Tell us a story

LoveReading is thrilled to announce the launch of The Very Short Story Award 2019! If you think you have a story we'll love, click here to find out more and how to enter:

Find out more

Spare Brides

by Adele Parks

eBooks of the Month Relationship Stories

Spare Brides Synopsis

Damaged and beautiful, they were the generation who lost so much and became 'spare brides'. The richly compelling and emotional new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks is the powerful story of four extraordinary women left to pick up the pieces of their lives, in the scarred, glamorous and endlessly fascinating post-First World War era. New Year's Eve, 1920. The Great War is over and it's a new decade of glamorous promise. But a generation of men and women who survived the extreme trauma and tragedy will never be the same. With countless men lost, it seems that only wealth and beauty will secure a husband from the few who returned, but lonely Beatrice has neither attribute. Ava has both, although she sees marriage as a restrictive cage after the freedom war allowed. Sarah paid the war's ultimate price: her husband's life. Lydia should be grateful that her own husband's desk job kept him safe, but she sees only his cowardice. A chance encounter for one of these women with a striking yet haunted officer changes everything. In a world altered beyond recognition, where not all scars are visible, this damaged and beautiful group must grasp any happiness they can find - whatever the cost.

Spare Brides Press Reviews

A beautifully written, thoughtful exploration of love and loss... This is Parks at the top of her consistently excellent game and is one of those rare books you won't stop thinking about until long after you turn the final page -  Daily Mail

 

Sweet, sharp and simply unforgettable -- Lisa Jewell

 

A wonderful exploration of love -- Katie Fforde

If you loved this, you might like these...

Watching You
The Wives
Then She Was Gone
The Truth and Lies of Ella Black

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781472205421
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781472205391
Publication date: 13/02/2014
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472205391
Publication date: 13th February 2014
Author: Adele Parks
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Adele Parks

Adele Parks has had numerous top ten bestsellers. Adele has spent her adult life in Italy, Botswana and London until 2005 when she moved to Guildford, where she now lives with her husband and son. She believes reading is a basic human right, so she works closely with The Reading Agency as an Ambassador of the Six Book Challenge, a programme designed to encourage adult literacy. In 2011 she was a judge for the Costa Book Aw ards.Photograph © Jim Parks

More About Adele Parks

More Books By Adele Parks

Cover for I Invited Her In  by Adele Parks
Cover for If You Go Away by Adele Parks
Cover for If You Go Away by Adele Parks
View All Books By Adele Parks

Share this book