Desirable Residence

by Madeleine Wickham | Women's Fiction |
ISBN: 9780552772242 Global Overview for this book
Registered by krl112 of Hawthorne, New Jersey USA on 8/14/2008
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11 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by krl112 from Hawthorne, New Jersey USA on Thursday, August 14, 2008
"What goes on behind closed doors. . .

Liz and Jonathan Chambers were 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.

But soon everyone’s entangled with everyone else, in the most awkward possible way. And as events closed in on him, Marcus began to realise that some deceptions are just a bit too close to home."

--from BN.com


Journal Entry 2 by krl112 from Hawthorne, New Jersey USA on Monday, August 18, 2008
This book is scheduled for an international Bookray. If interested, please PM me with your location and shipping preferences.

Here are the rules for the book ray:
1. Please journal as soon as you receive the book and again after you read it and mail it to the next person. This will help everyone else keep up with the book's current location.
2. Put the book at the top of your TBR pile (after the book that you are currently reading and any other rings/rays that arrived before this one.)
3. If you don't think you will be able to read this book within a reasonable time (approx. 1 month) after receiving it, please let me know before the book is mailed to you. I will be happy to move your name down on the list if needed.
4. After you read the book, please PM the next person on the list for their address. If you get the next person's address from RABCK.com, you may want to PM them just to ensure that the address has not changed.
5. Mail the book to the next person on the list using the cheapest shipping method available.
6. PM me if you have any problems with contacting the next person so I can help with trying to contact her/him.
7. The last person to receive the book should try to keep the book moving by ray-it-forward, RABCK/wishlist request to another Bookcrosser, if possible. Last resort, it is ok to wild-release. I just ask that you do not sell the book.

Here is where the book will be traveling. This will be updated as others join:

1. yayajanuary, Indonesia (Intl)
2. christoffel, Netherlands (Europe)
3. BOKWORMY, Portugal (Intl)--asked to be skipped
4. kiyoitsukikage, Poland (Europe)
5. solskinn, Austria (Europe)
6. penelopewanders, Switzerland (Europe)
7. kbmarsh, UK (Europe)---asked to be skipped
8. DitteL, Denmark (Intl)
9. Icila, France (Intl)
10. gringuitica, Costa Rica (Intl)---skipped
11. the honey1982, Canada---asked to be skipped
12. pitluv4, Canada--skipped, known staller
13. 300dogs, New Jersey (US)

14. lovestoreadinmo, Missouri (US)<----it is here
15. booksforever08, Arizona
16. bug2004, Nebraska (US)
17. easterngirl71, Illinois (US)
18. Supertalya, South Korea with US address (INTL)
19. lady-anglophile, Kuwait (Intl)
20. MichelleOWYEONG, Singapore (Asia)

The last person on the list, please continue to ray-it-forward. Look on wishlists, post on a thread, etc. Thanks!

Here is the link to original post in the forums for the bookray. If you liked the book, and think it should be considered by others, bump it up.


I list my bookrings at The Bookring Directory!

Journal Entry 3 by krl112 at Glen Rock, New Jersey USA on Sunday, August 24, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (8/23/2008 UTC) at Glen Rock, New Jersey USA

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I really enjoyed this book. It was a very quick and fun read, and I'm excited to share it with other Bookcrossers. Now the book is off to start a bookray with yayajanuary in Indonesia. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!

Journal Entry 4 by yayajanuary from Jakarta, Jakarta Indonesia on Monday, September 01, 2008
The book has arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia..

Have received this book as Book Ray from krl112. Thanks for the opportunity given to me to read the book :)

I will try to read it as fast as I could ;))
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Have finished reading it. The story line is different from the books I've read before.

As much as I pity Liz (the character in the book), my heart goes to Jonathan. And as much as I hate Anthea, I still feel deeply compassion toward her.

*confused what I've been babbling about here? just wait for your turn to read, hehehee... ;)

Journal Entry 5 by yayajanuary at sent by post, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, September 27, 2008
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I maybe will be a bit late to mail the book, but please TRUST ME. I
will mail the book :)

Journal Entry 6 by yayajanuary at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, October 09, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (10/9/2008 UTC) at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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Send to christoffel in Netherlands as the next person in the Book Ray :)

Journal Entry 7 by christoffel from not specified, not specified not specified on Saturday, October 18, 2008
Yesterday, my mailman tried to deliver this book, but I wasn't at home. So today, I picked it up at the post office. Thank you very much for sending it, and for the cards!

Journal Entry 8 by christoffel at Bookring, Mailed to another bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Monday, December 15, 2008

Released 10 yrs ago (12/16/2008 UTC) at Bookring, Mailed to another bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases

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I really enjoyed this book! I totally love this writer... I also read the Shopaholic series under the name Sophie Kinsella.

Journal Entry 9 by kiyoitsukikage from Brixton, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, December 20, 2008
it's arrived, thank you!

