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Sunday Times best-seller Adele Parks turns her laser-sharp perception and empathy to a forgotten generation of women against the tumultuous and opulent backdrop of post-First World War England. Damaged and beautiful, they were the generation who lost so much and became 'spare brides'.

This 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.

©2014 Adele Parks (P)2014 Headline Digital

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  • Janine Long
  • 02-03-15

So clichéd...

If you like a steamy romance then this is for you. I prefer more in a book. Found it like a cheap copy of Downton Abbey.

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  • Adele
  • 02-22-14

Adultery and intrigue post-WW1

I quite enjoyed this saga of the four women friends (Lydia, Ava, Sarah and Beatrice, the last two being sisters), who all fight their own battle of recent, lost, found and non-existing love amongst war-torn men. They really are forced to help each other out as time goes by, but particularly is the story focusing on the attempts to prevent Lydia's reputation from disintegrating after her scandalous affair with a "tall, dark and handsome" war officer. The narration was superb, making each character personal and believable. Though an easy listen, I think I can safely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a historic drama of love and intrigue.

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  • Shavers
  • 08-22-14

I can't wait for it to finish

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I have made it to just over half way through this book and can't wait for it to end. It's so clichéd and I actually cringe when I am listening! The idea behind it sounded great but the reality just doesn't reflect the potential.

What could Adele Parks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not written it at all, or possibly concentrated on another of the woman rather than the vain and spoiled Lydia. An equal portrayal of the 4 woman would have possibly made Lydia and Edgar's affair easier to stomach.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was ok

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Spare Brides?

the never ending sex scenes - I just find myself thinking - "Oh no, here they go again!"

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