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Adele Parks is a pretty new author to me. I have previously read one of her books which I enjoyed. I think it is the front covers of her book which stand out on the shelf and draw you in, as most of them are of long legs in grey and white with a bold bright pair os shoes! Not your usual chick lit front cover so they are hard to miss. I was recommended to read Love Lies by a friend who doesn't usually read but had been lent it and couldn't believe how good it was, so it was passed my way.
Fern, who is a passionate florist, is finding her 30th birthday creeping up on her. This gets her thinking about where she feels she should be in life and the one thing she is not happy about is her relationship with long term boyfriend Adam. She feels their relationship is stuck and needs to move forward she wants to move out and have their own house and most of all she wants him to POP the question!! She gives Adam an ultimatum, propose on her birthday or she is off!
Adam's gift for Fern was tickets to see her favourite rock star but the thing is once she meets him she cant stop thinking about him. What will she do fall for the man who can give her everything she wants or stay with long term love Adam?
I found this book as captivating as her previous book that I read. Adele Parks has a way of pulling you into the story in the first chapter which makes it hard for you to put the book down. It is your typical chick lit style read, easy, warm but a little farfetched in places but I think it is these parts that makes the book as good as it is.
I found the book similar in places to Paige Toons Chasing Daisy but instead of the love interest being a racing driver it was a heart throb rockstar. Any of you who was a fan of Chasing Daisy I am sure that you would also enjoy this book.
The book was split between England and LA. I found that the parts that were in England seemed more realistic compared to the parts in LA but I think this was done on purpose to show that it was like a dream living in LA.
The only thing I could say about the book on a lower note is that it would have been good to have got to know Adams character a little more as the book is written from Ferns point of you so we only read what she feels about Adam at the time.
I would defiantly recommend this book to any chick lit lovers out there and also this would make a superb holiday read. I will defiantly be looking out for more Adele Parks books after reading this one.
As florist Fern rapidly approaches 30 she becomes increasingly disillusioned with her monotonous life, and particularly her relationship with laid-back Adam, so in desperation she gives him an ultimatum to propose on her birthday or else.
On the big day she is seriously disappointed with Adam's unromantic gift of tickets to see her idol, pop singer Scottie Taylor. That is until she manages to meet the man himself backstage and falls instantly in love with him. On a whim she runs with her flight of fancy all the way to LA where she gets caught up in a whirlwind of passion, lust, wealth, luxury and greed.
Seemingly her past life in Clapham is all forgotton as she spends every waking moment planning her dream wedding to over the top Scottie, who seems to have ulterior motives for finding himself a down to earth wife.
As Fern gets carried away with her new star-spangled celebrity existence, she risks alienating her friends and family in a desperate bid to prove to the world how genuine her whirlwind romance with Scottie is. But will she realise that the path to true love does not always run smoothly?
In many ways this book has all the essential chick-lit characteristics with its focus on finding love, keeping love and not letting love go. It has a strong female lead character who while not overly likeable, faces the same concerns many women of her age have, in that she is beginning to want stability and security in the form of marriage and commitment. Unfortunately there are already some flaws cropping up with the first being Fern's apparant lack of sincerity and loyalty seeing as she is willing to up sticks and move to a different country to live with a man she barely knows.
Yes it's true that an ordinary girl could fall in love with a pop star, and while unlikely, it is a possibility so I can overlook it. Also what's the point of chick-lit if it disregards fantasy and escapism right? But taking all of that into account it seems wildly unlikely that a modern woman with a fairly decent life of her own would throw caution entirely to the wind and leave her old life effortlessly with no time for even simple goodbyes.
Fern's actions immediately turn her from a nice enough, likeable character who cares for her loved ones, into a callous, fickle character who forgets everyone who's meant something to her, as soon as the promise of a better, more prosperous life comes along.
The other characters don't really have more than a small bit role in this book, apart from Scottie himself who is portrayed as a stereotypical star, who has issues and lives life to excess in every way. He too is fickle and complicated but essentially selfish and arrogant.
Apart from the story outlined above, not much else actually happens. At first Fern and Scottie's new life together provides a fasinating insight into celebrity, status and wealth and it makes interesting reading to look through a lens so to speak and imagine a world completely different to the one the rest of us inhabit. But as Fern becomes more accepting of her newfound good fortune, it leaves a bitter taste in the readers mouth and becomes boring and insipid.
The majority of the book sees Fern and Adam falling in lust with each other and spending vast amounts of money and the whole thing drags on a bit. There are one or two little surprises along the way which helps things along a little, but its just padding really and fails to make up for the lack of plot. The ending is predictable and it is a long time coming.
This makes it sound as though I am slating this book and while it was not hugely enjoyable, it was well-written and easy to read and had some interesting componants. I think I am just a little disappointed as I had heard good things about the author and as a first read of hers, it did not live up to my expectations.
