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40 Love

A Novel

Madeleine Wickham

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40 Love

Madeleine Wickham

 

Patrick Chance has the perfect setting for a tennis party—the White House. Bought out of his bonuses as an investment salesman, it is complete with stable, bar, jacuzzi, shell-shaped bedheads, and, of course, the tennis court. But what is the real reason for the party? His brash and beautiful wife, Caroline, hides her suspicions in a cloud of Pimm’s-induced laughter. She’s happy to welcome Stephen and Annie, their impoverished former neighbors, less happy to see newly wealthy Charles and his aristocratic wife, Cressida, and barely able to tolerate the deadly competitive Don and Valerie. As the first ball is served over the net, it signals the start of two days of tempers, shocks, revelations, the arrival of an uninvited guest—and the realization that the weekend is about anything but tennis.

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40 LOVE (Chapter One)

It was the sort of warm, scented evening that Caroline Chance associated with holidays in Greece; with glasses of ouzo and flirtatious waiters and the feel of cool cotton against burnt shoulders. Except that the sweet smell wafting through the air was not olive groves, but freshly mown English grass. And the sound in the distance was not the sea, but Georgina’s riding instructor, intoning—always with the same monotonous inflection—‘Trot on. Trot on.’

Caroline grimaced and resumed painting her toenails. She didn’t object to her daughter’s

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    Listen to this audiobook excerpt of 40 Love by Madeleine Wickham, a.k.a. Sophie Kinsella, the bestselling author of the Shopaholic series. Everyone wins this game of literary tennis, a comedy of manners about envy in which Wickham skewers the nouveau riche. At their country estate, Patrick Chance and his wife host a weekend tennis party. As four couples gather on the sunny terrace, it seems obvious who among them is succeeding, and who is falling behind. But by the end of the party, nothing will be quite as

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Praise for the bestselling novels of Madeleine Wickham

 

 

A Desirable Residence

 

“A well-executed and unexpected ending caps the dizzying action and demonstrates why Wickham is so deservedly on her genre’s A-list.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

“A remarkably assured tale of adultery, avarice, and angst.” —The Daily Mail (UK)

 

sleeping arrangements

 

“A delightful story…surprises abound…Wickham does a bang-up job.”—Publishers Weekly

 

“Wickham’s [Sleeping Arrangements] has a different tone than do her Shopaholic tales, but it’s an equally engaging yarn, sure to please her many fans and gain her new ones. —Booklist

 

THE GATECRASHER

 

“Memorable characters who are as unpredictable and multifaceted as they are stylish.”
Publishers Weekly

 

“Wickham [is] an observant and engaging storyteller.”—Kirkus Reviews

 

“[A] witty and deeply biting novel of modern manners and morals.”

Library Journal

 

“Wickham knows her characters well and the story never drags... an enjoyable read.”
Booklist

 

“Wickham has a shrewdly malicious touch with her characters.”—The Atlantic Monthly

 

COCKTAILS FOR THREE

 

“Deliciously funny... witty and wicked.”—Kirkus Reviews

 

“Wickham serves up a healthy dose of good-natured witticisms mixed with biting retorts.”—Publishers Weekly

 

“Wickham writes a witty tale that goes beyond mere gossip, fashion, and fun; she provides a wickedly insightful look at the choices women make between career, children, and relationships.”—Booklist

 

THE WEDDING GIRL

 

“Kinsella fans will feel right at home... At this Wedding, prepare to laugh, and maybe get a little misty.”—USA Today

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  • Madeleine Wickham

  • MADELEINE WICKHAM is the New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed novels, including A Desirable Residence, The Wedding Girl, Sleeping Arrangements, The Gatecrasher, Cocktails for Three, and Swimming Pool Sunday. As Sophie Kinsella, she has written the bestselling Shopaholic series and The Undomestic Goddess. She lives in London.

     

     

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