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The Gatecrasher

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Fleur Daxeny is beautiful, unscrupulous, and has a large wardrobe of black designer suits. With the help of The Times announcements page she gate-crashes the funerals of the wealthy, preying on rich vulnerable men. She charms her way into their lives and onto their platinum cards, takes what she can and then moves swiftly on.

When Richard Favour, a dull but wealthy business
Paperback, Thomas Dunne, 313 pages
Published 1998 by St. Martin's
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Suad Shamma
Nov 23, 2012 Suad Shamma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2011
Sophie Kinsella brings more charm, more wit, more depth and more laughs to her stories. Everything that Madeleine Wickham seems to lack.

This is my fourth Wickham book and what a stupid book! What a distasteful protagonist! I honestly don't think I could've disliked a character more than Fleur.

I started this book with the hopes that it would be an interesting read - albeit light. The premise of this book, the plot, seemed very interesting, original even. A lady who crashes funerals in search for
Nov 26, 2008 Lulu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Karina Hernandez
Mar 23, 2015 Karina Hernandez rated it it was ok
what an awful ending to a mediocre book with the most annoying characters
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Dec 14, 2015 Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of chick lit
Published: 10/07/2007
Author: Madeleine Wickham

This book was light hearted, fun, sweet and had a little bit of mystery in it. Madeleine Wickham (Sophie Kinsella) doesn't disappoint with this book. In my opinion it is one of the best written by Sophie Kinsella. The was the first one of the Madeleine Wickham books that I read as soon as I finsihed it I purchased the rest of the books and couldn't wait to read them. It is a must read for anyone who loves Sophie Kinsella books and anyone who loves ro
Dec 28, 2008 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up so that I could have a "fluffy book" to read over the holidays, one that I could just pick up and read without doing much thinking. It fit the bill.
However I found it was very slow -- at one point, I picked it up and was surprised to find that I was half-way through, despite the plot not having picked up much at all. I think the author was trying to do too many things at once, lay down too much character development and subplots -- and not very succinctly, frankly! -- and didn't
Nov 30, 2008 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guiltypleasures
True rating would be 1.5 stars--somewhere between "didn't like it" and "it was OK." When Madeleine Wickham morphed into Sophie Kinsella, apparently she acquired the ability to create characters with a few redeeming qualities to offset their character flaws (i.e., compulsive shopping).
Nov 27, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I was very pleased to find out that Madeleine Wickham was Sophie Kinsella, as I loved her books. What pleased me even more was that Madeleine Wickham takes a darker, deeper look into her characters than her Sophie Kinsella books offer. There is hilarious comedy, but there is also deep sorrow within this book.
Fleur Daxeny picks up rich men at their wife's funeral. She finds Richard Favour, and the story takes off from there. What could be a light-hearted and shallow story is actually quite deep,
Mar 10, 2009 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
Fleur has made a career out of crashing funerals and memorial services so that she can work her way into recently widower's lives. She earns the widower's trust then takes them for all she can and moves on. But, when she meets Richard Favour things start to change. She finds herself feeling comfortable and fitting in with his family. When her daughter comes to visit and fits in too Fleur realizes she is going to have some decisions to make. But is Fleur ready to give up the high life and to sett ...more
Mar 03, 2012 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 05, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Madeleine Wickham, who is Sophie Kinsella's alter wonderfully wicked and delirious in her sophisticated writing. I loved the rather adult style of "The Gatecrasher" as the main character transforms her life over the course of a calm yet collected journey. At its heart, this story really weighs in on one woman's swinging back and forth between two ways of life. Ultimately, she certainly has a lot to lose if he follows her head and much to gain if she listens to the pure pitter-patter ...more
Aleida Oskam
Eindelijk! Een anderhalve maand later heb ik dit boek uit. Ik dacht bij het aanschaffen van dit boek. "Ik vind de boeken van Sophie Kinsella altijd wel leuk dus als ze onder haar eigen naam schrijft moeten ze toch ook wel leuk zijn" Niets is minder waar. Ik vond dit boek erg tegenvallen. Op de één of andere manier wist het verhaal me niet te pakken. En het einde vond ik ook erg open. Toch sta ik nog open voor een ander boek ook onder haar eigen naam geschreven want ik ben wel van mening dat je p ...more
Sandra T
È stato davvero piacevole, abbastanza da sorvolare sulla prevedibilità delle vicende, sulle personalità banalotte, sui flashback da cui emergono indagini psicologiche da spritz hour, sui cliché che non stiamo neanche a soffermarci e sui nomi improbabili (ovviamente la seducente, materialista mangiauomini dalla folta chioma rossa si chiama Fleur Daxeny). Perfetto per trarne una commedia romantica da apprezzare e poi scordare, nello stile che andava di moda qualche anno fa (ora mi sembra di percep ...more
La fille qui rit
Primo libro di Madeleine Wickham, carino, ma può fare di meglio. Molto di meglio.
Innanzitutto non ho ben compreso la motivazione del brutto carattere di Fleur. Non ha una vera e propria storia drammatica alle spalle, e il suo non voler lavorare è del tutto ingiustificato. Mi è piaciuto comunque il piccolo approfondimento fatto sulle tradizioni del luogo dove prima la protagonista abitava e in particolare la strana abitudine di dover regalare le cose quando si dice che sono belle.
Il finale l'ho
This story had a great potential. I was expecting light humour, romance and lots of personal development by the main character - Fleur. What I got was a very selfish, 40+ woman, with no heart and no respect for others. Her journey was very shallow and self centred. Her goal was to use as many man as possible for as long as possible to get us much money from them as possible. She was a gold digger without morals, who didn't know what love is, what friendship is and most of all what motherhood was ...more
Kari Anderson
If you’ve ever seen Wedding Crashers, the part where Will Ferrell has turned into a funeral crasher, well that’s the life of Fleur. Fleur’s ultimate goal is to get the big bucks. To do that, she scours funerals, trying to find a widower who can support her life. She weasels her way in, gains their trust and runs of with their trust, money that is.

