40 Love

Madeleine Wickham, aka Sophie Kinsella, is always good for a quick pick-me-up.  Her droll British upstairs/downstairs humor is in good form in 40 Love.  Aptly named, this quick read has 4 couples close to the end of their game.

The four couples meet for a tennis weekend at the nouveau riche estate of Patrick and Caroline, who can never seem to have enough money.  Stephen and Annie are old friends from the good old days before they had money, and Charles and Cressida are old money (at least she is).  Thrown into the mix are Don and his daughter, Valerie, so competitive they will cheat to win.  Love and relationships are the theme; Ella, Charles’s first love, makes a surprise appearance – and the comedy of manners is on.

Whether you read Wickham for a taste of British fun and droll wit, or appreciate her well-hidden sarcasm, 40 Love, recently reissued in the United States, follows the Kinsella/Wickham formula.  And they all get what they deserve in the end.

For more Kinsella/Wickham, see the reviews here