Bella is happily married to Phillip, a kind, charming and sensible guy who makes her feel safe and secure. But little does he know that, technically, they're not actually married.
When Bella secretly got married to Stevie, her childhood sweetheart, when she was only 19, she didn't expect to ever get married again. But then Phillip came along and she never seemed to be able to find the right moment tell him about her other husband. So Bella decided to keep the secret to herself doubting she'd ever see Stevie again anyway.
But when Laura, Bella's best friend, introduces them to her new boyfriend, Bella's world is turned upside down when it turns out to be her Stevie. Pulling Stevie in on her secret and actually keeping it a secret now becomes so much harder, especially when both of their old feelings for each other begin to resurface.
~ My opinion ~
I've loved all of Adele Parks other books that I've read and I almost have her whole collection now but this one sounded particularly interesting.
The book is written with each different chapter being from a different character's perspective. The chapters switch between Bella, Stevie, Phillip and Laura which gives us an insight in each of the character's feelings which in turn makes us connect with them all even more.
All of the characters are great and every single one of them is extremely likeable despite the actions of Bella and Stevie. It's obvious that the old couple are still going to have feelings for one another considering the way they parted which their characters both explain through the book.
There is a slight bit of humour in the book but Adele Parks' books aren't generally meant to be comical. They're supposed to be on real life situations and powerful and emotional stories and this book is just that. Her writing style makes you want to find out what's going to happen next and the book kept me gripped throughout.
The only disadvantage I have with this book is that there wasn't much passion in it. From the blurb on the back of the book I would have thought that Bella and Stevie would have had a passionate affair but it wasn't like that at all and there really wasn't any passion between them. I could sense that there was a connection between them and it was obvious that they still had feelings for each other from the first moment they saw each other again simply from the way they seemed to fit into each others bodies when they hugged. They had loving and caring feelings for each other, that much was evident, but not so much lustful feelings.
Despite that one negative part, I still thoroughly enjoyed this though and it wasn't a disappointment as I generally have high expectations for Adele Parks' books and this one met my expectations.
When Bella met Stevie, she knew he was the one, and no one was surprised when they got married while at university. The real world was much harder then Bella had imagined, though, and when the going got tough, Bella walked out.
Now she's got a new man, called Phillip, and despite swearing off men forever she can't resist him. He's everything she wants...funny, charming, handsome and kind, as well as intelligent and caring. They are happy together...and Bella just can't bring herself to tell him that she's still married to Stevie. She tries, but every moment just seems so wrong, and as she gets more attached to him, the lie just gets bigger. So Bella vows never to tell him, so that they can both be happy.
Her plan seems to work, until her best friend Lauren introduces Bella and Phillip to the new love of her life...who is none other then Stevie. Friends dating your ex's is hard enough, but your husband? Bella's life couldn't get more complicated...until she feels a familiar fluttering and remembers exactly why she loved Stevie for so long.
This was Park's back at her best, with brilliant characters and a clever, unique storyline. I didn't know whether to feel sorry for Bella, or to hate her for lying to Phillip and leaving Stevie. This book will question your morals, and make you really consider whether lying is ever worth while, or if the pain is just prolonged...An excellent read, and highly recommended.