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Madeleine Wickham, who writes the internationally bestselling Shopaholic series as Sophie Kinsella, has penned an irresistibly dishy and entertaining novel about three savvy young women and the secrets they share over monthly drinks. Roxanne: glamorous, self-confident, with a secret lover -- a married man Maggie: capable and high-achieving, until she finds the one thing she Madeleine Wickham, who writes the internationally bestselling Shopaholic series as Sophie Kinsella, has penned an irresistibly dishy and entertaining novel about three savvy young women and the secrets they share over monthly drinks. Roxanne: glamorous, self-confident, with a secret lover -- a married man Maggie: capable and high-achieving, until she finds the one thing she can't cope with -- motherhood Candice: honest, decent, or so she believes -- until a ghost from her past turns up At the first of every month, when the office has reached its pinnacle of hysteria, Maggie, Roxanne, and Candice meet at London's swankiest bar for an evening of cocktails and gossip. Here, they chat about what's new at The Londoner, the glossy fashion magazine where they all work, and everything else that's going on in their lives. Or almost everything. Beneath the girl talk and the laughter, each of the three has a secret. And when a chance encounter at the cocktail bar sets in motion an extraordinary chain of events, each one will find their biggest secret revealed. In Cocktails for Three, Madeleine Wickham combines her trademark humor with remarkable insight to create an edgy, romantic tale of secrets, strangers, and a splash of scandal.


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Madeleine Wickham, who writes the internationally bestselling Shopaholic series as Sophie Kinsella, has penned an irresistibly dishy and entertaining novel about three savvy young women and the secrets they share over monthly drinks. Roxanne: glamorous, self-confident, with a secret lover -- a married man Maggie: capable and high-achieving, until she finds the one thing she Madeleine Wickham, who writes the internationally bestselling Shopaholic series as Sophie Kinsella, has penned an irresistibly dishy and entertaining novel about three savvy young women and the secrets they share over monthly drinks. Roxanne: glamorous, self-confident, with a secret lover -- a married man Maggie: capable and high-achieving, until she finds the one thing she can't cope with -- motherhood Candice: honest, decent, or so she believes -- until a ghost from her past turns up At the first of every month, when the office has reached its pinnacle of hysteria, Maggie, Roxanne, and Candice meet at London's swankiest bar for an evening of cocktails and gossip. Here, they chat about what's new at The Londoner, the glossy fashion magazine where they all work, and everything else that's going on in their lives. Or almost everything. Beneath the girl talk and the laughter, each of the three has a secret. And when a chance encounter at the cocktail bar sets in motion an extraordinary chain of events, each one will find their biggest secret revealed. In Cocktails for Three, Madeleine Wickham combines her trademark humor with remarkable insight to create an edgy, romantic tale of secrets, strangers, and a splash of scandal.

30 review for Cocktails for Three

  1. 5 out of 5

    Margitte

    FROM THE BLURB Roxanne: glamorous, self-confident, with a secret lover -- a married man Maggie: capable and high-achieving, until she finds the one thing she can't cope with -- motherhood Candice: honest, decent, or so she believes -- until a ghost from her past turns up ...'In Cocktails for Three', Madeleine Wickham combines her trademark humor with remarkable insight to create an edgy, romantic tale of secrets, strangers, and a splash of scandal. The Cocktail Club: Maggie Phillips, or Mrs. Drak FROM THE BLURB Roxanne: glamorous, self-confident, with a secret lover -- a married man Maggie: capable and high-achieving, until she finds the one thing she can't cope with -- motherhood Candice: honest, decent, or so she believes -- until a ghost from her past turns up ...'In Cocktails for Three', Madeleine Wickham combines her trademark humor with remarkable insight to create an edgy, romantic tale of secrets, strangers, and a splash of scandal. The Cocktail Club: Maggie Phillips, or Mrs. Drakeford,(Editor), Roxanne Miller (freelance contributor),and Candice Brewin (senior journalist) at the The Londoner had a standing arrangement at the Manhattan Bar in London. Once a month it was cocktail hour for the three besties. They discussed everything except their well-guarded secrets. Life was like a well-shaken rose-tinted martini without the paper umbrella added. Colorful and good in its own splendor. The friendship was as true as the cocktail menu every month. The quality unquestionable, the satisfaction unrivaled. Like everything else in life, change was inevitable. Some changes can happen gradually. Others, like lightning - all at once. An arrival, a departure and a deception crashed down on the secrets of the three friends before they could reach out for the next olive or the bowl of complimentary almonds on the bar table. And suddenly the friendship took on a rather different color. Actually, the color of loneliness. Of hurt. Of introspection. The cocktails mysteriously became undrinkable. Indigestible. This is simply an entertaining, relaxing, heartfelt, great read. Nothing about this tasteful tale of friendship, trust and loyalty bothered me. It's a feel-good, decent all rounder. A great experience. The wordsmith behind it knows what she's doing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Guy

