40 Love – Madeleine Wickham
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 whom among them is succeeding, and who is falling behind. But by the end of the party, nothing will be quite as certain. While the couples’ children amuse themselves with pony rides and rehearsals for a play, the adults suffer a series of personal revelations and crises. Wickham’s nonstop action reveals at every turn that matters may not be as they seem, and in the end one thing is crystal clear: the weekend is about anything but tennis.
I love all of the Madeleine Wickham, Sophie Kinsella books. This is a woman who is a master of her craft.
40 Love was my first experience with an audiobook. I found it quite enjoyable. It was nice to just relax in the dark and listen to the story unfold. I can definitely see the attraction for audiobooks now.
Now, onto the story! Drama, drama drama! This doesn’t rank as one of my favourite works of Wickham/Kinsella, but it sure was an enjoyable read/listen. There is so much details and so many bright, rounded characters that the story completely captivates you and it is impossible to think of anything other than how is the story going to unfold.
40 Love follows several couples that once lived on the same road and became friends. Their lives go in different directions, marriages, break ups, children, success, and failures—the typical life events. Both ends of the spectrum are explored.
One of the couples decides to have all their old neighborhood friends over for a tennis party. Being thrust together once again many discoveries are made and some of the couples’ lives are changed dramatically by what was supposed to be an innocent gathering of friends.
Backstabbing, Cheating. Betrayal.
This book is definitely an interesting ride.