Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sleeping Arrangements - Madeleine Wickham (Sophia Kinsella)

Date Started: 2/15/15
Date Finished: 2/15/15

Bought this one before going out of town on a quick weekend trip (with toddler in tow). Hence, I needed a book that didn't require a lot of concentration -- chick-lit it is! Here's the official blurb on this one:

Chloe needs a holiday. Her partner, Philip, has troubles at work, and the whole family wants a break. Hugh is not a happy man. His immaculate wife, Amanda, seems more interested in her new kitchen than in him—and he works so hard to pay for it, he barely has time for his children. Maybe he’ll have a chance to bond with them on holiday…
When the two families arrive at a villa in Spain for their respective vacations, they all get a shock—it has been double-booked. An uneasy week of sharing begins, and tensions mount in the soaring heat. But the temperature isn’t solely to blame: What no one else realizes is that Chloe and Hugh have a history—and that the “accidental” overlap might not have been so accidental after all…

Spoilers ahead!

Back when they were 20 years old Hugh and Chloe had an intense relationship...until Chloe revealed that she had a 9 month old baby, Sam. Hugh, predictably, freaked out and completely dropped Chloe. She eventually recovered and moved on with Philip.

In other worlds, Philip's company has been taken over by...Hugh's company - a fact that doesn't come out until pretty far along in the book. And THIS is the reason their host double booked them, hoping to stir up trouble.

Chloe and Hugh sleep together once - of course - but then both eventually realize that the person they are with is the person they should be with. Philip, who has been stressed for months due to the takeover, finally learns his fate (by accident) but is relieved by it - a weight is off of his shoulders. Hugh seems to realize that he has been marginalized in his own household and that he should take a more active role in his kids' lives. Whether or not that will come to fruition remains to be seen as we close the book. He says he quit but is actually on a one month sabbatical so....

The one element of this book that really fell flat for me was the whole story between Sam and Jenna, the Aussie nanny for Hugh's kids. We have these random sex scenes between them and it just made me kind of uncomfortable - not to mention it didn't really serve the plot in any way I could see. But whatever, it's a minor point.

As predicted, quick, fun read - perfect for a plane ride.

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