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Product details

  • 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)

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Another sure-fire hit (Closer )

Parks has produced another sassy blinder (Mirror )

Back at her pacy best (Company )

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 )

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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By SilentSinger TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Nov. 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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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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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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The book is quite funny, but I am Italian, and actually quite fed up with the stereotypes of dark, romantic Italians good-for-nothing but seducing women. Italy is not a permanently sunny country where people don't do anything else apart from eating spaghetti and singing love songs. Italians don't go for a passeggiata every afternoon, as Parks assumes, nor go for a siesta during lunchtime. I don't know where the author got these ideas, but they are quite annoying. Plus, there are so many mistakes in the Italian sentences it looks as if the author couldn't be bothered. I just wonder if the book was proofread at all. Definitely disappointing.
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