But this time, her daughter Zara has gotten involved and this may be her final go round.

I picked up this book because I loved every Sophie Kinsella boo
Nov 02, 2012 Nada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This book has been on my to-be-read pile for quite a while now, and I'm extremely happy to get it off. I have no idea why I took so long to finish this, a week back, I had enough time to read, but I completely ignored that I had a book waiting.

On to the review. I have read multiple Sophie Kinsella books but only two of her books writing as Madeleine Wickham, and I enjoyed those two books as I enjoyed this one.

The Gatecrasher is about a woman who goes to funerals to hunt for rich men. So basicall
i picked this up because i like sophie kinsella's books--so sue me. this was as fluffy as i expected (i read it while i was sick--perfect for passing the time without expending too much brainpower), but kind of a head scratcher.

the titular gatecrasher is fleur, a charming 40-year-old redhead who crashes funerals to win the hearts of wealthy male attendees. she wins their trust & then connives to take them for every penny she thinks she can get away with, generally through a bizarre scheme i
Finitha Jose
Aug 09, 2012 Finitha Jose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sophie Kinsella is the pseudonym of Madeleine Wickham. She has written seven novels under this original name. Her first novel under the name of Kinsella was submitted to her existing publishers anonymously and was enthusiastically received. She revealed her true identity for the first time when Can You Keep a Secret? was published in December 2005.
I have read most of the novels of Kinsella and it is hard to believe that both are same. Kinsella novels are pure comedy, while Wickham is serious to
I really, really wanted to give this book 4 stars. If it weren't for the abrupt ending with the sooooo many loose ends which remain untied, I would have given this a much higher rating. The ending ruined EVERYTHING.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the fun, fluffy read. In fact, I was at times so absorbed by the storyline that I just couldn't put it down. Wickham gave all of her supporting characters good, solid and interesting backgrounds. Unfortunately, she failed to explore the full potential of
Feb 04, 2016 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thinking it was going to be light and fluffy, I was mildly surprised to find how well thought-out the story was. The characters had surprising depth, the premise of the book was intriguing, and I found myself simultaneously rooting for and against the protagonist.

