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The Gatecrasher: A Novel

by Madeleine Wickham
As told by Madeleine Wickham

St. Martin's Press | February 18, 2009 | Hardcover

The Gatecrasher: A Novel is rated 3.25 out of 5 by 16.
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!

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.6 × 6.4 × 1.1 in

Published: February 18, 2009

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312361270

ISBN - 13: 9780312361273

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it. The story is a little complicating, cannot sympathise with the main character at times, but the ending brings it all together.
Date published: 2010-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So-So I read this book for a book club so it wasn't by choice. I did enjoy it near the middle but the beginning didn't really catch my attention and the book seemed to end rather abruptly to me. As I read the book I kept thinking of the movie Wedding Crashers (which I love) but didn't help the book. I found the character development lacking and I couldn't connect with the main character. Overall, I enjoyed the book but I am not sure if I would recommend it to a friend.
Date published: 2009-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as stellar as the novels she writes under her pseudonym! Fleur has made a career out of crashing funerals and memorial services so that she can work her way into recently widower's lives. She earns the widower's trust then takes them for all she can and moves on. Fleur's latest target is Richard Favour who finds that her bubbly personality and bright spirit are exactly what his dull life has been lacking. However, as Fleur is swept up into Richard's country club lifestyle and family problems she finds that maybe she is wanting more than just access to his gold card. Perhaps this will be the life that she finally settles into, until her own past catches up with her and threatens to ruin everything. The book was enjoyable at times but I found myself disliking the main character more and more as the story progressed. Fleur was shockingly selfish and blind to everyone's needs but her own. She had absolutely no redeeming qualities that justified a whole family falling in love with her and I can't believe how easily they all forgave the way she mistreated them. Fleur's character didn't change or learn anything even towards the end of the book. Also, the ending was a supreme disappointment because it wraps up a little too quickly with so many loose ends untied. Truthfully, I am now hesitant to pick up any more of Wickham's novels as her Shopoholic books were definitely more entertaining than this one.
Date published: 2009-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It wasn't that bad I had read the Shopaholic series and was really interested in reading a book by "Madeline Wickham." The Gatecrasher was okay. It wasn't horrible but it Fleur was no match against Becky Bloomwood. I didn't really fall in love with Fleur like I did with Sophie Kinsella's other main characters. Also, I didn't like the book ending. The plot was sort of slow and at the end, it left me with a million questions! It felt like the book ended too abruptly or the book wasn't quite finished... It was an okay book but definitely not one of my favorites.
Date published: 2009-03-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Surprise -- your definition. This book was kind of like watching Wedding Crashers (the movie). It was funny, and interesting when you start reading the book, but by the end it gets all serious and weird on you. By the cover, and the author, you would expect this book to be fun, and a romantic comedy. However, this book deals with a single mother stealing money off male widows, and always moving around. She has a troubled daughter, who eventually comes to live with her and the new "family", and gets involved with the son. It has its funny moments, but mostly the book deals with a complex family, their troubles, secrets, money, sex, and past. The characters are sometimes frustrating because of their actions, and I actually cried at some parts. Because of the angst. The ending is a little bit anti-climatic. My suggestion; read the book with an open mind. Don't expect it to be another Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Date published: 2009-02-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from WHAT A BORE This was book recommended in my small book group. It has to be one of the worst books i have read, ever. It was badly written, not entertaining, or funny. I had trouble picking the book up to read, rather than putting the book down! After reading the other reviews, im beginning to wonder if they actually read this book!
Date published: 2009-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read The gatecrasher is a novel about a woman who 'crashes' funerals and memorials in hopes of finding wiealthy men. She then takes as much money from them as she can before moving on. It is an interesting premise for a novel and it was an easy and enjoyable read. I'm not sure why Madeleine WIckham who is also Sophie Kinsella chose to author this book under a her own name. Why not use your name for all of your novels. All in all it was a good read.
Date published: 2009-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great! when i had finished reading all of the sophie kinsella books i was slightly depressed. then i came across the gatecrasher at the yorkdale indigo and i was revived. it was an early christmas present for me. the books she writes are not great works of literature, but they're not boring either. i get so wrapped up in her great stories and characters that i usually don't put it down until i'm done. keep writing sophie/madeleine! one thing i did notice about this book was how different her style is compared to shopaholics and the other kinsella books. it was hard to get used to at first and then i fell in love with her new (old) style too. i can't wait for the rest of wickham/kinsella's books.
Date published: 2008-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from so so I found this book to be so so not as great as the shopaholic seris or her other books. There was no real character development and the story was slow. It was not until the last few chapters that it got fairly interesting. Becky Bloomwood is a much better character than Fleur. I am hoping that the other Wickham books are much better.
Date published: 2008-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining If you like Sophie Kinsella's 'Shopaholic' series, then you'll enjoy this novel, as well. As per usual, the main character finds herself in a tangled web of lies that she has to somehow get herself out of. Typical British humor. I enjoyed it!
Date published: 2008-10-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring I loved the Shopaholic series so I was excited to read another book by the same author. I thought this book was brutal. I couldn't wait for it to end. I will not read another book by Wickham.
Date published: 2008-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cheeky with a touch of wit After reading so many Sophie Kinsella novels, then reading this one, I realized how different Sophie Kinsella and Madeleine Wickham are as authors. It's the same style, but throughout The Gatecrasher, I realized how much older and less glamorous the characters were compared to, say, Becky Bloomwood. In fact, I wouldn't even classify The Gatecrasher as a chick lit novel, per se. That being said, The Gatecrasher is still an entertaining read. The suspense is amazing, and it made up for the relative lack of romance. And, of course, the author's wit is admirable. I do wish, however, that the story didn't end so abruptly. Not many people can come up with such great premises for their stories, but Madeleine Wickham has done it again and again. The gatecrasher to funerals turns out to be a gold-digger looking for wealthy widowers. When she finds one, well, things become juicy. Highly recommended for all Sophie Kinsella fans!
Date published: 2008-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from better as it goes on I LOVE Sophie Kinsella, so when I saw this on the shelf, I grabbed for it pretty quickly. The beginning was a little slow for me, and for some reason I felt quite annoyed with the odd names in the book. Fleur, Zara, Lambert, Phillipa, Xanthe. I felt strangely relieved when "Johnny" came into play. As the story went on, I began enjoying each character & loving it more and more. By the end, I wanted more book to read! Give it time... it will develp rather quickly into a fun read.
Date published: 2008-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read Over all it was a good book. However I would have liked to read more about the characters in general. Some areas left me wondering i.e. How did Fleur end up with this habit of duping men...what happened between Zara's dad and herself. I think more character development would have been good. But like most Wickham/Kinsella books they all leave you wanting more!
Date published: 2008-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Witty and Clever A chick book that will definately keep you interested...one of those "don't want to put it down" books, filled with clever whit, funny humour, and realistic romance.
Date published: 2008-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Hit! I love her books, no matter what name she writes with!!! Amazing, captivating and exciting. I love books you hate to put down!!! I found the main character to be so appealing and loveable despite what she gets up to in the beginning. Definitely would recommend to any of my friends for a good read!
Date published: 2007-09-28

