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Everyone wins this game of literary tennis, a comedy of manners about envy in which Wickham skewers the nouveau riche. At their country estate, Patrick Chance and his wife host a weekend tennis party. As four couples gather on the sunny terrace, it seems obvious who among them is succeeding, and who is falling behind. But by the end of the party, nothing will be quite asEveryone wins this game of literary tennis, a comedy of manners about envy in which Wickham skewers the nouveau riche. At their country estate, Patrick Chance and his wife host a weekend tennis party. As four couples gather on the sunny terrace, it seems obvious who among them is succeeding, and who is falling behind. But by the end of the party, nothing will be quite as certain. While the couples’ children amuse themselves with pony rides and rehearsals for a play, the adults suffer a series of personal revelations and crises. Wickham’s nonstop action reveals at every turn that matters may not be as they seem, and in the end one thing is crystal clear: the weekend is about anything but tennis. ...

Title : 40 Love
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ISBN : 9780312562755
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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40 Love Reviews

  • Hybridmobile
    2019-04-24 08:21

    Ehhhh. Too many characters introduced right off gets confusing. And maybe I should know, but what the hell is "Lloyd's Name"? Kinda pivotal, and I have no clue.

  • Lo
    2019-04-21 00:21

    I love Sophie Kinsella, but have yet to find a Madeleine Wickham book that I've enjoyed. Odd, since they're one in the same. This book had empty and confusing characters gathering together around a match of Tennis, which felt more like an afterthought by the time the book was done. The arguments and conflicts in the book made no sense. The children appeared and disappeared as though they were hardly there at all. The pages kept turning, but I'm still not sure what I read.

  • Cathy
    2019-05-19 08:20

    Oh Madeleine Wickham, how you continue to disappoint me, even as your pseudonym generally leaves me happy. While "Sophie Kinsella" epitomizes all that is right with chick lit--the frothy story lines, the witty one-liners, the pratfalls, the likable naivete of the main characters--in her books, Madeleine Wickham does the opposite. The word that always rises to the forefront of my consciousness when I read Wickham is "SPITE." Characters are so SPITEFUL. Also, as opposed to naivete, characters are short-sighted and ignorant, which doesn't make for enjoyable reading. HOWEVER, I have to give the author props for the continued relevance of her subject matter, despite this novel's having been published originally 15 years ago. On the backburner of the plot is a couple who face financial ruin after discovering they are Lloyds of London investors the early 1990's, a startling cautionary tale about corporate oversight that, had people been paying attention to this mildly successful (in its time in the UK) chick lit publication, might have prevented our current recession. It's less surprising when you consider that Madeleine Wickham was a financial journalist prior to the publication of this book.

  • Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
    2019-04-21 03:04

    Too confusing and hard to follow. Normally I LOVE Sophie Kinsella's novels, but this one just did not work for me.

  • Allison
    2019-04-27 07:10

    terrible! I normally enjoy her books, but this was utter crap!

  • •Anna•
    2019-05-02 05:14

    Il successo di questo libro la ha portata a scriverne altri nove, di cui ben cinque con protagonista la celeberrima Becky Bloomwood. Ma menomale che hai cambiato stile, cara mia!E "libro" d'esordio 'sta grandissima cippa! Chiamalo libro.Ma che è? Un manuale su come farsi venire la depressione. Quel brio, quell'atmosfera divertente e rilassata nonostante tutto vada a rotoli, tipico dei romanzi firmati Kinsella, è ancora lontano anni luce.E' proprio vero, i libri firmati Madeline Wickham non hanno nè capo nè coda. Sono orrendi, tristi, patetici e NOIOSI.Avevo già avute le prime avvisaglie con quello sulle due famiglie che condividevano la villa, ma questo qui non lo supera nessuno!In meno di 48 ore è scoppiato il finimondo: quello da riccone assoluto s'è visto crollare il mondo addosso, quella s'è ritrovata cornuta, quell'altro voleva fare soldi e si stava rovinando la vita con un contratto super-spaccamaroni. L'amicone stava per rovinargli l'esistenza ma lui non serba rancore, anzi è tutto come prima. Boh. E mi parlate di successo?

