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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (30 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141035579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141035574
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 463,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks writes novels that real women want to read. With her trademark tell-it-like-it-is style, she gets right to the heart of the dilemmas people face in their lives and takes her stories to unexpected places. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jen on 29 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
I've read all of Adele Parks' books except the most recent one and this is the one I enjoyed the least by far. Her other books are passable chick-lit novels and some of them are really pretty good. Playing Away, for example, is miles better than this one. Love Lies is just completely unbelievable and cringey in places. As always, I find her dialogue odd and clunky but I can usually overlook this for an entertaining story. This, however, has no depth and none of the characters are very believable or likeable. One of the things I like about other Adele Parks books is that her main characters are almost always deeply flawed and/or do unpleasant things, yet you forgive them in the end when you get to know them better. Fern in this novel, however, is just ridiculously shallow and dim and lacks any redeeming features. If you want a light hearted holiday read, this might hold your attention, but don't expect too much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm not a die-hard fan of either chick-lit or Parks but picked this up for some light relief and would say that it half delivers.

The characters are all very predictable: Fern the florist, lazy old boyfriend, gay best friend, new rock star Robbie-Williams-alike new boyfriend etc.

Fern can often be really, really irritating: after moaning on about her current boyfriend's inadequacies, she then issues him with an ultimatum - propose or they're over. And, later, almost forces herself into an unwanted marriage since she 'has no other option'. For an educated girl of 30 with a job that's really pathetic...

However, the fun part is when she's whisked off to LA to live a life of wealth and luxury, and Fern's huge enjoyment of the whole thing is completely infectious and fun. The contrived 'chastity pact' , though, seems absurd and neither of the men were at all attractive in my view which rather spoilt the point of the reading experience.

So really no more than brainless fluff, completely throwaway and forgettable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DebzM 'bookbabe' on 10 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
I quite like Adele parks novels but when I read this book I actually felt embarassed for the author. I like chick-lit very much but this story took the biscuit and lost the plot!
Yes it's supposed to be far-fetched (a girl being swept away by a famous rock star etc) but Parks didn't portray the main character, Fern, in a likeable or fun way. If Fern had had a little more depth, hadn't been such a boring, shallow moron the book could have come across as more fun and light-hearted. Instead I felt Parks was attempting to make her characters believable which was patronizing.
The fact that Fern turned up backstage without makeup and displayed little personality when meeting Scottie then believed he'd fallen in love with her was laughable! It was too cheesy and although you guess Scottie has an ulterior motive for proposing it's still pretty annoying the way Parks has Fern instantly agreeing, upping sticks and moving to LA and believing Scottie actually wants to be with her.
Also Scottie's motive for proposing was pretty thin and I guessed what it was right away. The Ben storyline just irritates me so much I can't write about it, utter drivel.
Usually Parks writes a likeable female character but Fern was ridiculous and at times a danger to herself :-) Also Scottie Taylor did not come across as a worldwide superstar, more a damp squib, no matter how many times Parks wrote about his sexual attractiveness and sexy charm it just didn't wash.
Please never write another 'Fern' again!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hyacinth Bouquet on 28 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
I've read all Adele Parks' books so I eagerly purchased Love Lies. But I found it very disappointing. Unlike her previous books, where she developed interesting, compelling and not always likeable characters, this was a cookie cutter formulaeic read. It was as if she couldn't wait to hurry over to Los Angeles and write about the popstar's luxurious home, Rodeo Drive and parties, because the earlier part of the book about Fern's break-up with Adam and how she falls in love overnight with the popstar is rushed through and lazily written as if we're just supposed to imagine for ourselves any chemistry or powerful emotions. It doesn't seem credible that one minute she's playing strip poker, like any groupie, with Scottie the popstar and the next minute she's left everything behind to flit off to the US with him.

This book represents a severe departure from form for Parks. It seemed like she wrote it very fast and carelessly. It wasn't at all thought provoking like some of her other books. The ending was all too predictable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Little Bookworm VINE VOICE on 19 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
I feel incredibly torn over this book. On the one hand, it was silly, quite badly written (very rushed in places) and annoying. I couldn't believe that Fern couldn't see right through what Scott was doing and the ending was, quite frankly, ridiculous. Although, I usually like having different characters as the narrator(s), this didn't work here.

On the other, it's every girl's dream. It was a light hearted read and I read it fairly quickly. You get swept up into this world, which Parks creates for you.

I settled on three stars because it is no-where near Parks' usual standard, but I quite liked it. It's a fun-loving, easy read and it's worth a look - just don't expect too much x
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