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Cocktails for Three [Paperback]

Sophie Kinsella
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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.

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable read Feb. 28 2012
Format:Paperback
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 very attached to the characters. The end of the book left me wanting more... in a good way though, the book wrapped up nicely, but I cared so much about the characters that I wanted to know more about them, and what happens next in their life.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly entertaining - Very insiteful March 21 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed every word of this book. Laugh out loud content and weepy too. Very real situations that grip you - and very resourceful outcomes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly Enjoyable! May 28 2007
By Menzies
Format:Paperback
Cocktails for Three takes you through the lives of three professional women; Candice, Maggie and Roxanne. This novel is written from the perspective of all three, and jumps from character to character when the scene and storyline meet. It is refreshing to focus on three story lines that each maintain a distinct direction that does not rely on the evolution of the other characters. The description of each character's thoughts and feelings is realistic, humanly flawed and perfectly detailed. Cocktails for Three is an enjoyable read that will have you wishing there was a sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Made Me Miss My Girlfriends!! Jan. 23 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book! I really didn't want it to end. It was just easy to read, with likeable characters that you wanted to know more about. I could have kept right on reading! The best thing about this book is it made me want to find my old girlfriends. It made me miss those late night chats and junk food binges. This story is mostly about friendship and the importance of it in our lives. We all make mistakes and go through rough times, but your friends are there to back you up.If you enjoy books about young women and friendship, this book is for you. If you miss your old girlfriends or cherish the ones you still have, read this book. You just may be calling them up when you're done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing to say the least.... Jan. 15 2008
By Chelsea
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 ever read. I bought it with the knowledge that Wickham is a pen-name for Kinsella and expected a similar type book to what Kinsella writes: funny, witty and exciting. Instead I got dry, boring and conservative. The style of writing is completely different than any of the above authors and I can totally understand why the author wrote this book under a pen-name....definitely not to be confused with one of Sophie Kinsella's novels! This book is seriously lacking in the humour and excitement department. This would be a book that I would expect to be read by some uptight, conservative, straight edged woman who can't stand to read swear words or sexual innuendo. If this is what you are looking for then this is the book for you. I actually found myself getting angry at the characters (especially Candice) for how naive and boring they were. On the positive, Roxanne is a likable character and her little scenario in the plot was probably the most interesting part of the book. I was very disappointed by this novel and will most likely not read another one by this author.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So cute! Dec 27 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. Wickham is alot like Keyes, Kinsella and Weiner. If you enjoy these authors then you'll LOVE Wickham. This book was a super easy read ... definately a "beach book." I got so hooked by the characters. Sooooooooooo cute! Can't wait to read her other novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and so predictable! March 2 2010
Format:Paperback
I cannot believe that this book was written by the same author who give us the super funny Shopaholic serie! This book is really boring, conservative, and the characters are totally flat. I brought two books for my vacation, and I was happy to grab the second one after being so disappointed with this one!

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!!!!!
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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
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 well-written book, developed characters so you actually care
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2003 by momazon
4.0 out of 5 stars The *kayters* review
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2003 by Katie F.
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
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!
I must say that I was very impressed with "Cocktails for Three!".
You read about the tales of 3 best friends who meet at a Manhattan Bar the same night every month. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2003 by A. Lively
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