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Tell Me Something [Paperback]

Adele Parks
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29 Jan 2009

Elizabeth has wanted two things her entire life to keep her happy and fulfilled - an Italian husband and lots of rosy-cheeked bambini. The first is ticked off now she's bagged dark and sexy Roberto, the second is proving harder to achieve.

But when Roberto loses his job and decides to leave London for Italy and the family business, Elizabeth hopes the change in lifestyle might help her relax and boost her chances of conceiving. Except, no matter how much ice cream she eats in the sun-drenched piazza, it's impossible to relax when her wily mother-in-law (the original black widow) seems hellbent on destroying her marriage. The language barrier is tricky, as is Roberto's beautiful, significant ex who practically lives next door.

Is Elizabeth's desire for a baby enough to hold her marriage together or is it ripping it apart? And why is she suddenly craving the company of a gorgeous, blond American stranger? Her filthy, flirty thoughts about him are totally inappropriate. Yet undeniably temperatures are rising ... and it's nothing to do with the Mediterranean sun.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (29 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141024798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141024790
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,023 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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Another sure-fire hit (Closer )

Parks has produced another sassy blinder (Mirror )

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We've come to expect a lot from Adele Parks. She's dazzled us with tales of broken hearts, new loves and girly adventures in the likes of Young Wives' Tales and Playing Away, and now she's back with her eighth novel . . . Another gem (Heat )

About the Author

Adele Parks was born in Teesside, north-east England, and now lives in Guildford with her husband and son. She is the author of seven bestselling novels, including the iconic Playing Away and, more recently, The Other Woman's Shoes, Husbands and Young Wives' Tales.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great holiday read 13 Aug 2009
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OK, so some readers have found plenty to criticise, be it the Italian grammar, stereotypes, or Elizabeth's character. I would agree Elizabeth can get on your nerves, however, Parks spells out for us the shallow, lazy, hopeless romantic that Elizabeth is. Yes, she uses stereotypes, but she is chastised for this and for wallowing in her own self pity. As a character she is completely self absorbed. And yet this is what makes this book so compelling. I took it on holiday and read it over 3 days. Elizabeth is quite capable of a lot of things like most of us, yet most of the time she simply cannot be bothered. I should imagine that not everyone who visits Italy as a teenager gets to go back? What's wrong with that? The ending has a nice twist although I found the final chapter to be without much substance and playing into the stereotype of 'happy ever after'. I have read several of Parks books and enjoyed them for what they are. Don't over analyse and you will find the story a very enjoyable read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun holiday read, with a few irritations 2 Aug 2009
An entertaining and very readable book. I do agree with previous reviewers that the central character can be very tiresome and drippy, but I'm glad things all work out for her in the end! There are quite a number of very basic inaccuracies about aspects of Italian life; clearly the author hasn't spent much time there. This might sound pedantic, but it does detract from the 'sense of place' somewhat. The evil mother-in-law is priceless though!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pity about the wet central character! 27 Nov 2008
Adele Parks is a superb author of contemporary women's fiction and her latest book, Tell Me Something, tells the story of Elizabeth whose desparate need to have a baby with her Italian husband Roberto over-rides every other aspect of her life. Parks' prose, as ever is punchy and excellent and the novel zips along well, but I must confess that I got rather annoyed with Elizabeth's self-centred approach to life and it made her rather shallow as a result.

On the plus side, the descriptions of Italy are fantastic and the character of Elizabeth's fearsome mother-in-law are well-crafted. Actually, apart from Elizabeth, all of the other characters are fairly believable and have the requisite amount of personality to appear believable. There are a few twists and turns towards the end of the book to maintain interest and overall it's a good read, but not one of Parks' best works I'm afraid.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feel good read 28 Jun 2008
A story that every girl can relate to, especially where evil mother-in-laws come in. Just when Elizabeth thinks she has everything she needs it is all turned on its head. She already has her handsome Italian husband but numerous attempts at conceiving the babies, that Elizabeth so desperately wants, has pushed him into the arms of his ex leaving Elizabeth to fend for herself. Following a move to the country she loves, Italy, Elizabeth finds that it is not all its cracked up to be and the language barrier is proving difficult. In a search to give her life some meaning and get away from her disapproving mother-in-law, Elizabeth enlists the help of a handsome American language teacher. He becomes a very close friend, but Elizabeth secretly wants more. Torn between making her marriage work against all odds or falling into the arms of her American friend, Elizabeth has to search her heart. A wonderful happy ending. Romance is not dead!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's like feminism never happened 18 Mar 2009
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I was initially a fan of Adele Parks, but have been gradually finding her books less entertaining. This one however is the final straw, a complete insult to anyone's intelligence.

