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Cocktails for Three

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  31,224 Ratings  ·  974 Reviews
At the first of every month, Maggie, Roxanne, and Candice gossip over cocktails about The Londoner, the glossy fashion magazine where they all work. But their waitress shares a secret with one, and more secrets come to light.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2000)
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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
Sep 01, 2007 rebekah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 12, 2011 Ciara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jun 18, 2007 Kimberly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: New moms, alcoholics
Shelves: chicklit, loaned, newmoms
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.
Shannon Savory
Feb 05, 2015 Shannon Savory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me a little longer to finish then most I even started a diffrent book while reading this one. But that is not a reflection on this book but rather my reluctance to read a book from this genre. I was surprised how I well I related to Maggie being a mother I could see she really captured the feelings of many new mothers including myself. For a while she was my least favorite character but that did not last. This book was so well written that I needed to know what was going to happen ...more
Jan 06, 2012 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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)
Szawanah S
Dec 01, 2013 Szawanah S rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-books
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
Aug 06, 2012 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2010 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 26, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Jan 12, 2015 Machel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 05, 2010 Tiffany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
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
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
Oct 12, 2011 Pam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 22, 2016 Willow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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So glad Sophie gave us Becky Bloomwood. Slightly disappointed with this one. A bit of a drag and having three main characters slowed the pacing of the story just a little, especially in the beginning before any sort of action took place.

The last quarter of the book I skipped out parts with Maggie and fast forwarded to the Candice/Heather parts, those parts were more interesting. I would have liked to have known what happened to Justin in the end, nothing more was said so I assumed the obvious wh
Love Fool
May 15, 2014 Love Fool rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

This book reminded me of my friends and I which is maybe why I loved it. I appreciated how each woman was at a different phase in her life and the problems each faced. I highly recommend this book for any age. It was funny and the characters were relatable. Enjoy it with your favorite cocktail.
Odet Rahmawati
Oct 03, 2015 Odet Rahmawati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Klub koktail terbentuk ketika tiga sahabat baik menemukan sebuah kelab yang sepi dan tak terjamah. Namun di sana, ketiganya menemukan kenyamanan dan kebebasan. Di tempat tersebut, dengan ingar bingar dan beragam minumannya membuat ketiganya mampu duduk berlama-lama, bertukar cerita apa saja, dan semakin dekat dengan satu sama lain.

Kisah ini dibuka dengan Candice yang bertemu teman SMA-nya saat sedang berkumpul dengan kedua teman lainnya di kelab tersebut. Candice merasa sengatan tak menyenangkan
Laura Noi
Apr 03, 2014 Laura Noi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aya Lawliet
Nov 11, 2015 Aya Lawliet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Premesso che ho deciso di accostarmi al chick-lit appositamente per fare la conoscenza di un mondo leggero ma, all'occorrenza, foriero di quegli insegnamenti senza pretese che ci piace definire cliché, ma che proprio per via del loro non avere pretese si tende a relegare in secondo piano troppo spesso.
Ho trovato una grande positività in questa storia, un grande senso di speranza. I tre personaggi principali fanno i conti con insicurezza, inadeguatezza e complesso di colpa cronico - tre cose che
Jan 05, 2016 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A most lovely and hilarious read.
Poor Maggie thought that she had to live up to the expectations of her husband and her mother-in-law, resulting in a miserable life for her after childbirth. She kept all her misery to herself and did not tell her two best friends, Candice and Roxanne.
Candice is literally drowning in guilt when she met Heather and later, anger, shame, doubt and humiliation are added to that. Not to mention the guilt clouded her thoughts and made her convince herself that Heather
Nov 06, 2015 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-liked
An enjoyable story about friendship, keeping secrets and learning why to actually trust your friends.

Roxanne, Maggie and Candice are three best friends, working for the Londoner, each with their flaws and good sides. Until a meeting with Candice`s former school mate, Heather sets things into action.

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Jan 31, 2015 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
Fairly standard chicklit by the author that writes the Shopaholic books. I haven't read them so I can't compare but this was ok. Centers around three best friends who work for a magazine in London. One is having an affair with a married man, one is about to have a baby and the third harbours long ago guilt from the havoc her father wrought before he died. Maggie struggles with motherhood, Roxanne's life crashes down around her and Candice takes on a good deed that's going to bite her in the back ...more
Mar 26, 2014 Liçou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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