I’ve had quite a bit of fun lately digging back into older works of the famous chick lit author Sophie Kinsella, who has written under the pen name Madeleine Wickham. Wickham’s books are little different than what you may be used to from Kinsella, the author of the Shopaholic series. Wickham writes a very captivating story with much less of the wit and humor that Kinsella’s newer books provide. Still, worth the read.
This book focuses on Fleur, a sophisticated and beautiful social climber that spends her time at funerals looking for wealthy men who have recently lost their spouses. She hops from man to man while keeping her teenage daughter in boarding school. Fleur finally finds a man that she enjoys spending time with, Richard. Richard takes her into his home to meet his family, but Fleur still has yet to find out if he has any money worth talking about.
Fleur’s daughter Zara shows up unannounced and becomes a part of the family, spending time with Richard’s teenage son Antony. Fleur is ready to move on, but Zara wants to stay and be part of the family. Will Fleur finally be able to settle down for good and leave her life as a gold digger?