The teenage Elizabeth goes on holiday to Italy with her family and falls in love with the country and thereafter makes it her life's ambition to marry an Italian man, have lots of children and live in Italy. Not that she actually does anything constructive about this, like studying Italian at university, or even night school, or travelling back to Italy.

Her only efforts are to have flings with a string of Italian boyfriends she meets through her bar job till she eventually settled down with Roberto and marries him. Even then she barely makes an effort to learn the language and they don't visit the country until moving there some six years post wedding.

Their relationship becomes strained by her all consuming obsession with getting pregnant and things only go down hill when, her husband having lost his job, they move back to Italy and in with the "wicked mother in law" - no stereotyping there eh! The mother in law clearly would prefer Roberto to have married his ex girlfriend - and given she is educated and intelligent, it is not hard to understand why.

Elizabeth shows no real sign of caring about anyone other than herself and her fantasy of being a mother. Her husband is treated like a sperm bank, denied sex when it is too close to her fertile time and told he owes it to her to have IVF.

Elizabeth ultimately gets her happy ending, but it's hard to say she deserves it. It is hard to imagine a more dull and silly character - she's about as two dimentional as the various stereotypes she gets accused of believing in throughout the book. If it wasn't for the fact I was stuck on a train journey without anything better to read I would have thrown this one away without finishing it.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is pants 2 Aug 2008
After reading all of Adele Parks other novels I looked forward to taking this on holiday - boy was I wrong. This is complete trash. Elizabeth is silly and needs a dam good shake. Throughout the story Elizabeth is criticised for her stereo typical views... ehh hmm? Evil mother in law, dashing American, moody Italian... yawn. Go and spend your holiday money on a nice cold beer and look at the sea. That would be money well spent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, heartbreakingly sad and happy too!
I was given this book as a gift and really enjoyed it. Evocative descriptions, great dialogue, heartbreaking themes of longing and disappointment, and then true love rushing to the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. A. W. Vaughan
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing
Read Whatever it Takes and the one about meeting THE man on the plane which were unusual and quite well written but this one was boring repetetive rubbish. NanK
Published 2 months ago by A. G. Kellar
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read
I love all of Adele Parks books and this was no exception. It's a proper 'girly book' which is easy to read and I found myself unable to put it down.
Published 3 months ago by
5.0 out of 5 stars shame books come to an end
Loved it. Love Adele parks books. Gutted when it finished. Great story, well written. A fantastic read for any fan of Adele as well as those who have not yet discovered her.
Published 4 months ago by Maz
5.0 out of 5 stars just love it
I just love all books from Adele. She is really good and definitely knows what women like to read :))) I have several books from her and I never got disappointed. great buy!
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Katarina Ziane
5.0 out of 5 stars A real good girlie read
Loved this book. Really got swept away with it. Loved the story and the writing of the book. Quite sad when it ended!
Published 13 months ago by miss lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Lovely a happy story with great ending and believable characters. Easy reading. Nice plot well written. That's about it really
Published 15 months ago by Lianne
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant, I loved every page and finished it within a week of buying it!

I would defiantly recommend it to anyone, especially if they are having an Italian... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Book Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars ADDICTIVE
This was the best book that I have read for a long time. It was truly addictive. It made me late for work several times because I couldn't put it down.
Published on 1 Feb 2012 by DRAG
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Read
This is the first book i read by Adele Parks, and I have already ordered several other of her titles. 'Tell me something' is an exciting journey of a women who longs for her baby. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2011 by plym.kt94
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