Today marks 14 days until the launch of Adele Parks' latest novel 'If You Go Away'. Adele has released a phenomenal 15 books in 15 years, an accomplishment to be truly proud of. Let's take a quick trip down memory lane....
If You Go Away
It's 1914 if he goes away, he will become a killer or be killed. If he stays, he will be imprisoned, perhaps shot. If she follows her heart, she will be disgraced, ostracised. If she follows convention, she will be bored, isolated. A generation faces unbearable choices.
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New Year's Eve, 1920. The Great War is over and it's a new decade of glamorous promise. But a generation of men and women who survived the extreme trauma and tragedy will never be the same.
Spare Brides is the story of four extraordinary women left to pick up the pieces of their lives, in the scarred, dazzling and endlessly fascinating post-First World War era.
“Historical fiction with real heart” – Marie Claire
The State We're In
What are the odds that the stranger sitting next to you on a plane is destined to change your life?
Especially when they appear to be your opposite in every way. The world’s hardest cynic bumps into the last of the great romantics but their pasts dictate their futures can never be simple.
“One of those rare books you won’t stop thinking about” – Daily Mail
Whatever it Takes
Eloise Hamilton uproots from London to the country with her family. The excitement soon turns to turmoil as her mother in law Margaret has lost her history, her health and her mind, and struggles to hold on to the secret she has never wanted to reveal. As Eloise's world implodes with the strain of being responsible for all around her, someone is bound to be overlooked. And the damage might be irreparable…
“Powerful and emotional” – RED magazine
About Last Night
For thirty years, best friends Steph and Pip have been through thick and thin. Selfless and trusting; there’s nothing they would not do for one another. Or so they thought. Steph tests the boundaries when she asks Pip to give her an alibi for the night her husband was involved in a hit and run. Lending her a pair of shoes, picking the kids up from the school gate, lying to the police… How far would you go for your best friend?
“Witty, spirited and emotionally true” – Woman & Home
Men I've Loved Before
Neil and Nat are a beautifully matched couple. Among other things, they hate marmite and opera, they love smelly cheese and the missionary position and they both absolutely do not want children. Then, suddenly, Neil is practically begging her for a baby, causing Nat to wonder if he really is the man she should be with. Is it possible that someone from her past could actually be “the one”?
“Dazzling” – Heat
Fern can’t waste any more years on her boyfriend who won’t commit. A chance meeting with UK’s sexiest pop star leads to a whirlwind romance and a shock proposal. Soon Fern’s living the celebrity dream in LA. But why is this modern day Cinderella homesick for her scruffy London flat and her old fella?
“This is a brilliant novel” – Daily Mail
Tell Me Something
English wife and Italian husband move to Italy to try for a child and a better life. But it’s impossible to relax with his wily mother-in-law, and beautiful ex-girlfriend always around. The language barrier is proving tricky, and the company of a gorgeous American stranger is proving tempting.
“Deliciously down to earth” - The Times
Young Wives' Tales
Lucy stole her friend Rose’s ‘happily ever after’ because she wanted Rose’s husband and Lucy always gets what she wants. Big mistake. Rose was the ideal wife and is the ideal mother; Lucy was the perfect mistress. Now neither can find domestic bliss playing each others’ roles.
“Incisive and very very funny” – Company
Secrets always lead to trouble. Love triangles are always complex but in Bella’s case things are particularly dangerous as her secret is that she is married to both men in her triangle! Then, inconveniently, her best friend falls for husband number one - estranged Elvis impersonator - and they all head for a showdown in Las Vegas.
“Funny, tender and observant” - Grazia
Still Thinking of You
Tash and Rich set of to get married in a beautiful ski resort with their old college friends. In the run up to the big day long buried passions are reawakened and hidden secrets revealed; the group realise that a lot has changed in twelve years. And even more can change in seven days.
“Compelling and full of that's-so-true moments” – Company
The Other Woman's Shoes
Devoted wife and mother, Martha, discovers her husband’s infidelity. She finds she has two choices: hide away behind the school runs and home baking or have amazing sex with an inappropriate stranger. Who’d have thought she’d find true love swinging from the chandeliers?
“Sizzling Hot” - Marie Claire
Larger Than Life
Georgina loves Hugh even though he’s someone else’s husband and father. After years of waiting on the side-lines, Georgina finally gets him when his marriage breaks down. But her dream come true turns into a nightmare when she falls pregnant and Hugh makes it clear he’s been there, done that and doesn’t want to do it all again. Georgina has to ask herself, is this baby bigger than the biggest love of her life?
“Entertaining and sophisticated” - Marie Claire
Producer Cassandra is immoral most of the time and amoral when it comes to her new TV programme, Sex with an Ex. Unfeeling and unscrupulous, she ruthlessly and hilariously manipulates everyone she comes into contact with. Until she meets contestant Darren, a highly principled hunk, who won’t play her lethal games in the name of love.
“Very entertaining” – Heat
Written through the eyes of the adulteress, Playing Away is a candid, passionate tale of infidelity that strips away the fantasy to reveal the giddy, gritty, gripping reality. It's the closest thing you'll get to an affair without actually having one.
“A smart cross between Friends and Sex in the City” - USA Today
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