As many of you will know, I do love a good read, whether it be a chick-lit book, a magazine or an autobiography, I've always got my nose in some kind of 'reading'. I had a week of work the other work, and so I did a fair bit of reading (lots of book reviews on the way!!). Today, I will be reviewing one of my recent reads by an author called Adele Parks.
Love Lies is a chick-lit fictional novel by Adele Parks. The book was released in the summer of 2009 and is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £4.40.
Fern is nearly thirty. As she approaches the big 3-0, she can't help but think about how life with her long term boyfriend Adam, use to be so good. However, as of late, things have turned quite dull and Fern seems to think that the only way forward is marriage, although there is one slight problem; Adam won't propose! Fed up, she tells him, it's marriage or it's over! However, what wil happen when she meets a famous rock star who she just cannot stop thinking about? Read Love Lies to find out!
I did enjoy this book, as it is the kind of book that captures you from the minute you read the first sentence. Once I had started reading it, I just could not put it down, and when I did have to put it down, (to go and do something else), all I could think about was, 'when can I read it?'. It didn't take me long to read ; within a couple of hours I had read all five hundred and twelve pages.
This is a really nice 'light' and 'fun' read which means that it is the kind of book which doesn't require much thinking, which is great especially if you have had a stressful day at work, and want something to 'chill out to' without having to think too much.
I really liked the plot, despite it being a little far-fetched in places, however it is fiction and it's great to escape and enter a different world for a couple of hours. I know, the book is only fictional, but I really enjoyed the L.A part as it is a place I have always wanted to visit, and having read this book, I now want to go there even more than before.I think that nearly every girl reading this book will be able to relate to the plot in some way. I mean, it's every girls dream to get whisked away by a celebrity isn't it?
The characters were a bit 'mad' ; at least the main character Fern was. I didn't really 'get her' but I still managed to enjoy the book, as normally if I don't understand or 'click' with the main character then I don't normally enjoy a book.
I thought that the book was well written and I loved how vivid some of the descriptions were. I also loved the fact that the writing flowed so naturally and wasn't 'forced'. This book kind of reminded me of one of my favourite books, 'Johnny Be Good' by Paige Toon, so if you liked that book, you will probably like this one too!
I hadn't heard of Adele Parks (at least I don't think I had) until now, which is quite strange really, considering that I am such a big 'chick-lit' fan, and the fact that having 'googled' her after reading this book, discovered that she has sold over one million copies of her books!! I hadn't read any of her books before, however I do like to try new authors every now and again. Having read some reviews by some of her fans, I read that they didn't think that this was as good as her other books, although as I havn't read any of her other books, I have nothing to compare this one with, however I will say that this is a great read, especially if you like the chick-lit genre. I will certainly be buying more of Adele Parks' books.
If you like chick-lit, then I would definately recommend this book to you!
Thanks for reading!
October 17th 2010
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)
I'm a big Adele Parks fan, but I'll admit that this isn't her best work. It isn't bad, however, it just could be better!
Fern is turning thirty, and is very upset by this. Realizing that her life isn't going to plan, she demands that her boyfriend of four years should propose, much to his disgust. He can't see the reason for such an unromantic deadline, and refuses to give in.
So when he takes her to work on her birthday, setting up for heart throb Scottie Taylor's gig, she isn't impressed, and slinks off backstage. Where she ends up meeting Scottie, and getting slightly too close...So when he proposes in front of millions, she is shocked, and her boyfriend is humiliated.
Fern's whisked off with Scottie's moody team to LA, where they start to plan a wedding that he doesn't seem at all interested in, and a life that Fern doesn't fit in too. Scottie has lots of bad habits, and Fern spends a lot of time feeling unhappy, but she's so wrapped up in her daydream that she can't see how unhappy she is.
The ending is a bit predictable, and some parts of the book do seem very rushed. It does, however, transport you into the lives of the characters, and you will want to read the ending.
i have read all of adele's previous books so was very interested in reading her newest one, love lies. it is set out in the same style as her others, each chapter is someone's take on the story, but she only does this with two characters instead of all of them. Generally adele's books focus on things that could happen to anyone in their normal everyday life. this book starts out like this by talking about Fern and Adams relationship, and how Fern wants more out of what they have. but it takes an un-realistic turn when she meets the rock star, Scott. The majority of the story revolves around Fern and Scott, and at parts i found myself being a little bored. if you are an adele lover then i would suggest reading it the once, but anyone who is not, i would say to read any of her other books as this does not do her justice for what she can write.
As her 30th birthday approaches, Fern feels like her life is gong nowhere - in particular, her love life. Despite being with Adam for four years now, they still share a small flat in Clapham with her best friend and they do not have any prospects or finances to suggest that that will change any time soon. Fern is beginning to feel her body clock ticking and issues Adam an ultimatum for her 30th birthday: propose or prepare to lose her.
Her 30th birthday rolls around and she severely under whelmed by Adam's gift: tickets to see handsome pop star Scottie Taylor. Her bitter disappointment soon turns to joy when she gets to meet the man himself and is soon whisked into a whirlwind love affair that sees her move to LA and live the life of the rich and famous. But has she made the right choice and why isn't she completely happy?
