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The Image Of You By Adele Parks

The Image Of You’The Image Of You’ is the latest book by Adele Parks.

When all you can see is what they want you to see… Can you ever trust someone you meet online? Anna and Zoe are twins. Identical in appearance, utterly different in personality, they share a bond so close that nothing – or no one – can rip them apart. Until Anna meets charismatic Nick.

Anna is trusting, romantic and hopeful; she thinks Nick is perfect. Zoe is daring, dangerous and extreme; she thinks Nick is a liar. Zoe has seen Anna betrayed by men before. She’ll stop at nothing to discover if Nick is as good as he seems. The problem is, lies may hurt. But honesty can kill.

When it comes to favourite authors, Adele Parks is up there with being one of my favourites. Her ability to write gripping tales with twists and intriguing characters always leaves me wanting me when I reach the final page and ‘The Image Of You’ is no different.

In her latest book, we meet twin sisters, Anna and Zoe, women who are complete polar opposites of each other. Anna is quiet and organised, she works for a charity and also sees the best in people, whilst her sister Zoe is a reckless wild child who has aspirations of becoming a successful model and actress and refuses to let anyone stand in her way including her sister. But then meet Anna meets Nick through online dating and they embark on a whirlwind affair affair.

Once a man who enjoyed one night stands and wild passion, Anna manages to tame him to appreciate the finer things in life and Nick begins to think that Anna might just be the one for him.

After a short time together, he proposes and Anna is delighted that her life plan is back on track. Settle down, get married and have children. Reluctantly, she tells Zoe her good news, who finds it hilarious that she is rushing into the relationship and decides to leave New York for London, to visit her sister and new fiancé.

This is when chaos ensues, Zoe comes to London with her drama, lust and passion and completely catches Nick off guard. Wondering if he has fallen for the wrong sister, they begin an illicit affair and through the story, Nick finds himself falling for both sisters.

The story is seen through the narrative of Anna, Zoe and Nick and each of the voices gave the story an edge flowing from calm to manic as the story progresses. Anna is calm and organised as she plans her wedding whilst Zoe feels no remorse or guilt for her actions. Her arrogance is outstanding and adds almost an element of dark humour to the story, whilst Nick tackles confusion and guilt, Zoe revels in it.

With a clever storyline, witty and complex characters, the book is an engrossing read that was impossible to put down. Riddled with twists and drama, ‘The Image Of You’ tackles the complexity of sibling rivalry, deceit and lust with a shocking ending that will leave the reader breathless.

You can pre-order The Image of You from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops.

Another Woman’s Husband By Gill Paul

Another Woman's Husband‘Another Woman’s Husband’ is the latest book by Gill Paul.

1911
At the age of fifteen, carefree Mary Kirk and indomitable Wallis Warfield meet at summer camp. Their friendship will survive heartbreaks, separation and the demands of the British Crown until it is shattered by one unforgivable betrayal.

1997
Rachel’s romantic break in Paris with her fiancé ends in tragedy when the car ahead crashes. Inside was Princess Diana. Back in Brighton, Rachel is haunted by the accident, and intrigued to learn the princess had visited the last home of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, only hours before the crash. Soon, the discovery of a long-forgotten link to Wallis Simpson leads Rachel to the truth behind a scandal that shook the world.

I’m not the biggest fan of historical books, I sometimes struggle with that particular genre but when settled into Gill Paul’s first book with Headline Books, it seemed impossible to put the book down.

The story is spilt into two parts, taking place in 1911 when Mary Kirk met her soon to be best friend Wallis Wakefield and in 1997 when Rachel and her fiancée are in Paris right at the very moment that Princess Diana was involved in that tragic car crash.

The book then flows in alternating chapters as both Mary and Rachel are at important points in their lives.

Mary loves her best friend Wallis, a social butterfly who moves from party to party traveling all over the world with a path of broken hearts left behind. Mary loves listening to Wallis’ tales of adventures and love, she injects some excitement into Mary’s life, whilst Mary is content with her French husband, Jacques but are they are unable to have a baby which is driving the couple apart and Jacques to drink. Meanwhile Wallis is staying with the couple regaling them with tales of her adventures and catches the eyes of Mary’s friend Ernest and pursues him eventually becoming his wife, much to Mary’s dismay and leave for London, leaving Mary to deal with her drunk husband and sick mother. But when Mary falls for Ernest, their friendship falls apart but that is the least of Wallis’ problems as she has become the object of affection of Prince Edward, The Duke of Windsor who’s wiling to give up his crown for Wallis’ hand in marriage. Meanwhile after her surprise proposal, Rachel is excited to plan her wedding but Alex is consumed with wanting to know about Diana and the circumstances surrounding her death and begins to work on a television programme, taking up all his time and driving the couple apart and Rachel begins to wonder does she really know her partner at all.

This book is a gripping story that moves so fluidly and seamlessly through the years. The historic chapters featuring interactions between Mary and Wallis make for thrilling reading as the two characters bounce off each other. Mary is a warmhearted woman with a huge heart, which Wallis seems to regularly take advantage off, only coming to Mary in her hour of needs. Wallis is quite vain, self absorbed and is at her happiest when she is the centre of attention, particularly a man’s attention. I loved the parts of the story featuring Wallis and Mary, they are beautifully written, descriptive of vibrant parties, the flamboyant costumes and the terror of the impending war. Meanwhile Rachel, is also an interesting character, she’s driven after her antiques clothes shop is broken into and she has to find the money to keep the business going. She’s also fascinated by the era of Mary and Wallis and is familiar with the clothes that the fashionable ladies wore.

