Sunday, 8 July 2012

Review - Chelsea Wives by Anna-Lou Weatherley

A fabulously glamorous story of three high-profile ladies, all married to exceptionally rich men, spending their lives enjoying endless champagne lunches and spa days, shopping for designer outfits to die for, living flash party lifestyles and holidaying on huge yachts. 

Firstly there’s Imogen, a beautiful ex-model married to Sebastian, a bully who likes her to be beholden to him and doesn’t want to share her with anyone else, not even their daughter.  Then there’s Calgary who is married to Douglas, a womanising cheat who expects her to put up with his philandering ways even when his latest conquest is extremely close to home.  Finally there’s Yasmin (Lady Belmont), who seems to have appeared from nowhere and has married Jeremy, a man old enough to be her grandfather.  Everyone wonders whether she really loves him or whether there is a motive in her madness. 

All three women, on the outside, appear to be content with their lot, but each of them are living in marriages that make them seriously unhappy.  They are a very close, small group of friends, and when one of them tells the others that she has devised a plan to outwit her husband once and for all, they say that they want to be involved too, all for their own different reasons which could finally give them them all the life that they wish for.  Will they get the better of their other halves, or does this mad scheme go wrong and destroy their lives?  It could go fabulously right, but if not, the consequences don’t bear thinking about!

The glamour and money that the people in this book experience, is a world away from my own, and it is really enjoyable to read about and also to imagine what it would be like to be filthy rich, living a life I’ll only ever be able to dream of. 

It also goes to show you that no matter how much money you do have, it doesn’t always make you happy and that sometimes it’s just the simple things in life, that money can’t buy, that can make you content.

The author weaves a sensational tale of life, love, loss and friendship.  The type of friendship where you would do anything at all to help your friends, no matter what! 

The twists and turns along the way are thoroughly exciting and absolutely enjoyable, and at times surprising, leaving you constantly wanting to read more about these fabulously feisty, gutsy, determined women.   You want to be on their side and if I could have, I would have helped them myself!  You willed them to succeed in their plotting and planning and had to hold your breath when it came to crunch time to see how it panned out. 

Chelsea Wives was an extremely entertaining read, a real compelling page-turner with lots of fun and wit thrown in for good measure.

Anna-Lou Weatherley was born in Hampshire and grew up in London where she still lives with her partner and two children.  An award-winning journalist and women’s lifestyle writer for over fifteen years, she is the former editor and acting editor of J-17 and Smash Hits respectively and has written for all the major glossies including Grazia, More, Company and Marie Claire among others. 

She is the author of two teen titles, Ibiza Summer and The Wrong Boy.  Chelsea Wives is her first adult novel.


Nikki said...

I have this in my reading pile and after reading your brilliant review Kim, I can not wait to read it :)

Janice Horton said...

I have downloaded this to my Kindle. Thanks to your review Kim I'm really keen to get stuck in - and this book seems like a fun way to while away a rainy evening on the sofa!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Kim, this one sounds great. I'm currently putting a few new books on my Kindle as have been reading such a lot lately, so this is going on tonight.

CJ x