    This is probably the most painful chicklit book I've ever read. I love when Madeliene writes as Sophie 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. M This is probably the most painful chicklit book I've ever read. I love when Madeliene writes as Sophie 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. Maggie is drinking while pregnant. Roxanne is sleeping with a married man. Candice is just plain STUPID. It felt like Madeliene was trying to create some kind of Sex and the City type story with Cocktails for Three, but the end result was really not all that exciting. I was really hoping for something more glamorous, but that wasn't to be found here. If it weren't such a quick read, once I convinced myself to go on reading it, it would have been truly miserable. I highly recommend Madeliene/Sophie's other books, but not this one. I have to go and read a Harlequin to bring back the warm fuzzies I expected to get with this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    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 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 and wicked" and I don't think that I laughed once. Also? I'm getting really sick of this whole 'three friends who meet for cocktails and are supposed to be best friends but really no one knows what's going on in the other people's lives' schtick that some chicklit books have fallen into. And even though I think Wickham was trying to go for the "oh, this is light and fluffy on the outside but look, these could be real women" aspect of things, I still felt like they were caricatures instead of characters. It was alright, but I don't think I would read it a second time and it will be going in the 'for Goodwill' pile.

  4. 4 out of 5

    rebekah

    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 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 funny) as the Shopaholic series and I wasn't particularly invested in any of the characters(although having been a victim of a psychopath myself once I identified with Candice, the wide eyed innocent) but if you enjoy Kinsella's work and want something a little darker, a little less well written, then this book is for you.

  5. 5 out of 5

    janille n g

    I am a huge fan of Madeleine Wickham…or rather, I should say that I am a huge fan of her when she writes under her pen name, Sophie Kinsella. That’s right, the author of this little known chick lit. novel is in fact the hugely famous writer of the Shopaholic series, among other awesome stories (shout out to I’ve Got Your Number, my personal favourite!). Although I’ve read almost all of Kinsella’s novels, I had never picked up one of Wickham’s, until a few days ago. I’ve owned Cocktails for Three I am a huge fan of Madeleine Wickham…or rather, I should say that I am a huge fan of her when she writes under her pen name, Sophie Kinsella. That’s right, the author of this little known chick lit. novel is in fact the hugely famous writer of the Shopaholic series, among other awesome stories (shout out to I’ve Got Your Number, my personal favourite!). Although I’ve read almost all of Kinsella’s novels, I had never picked up one of Wickham’s, until a few days ago. I’ve owned Cocktails for Three for about three years now, since I picked it up at a used book sale. It sat on my bookshelf for all this time because I just never felt in the mood for it, having heard mixed reviews about the stories Kinsella writes under her real name. I always opted to read a “proper” Kinsella novel, rather than delving into Cocktails for Three, and I only picked up this novel this week because I wanted a quick read that I would be done with rapidly. Well, Cocktails for Three is certainly a quick read, but it is also one that has left me conflicted. I both enjoyed it and found it very slow, and I couldn’t reconcile the fact that Wickham is Kinsella, and vice versa, because the tones and styles of their novels are just so different. Kinsella’s novels are effortlessly hilarious, replete with over-the-top but endearing characters whose dramatic lives still somehow seem to be relatable to the reader. Cocktails for Three is perhaps even more relatable in the sense that the characters are very average and every day, but for some reason, I just couldn’t make myself like any of the three main characters, Candice, Maggie and Roxanne. It wasn’t until about two thirds into the novel that I even enjoyed it at all, and I felt myself wavering between being excited by the story and feeling helplessly bored by it. I think, as I just mentioned, my main reason for struggling with Cocktails for Three is that I didn’t find any of the female leads likable. They each have these flaws that are extremely difficult to look past and which I found pretty annoying: Candice is ridiculously naïve and innocent, to the point of making me want to slap her; Maggie is so unprepared for motherhood that she seems not to think it bad to drink or be around cigarette smoke while pregnant; and Roxanne is in the midst of a 6 year long affair with a married man, which is a story arc that has always rubbed me the wrong way, since I first began reading chick lit. I admit that, as I got halfway into the novel, I started to warm up to the three characters, but I still found it hard to ignore Roxanne’s immorality, Candice’s ignorance and Maggie’s selfishness. What’s more, there wasn’t really anything romantic about this novel, and while not every novel has to be a romance of course, I’ve grown so accustomed to how artfully Kinsella writes romance that it made me kind of sad to read a novel of hers that was love-free. With all that said, somehow, I look back on the novel now and I feel like I enjoyed it. It wasn’t a favourite by any means, but I do have to admit that it breaks the chick lit. mold and doesn’t rely on stereotypes or clichés. I appreciate that, and while I didn’t love the story or the characters, I found the novel interesting enough and was overall happy and occupied while reading it. This is certainly a hard one to rate… I think I’ll definitely give another novel by Wickham a chance in the future, to see if they all adhere to this slightly different style…but I probably will pick up another Kinsella novel first! ❥❥❥.5 (out of 5)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ciara

