Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham

Front and Back Flap: Everything's coming up roses for Fleur Daxeny as she goes through more rich men than she does designer hats. Fleur is beautiful, charming, and utterly irresistible, and her success at crashing funerals to find wealthy men is remarkable. 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 Channel sleeve, 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. Can she trust her heart or will she cut ties and run away as fast as her Prada pumps can take her? I thought this was an awesome book. I especially liked the ending since it wasn't like picture perfect, but it seems more realistic. She can write such diverse books, but they're all so suspenseful and interesting, like what the book is about. It seems pretty crazy a woman going around crashing funerals to get money from the rich guys there, but it worked good in this novel. I think Fleur was a great character, but not because she did steal money, because she was actually finally falling for one of the guys she was trying to take money from! And it was so sad how his ex Emily was just so not a good person it seems like but he still defended her and so did everyone else, probably scared. But it was an amazing novel and can't wait to read more of her books. Plus the covers are funny and they like match each other in their style.

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