  • Luanne Ollivier
    2019-05-20 08:20

    The name Sophie Kinsella is immediately recognizable as the author of the hugely successful Shopaholic chick lit series. How about the name Madeleine Wickham? No? Well, they're one and the same.The Tennis Party, originally published in 1995, was Wickham's first book. It has been re-released in North America as 40 Love.Four couples gather for a weekend tennis party. - but the host believes it should be a tournament instead. And although tennis is ostensibly the reason for being there, each of the couples have their own reasons and agendas for the weekend. With a little too much sun and a lot of too much drink, the social facade begins to slip. Quite a bit.I chose to listen to 40 Love rather than read it. I don't think I would have enjoyed the book near as much in written form. The reader was award winner Katherine Kellgren - one of the best around. Her accents are spot on, reflecting every character's personality and nuances. Each character sprang to life and immediately formed a picture in my mind. Her intonation and inflection give the story life and verve. It is such a treat to listen to her narrate. Having read all of the Shopaholic series, I was expecting more of the same. And yes, in a way it's there - it is chick lit for sure. There are the 'lighter' characters such as the 'innocent' couple Annie and Stephen. And I found the children delightful. But it is the darker characters that really gave me pause. I enjoyed the tale up until the last few chapters. It is a bit of a farce, poking fun at the 'noveau riche' and the desire to have more, more, more. But, the character of Charles was just plain cruel and truly vicious. I was actually quite shocked by the words Wickham put in his mouth and the violence he displayed. Kellgren's reading intensified the effect. I was disappointed with the direction taken with this character and his wife's reaction and subsequent (non) action. It rather spoiled what had been a good listen up to that point. I guess I just associate chick lit with a feel good read.Wickham/Kinsella has definitely improved since this original effort.

  • Adriana
    2019-05-05 00:10

    I really enjoy Wickham’s writing as Sophie Kinsella, so I was looking forward to reading this. However, most of the characters are unlikeable and their obsession with money and each other’s financial situation, while the heart of the story, is beyond unpleasant.With a title like “40 love”, I came in expecting at least a bit of romance. There is nothing like it in this book. There is a bit of ‘we’ve been married forever and we’ll make it work’ love but nothing particularly romantic.One thing I disliked is that the introduction of the one character that seemed interesting didn’t really go anywhere. She was the only one that was truly interesting but she ended up just being a plot point that’s only there to create tension at the end. It’s possible that the book may have ended in exactly the same way if this character were not introduced. That annoyed me.The one thing that works for the book is the actual writing. While Wickham’s characters weren’t particularly appealing, they were well developed. The flow of the story is also pretty steady, so you go from one situation into another feeling like you’re really following along someone’s day. That and one character’s development towards the end are pretty much the only things this book has going for it.Not a total waste of time, but definitely not something I would recommend.

  • Tiffany
    2019-05-17 00:25

    I always wait for Ms. Wickham's latest novel with baited breath, so when I saw that her book the Tennis Party was being released stateside with the title 40 Love, I was elated! Unfortunately 40 Love turned out to be one of my least favorite books by Ms. Wickham. It's obvious the book was written early on in her career and she was still working on her writer's voice. That is not to say I didn't enjoy this book, it just wasn't my favorite by this author. 40 Love is the story of several couples who once lived on the same road and became friends. Their lives go in different directions, each getting married or breaking up, having children, and enjoying different levels of professional, financial, and personal success. Until one day, one of the couples decides to have all their old neighborhood friends over for a weekend tennis party. Being thrust together once again many discoveries are made and some of the couples' lives are changed dramatically by what was supposed to be an innocent gathering of friends... I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Madeleine Wickham's, just know going into it that this is not her best work.

  • James Henry
    2019-05-07 05:00

    Paper-thin characters, stereotypes abound (The good, poor mother! The shady salesman! The rich bitch!) and a banal plot. Thank God this was a quick, easy read, otherwise it would have been pure torture to sit through.

  • Ilse Van den Langenbergh
    2019-05-12 08:16

    Dit is het eerste boek dat ik las van Madeleine Wickham en het zal waarschijnlijk ook het laatste zijn. Het boek op zich is niet slecht, maar het genre ligt me niet zo. Helaas is het redelijk cliché allemaal, wat het weinig verrassend maakt.

  • Jennie
    2019-04-25 03:18

    I love the Shopaholic series and Sophie Kinsella's other stand-alones I enjoy too. I've read one other Madeleine Wickham, Sleeping Arrangements and liked that as well. So I was prepared to really enjoy this book. And instead...I was not impressed. This book seemed utterly pointless. You know, if I hated this book, at least I'd feel something about it. But I feel nothing about this book.

