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If You Go Away by Adele Parks

If You Go Away

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A dramatically absorbing and readable family drama, where between the covers prowl the social injustices and horror experienced during World War One. The author sets the two main characters apart, they may have some admirable and attractive qualities however she doesn't shy away from their less likeable traits, as such the writing encourages you to stay within the moment. Vivian is released while Howard is restricted by the onset of war which bullies its way into their lives and changes everything. The secondary characters are fascinating, they are given flesh and help to give this tale the feeling of a stirring saga. The background descriptive detailing, from the atmospheric ballroom to the bombardments of the trenches adds a vivid intensity. This thought provoking tale focuses on a love story, yet eloquently explores the social aspects existing behind the war to end all wars. ~ Liz Robinson

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  • Cheryl Kinney - 'Gripping read! I look forward to reading more from this author.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Set in the WWI years, this is a stylishly written account of how far we have come in bringing equality into the lives of not just women, but also those of men.'
  • Ann Peet - 'WWI setting for a compelling story about a love affair but also exploring other issues of the period.'
  • Joanne Baird - 'A passionate romance set during a time of war - another great story by Adele Parks.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'I am a big fan of Adele Parks and this book has made me even more so. Captivating and tender, a must read for all Adele Parks fans.'
  • Cathy Small - 'A fascinating read that shows what the Great War was like for those on the frontline and those left behind.'
  • Jenny Heardman - 'If You Go Away is a gritty and thought-provoking love story set during the First World War. A fantastic read that had me gripped right through to the end.'
  • Christine Phillips - 'The story of these two characters is so beautifully written. The changes war brings; I really felt I was there experiencing their thoughts and feelings. War changes everyone; this story demonstrates this perfectly.'
  • Suzanne Beney - 'A beautiful, if some what predictable, love story that addresses prejudices in World War I. I really enjoy Adele Parks' books, and this one didn't disappoint.'
  • Joan Sidwell - 'Every word, every phrase of this book is perfectly placed and matters to the story. The sense of period and the detail makes this time of great conflict and change come alive.'
  • Allison Batten - 'It’s long at nearly 500 pages but it is a thumping good read from start to finish and the kind of book you can curl up in a chair with and spend a whole day reading!'
  • Kathryn Whitfield - 'I loved this book, amazing story, Adele Parks is such a talented writer.'


If You Go Away by Adele Parks

Glamorous debutantes, heartbreak and discovering just what is worth fighting for in the new historical novel from Sunday Times bestseller 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.


About the Author

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

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19th November 2015


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