– More About This Product –

The Gatecrasher: A Novel

by Madeleine Wickham
As told by Madeleine Wickham

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.6 × 6.4 × 1.1 in

Published: February 18, 2009

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312361270

ISBN - 13: 9780312361273

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Chapter One   Fleur Daxeny wrinkled her nose. She bit her lip, and put her head on one side, and gazed at her reflection silently for a few seconds. Then she gave a gurgle of laughter.   ''I still can''t decide,'' she exclaimed. ''They''re all fabulous.''   The saleswoman from Take Hat! exchanged weary glances with the nervous young hairdresser sitting on a gilt stool in the corner. The hairdresser had arrived at Fleur''s hotel suite half an hour ago and had been waiting to start ever since. The saleswoman was meanwhile beginning to wonder whether she was wasting her time completely.   ''I love this one with the veil,'' said Fleur suddenly, reaching for a tiny creation of black satin and wispy netting. ''Isn''t it elegant?''   ''Very elegant,'' said the saleswoman. She hurried forward just in time to catch a black silk topper which Fleur was discarding onto the floor.   ''Very,'' echoed the hairdresser in the corner. Surreptitiously he glanced at his watch. He was supposed to be back down in the salon in forty minutes. Trevor wouldn''t be pleased. Perhaps he should phone down to explain the situation. Perhaps . . .   ''All right!'' said Fleur. ''I''ve decided.'' She pushed up the veil and beamed around the room. ''I''m going to wear this one today.''   ''A very wise choice, madam,'' said the saleswoman in relieved tones. ''It''s a lovely hat.''   ''Lovely,'' whispered the hairdresser.   ''So if you could just pack the other fi
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From the Publisher

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!

About the Author

Madeleine Wickham is the author of several novels, including The Tennis Party, A Desirable Residence, Swimming Pool Sunday, and Cocktails for Three. As Sophie Kinsella, she has written a number of bestsellers including the Shopaholic series and Can You Keep a Secret? She lives in London.

Editorial Reviews

"Wickham has a shrewdly malicious touch with her characters."--The Atlantic Monthly

"[Wickham is] an observant and engaging storyteller."--Kirkus Reviews

"Madeleine Wickham writes with a funny, acid pen, revealing human weaknesses, and yet, at the end of the day, treating them with certain dry compassion--a great achievement." --from the Introduction by Rosamunde Pilcher (paperback edition)

"Wickham creates memorable characters who are as unpredictable and multifaceted as they are stylish. Jolly fun."--Publishers Weekly
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"Wickham knows her characters well and the story never drags... an enjoyable read." --Booklist
 
"[A] witty and deeply biting novel of modern manners and morals." --Library Journal
 
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