  • Alisha Dunaway
    2019-04-28 08:17

    So boring that I couldn't even get half way through.

  • Dominique
    2019-04-29 00:16

    Interesting book. Not amazing but great read.

  • Susan
    2019-05-08 05:06

    Madeleine Wickham (aka Sophie Kinsella but typically with a sharper edge) takes on a modern day tennis weekend in the country. Host or guest, each main character has a public and private side, the private side usually kept well hidden. But much is revealed to both the reader and other characters in this cutting, satiric romp.

  • Samantha Dilliway
    2019-05-04 06:05

    I like many others struggled with the volume of characters in the book, I had to keep checking the back cover to remind myself of who was married to who. that being said this was a good filler book with a slow burn type storyline that all came together nicely in the end.

  • Fitria Mayrani
    2019-05-07 00:02

    Saya gak tahu kenapa Sophie Kinsella mengganti nama penanya dengan nama asli. Sebagai penggemar karya-karya beliau, saya tidak mempermasalahkan apa pun namanya. Sejauh ini, saya selalu menikmati cerita-cerita yang disajikan dalam setiap novelnya.Ada udang di balik batu. Ada bisnis terselubung di balik pertandingan tenis. Patrick si OKB perlu tambahan modal agar bisa mendongkrak bisnisnya yang sedang terpuruk. Untuk itulah ia mengadakan pesta tenis dan mengumpulkan beberapa temannya dengan tujuan agar mereka mau menginvestasikan uang ke dalam bisnisnya. Sayang sekali, niat busuknya ketahuan dan gak ada yang mau bekerja sama dalam bisnisnya. Cukup terengah-engah menamatkan novel dengan tebal sekitar 350 halaman dalam keadaan sakit, tergolek tak berdaya di ranjang, dengan mata menerawang memikirkan skripsi, ditambah lagi dengan adanya pertengkaran kecil dengan pacar. Ehh kok curhat sih?? Intinya sih, saya suka ceritanya. Beruntung saya kuliah di jurusan akuntansi, istilah-istilah investasi sudah gak asing lagi.

  • Elusive
    2019-05-17 05:19

    It’s hard to believe that ‘The Tennis Party’ is written by Sophie Kinsella (using her real name Madeleine Wickham). At best, it was boring. At worst, it was pointless, annoying and mediocre.There really isn’t much of a plot. A bunch of characters spend a few days at the Chance couple’s house. They play tennis a few times but the matches were boring and didn’t serve any purpose. Throughout the book, they were constantly eating and talking or being mean to one another. In Patrick’s case, (view spoiler)[trying to sell investment funds to obtain a bonus (hide spoiler)]. The characters were unlikeable, being either annoying or boring. There’s also cheating involved but it remains unknown until the end.The conflicts among the characters are addressed and dismissed within the last few chapters. There’s no depth to any of it. There are no proper conversations or believable reactions. It’s like they all decided to forgive and forget – completely unrealistic.

  • Sonnet Fitzgerald
    2019-05-20 08:24

    What in the name of suburban angst is a Lloyd's Name?I assume this is a British term, but despite speaking BE for three years I have never encountered it. I read the US version of the book, via St. Martins, and the publisher decided to neither change this term (which is crucial to the story) nor provide an explanation. I was doing alright reading this light character study until the Lloyd's Name became impassable. I could not understand the rest of the story without it, and my frustration and confusion ruined what was left of the story.Before that issue, I would have said this is a lighthearted read, very similar to Ms. Wickham's other books, with less plot. Like a fruity cocktail really. Nothing of substance to it but pleasant enough to pass an afternoon with. However it left me feeling nothing but frustration and confusion. Two stars is generous.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-26 04:27

    Sophie Kinsella is een prachtige schrijfster in haar genre, ze beschikt over een vlotte pen en ik vind haar boeken doorgaans vermakelijk. De tennisparty echter deed weinig voor me. Niet alleen konden de personages me stuk voor stuk weinig interesseren, het plot was slap en op plekken zat er zelfs weinig vaart in. Slappe plotten kan ik door de vingers zien bij een chicklit, weet waar je aan begint. Maar als het verhaal niet doorloopt, juist bij een chicklit, is dat geen goed teken. Ik ergerde me groen en geel aan de gang van zaken, en het eind was nog het ergste van alles. Vlak voor het einde heeft iedereen ruzie maar daarna, als donderslag bij heldere hemel, heeft iedereen opeens sympathie voor elkander en is het eind goed, al goed. Het concept 'tennisparty' klinkt mij sowieso niet boeiend in de oren, maar er had zoveel meer in gezeten.

