review by Maryom
If you're a regular reader of this blog, you'll remember me singing the praises of Spare Brides when it was first published back in February. Now, for anyone who missed it or read and loved a library copy, it's out in paperback!
Beginning on New Year's Eve 1920, Spare Brides is the story of four very different friends; of how, in a
world radically altered by the First World War, their lives, hopes and
expectations have changed too. All come from privileged, wealthy
backgrounds but there the similarities end. One is a widow, one rather dully married, one not interested in the marriage market and one desperate to find anyone to love.
"Spare Brides has got everything you expect from a conventional romantic
novel - glamorous parties, gorgeous clothes, an enigmatic hero and a
passionate love affair - but it's far from a piece of light fluff.
Alongside the glitz and glamour lies the heartbreak and devastation of
the War, and it's continuing emotional impact. The story also takes a
shrewd look at the changing roles and expectations of women in this
period. All four women have been brought up to believe that their role
will be as wife and mother, nothing more. But times are changing;
husbands are few and far between, and women have more freedom and
possibilities; hopes and ambitions need no longer be confined to the
drawing room and nursery.
It's another great, absorbing read from Adele Parks. One that once started you won't want to put down, I certainly didn't.
The ending might be a little predictable but so what? Show me a Jane Austen ending that wasn't obvious a mile off!"
If you're intrigued, you can find out more on the author's blog
Maryom's review - 5 stars
Publisher - Headline
Genre - Adult, historical romance,