Madeleine Wickham (better known by her pseudonym Sophie Kinsella of the popular “Shopaholic
” series) has re-released her first novel, The Tennis Party
, under the title 40 Love
. This engaging chick lit novel offers biting social commentary in addition to a fast moving and entertaining plot that demonstrates that a tennis weekend can be anything but fun and games. Mixing an assortment of rich and not-so-rich longtime friends who also have romantic histories and questionable motives adds to the substance of this novel. For Sophie Kinsella fans, this novel will offer an interesting glimpse of the author’s work before her “Shopaholic” days, while delivering a humorous observation of British social structure and a timely look at how money can corrupt relationships even among the best of friends.