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Cocktails for Three focuses equally on three different women, and on their friendship, unlike many books aimed at twentysomething and thirtysomething females. It is not told in the first person, thus avoiding solipsistic navel-gazing about the lack of decent men and their early-life crises. This is enough to make it stand out from the mass of "women-friendly" novels that crowd the marketplace with their pink book jackets and lurid strap-lines (unfortunately, its book jacket would have you think otherwise, but don't be put off).
Wickham cleverly puts herself in turn into the shoes of Maggie, Roxanne and Candice, exploring their contrasting lives and outlooks. All three appear incredibly successful in their glamorous careers working for a glossy magazine (perhaps in order to up the typical aspirational stakes of this genre). However, they harbour other facets: the diffidence and depression of the new mother; the hidden grief and yearning of the mistress; and the guilt and idealism of the daughter attempting to right her late father's wrongs. Heather, the fourth woman who plays a pivotal role in the plot, is never given her own voice or viewpoint, but instead is judged and discussed by the others, which does mean her eventual character resolution is somewhat predictable. Yet these elements of predictability in the characterisations and plot detail act as a catalyst for a series of events that are less predictable and are thus both satisfying and moving.
Along the way, Wickham successfully tackles death, birth, guilt and romantic love with a depth of emotion that does credit to her ability to localise these universal themes without trivialising them. Cocktails for Three blends familiar ingredients with a few sharp twists to create an exhilarating mix. Olivia Dickinson --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Maggie, Roxanne and Candice, the heroines of Wickham's latest Brit romp, are three successful women in their early 30s working in the editorial office of the Londoner, a magazine enjoying a circulation renaissance. They meet on the first of every month at the Manhattan Bar, a posh lounge that caters to clientele sporting Prada bags. There, Wickham serves up a healthy dose of good-natured witticisms mixed with biting retorts as the trio bonds over adultery, pregnancy jitters and guilt. Freelancer Roxanne secretly dates an unknown referred to by the women as Mr. Married while jet-setting to Cypress and other foreign locales on a regular basis. Meanwhile, Maggie's stuck at home in the country on pregnancy leave from her position as editor. It is kindhearted reporter Candice, however, who is in for serious trouble. When she recognizes a waitress at the Manhattan Bar as Heather Trelawney, whose family was ruined by Candice's father, Candice decides to make amends. When Heather applies for a job as editorial assistant at the magazine, Candice supplies her with a writing sample of her own, landing her a job over 300 other applicants. Not heeding her friends' advice to leave well enough alone, Candice continues to extend herself beyond normal bounds of generosity and is surprised to discover in the end she's been duped and betrayed by Heather. In a predictable climax, Wickham delivers a nicely sewn up ending with each of the character's problems resolved, although none all that happily. Readers desiring a chatty, neatly told tale will be delighted by the author's deft handling of character development and drama.
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Candice is a successful writer, but her stabilized career becomes threatened when she stumbles upon Heather, an old friend from high school...
Maggie is a married woman awaiting the arrival of her first child. She is quite content with her position as editor for The Londoner, which is why she is torn between continuing her career and giving it all up to become a full-time wife and mother...
Roxanne is beautiful, glamorous and free-spirited. However, she is stuck in a relationship that's going nowhere, for the man in question is married with children...
Cocktails for Three is a wickedly funny read that could satisfy all Chick Lit enthusiasts. Despite its banal and recycled plot, the novel's sharp dialogue, believable characterization and excellent prose make the novel a definite must read...
Do not waste your time with this book, unless you really enjoy non-interesting plot and characters!
Wit and absurdly funny situations are totally absent from this book. Please bring Becky back!!!!!
Their waitress that evening happens to be Heather, a girl Candice knows from school years ago, when Candice's father's dishonesty had bankrupted Heather's family and pulled her out of school. Candice is racked with guilt and decides to atone by getting Heather a job as an editorial assistant at the Londoner and having Heather as her roommate to boot.
Maggie is uncomfortable with her impending motherhood and feels like a failure as she adjusts to her new home. And Roxanne's travels (she is the freelance travel writer) brings a job opportunity that she might take, seeing how Mr. Married won't commit. But Mr. Married has new problems of his own, and doesn't know how to tell Roxanne to do what's best for her ....
It's an entertaining and well-developed book, and a quick read (I read it in a day!) Very enjoyable.
Candice, Maggie and Roxanne are best friends who work at the Londoner, a monthly magazine in - where else? - London, and meet on the first of the month for cocktails at the Manhattan Bar. This particular month finds Maggie ready to give birth, Roxanne still with her married with children boyfriend and Candice having just broken up with her co-worker boyfriend, Justin. Candice recognizes their waitress as a girl she was at school with and says her name, just as she realizes that her recognition was probably best kept to herself as the waitress, Heather Trelawney, had to leave school when her family lost all their money due to Candice's swindling father. It strikes good-hearted Candice that she can try and make amends to Heather by helping her get a job at the magazine. Unfortunately, her good deeds don't stop there and as the saying goes, "No good deed goes unpunished."
Follow these friends through the ups and downs of motherhood, affairs, death and evil machinations and enjoy every page of it.
Most recent customer reviews
This book wad really not very good. I read it after reading Kinsella's "I've got your number" which I enjoyed reading, so this one was disappointing,I really didn't get... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Sweetee_pii
I enjoyed every word of this book. Laugh out loud content and weepy too. Very real situations that grip you - and very resourceful outcomes.Published 23 months ago by Susan Turner
Cocktails for Three takes you through the lives of three professional women; Candice, Maggie and Roxanne. Read morePublished on May 28 2007 by Menzies
What a great book.
I wasn't going to get it cause I hadn't heard much about it but when I found out that Wickham is a pen name for Kinsella I had to get it!
If you like chick lit you'll love this book. I happened to find it on a bargain shelf. I definately would have paid the full price. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2003 by Lisamarie O'Leary