The Gatecrasher

The Gatecrasher

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Fleur Daxeny gatecrashes funerals in the hopes of picking up rich and vulnerable men, but when she becomes involved with Richard Favour, she discovers that she is in too deep, and that she wants more than his money.

Blackwell North Amer
Fleur Daxeny is beautiful, unscrupulous, and has a large wardrobe of black designer suits. With the help of the obituaries, she gate-crashes the funerals and memorial services of the wealthy, preying on rich and newly vulnerable men. Charming her way into their lives, their beds, and their bank accounts, she takes what she can and moves swiftly on.
This is her modus operandi when she waltzes into the memorial service for multimillionaire Richard Favour's wife. Mingling with the guests and sharing made-up recollections of the dearly departed, she dazzles Richard with her beauty and charm. Before the afternoon is over, she is gazing into Richard's eyes over a drink and offering her sincerest condolences. She soon moves into his posh mansion, shocking his relatives and scandalizing his golf club.
But then Fleur's scheme begins to fall apart. Lingering longer than she had planned, she becomes entangled in his family and their problems. As taboos are broken and long-held secrets emerge, Fleur discovers that she is not the only one after Richard's money.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312243982
Branch Call Number: FIC Wi 2000
Characteristics: 301 pages ; 22 cm


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Jul 04, 2015

In an humorous romance novel full of dramatic irony, Madeleine Wickham has crafted another satisfying story. I could not put down this brilliant novel.

JewelMcLatchy Apr 04, 2013

My favourite by far of Madeleine Wickham's books. I was shocked and scandalised in turns by Fleur, but rooted for her throughout. Lambert was the other stand-out character, the type you just love to hate. Altogether satisfying read.

Sep 24, 2012

this novel isn't funny, but it is sort of a delicious, guilty pleasure. full of endearing characters, and characters that you kinda love to hate or hate to love, it's easy to get caught up in the story and read in one or two sittings. not terribly original, but it doesn't end in a completely predictable manner either. a few loose ends are left behind.

Jul 20, 2012

Fun easy read. Wish the ending wasn't so abrupt though.

Jun 10, 2012

Very fun and entertaining book. Loved the development of the characters and loved the ending!

Feb 15, 2011

I loved it! Quirky, funny, sweet, smart, sad... This book has a myriad of emotions that twist into an entertaining story. Readers will shout out loud at the stupid characters and want to shake the hand of the better ones. A must-read!

Sep 22, 2009

My favourite Madeline Wickham book. An entertaining read.


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Jul 04, 2015

The unconventional protagonist Fleur Daxeny is beautiful, charming...and routinely attends the funerals of the wealthy as part of her get-rich-quick scheme. After establishing herself in the lives of the widowers, she makes out with what she can and swiftly moves onto the next man. During such an occasion, Fleur charms multimillionare Richard Favour. Their relationship soon progresses and before long they are living together, all while she offers her sincerest condolences about Richard's late wife. However, as she gets to know Richard, she finds it harder and harder to extract herself from his life. When Fleur's daughter shows up at Richard's mansion, things become complicated, fast. The conflict in the novel comes to a head when Fleur needs to decide the course of her future.

nadian Feb 01, 2008

Everything's coming up roses for Fleur Daxeny as she goes through more rich men than she does designer hats. Fleur is beautiful, charming and utterly irresistible, and her success at crashing funerals to find wealthy men is remarkable.
Fleur wastes no time in seducing her latest conquest, the handsome and rich widower Richard Favour, and she swoops into his life like a designer-clad tornado. His children are caught up in a whirlwind as their father's new girlfriend descends on the family estate, leaving chaos and excitement in her perfume-scented wake. Soon, more than one family member is suspicious of Fleur's true intentions.
Fleur is not one to wear her heart on her Chanel sleeve, but she soon finds herself embracing Richard and his lovable family. But just as Fleur contemplates jumping off the gold-digger train for good and enjoying the ride of true love, a long-buried secret from her past threatens to destroy her new family. Can she trust her hear or will she cut ties and run away as fast as her Prada pumps can take her.

-From inside cover


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