I have always liked Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic books and so last week, while browsing the chick-lit section at Eloor Library, when I came across a series of books written under her actual name – Madeleine Wickham, I just had to try one.
I picked up Cocktails for Three randomly just because it sounded light, fun, and frothy. And that is exactly what it is. The story is pretty simple and straight-forward with a very basic plot. Three friends and co-workers each with a secret of their own meet every month for cocktails. The heroines’ stories unfold after one such meeting. Maggie is due to have a baby at any moment, Candice is about to run into a ghost from her family’s sordid past, and Roxanne is in a relationship with a married man.
When Candice rekindles a friendship with a childhood buddy, a series of events are set into motion, which tries the friendship of the three girls and makes them all reconsider what is important to them.
My take on this book:
To me, this is superior chick-lit primarily because men have little role to play. There is romance in the novel, but really it plays second-fiddle to the actual story- how these girls manage to support each other through their mistakes and bad decisions.
I also loved the characterization of the three girls. I could identify with them at all stages – even Roxanne the girl in an affair with a married man did not come out sordid! I especially loved Maggie – the career woman who is struggling as a new mother. There is a moment when she admits she is terrified of leaving the hospital after the delivery and facing taking care of the baby at home. As I was reading this passage, I was chuckling to myself and nodding along – yeah! totally been there and understand that. Candice is also very sweetly written. She comes across as a bit too naive, but I have also been that person once, so she also resonated with me.
In short, I absolutely loved this book. It was just what I needed to read right now and I am planning to check the library for more Madeleine Wickham.
I do think my love for this book might be colored a bit because I could relate it so well to my personal experiences and my relationship with my friends. This book may not suit everyone’s tastes but it suited mine, just fine .