Jennifer Armstrong
July 18, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sleeping Arrangements

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Madeleine Wickham
publisher
Thomas Dunne Books
genre
Romance, Fiction

We gave it a B

Two British couples are ”accidentally” double-booked at a Spanish vacation villa: uptight Hugh and Amanda, seeking a proper holiday with nanny and two identically dressed daughters in tow, and Chloe and Philip, hoping to forget Philip’s possible layoff and spend time with their scrappy sons. But the foursome is more connected than it seems, as Hugh and Chloe share a secret history — and the forced togetherness might not be unintentional. Madeleine Wickham doesn’t sparkle as much in Sleeping Arrangements as in her blockbuster Shopaholic series, written under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. But hers is a rare breed of beach read that’s breezy but doesn’t wriggle out of difficult adult choices. B

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