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Cocktails for Three [Paperback]

Sophie Kinsella
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Book Description

Sept. 6 2010
An early bestseller from the fabulous author of the Shopaholic series. Three women, smart and successful, working in the fast and furious world of magazines, meet for cocktails and gossip once a month.

Roxanne: glamorous, self-confident, with a secret lover -- and hoping that one day he will leave his wife and marry her.

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 and almost ruins her life.

A chance encounter in the cocktail bar sets in train an extraordinary set of events which upsets all their lives and almost destroys their friendship.

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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.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, feisty read! Feb. 10 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Cocktails for Three is a fun and feisty novel about three Londoners at critical points in their lives. They get together at their favorite bar after a difficult day at The Londoner -- a fashion magazine where they all work -- to discuss their latest exploits through cocktails. Each one of them is facing a dilemma.
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...
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By momazon
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Candice, Roxanne and Maggie are friends who work for The Londoner newspaper and have a monthly cocktail hour the first of each month at The Manhattan Bar. Maggie is married, pregnant and has just moved out to the country, Candice is recently out of a relationship with another co-worker, and Roxanne has been conducting a 6-year-long affair with "Mr Married with Kids" (even her friends don't know his name.)
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The *kayters* review Feb. 8 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Madeleine Wickham proves once again that she is more than just a "chick lit" author. Though her novels are short, they do pack a punch and try to teach a little life lesson besides.
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.
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Format:Hardcover
What fun! When the demands of "The Londoner," the smashingly hip magazine, become too much to bear, three girls know just what to do! Maggie, Roxanne, and Candace get smashed at the Manhattan Bar, one of London's premier nightspots. They talk, they laugh, and they drink. But no pina coladas! However, each of them has a secret that they haven't revealed. Maggie isn't ready to give up her high profile job as editor of "The Londoner" in favor of motherhood. Too bad she's due in three weeks! Roxanne is having an affair with a married man and has to decide how much longer she's willing to wait for him. Candace is crushing under the guilt she's felt ever since her father died and sullied the family name. When these secrets start pouring out, their friendship is spun out of whack. Will the women have to face their problems alone or will their cocktail buddies come to their rescue?
Madeleine Wickham has written a really enjoyable book! The plot is a little predictable, but the witty dialogue more than than makes up for it. The characters are realistic and their problems are believable. I will definitely be reading more from Mrs. Wickham!
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4.0 out of 5 stars easy reading Jan. 4 2002
Format:Paperback
I thought this book was going to center around three women hanging around the bar talking about there lives. Actually, they only go to the bar twice. The rest of the book takes place in somewhat of a movie style action, following one character for a bit and then the next. What I thought was very good about this book is that the author made me sympathize with people that I generally would not. For instance, one of the characters is a new mother who isn't exactly patient or perfect with her newborn. But I really felt for her. Also, another woman is having an affair and is quite abrasive and yet I found myself torn about how I wanted their relationship to turn out. This is the making of a good book: getting the readers to care about the characters. And I did. However, I thought the last hundred pages started to drag and the end could have been better. Nevertheless, the book is a good read and doesn't contain any of the cheesey sex scenes like many other books depicting a more contemporary look at the trials and tribulations of professional women today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved
Loved it! Perfect summer read
Published 2 months ago by Chella
5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly entertaining - Very insiteful
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 6 months ago by Susan Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable read
I think anyone that enjoys Sophie Kinsella's other books would enjoy this book as well. It was well written, good character development, and overall a fun book to read, and you get... Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2012 by anchors_away
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and so predictable!
I cannot believe that this book was written by the same author who give us the super funny Shopaholic serie! Read more
Published on March 2 2010 by Book diva
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing to say the least....
I don't know, it seems like everyone else liked this book and compare it to Kinsella, Keyes and Weiner but I personally thought it was the most boring and predictable book I've... Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2008 by Chelsea
4.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly Enjoyable!
Cocktails for Three takes you through the lives of three professional women; Candice, Maggie and Roxanne. Read more
Published on May 28 2007 by Menzies
4.0 out of 5 stars Such fun!
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!
Published on Feb. 20 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars So cute!
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 more
Published on Dec 27 2003 by Lisamarie O'Leary
3.0 out of 5 stars Lukewarm
This book was ok but not anywhere near the league of a Rosamunde Pilcher book. But since I have read all of Pilcher's books multiple times and wanted something new to read, I... Read more
Published on Dec 17 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Find - Wonderful!
I've been searching for a book that really makes me laugh, characters I can relate and enjoy and a story that keeps me interested beyond the first 30 pages. Well, I found it! Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2003 by Caroline P. Hampton
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