Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Should Be Reading.

Today’s featured book is A Desirable Residence, by Madeleine Wickham.


Intro:  There wasn’t much point, Liz told herself, in getting upset.  It wasn’t his fault, poor man.  The estate agent had finished talking, and was looking at her concernedly, expecting a response.  To gain time, she glanced out of the sash window of the office, the panes bright with the sun and raindrops of a confused September’s day.  There was a little courtyard garden outside, walled, with a white wrought-iron bench and tubs of flowers.  It must be nice in the summer, she thought, forgetting that this still was, to all intents and purposes, the summer.  Her mind always worked at least half a term ahead.

‘Mrs. Chambers…?’

‘Oh, yes, sorry,’ said Liz, and turned back.  ‘I was listening.’  She smiled at the estate agent.  He didn’t smile back.


Teaser:  But Ginny did know.  She knew that she had somehow a strange ability to find an attraction in almost any kind of residence, be it a tiny flat or a manor house.  Confronted with the meanest little house, she was always able to construct in her own mind a charming hypothetical life there, imbuing on it a vicarious, often quite undeserved appeal. (p. 67)


Amazon Description:   From the author of the internationally bestselling Sophie Kinsella novels, Madeleine Wickham’s newest novel features a house whose asking price includes a stunning renovation of dreams and hearts…

Liz and Jonathan Chambers were stuck with two mortgages, mounting debts and a miserable adolescent daughter.  Then Marcus Witherstone came into their lives – and it seemed he would solve all their problems.  He knew the perfect tenants from London who would rent their old house: a glamorous PR girl, Ginny, and  her almost-famous husband, Piers. But soon Liz is lost in blissful dreams of Marcus, Jonathan is left to run their tutorial college, and neither of them has time to notice that their teenage daughter is developing a passion for the tenants, Piers and Ginny. Everyone is entangled with everyone else, in the most awkward possible way. And as events close in, they all begin to realize that some deceptions are just a bit too close to home.


What do you think?  Does it capture your interest?  Would you keep reading?



  1. This sounds intriguing! I myself love looking through real estate catalogs and imagine how I would live in certain houses, where I’d put what etc. Being such a big Harry Potter fan, it is strange to see a different character with the name Ginny. She’s the first non-HP Ginny I’ve seen! I hope you enjoy this one 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
    My Tuesday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words


    1. I’m glad you could stop by, Diane, and I have enjoyed other Madeleine Wickham books…and some of them were better than her Sophie Kinsella works, so I’m looking forward to this one. Enjoy your week!


    1. Yes, I always have to be in the right mood for a particular book…sometimes I plan out my week, and then the mood strikes and I’m off on another course. Thanks for visiting, Kim, and enjoy your reading.


  2. I would like to read this one. I use to love riding in the car with my parents at night. I would try to see through the lighted windows and wonder who lived inside. I like your Teaser and paragraph. Love the little garden described…


  3. I have a habit of imagining living in living in different cities and towns I visit and putting myself in houses we may visit. I think that’s why I like the House Hunters show so much–even though I know it’s mostly staged. I still enjoy touring houses. Anyway, I would keep reading. This one sounds interesting–and complicated.


  4. Good thing I’ve seen this intro teased elsewhere recently — I don’t know if it’s just my computer or what, but the text (including comments) is bleeding into the sidebar, making it difficult to read. I do remember thinking this one sounded interesting when I saw it teased previously. Hope you enjoy(ed) it, and thanks for visiting mine.


  5. The intro did a good job of describing the setting but didn’t really draw me into the story. I thought from the cover it would be my kind of story. Guess I’ll have to read a bit more.


  6. Ha ha ha! I love the book cover to the, “A Desirable Residence” book >.< I love the attention to detail on the intro; details are my best friends 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my little corner on the net this week 🙂


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