    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 unprepared for motherhoo 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 unprepared for motherhood. roxanne's secret is that she has been having a six-year affair with a married man. her friends know about the affair but don't know who the man is. turns out it's their publisher at work, ralph allsop. i'm not really giving anything away because it was pretty apparent from the first time he was introduced that he was the guy. candice's secret is that her father was a con man who fleeced many of her childhood neighbors out of their money. candice & her mother uncovered his perfidy after he died. they meet monthly for cocktails at a cheesy place called the manhattan bar. really, this book is kind of just a "sex & the city" knock-off in that respect. on this particular evening, the waitress that serves them is an old school acquaintance of candice's...& candice knows that her father fleeced this school acquaintance's father out of his money. the waitress is named heather & in order to make amends, candice arranges for her to be hired on at "the londoner". so...we can all see what happens, right? say it with me: heather is well aware that candice's father conned her father, though she doesn't let on to candice that she knows. instead, she takes advantage of candice's naive attempts to make amends. she moves into candice's flat, takes the job at "the londoner," & tricks candice into doing all her work for her, paying for all her groceries, etc etc. she deviously turns roxanne & maggie against heather & tells her boss that candice is bullying her at work. meanwhile, she filches personal receipts from candice's bedroom & turns them in as expenses to the magazine, setting candice up to look like a thief. by the time she is finished, candice is alienated from her best friends & on the verge of losing her job. maggie has her baby & feels isolated out on her country estate, being a full-time mom. & you can guess what happens...she slowly slips into loneliness & depression before she finally snaps & admits everything to the home health visitor & her mother-in-law. they arrange for her to get some help & the mother-in-law has a little chat with her son, who starts pitching in more with the baby. maggie decides to return to work & move back to london. roxanne notices that ralph is losing weight & looking haggard. she hopes it's because he is thinking of finally leaving his wife for her. but actually, he has cancer & is on death's doorstep. rather than tell roxanne this, he tells her to take a posh job she was offered in cyprus. she thinks he's broken up with her & disappears to the south of france for two weeks. while she's away, ralph dies. roxanne is completely wrecked by this & finally confesses her affair to maggie & candice. turns out ralph left roxanne his london house as a way of legitimizing their relationship from beyond the grave. roxanne gives it to maggie for her family to live in while maggie goes back to work. when maggie takes over at the magazine, she swiftly uncovers all the evidence of heather's treachery against candice & candice is swiftly reinstated. after fighting through the entire book, the three women make up & vow to be friends forever. candice even starts a relationship with the dashing lawyer who lives across the hall from her. the book ends with maggie's baby's christening, at which roxanne dabs a bit of champagne cocktail on to the baby's brow & welcomes her into the cocktail club. i was kind of like, "!!!" about that. no one better splash my baby with alcoholic beverages & act like it's a touching gesture of camaraderie. the book of course goes into way more detail about all this stuff, but it's all so convoluted & ridiculous, i just can't. the book is also in no way funny or witty. i don't think there was a single humorous line in the entire book. wickham also has a really obnoxious habit of flavoring her dialogue with asides about how someone's "face reddened" or how their "cheeks became warm". in 301 pages, i think there were approximate 297 instances of someone being caught out in a lie by blushing. can i just say that i have never in my life actually noticed someone blushing & used that as the clue that helped me figure out they were lying to me? i don't think it really happens. the characters are also painfully one-dimensional--the brassy perfectionist mama/magazine editor, the seemingly tough jetsetting mistress with the heart of gold, & the innocent well-intentioned dupe. ugh. give this one a miss.

