- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (29 Jan. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141024798
- ISBN-13: 978-0141024790
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 838,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tell Me Something Paperback – 29 Jan 2009
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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.
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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I have read more than a few of Adele Parks books now - and I have to say this will be the last. The plot is slimmer than thin with the usual 'epilogue' and a predictable... Read morePublished 18 months ago by brambles
Great product, bought as a present, and wasn't disappointed. Well packaged, and arrived fast.Published on 29 Nov. 2014 by Joel Wood
I was impressed by a short story by Adele Parks in an anthology, so decided to try one of her books. Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2014 by Kate Hopkins
What I liked best about this book was the ending - It was so far from the usual 'it's just a mix up' happy ever after chick lit ending I'm used to ! Read morePublished on 4 Aug. 2014 by Lesley - Ann
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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. NanKPublished on 19 April 2014 by A. G. Kellar
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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 on 14 Mar. 2014 by Maz