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18 June 2014

Weekly Feature - Once Upon a Story...

 'Once Upon a Story' is a weekly feature in which we go back in time and focus  on a specific novel that was released in the same month we're in right now (in this case May), but a few years back! It can be a women's fiction classic from the 1990's or perhaps a great chick lit read from 2011. I thought it would be nice to not just focus on recent releases, but also take the chance to jump back in time once a week and look back at wonderful reads that have been released over the years!

This week, we're travelling all the way back to June 1996 to look back at...

Liz and Jonathan are in trouble.They can't sell their old house.Here they are, stuck with two mortgages, mounting debts and a miserable adolescent daughter who hadn't wanted to move anyway.Then it seems Marcus Witherstone will solve all their problems.He knows the perfect tenants from London who will rent their old house - glamorous PR girl Ginny and almost-famous Piers. Everything is going to be OK.

Or is it? As Marcus starts to become involved with Liz, while her teenage daughter develops a passion for the lodgers, it seems that some deceptions are too close to home...

I don't think there's a chick lit fan out there who hasn't heard of Sophie Kinsella and her incredibly popular Shopaholic series. Before the first Shopaholic book was released in 2000, several other stories written by Madeleine Wickham (who uses the pseudonym Sophie Kinsella) had already been released, including 'A Desirable Residence'. I haven't read a Madeleine Wickham/Sophie Kinsella book yet that I haven't enjoyed thoroughly, which is why I'm really excited to be able to focus on one of her older but still brilliant novels today. 'A Desirable Residence' tells the story of Liz and Jonathan who are having trouble selling their old home. Luckily, they manage to find two tenants who want to rent the house, but this is the start of other trouble for Liz and Jonathan... Madeleine Wickham's stories are amazing and I never want to put them down until I've read the very last page. If you've read her Shopaholic series and enjoyed it, be sure to check out some of her other work as well; you won't be disappointed! 

Be sure to visit the blog next week for another blast from chick lit past with 'Once Upon a Story...'!

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