  7. 4 out of 5

    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 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 young with-it women who work for a magazine in London and are best of friends. Roxanne is a confident and gutsy young lady who has a secret lover whose identity nobody knows.Not even the other 2 girls. Maggie is the capable editor of the magazine who finds it difficult to grapple with the issues of motherhood Candice is the quintessential trusting,generous blonde with a troubled past. The trio meet regularly at a local bar to gossip and catch up with their lives.Their lives change when, unexpectedly Candice's schoolmate turns up as a waitress at their favorite bar.The story is not exactly path breaking and is predictably tame. Each woman has a different ghost to conquer and as usual the story is about how the women get their act together at the end of it all..Can chick-lits have an ending other than a "happily ever after"?. I was a little dissapointed with the typecasting related to names.Do all Roxanne's have to be gutsy and spunky ?.Similarly, do all Candice's have to be blonde,unsuspecting innocent girls?.The book didn't make me gasp out of surprise at any point in the narrative. That is where i realized that the Kinsella name hung about this novel's neck like a dead albatross. This book was not meant to have crazy twists.It was meant to chronicle the journeys of 3 young women who were battling 3 different situations. When i started seeing the book in this light,i felt that the book was not that disappointing.It was a standard Danielle Steele-type fare(sans the melodrama and copious amounts of tearing!).Despite the book being devoted to 3 heroines,all 3 characters are etched out well. The emotions that the 3 central characters go through are also captured very well.However,some emotions like the insecure feeling that Maggie has when her mother in law tries to help her out or the one where Candice feels guilty about the families that her father ruined is a little grating on the nerves after a point as it gets too excessive. Overall,its a decent read. Not as light-hearted or funny as i would have wanted it to be.If i didn't know that this was written by the same lady who wrote Confessions of a shopaholic, i would probably not judge it this way!.Definitely not my style of writing,but i have promised myself to read a few more Madeleine books to understand her style better.I would stick to Cecilia Ahern or Danielle Steele if i needed a non-humorous chick-lit fix ! Rating : 2 out of 5.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Love Fool

    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    The book was cute except I can't stand when pregnant ladies drink cocktails. Yuck! The book was cute except I can't stand when pregnant ladies drink cocktails. Yuck!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Loved the story .. The three friends , their friendship, their issues and the writing. And was surprised at the end to discover that the author was Sophie Kinsella writing in another name.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Donna Craig

    So—the reviews and blurbs printed on this book really misled me. For example, the book wasn’t, “deliciously funny...witty and wicked.” So, hoping for a funny book, I spent almost 100 pages disappointed. However, I stuck it out because the writing and story-telling are very good. When I finally realized that I was reading a book about friendship overcoming outside threats, and about women dealing with the difficulties of modern life, I realized that I was loving it. The next thing I knew, I was s So—the reviews and blurbs printed on this book really misled me. For example, the book wasn’t, “deliciously funny...witty and wicked.” So, hoping for a funny book, I spent almost 100 pages disappointed. However, I stuck it out because the writing and story-telling are very good. When I finally realized that I was reading a book about friendship overcoming outside threats, and about women dealing with the difficulties of modern life, I realized that I was loving it. The next thing I knew, I was sitting in a completely drained tub, still unable to put down the book and dry off. I really enjoyed this story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    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 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 we have to struggle through on our own." p282. Every month, three Londoner magazine colleagues gossip over cocktails in the same old bar. Writer Candice, guilty, gullible, gives job and flat room to crazy Heather, whose family collapsed after money lost to Candice's swindling father 'Good-Time Gordon". Editor Maggie fears imminent birth although supportive husband Giles likes isolated rural acreage. Freelancer Roxanne hides Mr Married with Kids. Hints are plentiful "flash of hostility" p33, not dreams or prophecies, annoying. I like Wickham aka Sophie Kinsella, so still fun read. Feels more down to earth than some Cinderella gets the prince marketed in same niche. (view spoiler)[ Heather forges expense receipts to ruin Candice, who ignores warnings from others, including besotted neighbor Ed. Maggie misinterprets help from mother-in-law Paddy as criticism. Roxanne's lover, Londoner publisher Ralph Allsopp, dying of cancer, urges her toward job offer from infatuated island hotel tycoon. We know Ed will console Candice, thankfully he is not revealed to be fabulously rich rescuing "prince". Maggie returns to work, exonerates her. Ralph bequeaths his marital home to Roxanne, message of regret; death forces her to move on. (hide spoiler)]

