A Desirable Residence: A Novel of Love and Real Estate

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St. Martin's Press, Jan 31, 2012 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Love, lies, and affairs of the heart all live in A DESIRABLE RESIDENCE...

From the author of the internationally bestselling Sophie Kinsella series, Madeleine Wickham's novel features a house whose asking price includes a stunning renovation of dreams and hearts...

Liz and Jonathan Chambers were stuck with mounting debt and a miserable adolescent daughter. Then 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 tutorial college, and neither of them has time to notice that their teenage daughter is developing a passion for the new tenants. Everyone is entangled with everyone else, in the most awkward possible way. And as events close in, they all begin to realize that some deceptions are just a bit too close to home.

"Superstar Wickham is in stellar form... A well-executed and unexpected ending caps the dizzying action and demonstrates why Wickham is so deservedly on her genre's A-list." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A remarkably assured tale of adultery, avarice, and angst." —The Daily Mail (UK)


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User Review  - foggidawn - LibraryThing

When Liz and Jonathan put their family home on the market and it fails to sell, the real estate agent suggests renting it out for a while, until the market picks up. What follows is a tangled mess of ... Read full review

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User Review  - turtlesleap - LibraryThing

Really couldn't get too excited about this one. It's a pleasant enough "slice of life" novel dealing with an eventful period in the lives of a small group of people whose principal connection is a house. It's a fast read, does a nice job of character development. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

MADELEINE WICKHAM is the New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed novels, including A The Wedding Girl, Sleeping Arrangements, The Gatecrasher, Cocktails for Three, The Tennis Party, and Swimming Pool Sunday. As Sophie Kinsella, she has written the bestselling Shopaholic series and The Undomestic Goddess. She lives in London.

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