Journal Entry 10 by kiyoitsukikage from Brixton, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, February 23, 2009
Tbh, I only read a very brief summary of the book and expected something entirely different ;) more creepy [!] etc. This way or another, the book was an OK read, not very challenging and it wasn't difficult to foresee what would happen. The thing that annoyed me were the detailed descriptions of how somebody moved from side to side or moved their mug, I think this part of writing is not the author's strength.
Thank you for sharing and sorry for having held the book back for so long!

Journal Entry 11 by kiyoitsukikage at To the next participant, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, February 28, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (2/25/2009 UTC) at To the next participant, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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on its way to the next person

Journal Entry 12 by wolkenklang on Wednesday, March 04, 2009
It has arrived, thanks for sending kiyoitsukikage! I am looking forward to reading this since I like Madeleine Wickham's writing style a lot.

Journal Entry 13 by wolkenklang on Thursday, April 16, 2009
A quick and enthralling read with a lot of depth. Again a Madeleine Wickham book that I enjoyed a lot, thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 14 by wolkenklang at To the next participant, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, April 16, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (4/17/2009 UTC) at To the next participant, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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The book is now on its way to Switzerland, sorry for the delay!

Journal Entry 15 by wingpenelopewanderswing from Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Sunday, May 03, 2009
Have another ring I have to read first, but look forward to this one which has now arrived safely in the Swiss Alps. Thanks so much for sending.

Journal Entry 16 by wingpenelopewanderswing from Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Monday, May 11, 2009
This story never really got off the ground, as far as I am concerned. The characters were fairly interesting although almost all rather unpleasant in some way, and I never greatly enjoy spending time with people I don't particularly like - in real life or in books. It wasn't particularly funny, not very sad or tragic, just a bit dreary, really.
I am glad, however, to read something else by this author, having only read the Undomestic Goddess. I'm PMing the next for the address. Thanks so much for making this book available.
Update May 13
Just heard back from kbmarsh who has asked to be skipped. I'll PM the next in line.

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As the next in line (kbmarsh) had asked to be skipped, this is now on its way to Denmark. Thanks so much for making this available.

Journal Entry 18 by DitteL from Næstved, Storstrøms Amt Denmark on Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The postman delivered this today. I'm really looking forward to reading it. I've another ring before this one, but I'll hopefully get to this book within the next couple of weeks.

Thanks for sharing krl112 and thanks for sending it to me penelopewanders.

Journal Entry 19 by DitteL from Næstved, Storstrøms Amt Denmark on Wednesday, June 10, 2009
This wasn't my cup of tea. I quess I'd expected more. This story was just to common to be interesting and the characters weren't really likeable, they were somehow to human and ordinary. I didn't care much for the ending either, I would have liked a bit more drama.

I've contacted the next on the list but is still awaiting a response.

EDIT: 06/13/09. Second PM send to Icila

Journal Entry 20 by DitteL at Fellow Bookcrosser, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (6/17/2009 UTC) at Fellow Bookcrosser, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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The book is on its way to France

Journal Entry 21 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Back from holiday last week the book was waiting for me but my connection was down. Thanks.

Journal Entry 22 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, July 06, 2009
I enjoyed the children's parts.
Thanks for sharing.

PMing gringuitica

Journal Entry 23 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Wednesday, August 05, 2009
No news from gringuitica, I'll contact the honey1982

Journal Entry 24 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Thursday, August 06, 2009
Honey1982 is too busy with a new home and asks to be skipped, I'll try 300dogs.

Journal Entry 25 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Friday, August 07, 2009
On its way to 300dogs.

Journal Entry 26 by 300dogs from Jackson, New Jersey USA on Monday, August 17, 2009
After a tour of the globe, this book has arrived safely today back in New Jersey where it started! I have enjoyed all the books I've read by Sophie Kinsella and I'm looking forward to this one as well. I am in the middle of a book right now so this will be up next.

Journal Entry 27 by 300dogs from Jackson, New Jersey USA on Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Hmph, so I just finished reading A desirable Residence and I think I'll stick with her alias as Sophie Kinsella. I enjoyed those books better. This one was just ok. I never fully understood the whole shady business practices going on with Marcus and Leo. Not too sure what really went on there. And I'm not too sure about the ages of Ginny, Piers and Duncan but find it hard to believe that grown adults were spending so much time with 14 year old Alice.

I already have the address for the next reader and will mail this out next week.

Journal Entry 28 by 300dogs at to next participant, a ring/ray -- Controlled Releases on Monday, August 31, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (8/31/2009 UTC) at to next participant, a ring/ray -- Controlled Releases

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Mailed out today-enjoy!

Journal Entry 29 by lovestoreadinmo from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Friday, September 04, 2009
I received this in the mail today and will try to read as soon as possible.

Journal Entry 30 by lovestoreadinmo from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Thursday, September 10, 2009
May pass on to the next person because I may not have time to read this book.

Journal Entry 31 by booksforever08 from Chandler, Arizona USA on Thursday, September 17, 2009
Book arrived today in Chandler, AZ from lovestoreadinmo. Will try to read ASAP and get it to the next in line.

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