BOOK REVIEW: The Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham

BOOK REVIEW: The Gatecrasher
by Madeleine Wickham


ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):

The Secret Is Out!

Madeleine Wickham is Sophie Kinsella, and The Gatecrasher is just as delicious as her internationally bestselling Shopaholic series. Madeleine Wickham’s bitingly funny and edgy style keeps fans coming back for more.  So hold onto your haute couture hats, as you dive into the fantastic world of Wickham! 

Everything’s coming up roses for Fleur Daxeny, as she goes through more rich men than she does designer hats….if that’s humanly possible.  Beautiful, charming, and utterly irresistible, her success at crashing funerals to find wealthy men is remarkable.  But behind Fleur’s Harvey Nichols wardrobe, is a woman with a mysterious past. 

Fleur wastes no time in seducing her latest conquest, the handsome and rich widower Richard Favour, and she swoops into his life like a designer-clad tornado.  His children are caught up in a whirlwind as their father’s new girlfriend descends on the family estate leaving chaos and excitement in her perfume-scented wake. Soon, more than one family member is suspicious of Fleur’s true intentions.    Fleur is not one to wear her heart on her Chanel sleeves, but she soon finds herself embracing Richard and his lovable family. But just as Fleur contemplates jumping off the gold-digger train for good and enjoying the ride of true love, a long-buried secret from her past threatens to destroy her new family. Fleur is thrown into a race against time to prove herself to Richard before it’s too late.  Can she trust her heart or will she cut ties and run away as fast as her Prada pumps can take her?

Take a wild and marvelous ride with The Gatecrasher, whose clever, chic, and sassy style will leave you desperately wanting more wonderful Wickham!


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As I mentioned a few days ago, I’m a huge Sophie Kinsella fan. I read one of her books a couple years ago and then decided to work my way through every one of her books. I started with her standalone novels and have read every one of those (except Love Your Life which just came out recently and I should get to that one this year). I am now working through the books she published under her real name (Madeleine Wickham). The Gatecrasher was my first Madeleine Wickham book.

While this book was very similar in style to most Sophie Kinsella books, the one thing that stood out to me as different was the likability of the main character, Fleur. I couldn’t decide if I liked her or not. She seemed to be a likable person, winning over Richard and all of his family, despite her replacing their mother/sister so soon after her death. Yet she just wasn’t a good person at heart with the way she treated men and even her daughter, and that made it hard to like her.

Throughout most of the book I was worried about when she was going to get caught and if it would be Lambert (the greedy husband of Richard’s daughter) who would expose her. It kept me in suspense until the very end. The content was a little heavier than a typical Sophie Kinsella novel, but it was still light hearted and fun to read.

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