  13. 5 out of 5

    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 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 already) died from cancer. and i totally opposed to the fact that Maggie wouldnt return back to her job just because she is having baby. i mean come on, having a baby means that you have to end your career? which century do you lived in? i was this closed to not finished reading the book and pick up other books to read when i jumped to the half end (as if mentioned earlier, the part where Roxanne secret lover died.) here, as if they just wake up from their sleep, the character realize everything. Candice realize that Heather was a slug. Roxanne realize that she should not blame Candice for her lover's death and Maggie, realize that she could be a career woman even if she had babies. then, i enjoyed the rest of the books. though googling, i realize that many women out there simply love this book, i found that i just like the half end of it. and yet, i felt like i should pick other books at the fair. i could not help to felt that this book simply did not worth my RM8 (though i know it is cheap. ) because i still felt like i have watch something similar to this before this (at hallmark maybe) as i seem to know the ending before i read it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kricket

    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. 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. it has that shopaholic feel to it where one of the characters in particular keeps doing things so completely idiotic that you want to scream "NOOOO" at the book. that said, it was enjoyable. you could read this on the plane or on the beach or in the bathtub and have yourself a fine old time.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jami

    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 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 married man for 6 years, always hoping he'll leave his wife, only to have it all end when he finds out he has cancer. Yes, CANCER! So, I just couldn't do it anymore. It wasn't worth wading through anymore of this depressing and un-enjoyable crap in the hopes that it might all end happily.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    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. 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tinka

    This book was a premiere for me. It was my first time reading Sophie Kinsella under her real name, Madeline Wickham and to say I was surprised might be an understatement. Where she writes with spunk and wit, great humor and engaging characters as Kinsella, as Wickham feels less playful, more restraint and the characters are not as lively. You could say I prefer her style as Kinsella, to say the least. The book chronicles the lives of three women in their early 30s (they are all the same age right This book was a premiere for me. It was my first time reading Sophie Kinsella under her real name, Madeline Wickham and to say I was surprised might be an understatement. Where she writes with spunk and wit, great humor and engaging characters as Kinsella, as Wickham feels less playful, more restraint and the characters are not as lively. You could say I prefer her style as Kinsella, to say the least. The book chronicles the lives of three women in their early 30s (they are all the same age right?) who work for the same London Magazine and are best friends who regularly meet for Cocktail Nights. Maggie, smart, career woman and chief editor, struggles with her pregnancy and move to the countryside. Roxanne, spunky freelancer who travels the world and steams with confidence and having an affair with a married man. Candice the generous goody-two-shoes and liked by everyone. It gives off a certain Sex and the City flare, with stand-ins for Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte, but minus the terror that is Carrie Bradshaw. I gotta say, for most of the part it was an enjoyable and light read, not particularly memorable or engaging but perfect if you just want to turn off your brain and relax. Maggie‘s story was probably the most realistic (except the over the top rich husband), having a young mother struggling between her love for her family and the urge to go back to work and on the edge of postpartum depression is interesting to read about and probably relatable to a lot of women. When it comes to Roxanne and her married man it’s hard not to feel conflicted about how morally wrong her affair is but at the same time Wickham does a solid job making her at least sympathetic in her situation. The characters are not the deepest, but are alright. The problem comes from Candice and the "main action" that happens during the story. When Candice meets and old friend from school, a girl who’s family was ruined because of shady actions Candice‘s father committed, everything that follows is very predicable and feels more like a High School Teen drama than something happening between adults. Candice feels guilty for something her father did, though she herself was still a kid and had nothing to do with it, and tries to make it up to the girl, Heather. And obviously Heather seems nice and thankful at first, but turns into a psycho who tries to ruin Candice‘s life. Deep sigh. The predictability doesn’t really bother me, more how over the top this whole drama is and how grown women act like teenagers. Heather is laughably obvious, she only misses a mustache to twirl and Candice is so frustratingly stupid it makes you want to punch her repeatedly with a frying pan. And the solution to all the drama seems way too easy. Why build up so much if it just blows over like that? If it weren’t for that storyline I might have given the book 3 stars, but it unfortunately dragged the whole book down for me.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Novelle Novels

