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The Gatecrasher (edition 2009)

by Madeleine Wickham

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Title:The Gatecrasher
Authors:Madeleine Wickham
Info:St. Martin's Paperbacks (2009), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
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This was typical Madeline Wickham/Sophie Kinsella and an enjoyable read, though the ending left something to be desired. I felt it ended with another chapter unwritten, that if she'd gone on a bit longer, it would have wrapped up more satisfactorily. She has an easy-to-read writing style and does a great job in building characters that feel 3 dimensional. ( )
  CyndiTefft | Feb 7, 2014 |
I kept hoping Fleur had more love for her daughter... ( )
  socango | Apr 2, 2013 |
Wow... this was terrible. I forced myself to finish (only to complete a task for TNBBC's Spring Challenge), but I kind of want to gouge my eyes out now. ( )
  cait815 | Apr 1, 2013 |
The characters in this book were more like caricatures and the plot was rather predictable I found it lightweight and unsatisfying. ( )
  cocomom1 | Jan 25, 2012 |
Those who prefer their chick-lit with some bite will sink their teeth into THE GATECRASHER: Fleur Daxeny is a con artist of the highest order. She has also figured out exactly how to meet her willing victims. With her stunning good looks and vibrant red hair, Fleur stands out in a crowd. When she shows up at a funeral, all she needs is a few well-chosen words --- and an eye-catching hat --- and she's bound to get the attention of any well-to-do widower.

Fast forward a couple of months, and Fleur has charmed her way into the widower's bed --- and into his bank account. A few judicious cash advances from the platinum card, and she's disappearing without a trace, leaving behind nothing but a man left to nurse his broken heart, his decimated bank account and his bruised pride.

That is, until Fleur meets Richard Favour. Richard's wife, Emily, was the love of his life, although after her death, he finds himself remembering more and more examples of his late wife's chilling, even cruel, demeanor. When Fleur shows up at Emily's memorial service, posing as an old friend of his wife's, Richard is instantly smitten. With her charming, warm and effervescent style, Fleur is everything that Emily wasn't. Almost before he knows it, a newly confident and spontaneous Richard is inviting Fleur to his country home, indulging her whims, introducing her to his (shocked) friends and wondering whether he might, finally, be finding out what love is all about.

As for Fleur, she finds herself feeling at home with Richard's family and circle of friends almost in spite of herself. Her enforced distance becomes increasingly difficult to maintain, though, when her 13-year-old daughter Zara shows up at Richard's door, threatening not only to expose Fleur's motivations but also to convince her that this place, these people, are the home Zara has always desperately wanted.

Under the pen name "Sophie Kinsella," Madeleine Wickham has published the highly successful Shopaholic series of books. Now her publisher is releasing, for the first time in the U.S., several chick-lit novels written under Wickham's real name. Even if they don't check the (1998) copyright date, readers will soon guess that this isn't exactly a new work --- cell phones are a novelty, and laserdiscs are the latest technology --- but probably won't care.

Wickham gets the country-house ambience and the golf club culture just right, and the satire of Fleur's character and of the family in which she finds herself is balanced perfectly with Zara's genuine longing for home and Richard's son's insecurities and desire for acceptance. Although the ending wraps up a little too quickly to be totally satisfying, Wickham also leaves some loose ends intentionally untied, keeping Fleur true to her character and keeping the novel from verging into fairy-tale territory. Those who prefer their chick-lit with some bite will sink their teeth into THE GATECRASHER's modern-day comedy of manners.

--- Reviewed by Norah Piehl
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Fleur Daxeny is bloedmooi en levensgevaarlijk. Ze draagt altijd zwarte kleding en verslijt meer mannen dan schoenen. In de krant zoekt ze naar rouwadvertenties, waarna ze op begrafenissen van wildvreemden verschijnt, op jacht naar rijke, argeloze weduwnaars en hun platina creditcards. Fleurs laatste verovering is Richard Favour, een saaie maar welgestelde zakenman. Als een zonnestraal dringt ze zijn leven binnen. Maar wanneer Fleur eindelijk de kans krijgt in Richards papieren te snuffelen, blijkt al snel dat zij niet de enige is die op zijn geld uit is. Moet Fleur op haar instinct vertrouwen of zo hard weglopen als haar zwarte Prada-pumps haar kunnen dragen?

'Een originele roman, met een grappige antiheldin en een verrassende plot.'
Library Journal

'Madeleine Wickham produceert in Slapeloze nachten chicklit van niveau'.
Algemeen Dagblad

Madeleine Wickham, auteur van Slapeloze nachten en Dubbel feest!, schrijft ook als Sophie Kinsella, de internationale bestsellerauteur van de populaire, inmiddels verfilmde Shopaholic! serie, en de romans Hou je mond!, Aanpakken! en Ken je me nog? Ze woont met haar man en kinderen in Londen.
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The Secret Is Out!
Madeleine Wickham is Sophie Kinsella, and The Gatecrasher is just as delicious as her internationally bestselling Shopaholic series.  

Everything’s coming up roses for Fleur Daxeny, as she goes through more rich men than she does designer hats.  Beautiful and utterly irresistible, her success at crashing funerals to find wealthy men is remarkable. Fleur wastes no time in seducing her latest conquest, the handsome and rich widower Richard Favour. His children are caught up in a whirlwind as their father’s new girlfriend descends on the family estate. Fleur is not one to wear her heart on her Chanel sleeves, but she soon finds herself embracing Richard and his family. But just as Fleur contemplates jumping off the gold-digger train for good, a long-buried secret from her past threatens to destroy her new family.

Take a wild and marvelous ride with The Gatecrasher, whose clever, chic, and sassy style will leave you desperately wanting more wonderful Wickham!

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Everything ?s coming up roses for Fleur Daxeny, as she goes through more rich men than she does designer hats. Beautiful and utterly irresistible, her success at crashing funerals to find wealthy men is remarkable. Fleur wastes no time in seducing her latest conquest, the handsome and rich widower Richard Favour. His children are caught up in a whirlwind as their father ?s new girlfriend descends on the family estate. Fleur is not one to wear her heart on her Chanel sleeves, but she soon finds herself embracing Richard and his family. But just as Fleur contemplates jumping off the gold-digger train for good, a long-buried secret from her past threatens to destroy her new family.… (more)

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