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Review: Sleeping Arrangements

December 7, 2010

Chloe and Philip are in desperate need of a vacation, so when Chloe’s friend Gerard offers them the use of his villa in Spain, they jump at the chance.  They pack up their two boys and vow to leave their troubles behind while they’re gone.

Hugh works all the time and rarely sees his family and his wife Amanda is more worried about image than anything else.    When Hugh’s old friend Gerard offers them the use of his Spanish villa, they go there with their two daughters and a nanny in tow.

Imagine the two families’ surprise when they arrive at the villa only to discover that Gerard has lent it to them both for the same weekend.  The villa is luxurious, but with only three bedrooms, it hardly seems big enough for nine people.  Drama ensues while the families figure out how to handle the situation.

I listened to Sleeping Arrangements by Madeleine Wickham on a recent trip to visit my parents.  The story is cute, but nothing memorable.  I enjoyed it while I listened to it, but it’s not a story that will stick with me for a long time.  Some things that happened were just a little too convenient, so I did have to suspend disbelief a time of two.  I found a few of the characters annoying at first, but most of them grew on me as the story progressed.  The audio is read by Katherine Kellgreen and she does a great job – she’s fantastic with different voices and different accents.  If you’re looking for something light, you might enjoy this, but don’t go into it expecting a lot of substance.

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34 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2010 6:35 am

    Funny! I reviewed a Sophie Kinsella book today too. I haven’t read any of her Wickham books yet.

  2. December 7, 2010 6:39 am

    this is too cute! It might make good “holiday break” reading…

  3. December 7, 2010 7:20 am

    I like light listening…just finished Samantha Bee’s “I Know I Am, But What Are You”. It takes your mind off the heavier subjects. But then it kinda feels like biding time.

  4. December 7, 2010 7:20 am

    Sounds like it would make a cute movie!

  5. December 7, 2010 7:36 am

    Sometimes light is just the right way to go. I’m not sure I’ll give this one a try though.

  6. December 7, 2010 9:01 am

    I enjoy reading Sophie’s books but for some reason I can’t get into her other books under the Wickham name.

  7. December 7, 2010 9:10 am

    I am not sure about this book. On the one hand, I do enjoy light fiction, but on the other, there are so many other good books vying for my time that I don’t see myself reading this one. I am glad that the audio was good though!

  8. December 7, 2010 9:16 am

    Thats a cute cover and the premise is interesting.

  9. Beth Hoffman permalink
    December 7, 2010 10:42 am

    I don’t do much “light” either … but I have a girlfriend who would most likely love this, so I’ll make sure to mention it to her.

  10. December 7, 2010 10:58 am

    Oh Kinsella’s books, very intriguing, I’d like to try these

  11. December 7, 2010 11:32 am

    I haven’t read any of her work. For some reason it just doesn’t attract me.

  12. December 7, 2010 11:37 am

    I read one of the Wickham books years ago, The Gate Crasher, and remember liking it — but only that, I don’t remember anything else about it 🙂
    Sounds like this was an easy listen in the car.

  13. December 7, 2010 11:42 am

    I like a book like this once in a while. It’s a nice break from heavier stuff.

  14. December 7, 2010 12:14 pm

    Sigh – *I* want a villa in Spain 😛

  15. December 7, 2010 12:15 pm

    The (audio)book has an interesting premise. Terrific review, as usual!

  16. December 7, 2010 12:48 pm

    I had heard mixed reviews of Madeleine Wickam’s books. Her books under Sophie Kinsella are a lot more popular. That makes me wonder how the same author can write such wonderful books under one name and kind of do an okeish job under another.

  17. December 7, 2010 1:52 pm

    I thought the plot line sounded like a fun movie or easy audio. It’s interesting to read about the author here in the comments too.

  18. December 7, 2010 1:56 pm

    I dicovered just last week that Sophie Kinsella is Madeleine Wickham! I really enjoy Kinsella’s Shopoholic series. They’re cute, easy reads that I need sometimes. Sleeping Arrangements sounds similar. Great for a car ride, the beach or after a long day!

    ~ Amy

  19. December 7, 2010 2:02 pm

    Sounds cute. I enjoy light ones a lot of the time.

  20. December 7, 2010 2:44 pm

    For some reason, Wickham’s characters often wind up grating on my nerves! I finished A Desirable Residence a little bit ago and ended up feeling pretty “meh” about it. Maybe I’d have better luck with this one?

  21. December 7, 2010 3:04 pm

    I know exactly what you mean…I was addicted to all of the Shopoholic books for the longest time…but then I outgrew them for YA Fantasy…hee hee hee…have I grown and stretched my reading focus at all lately? Not sure…

  22. December 7, 2010 3:05 pm

    I’ve read all but one of Sophie Kinsella’s books, but none of her Wickham books. I’ve been meaning to give one a try, though.

  23. December 7, 2010 4:45 pm

    You know, in the past I would say this sounded cute and would add it to my wish list. However, I’ve realized recently that I just don’t love chick lit like I used to. It still sounds cute, but not one I’ll rush out to read.

  24. December 7, 2010 4:46 pm

    She’s kind of fluffy but fun. I read a book of hers once a long time ago and it was like cotton candy.

  25. Veens permalink
    December 7, 2010 7:35 pm

    Holiday Season means it is time for light reads like these 🙂

  26. December 7, 2010 8:02 pm

    This sounds like a great book to read on an airplane or the beach. I didn’t realize that the Kinsella (also a pen name I belive) has another series interesting.

  27. December 7, 2010 8:18 pm

    I know what you mean about it being a perfectly nice book but one that won’t stay with you very long. I need books that every once in a while between “bigger” reads.

  28. December 8, 2010 12:02 am

    I think I might like this via audio too. Her books are a bit trite for me to read but audio would be perfect for the background while i am working!

  29. December 8, 2010 8:59 pm

    I have yet to really connect with the audio thing yet. I would listen to this if I had a long commute and just needed to zone out!

  30. December 9, 2010 12:05 am

    Sometimes it’s so tough for me to get into audio books — maybe a cute story would be the ticket for me.

  31. December 9, 2010 1:58 pm

    I see a predicament of sorts with lending out a home at the same time to 2 different families. Nice to hear that the narrator brought in variations to the tones of the book. Still have Innocent to listen to and hopefully it will be over the holidays then.

  32. stacybuckeye permalink
    December 9, 2010 4:55 pm

    Looks cute – a great one to listen to in the car.

  33. December 13, 2010 1:41 pm

    Probably a little too light for my taste but I have a few friends that would enjoy this one.

  34. December 14, 2010 1:07 pm

    i’ll have to keep this book in mind the next time i want to read something light and fluffy.

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