All’s fair in love and war – especially when there’s a trust fund at stake. The four beautiful Chambers girls are rolling in money, thanks to the trust fund set up by their reclusive, super-rich uncle Clem. But when he summons his nieces to his mansion in the Seychelles to announce his engagement to Bai-Ling, a woman young enough to be their baby sister, the girls know the party could be over. Can they stop the wedding? What happens when four pampered princesses have to cope without their trust fund? Who will learn to stand on their own two feet… and who will fall?
Athena, Juno, Diana and Venus Chambers have a life to be envied of. All 4 live off of their rich Uncle Clement’s trust fund money, all being given £500,000 a year to live on. But their perfect lives are about to be given a shake up, when old Uncle Clements announces he’s found a bride and is going to stop their Trust Fund as of the day he marries her. Trouble is, Clement’s future bride is a twenty-something Thai woman, and the Chambers cousins are sure she is only after their Uncle for his money. Can the cousins who can’t stand each other unite the force Bai-Ling away from their Uncle, and keep their money?
Upon reading the plot, I thought this suits those that dream of a glamorous life as the storyline is exactly this at the beginning. As I began reading, the book went straight into the story, firstly introducing us to Uncle Clem and then to the Chambers cousins. The book is written in the third person, which is a necessity with 4 main characters in the book and another major character alongside these. I still think it had too many main characters. As you may have noticed when it comes to how many characters are mentioned as the focus, I tend to favour those that have less than 3, any more and it is a mess to keep up with and an excuse for filling up more pages which are not necessary.
As you can tell by their names, the Chambers women aren’t your average thirty-something year old ladies. Each of them is unique, with their own ambitions, and none of them really get on. Juno lives in London with her husband Jack, a wannabe chef, but her marriage is struggling and Juno doesn’t know how to handle it. Her sister Athena is an incredibly clever woman, working at Oxford University trying to become an Oxford Don. Their cousins are Venus, a bimbo actress trying to hit the big time and circulating as one of London’s IT girls, and her sister Diana, another trendy It girl who loves to be seen in the right places. They are not written about in a nice way, perhaps intending for you to dislike them. I didn’t warm to any of them throughout the whole book, they’re all pretty nasty women, selfish and all about the money.
Despite not liking the characters, I found that Bagshawe has really created a great atmosphere around these women, really transporting you into the world where these women can afford anything they want, without having to worry about the cost of it or where its come from. She’s clearly researched this lifestyle, with great detail of society parties, sumptuous dinners and expensive labels of clothing and make up. She’s also gone to great length to create a great world for these women, with wonderful expensive homes which are greatly detailed from decor to the paintings. This gives a great setting for the story, and the world in which the Chambers women lives is well written and easy to imagine thanks to this.
Despite the well written lives and surroundings of the Chambers women, there was just something about this book which still doesn’t excite me. maybe this style of writing is suited to the teenager me who would have loved reading about dramatic and materialistic lives. The story, didn’t really seem to go anywhere that is why there is so many main characters for all the unnecessary pages! It was fairly obvious from the beginning how things were going to go, and I had guessed the ending from about halfway through, the plot is another one of those been there done that types. There was just nothing special about the novel, its characters which, although they were written fairly well were all unlikeable and I think it was this fact which made my enjoyment slightly less than it would have been if I’d liked the characters. As you normally pick up a novel and think to yourself you see yourself as part of them due to some characteristics which makes a great novel. The characters lived in a world I couldn’t relate to at all, they were all horrible women and even Bai-Ling and Clement weren’t great either.
I really expected to enjoy this book to some extent, especially as I liked the sound of the plot so much. The story is quite standard, with no major twists or turns to keep you reading, and the third person narrative is fairly basic and not exactly involving. The characters are well written but are horrible people and so not likeable in the slightest. However it is readable enough for a light read. 1/5 Stars