  • Beverly
    2019-04-26 08:09

    I don't get it. I gave this 4 stars instead of 3 to balance all the hate for this book. This is the first novel by Madeleine Wickham/Sophie Kinsella, and all of her skills are on display here. She writes women's fiction with always above average depth, even in some of her Shopaholic series. And no matter what, she is fun. In her Wickham books she is less funny, and maybe that's why readers are disappointed. But she is a great novelist of manners, gentle ironist, and storyteller in the British tradition. In this novel she skewers those affected by the 'make money' mantra of the 80s by comparing and contrasting 4 couples of varying wealth who come together for a tennis weekend at the big white house of a rich stock broker. If you didn't like this, read it again with these two words in mind: Jane Austen.

  • Helene Harrison
    2019-05-16 01:16

    Review - This story, like Swimming Pool Sunday seems to lack direction. It just seems to be a collection of various different stories rather than a collective whole. But Wickham's writing, as always, is funny and well-written and clever. The characters seem to be two-dimensional rather than people you can step into the shoes of. Genre? - Chic Lit / Romance / DramaCharacters? - Caroline Chance / Georgina Chance / Patrick Chance / Charles Mobyn / Cressida Mobyn / Nicola Fairweather / Stephen Fairweather / Annie Fairweather / Don Roper / Valerie RoperSetting? - EnglandSeries? - N/ARecommend? - MaybeRating - 14/20

  • Jessica
    2019-04-26 03:23

    Sophie Kinsella's books are like marshmallows -- fun but fluffy. Her books under the name of Madeline Wickham (her real name) tend to be a little more serious and a bit more dull. This story about four couples enjoying a weekend holiday together takes a long time to get started but, once it gets going, it's a fast read with an Kinsella-esque crazy ending.

  • Lesley
    2019-05-21 04:11

    I didn't even finish- got about 25 pages in and just knew it wasn't worth my time. I had read some pretty bad reviews, so perhaps I was tainted, but it didn't grab me at all right away.

  • Cyndi
    2019-04-30 01:15

    With friends like this, who needs enemies?

  • Federica Violet
    2019-05-13 08:22

    Molto carino! Ho adorato alcuni personaggi, tra cui Caroline, e lo stile della Kinsella è sempre impeccabile, entra nella vita dei personaggi con una facilità incredibile.

  • Alexandra
    2019-04-29 04:57

    What a crap story. Totally pointless and just a bunch of unlikeable rich snobs you want to hit in the head with tennis rackets.

  • Wendy
    2019-04-29 00:20

    There's a reason I started reading this, got interested in other things and took a good six months to come back to it.For one: I didn't connect to most, if any, of the characters. The women were vapid and shallow and the men were prideful and/or trying to rise above their station.The parts about the Lloyd's Name confused me, having not been up on British financial disasters of the mid-1990s.I was wanting more tennis, less bickering.Ella also seemed like a total throw-away Mary Sue'ish character, just there to be beautiful and to cause drama for Charles.It's odd because I love Sophie Kinsella novels (and this is the first one I've read of her Madeleine Wickham ones) but this seemed like a total miss for me. I usually find her novels humorous, with real characters, but these felt like mean-spirited people who were caricatures. It's also one of the few novels like this that I have little desire to read again.

  • Jessica Collier
    2019-05-18 08:22

    I quite enjoyed it! I gave it four stars only because it felt truncated and I would have liked another chapter or two, since I didn't have a clear sense of knowing what would happen to the characters at the end. The pacing was quick and I enjoyed the details of the characters that Wickham included. It really gave you a sense of who was who and what their possible motivations were. I always enjoy comparing the differences in Kinsella's writing when she writes as Wickham, it's such a delightfully different voice and it makes the experience of reading her various works very engaging. A perfect summer read!

  • Kristin
    2019-04-25 01:05

    This book was eh. It wasn't awful, it was easy to read, but some parts were annoying. She referenced Nicolas issue so many times, but never really touched on what the struggle was. Basically, it was a child you had no connection to that you're supposed to feel sorry for but don't. Also, she said injera was a Nigerian meal, incorrect, it's a bread. And I had to google what a Lloyd's name was, and I still don't understand. As previously mentioned, the tennis match was barely a part of the book. Definitely one for the donation pile.