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Happy Families (Quick Read) Paperback – 28 Feb 2008
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'Compulsively addictive' Elle"Another gloriously girlie read from Parks' Heat'
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.See all Product description
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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.
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!
This woman is full of ideas, knows her way around the psychology of relationships, and can deal with any era. There must be a Booker winner hiding just a little deeper in there somewhere.
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Ideal for a holiday by the beach
Not as good as her other novels that I've read