Fleur Daxeny is a beautiful woman with an interesting way of earning a living: she charms the pants off of bereaved widowers, weaseling her way into their lives in order to get access to their credit cards and steal all she possibly ca
Nov 03, 2012 Chanel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely LOVE Sophie Kinsella, so when I found out that that was just a pseudonym and that Madeleine Wickham had written other books, I was thrilled! I was so excited when I read the description of this book, I thought it would top most romantic comedy books I've read. It started off good, but I wasn't too drawn to Fleur, the main character. Throughout the book I kept willing it to get better, but it never did. It wasn't very funny, and it didn't really reflect on the characters pasts' much; ...more
Jul 13, 2012 Kaylee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, I didn't realize this book was from the late 90s. Oops. No biggie though. This is my first Wickham book, and I only just started reading Sophie Kinsella, so I saw it at Target and figured I'd give it a shot. The story seemed cute.

The only thing I really liked about it is was that it was in third person. And that's because I've been reading mostly first person lately, so it was nice to know what was going on in everyone's head. But that's about it.

The story was kind of disappointing.
I liked
Nov 03, 2012 Mehdi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was alright, and in fact, the beginning hooked me in quite well. I think the most unfortunate thing in this book is that it built things up quite high, but then ran out of time and didn't offer any substantial resolutions to anything. I'm not entirely sure why Fleur was so embarrassed by Zara's father (other than being a mediocre American, which really shouldn't be the only reason) - the way things ended with Phillipa were particularly depressing considering that she was one of the characte ...more
Jamie Puleo
May 22, 2016 Jamie Puleo rated it really liked it
I've grown soooo tired of the shopaholic series and have been really disappointed with kinsella/wickham's books as of late. As a result, I wasn't expecting much from this one, but I ended up really liking it. The characters are all a bit wacky, and the plot line is definitely dark and infused with British humor. Fleur has made a career out of attending funeral services in an effort to meet rich widowers and take them for all they are worth. Despicable? For sure. Then...she meets Richard and has ...more
Ella Perkins
This book is about Fleur Daxeny. She is a “funeral crasher”. She goes to different funerals and picks up a guy who has to be rich. Then she will be with then till she gets a Gold Card (Credit Card), and will take out a few hundred pounds. After she gets all the money she will just leave and never speak to the man again. But after the Richard Favour’s wife’s funeral she decides to stick around. What is different?

In this book I noticed a text-to-text connection with the book, Cocktails For Three.
Apr 18, 2014 Vira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love Sophie Kinsella's books, whether she writes them as Sophie Kinsella or Madeleine Wickham ;)
This is a kind of easy to read, interesting, grabbing, involving, fun books, which you read in public transport, while traveling, after hard work or just relaxing. Sophie has a great sense of humor too, I always laugh out loud. I read her books with a great pleasure between serious classics which can make me kind of depressed... and these books always make me smile and feel optimistic.
So, I don
Mar 31, 2010 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
Considering Sophie Kinsella has been one of my favorite authors since I first picked up Confessions of a Shopaholic, I've been trying to get my hands on any book she (ehem, or Madeleine Wickham) has written. And I can see now why she changed her name. This is the second of Wickham's books that I've read that have left me somewhat dissatisfied. I gave it 2 stars because although enjoyable and lighthearted, I felt the character development was weak all around. I also felt she began to rush through ...more
Aug 16, 2010 Chikka rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wickham can make a nice opening, make us wonder what kind of development will happen to the characters, but in the end she doesn't really answer all of my questions about the plot and characters. Also, I think she puts too many unnecessary information, like Zara's eating habit. That makes me wonder if she has eating disorder like anorexia. But nothing explain further about that. The ending is so disappointing. I think Richard and the rest of the family should know about Fleur's first motive to l ...more
Jun 03, 2015 Lorie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
On second thought~what exactly does Fleur think she is? I personally think she is a high-minded, well dressed hooker. If looks like a duck, sounds like a duck.. I'm not sure I could dislike a character more..
Lara Monroe
You may have grown to love Becky in the Shopaholic series and appreciated the characters in Kinsella's other books but you may not be ready for this tale. Cocktails for Three I described as a slightly more cynical version of the books that this author was putting out. In some ways it seemed more adult and mature. The same shouldn't be said for Gatecrasher. This book attempts to introduce numerous characters, none of whom are decent. The story plods along as the characters expose themselves more ...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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