Chelsea Wives- Anna-Lou Weatherley

Remember ‘Trashy novels’ and ‘Bonk-busters’? Pretend the recession never happened and get some true escapism from the Brit side of the pond. Meet three women of very different origins, the rich and spoiled of London’s Chelsea. Imogen was a successful model before her rich husband put her in a gilded cage for fifteen years. Lady Yasmin appears to be your typical surgically enhanced, social-climbing young trophy wife to her crusty old Lord- but who is she really? Finally, Calvary was born into this life, but can she retain her position and find happiness with a younger man if she finally divorces her serial-philandering husband? These three become unlikely allies when they realise they can all get what they want: If they have the guts and luck to pull off a spectacular heist.

Kooks for your Kindle?-For such an unashamedly frothy book the main characters are surprisingly only a little over-the-top; even the seemingly ‘gold-digging-bimbo’ has an agenda of an entirely unexpected nature. Some of the supporting players are suitably wacky.

The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– All three ladies have suffered in the past at the hands of their husbands, but this is the story of them taking matters into their own hands and breaking the rules to get what’s due. Who doesn’t love a good revenge story? In that respect there are shades of The First Wives Club, but it’s not derivative of that.

Painting a picture for your paperback?– The world of the overprivileged is explored, namely expensive shopping on the King’s Road, dining, traveling, parties, yachts, name-dropping, and some extremely outlandish behaviour. It’s all good excessive fun.

Nookie for your Nook?– I believe this type of book used to be known as ‘sex and shopping’ in the good old eighties era of Judith Kranz. There’s plenty of both to keep you entertained, although be warned, a lot of the bedroom action is between unattractive rich men and plastic younger women with ulterior motives, which might put you right off your Veuve Clicquot.

Evaluation of your eBook?– If you’re not bemused by point of view switches between the three leads within the same sections, and have the imagination to suspend belief for a while, you’ll love it. It’s flashy, trashy and pure escapism, and everyone gets the ending they deserve.

Frothy Ranking: 3/5 cocktails.

Can be obtained from:

UK: Totally worth it for £1.99 at Amazon, Waterstones, and WHSmith.
US: Kobobooks for only $2.61.

Comments are closed.