    3.5 out of 5 stars This is my first book with Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeline wickham and I really enjoyed it. Three friends meet up for cocktails once a month and are very different.. Roxanne is glamorous but is with a married man, Maggie is about to become a mum for the first time and cadice is an honest and lovely lady who when confronted with her past struggles. We start with one night at the cocktail bar meeting a cocktail waitress starts a chain of events that changes all three of them. 3.5 out of 5 stars This is my first book with Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeline wickham and I really enjoyed it. Three friends meet up for cocktails once a month and are very different.. Roxanne is glamorous but is with a married man, Maggie is about to become a mum for the first time and cadice is an honest and lovely lady who when confronted with her past struggles. We start with one night at the cocktail bar meeting a cocktail waitress starts a chain of events that changes all three of them. They are all so different and each of their stories is interesting and relatable but what I love best is the fact that this isn’t about romance but about friendship. Yes I enjoyed this and yes I will read more of her books as I found the writing good and cozy. If you ever need a good chic lit to read then definitely pick this up..

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heather Zabrowski

    This was an alright book overall. The story wasn't great and was pretty predictable. The plot gave me the feels of a lifetime movie. I was loving all of Sophie Kinsella's novels and decided to follow up with her Madeleine Wickham works. This was the first of those that I read, and it set me off to not really planning on reading anymore of her works. This was an alright book overall. The story wasn't great and was pretty predictable. The plot gave me the feels of a lifetime movie. I was loving all of Sophie Kinsella's novels and decided to follow up with her Madeleine Wickham works. This was the first of those that I read, and it set me off to not really planning on reading anymore of her works.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Vedha K

    Stupid Candice and more foolish Roxanne, a doubtful Maggie and a treacherous Heather. A good for nothing cocktail club and a mildly good setup but awfully crafted story we could sniff after few pages itself.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Heather Alderman

    I was looking for a light, quick read and got that, but unfortunately, it was very predictable and I never could connect with the 3 main characters. Skimmed the last half.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Krissi

    I thought the book was just ok. It started out slow but definitely got more interesting towards the middle and end- enough to keep me from putting it down and starting something new.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Helene Passy

    Bit different to Kinsella’s other work, 3 different main characters, 3 stories, 3 very different outcomes... I enjoyed it!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    “Cocktails for Three" is a fun, little book by Madeline Wickham who you may know better as Sophie Kinsella. “Cocktails for Three" is a fun, little book by Madeline Wickham who you may know better as Sophie Kinsella.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jean Oram

    Have fun read that is really women’s fiction more than chick lit. Three friends go through tough times and this story is about their friendship and how it fails but also perseveres.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ella

    Sometimes you just a light read, this was it. One sitting, super cute story.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Adelyne