This book was a treat to read from the very beginning. Beautifully researched with lovely narratives and exquisite descriptions that set the scenery of the book throughout. It was also fascinating to read about Princess Diana and her last moments, I was a child when she died and remember all the press coverage but reading about it in more detail was interesting. It’s a turbulent and romantic story that travels through the years about two women that changed the monarchy, ‘Another Woman’s Husband’ is a stunning and glamorous story that tugs at the heartstrings.

You can buy Another Woman’s Husband from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Adele Parks Reveals New Book – The Image Of You

The Image Of YouExciting news as Adele Parks has already revealed the name and cover to her new book called ‘The Image Of You’.

What the back cover says:

When all you can see is what they want you to see… Can you ever trust someone you meet online?

Anna and Zoe are twins. Identical in appearance, utterly different in personality, they share a bond so close that nothing – or no one – can rip them apart.

Until Anna meets charismatic Nick.
Anna is trusting, romantic and hopeful; she thinks Nick is perfect.

Zoe is daring, dangerous and extreme; she thinks Nick is a liar.

Zoe has seen Anna betrayed by men before. She’ll stop at nothing to discover if Nick is as good as he seems.

The problem is, lies may hurt. But honesty can kill.

I absolutely adored Adele’s previous book, ‘The Stranger In My Home’ so I can’t wait to read this one!

You can pre-order The Image of You from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops.

If You Go Away By Adele Parks

If You Go Away‘If You Go Way’ is the latest book by Adele Parks.

1914. Vivian, a young, impassioned debutante is hurried into a pedestrian marriage to cover a scandal. War breaks out on her wedding day – domestically and across Europe. Quick to escape the disappointment of matrimony, her traditionalist husband immediately enlists and Vivian has no alternative than to take up the management and running of his estate – after all, everyone is required to do their bit. Even pretty, inadequately-educated young wives. Howard, a brilliant young playwright rushes to the front to see for himself the best and the worst of humanity; he cannot imagine what the horror might be. In March 1916, when conscription becomes law, it is no longer enough for him to report on the War, it’s a legal requirement that he joins the ranks. Howard refuses, becoming one of the most notorious conscientious objectors of the time. Disarmingly handsome, famous, articulate and informed, he’s a threat to the government. Narrowly escaping a death sentence by agreeing to take essential work on Vivian’s farm, it’s only then Howard understands what is worth fighting for.

Adele’s latest book is another glamorous and romantic historical take set against the backdrop of the First World War.

The story is seen through the eyes of Vivian and Howard. Vivian, is a young woman who is in season and is hoping to be paired up with one of the lusted men in the country, unfortunately that isn’t the case for the young heroine and she finds herself, the subject of shame. No longer able to pick a suitor, she finds herself paired off with Aubrey Owens, a quiet young man and the complete opposite to the vicarious Vivian and together they embark on a marriage, based on the companionship and formalities and lacking in the love that Vivian craves. As the war rages, Aubrey goes off to battle for his country leaving Vivian and their daughter Mabel behind and Vivian finds herself forgetting about the glamour of life and instead sets about looking after her house and garden and wanting to do more for the small village with the men being at war.

Howard hates the war and everything that it stands for. He longs to be back in the theatre producing and writing plays but he goes with his friend, a journalist who wants to give actual accounts of war and the pair of them witness the carnage and chaos. Tormented from the things, he witnessed at war, Howard refuses to take part in the war and this leads to him being subjected to abuse and prison for his beliefs.

Vivian and Howard embark on a tentative friendship when she hires him to help around the house, doing the jobs she’s unable to do. They become friends and slowly become closer as the war progresses and time goes by.

Just like Adele’s previous book, this book is a glamorous tale, but with the inclusion of the war, it does make for gritty and gruesome reading which is unsettling in scenes. The war accounts are very descriptive and are obviously well researched. The characters in the story are likeable and relatable people, Vivian is like any other girl looking for her happy ever after, she’s sweet and really comes out her shell when Howard arrives, he provides masculinity to the war tale.

A compelling and captivating story that is beautifully written with powerful authenticity, ‘If You Go Away’ is a romantic and harrowing story that makes for emotional reading, another great historical book from Adele.

You can buy If You Go Away from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Harriet Evans Reveals New Book – The Butterfly Summer

The Butterfly SummerHarriet Evans has revealed the name and cover of her 2016 book, called ‘The Butterfly Summer’ and it’s simply delicious.

The story of ‘The Butterfly Summer’ is –

What magic is this?

You follow the hidden creek towards a long-forgotten house.

They call it Keepsake, a place full of wonder … and danger. Locked inside the crumbling elegance of its walls lies the story of the Butterfly Summer, a story you’ve been waiting all your life to hear.

This house is Nina Parr’s birthright. It holds the truth about her family – and a chance to put everything right at last.

With a stunning cover and a magical synopsis, ‘The Butterfly Summer’ sounds like a captivating story.

You can pre-order The Butterfly Summer and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 19th May 2016.