

Cocktails for Three wasn't bad enough to make me quit rea...more
Mia Queen
Covernya cantik yaa :)

Klub Koktail adalah buku karangan alter ego dari Sophie Kinsella pertama yang saya baca. Walau Sophie Kinsella dan Madeleine Wickham adalah orang yang sama tapi gaya penceritaannya sangat berbeda. Sama-sama bergenre chicklit tapi Cocktails for Three terasa lebih gelap dan satir.

Cocktails for three berkisah tentang kehidupan 3 wanita yang sudah tidak muda lagi dengan masalahnya sendiri-sendiri walau benang merahnya sama. Rahasia. Maggie yang bergulat dengan kekhawatirannya s...more

Buat siapa yang pernah baca Sophie Kinsella, pasti menyadari kalau gaya tulisannya lucu, dan penuh humor. Walaupun gadis-gadis Kinsella selalu mendapatkan keberuntungan mendadak setelah mengalami masa sial yang parah, tapi cara penceritaan sampai gadis-gadis ini berhasil dengan ide dan cara cerdas namun tidak terpikir oleh orang lain selalu membuat saya menutup novelnya dengan nyaman, karena merasa segar.

Nah, gaya penulisan yang segar ini yang nggak ditemui ketika Kinsella menulis dengan...more
Laura-Jane Barber
Madeleine Wickham is Sophie Kinsella's real name. Sophie Kinsella was made famous by the Shopaholic series which are fun, lighthearted chicklit novels. She also published a few other fun fast reads that scream "Kinsella" when you read them--Remember Me, The Undomestic Goddess, Can you Keep a Secret? and Twenties Girl. When I pick up a novel by Kinsella, I know I'm going to enjoy the journey through the book, probably laugh out loud several times, identify with at least some of the heroine's inne...more
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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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