Boy, do I miss the days of curling up with a good book, especially when I’m beach or pool side while I let the sun tan my skin. When you have a toddler, a blog, bills to pay and a house to clean, who has the time to read? My most recent answer to this is, you make the time. Somehow, us moms have to carve out some “me time” to keep us sane. And there’s nothing like a good book to take your mind away from the stress of all of your motherly duties.
My latest escape is A Desirable Residence by Madeleine Wickham. I’m about half way through this book. I reach for it whenever I have a few minutes to spare. Mostly I’ve been reading it at the pool club on the weekend while my husband entertains our daughter. (I’m lucky like that.)
The Author, Madeleine Wickham has written several novels and a few bestsellers including The Wedding Girl, Sleeping Arrangements, and The Gatecrasher. She also penned the Shopaholic series as Sophie Kinsella.
What I’m enjoying about this book is that it is tangible and relevant, tapping into the problems that plague everyday families in 2010. Issues like real estate lows, debt, materialism and overspending as well as infidelity. There may be a slight learning curve to some of the references and phrases in the book, since it is based in Great Britain, but that makes it even more interesting.
Here is a preview of the storyline:
The asking price for this house includes a stunning renovation of hearts and dreams….Liz and Jonathan Chambers were stuck with two mortgages, mounting debts, and a miserable adolescent daughter. Then realtor Marcus Witherstone came into their lives—and it seemed he would solve all their problems. He knew the perfect tenants from London who would rent their old house: a glamorous PR girl, Ginny, and her almost-famous husband, Piers.
But soon Liz is lost in blissful dreams of Marcus, Jonathan is left to run their business, and neither of them has time to notice that their teenage daughter is developing an unhealthy passion for the tenants, Piers and Ginny. Everyone is tangled up with everyone else, and in the most awkward possible way. As events close in, they all begin to realize that some deceptions are just a bit too close to home.
A Desirable Residence is sure to continue the phenomenal success of the Sophie Kinsella/Madeleine Wickham franchise.
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