    I love Becky Bloomwood and the Shopaholic series in general, but Kinsella/Wickham’s standalones have always been of a hit-and-miss for me. I was happy to find quite early on that I did get along with this one – I liked the characters and having the four main girls who were so different and the switching of focus between them made sure that the narrative never got dry. There were some parts of it that were relatively predictable, but others were not and I thought there was a good balance between I love Becky Bloomwood and the Shopaholic series in general, but Kinsella/Wickham’s standalones have always been of a hit-and-miss for me. I was happy to find quite early on that I did get along with this one – I liked the characters and having the four main girls who were so different and the switching of focus between them made sure that the narrative never got dry. There were some parts of it that were relatively predictable, but others were not and I thought there was a good balance between “I know what is happening in this situation” and “What?? That was it??” feelings. All of the main characters work in the journalism field (at least in the universe of the book) but that wasn’t really emphasised on – it could have really happened in any corporation – and I sort of wish there were a bit more journalism elements built in since there was the perfect setting for it. Written as a feel-good read, and I thought it achieved just that. 4 stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. For me, "Cocktails for Three" was just okay. One of those books where I would say "that was a nice read," but its not compelling, its not a page turner. It is just...nice. The characters are all very dichotomous, which is nice (this word is going to be used a lot to describe this book...), but the fatal flaw of having a book that has three separate characters is that you inherently run the risk of not being able to develop each in a manner that makes it possible to sympathize with each of their f For me, "Cocktails for Three" was just okay. One of those books where I would say "that was a nice read," but its not compelling, its not a page turner. It is just...nice. The characters are all very dichotomous, which is nice (this word is going to be used a lot to describe this book...), but the fatal flaw of having a book that has three separate characters is that you inherently run the risk of not being able to develop each in a manner that makes it possible to sympathize with each of their fatal flaws. Which I think happened in this book. While I enjoyed the foils of their friendship, I found each of their stories rather lackluster. First you have Candice. I didn't like Candice from the start. I don't know if it was because she was so obviously a wambly tambly sham bucket or because I just wanted to scream "seriously?!?" at her five million times. I mean I don't know about you, but who SERIOUSLY gives up their master bedroom to a girl who is paying no rent. I mean father ruining her life aside, bitch can get her own place. Plus the romance with Ed was so predictable but at the same time so unromantic that I just could not get into it. Then you have Roxanne, whose having an affair with Ralph, who is supposed to be this strong and independent vixon- but can't manage to get away from the man she has been having an affair with for SIX YEARS. Okay, whatever, I get it, and I get her (or least I thought her character was developed enough for me to get her) but I never like the girl who is having an affair. She is always my least favorite (except if you are the heroine in "Something Borrowed"...)thus I kept waiting for her take that amazing job offer in Cyprus. Because who would turn that down? But Ralph dying...I did not see that one coming. Then there was Maggie, who was my favorite, and I have no idea why. I rarely enjoy the child bearing women in books I read (as I have no children, thus I cannot relate) but there was something about her that I really connected with. Perhaps it was her reaction to having children, which I think would be similar to my own. Wanting to be the best at taking care of your kid but knowing that you needed your own career to be fully satisfied. That being said, when she finally admitted her faults I felt like her life fell into place to easily- which I found unrealistic. Life with a baby is never that easy. But the part of the book I disliked the most was at the end when they BAPTIZED MAGGIE'S BABY WITH A COCKTAIL. I mean do not get me wrong, I like a cocktail as much as the next person but NEVER, EVER will I baptize my baby in them. Fun read, wouldn't necessarily recommend, but wouldn't necessarily dissuade anybody from reading either.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Wolohan

    I was so disappointed in this book. I really like Sophie Kinsella, but this was my first book under Madeline Wickham. I didn't like any of the characters. The plot took a very different twist than I was expecting from just judging it by the cover. I was so disappointed in this book. I really like Sophie Kinsella, but this was my first book under Madeline Wickham. I didn't like any of the characters. The plot took a very different twist than I was expecting from just judging it by the cover.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    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) 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) who are hard to relate to. Their unlikely situations always pan out so perfectly that it's hard to connect or really lose yourself in the narrative. I love books to make me feel something. I like to care about characters and there's nothing I like more than to cry or laugh whilst reading a book. It means the writing is good. I love the power of words in creating such strong emotions in a reader. All I really felt whilst reading this book is boredom. I like to look forward to picking up my book after work and relaxing in a story that has me completely enchanted. Unfortunately, I found myself forcing myself to read this book all of this evening just to finish it and get it out the way so I can move on to reading something else. This isn't to say that I totally hated the book. That would be a lie. It was pleasant in parts but overall, it did not grip me or spark an interest in me. I've read three books by Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham but I'm not sure I'll be picking up another one any time soon.

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