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Happy Families (Quick Read) [Paperback]

Adele Parks
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28 Feb 2008 Quick Read
Lisa is forty-two, divorced and a mum of three. For the past year, Lisa has been going out with Mark, who is five years younger than her. Lisa really likes him but she worries that one day he will leave - just like her ex-husband did. On top of everything else, Lisa feels really tired and moody, and has put on weight. She thinks it's the menopause but could there be another reason for how she's feeling? Lisa's life is about to change in a big way but does she want Mark by her side? Does he even want to be there? With the help of her family and friends, Lisa starts to believe that a second chance of love and happiness might just be possible.


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  • Paperback: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (28 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141034912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141034911
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I was born in Teesside, NE England, in 1969. I enjoyed a traditional 1970's childhood, watching too much TV and eating convenience food because nobody minded if kids did that in those days. Since graduating from Leicester University, where I studied English Language and Literature, I've worked in advertising and as a management consultant. In 2010 I was proud to be awarded an honorary doctorate of Letters from Teesside University.

I've always dreamed of being a writer and my first novel - Playing Away - was published in 2000; that year the Evening Standard identified me as one of London's 'Twenty Faces to Watch', which was very nice of them!

I like to keep busy and to be described as one of the most-loved and biggest-selling women's fiction writers in the UK, (who wouldn't like that?!) Over two million copies of my work have been sold in the UK and I'm translated into 25 different languages. I've published twelve novels in twelve years, all of which have been Times Top Ten bestsellers. Whatever It Takes, my twelfth novel, examines those undeniable, lasting issues that seem to interest us all. It scrutinizes our theories of love, motherhood and infidelity with (I hope) honesty and humour. I'm known for examining the thorny issues of the lives we lead today with my trademark, up-front, tell-it-as-it-is style.

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'Compulsively addictive' Elle"Another gloriously girlie read from Parks' Heat'

About the Author

Adele Parks was born in Teeside, north-east England but now lives in Guildford with her husband and son. Her earlier novels, Playing Away, Game Over, Larger than Life, The Other Woman's Shoes, Still Thinking of You, Husbands and Young Wives' Tales were all bestsellers and are published in more than twenty different countries.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin 14 July 2008
By SilentSinger TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Adele Parks, one of the UK's most respected and prolific writers of popular womens' fiction has penned a 'quick read' book which aims to get the nation reading by providing a short, snappy novel. Therefore, it was never aiming to be War and Peace, but I did find the large font and narrative rather akin to a child's book.

Fair play to Parks, the story which centres around divorcee Lisa and her young family zips along at a cracking pace. The characterisation is somewhat flat though and I kept wanting to give the main character a good talking to at some points, but otherwise I'm sure that the subject matter will be familiar to the majority of female readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK Quick Read 6 Nov 2008
Format:Paperback
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Lisa is forty-two, divorced and a mum of three. For the past year, Lisa has been going out with Mark, who is five years younger than her. Lisa really likes him but she worries that one day he will leave - just like her ex-husband did. On top of everything else, Lisa feels really tired and moody, and has put on weight. She thinks it's the menopause but could there be another reason for how she's feeling? Lisa's life is about to change in a big way but does she want Mark by her side? Does he even want to be there? With the help of her family and friends, Lisa starts to believe that a second chance of love and happiness might just be possible.

This was a fun quick read. I enjoyed this book however I didn't find the menopause story line convincing. Being 42 she should have been more clued up. The problem with the Quick Reads is that they aren't long enough to get in touch with the characters however, I did get emotionally involved with the lead character Lisa, just not the others. It was interesting briefly exploring family dynamics and how people punish others for other people's mistakes. It was nice to see a happy ending and everything resolved. It was an easy read and I read the book in one day. I would love to read this story in a full novel, there is potential here for a great book. A good, quick read!

7/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good laugh 26 Sep 2008
Format:Paperback
Shame it wasn't longer but a good book for a good laugh for a change
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 25 July 2008
Format:Paperback
This was an excellent quick read and ideal for a short journey on the train! Thoroughly Recommened!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading. 29 Jun 2011
By Rhi
Format:Paperback
If your waiting for Adele Parks' next novel to come out this will tidy you over until then.

Short story so you it is perfect for a train journey.

You may need to purchase 2nd hand because not alot of bookstores sell it anymore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adele Parks 14 Jun 2014
By Sara
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Absolutely brilliant as always!!' Adele Parks always writes a fantastic book you just can't put down! Looking forward to more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't really go anywhere... 2 Feb 2014
By JMC
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love Adele Parks' style of writing & have read all of her longer fiction books however I felt this didn't really go anywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Adele 30 Jan 2014
By Laura
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great book from my favourite author shame it was only a small book/quick read wish it could've gone on for longer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very quick and easy to read a little predictable the ending but good for a light read
Published 16 days ago by Mrs Nicola Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining!
I read Adele's first book with relish - it was marvellous. Since then I haven't enjoyed her books but this was really very good!!! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alexia
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but packed with storyline
I'm a big Adele Parks fan. Not read one in a while but this book didn't disappoint. Plenty of story and likeable characters. All together a good combination. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lxy Flippa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Well what can I say another fantastic book from Adele parks once I started it I couldn't put it down
Published 11 months ago by jayne morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick read from my favourite Author
A Lazy Saturday afternoon read, Enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it. Great author, great story, very easy to read.
Published 13 months ago by A Budyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A lovely easy family story lined book. Nice and short and very easy to read. Loved Mark in the book he was great!
Published 16 months ago by Cassandra Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what it says!!
A great quick little read. Still hooked me in like all of her other books. A great one for a weekend away.
Published 16 months ago by Rachel Bowron
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Families
Brilliant short read, really good story line throughout and would recommend to any one who likes Adele Parks or other girly reads.
Published 18 months ago by Miss K E Hewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming
Typical Adele parks. Funny,heart warming and true to life. Read it in one sitting.
Love reading her books x x
Published 19 months ago by Miss Samantha J Wakefield
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really her usual type of novel
I love Adele Park's novels so I was pleased to pick up this slim volume, which turned out to be totally unlike her usual sharp, sophisticated novels. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2011 by A. Linton
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