Cocktails for Three
By Hana K.
May 1, 2006 - 1:03:00 PM

Maggie, Roxanne, and Candice are the best of friends. They're savvy, sophisticated women who work for a glamorous fashion magazine. Every month they have a girls' night at one of London
's hippest bars. Behind the smiles and gossip, each woman hides a secret. One night, one of the secrets comes to light, and it changes the nature of their friendship. The three friends have to work through their own issues while fighting to save the once-solid friendship.

According to the press release for COCKTAILS FOR THREE, Madeline Wickham also publishes under the pseudonym Sophie Kinsella. As author of the Shopaholic series, Sophie Kinsella has sold millions of books. To be honest, I've never read Sophie Kinsella, but I'm already in love with Madeline Wickham's sharp writing style.

With its pretty pastel color, COCKTAILS FOR THREE seems like the typical chick-lit novel. This book would be perfect for a summer afternoon on the beach. Yet, COCKTAILS FOR THREE is more than just an entertaining read. Madeline Wickham creates three realistic characters to address important topics like friendship, new motherhood, career choices, and office politics. She offers new, interesting perspectives on traditional archetypes like the Mother or the Career Women. She does so with wit and sly humor. 

Underneath the witty dialogue and sharp observations, COCKTAILS FOR THREE explores a vast array of emotions: self-doubt, insecurity, loyalty, guilt, and maturity. Madeline Wickham knows how to create multi-dimensional female characters. While reading, I was annoyed with the naive Candice. At the same time, I saw pieces of Roxanne and Maggie in myself. I am willing to guess that a lot of women will be able to relate to one or more of the characters. 

While reading COCKTAILS FOR THREE, I thought of my own friendships. I've known some women who claim that they cannot be friends with other women. Personally I think that is very sad. I would definitely recommend COCKTAILS FOR THREE to those women. I would also recommend this book to any woman who appreciates and understands what it means to be a "best friend." Madeline Wickham knows how to create female friendships that are funny, complicated, and, most of all, real.

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