I picked this book off of someone's readitswapit list because there was nothing else I fancied and the book they wanted I'd been trying to shift for ages! I remember reading one of Adele Park's previous books as all her covers seem to have distinct covers depicting women's feet! I had a vague recollection that I enjoyed the book I'd read and fancied some light hearted chick lit and so started the book with little more than an idea that it might keep me entertained over the Christmas period.
From the very first, I found all the main characters utterly irritating and unbelievable. The main character is obviously Fern. She is typical for her age, desperately after that last push to get her boyfriend to make a proper commitment and I have to say that upon reading her desire for this, I could completely sympathise as I have also discussed the turning 30 and wanting marriage or a baby thing with my partner as my time towards 30 ticks nearer! Despite this, I couldn't imagine issuing such an ultimatum and then following it up by running of with a pop star...see, it is already becoming utterly unrealistic!
Ferns whole relationship with Scottie didn't even attempt to be realistic in this sense. Granted, I suppose it isn't beyond the realms of reality that a normal girl can meet a pop star and get engaged, but in this case, Scottie and Fern meet twice before he proposes to her. To cap it off, she immediately accepts without a backwards glance to Adam! I realise that without saying yes, there would be no story, but that is besides the point...
As you can imagine, she wasn't the most endearing woman to the reader at this point and I struggled to see how she could win back my confidence as the lead character in the book.
You Know Me...Let Me Entertain You!!!
It was quite obvious from the start that Parks had a celebrity figure In mind when she created the character of Scottie - lets see if you can guess if you haven't already from the title of this paragraph(!): A cheeky northern lad with working class roots. A man who was originally in a band but then went on to have major solo success and now has the UK market at his feet. A man who is good looking and charismatic, has had his fair share of women and a man who now lives in LA and is trying to break into the American market. (or at least, he was at one point!)
If that wasn't enough, the book details a record deal where he declares to the waiting press something similar to "I'm rich beyond my wildest dreams!"
Despite having a crush on Robbie Williams since I was 13, I still would not rush off and marry him after two encounters, and I felt cheated that Parks thought the reader would so easily believe this was a realistic approach to this romance. I didn't think it would hurt to have a little more build up to the story but as the story progressed and we got to see a little more of Scottie's personality, I think we get to see why the story was written in such a way. Before Fern's move to LA, Scottie is portrayed in a light that is really quite favourable to the reader, and actually it is more of a projection of his famous personality whereas afterwards we get to his private side. Still, it wasn't my favourite start to a book and I had a hard time adjusting to it!
And so began a fairly shallow book about a fame obsessed celebrity and a silly girl who thinks she is the woman to change this famously womanising pop star. I'd like to say there was some further development but aside from some nice glamorous descriptions of their life in LA, it was all rather predictable and boring. There are no surprise twists in the story and I'm pretty sure my 15 month old niece would guess what was going to happen and how it would all pan out.
To be honest, there isn't a lot more about the actual content of the story that I can add to this review; with such a simplistic plot I could easily give you the condensed version of the book in 500 words and probably make it a bit more interesting than wasting your time reading the whole thing! Parks really did stick to the bare essentials of the story creating predictable characters who do predictable things in a predictable plot. You could read the first couple of chapters and then skip to the last two chapters and you would not have missed anything important.
All that is left to say is that this story was an utter disappointment, and if this was the first of her books that I had read, then I wouldn't even bother picking up another, but as it is, I already have another one sat on my shelf to read! So I'll give it a go and hope it is not as dire as this one - surely impossible!!
I've read a couple of books by Adele Parks in the past so I was happy to see this one on the shelves of the book aisle in my local supermarket.
Fern is fast approaching the big 30 and is getting increasingly unhappy with her relationship with Adam, her boyfriend of four years. Irritated and frustrated by his refusal to propose, she lays down an ultimatum: propose on her 30th birthday or it's over. Fern is bitterly disappointed when the proposal fails to arrive and not impressed with the consolation prize of tickets to a Scottie Taylor gig. At said gig, she meets the singer and a whirlwind romance ensues. Fern is quickly caught up in the celebrity lifestyle, but is her new life all it's cracked up to be?
Fern - I find it quite difficult to warm to Fern. She came across as quite difficult to please and a bit selfish at times, although I'm sure that I was supposed to feel sympathy for her 'lousy' boyfriend (who didn't seem all that lousy to me, just hesitant to commit). As the book progressed, her less positive character traits seemed to be all too apparent and just didn't find her to be a particularly likeable character. I didn't actively dislike her, but I didn't find myself rooting for her and didn't really care whether she ended up happy or not. This is quite unusual for me in a chick lit book as most of the time, I will really emphathise with the protagonist and get behind her, but this wasn't the case here and there didn't seem all that much in the way of character development with Fern.
Scott/Scottie - I couldn't warm to him either. I found him self-obsessed (as you might expect from a world famous pop star who has women throwing themselves at him) and wrapped up in himself. I was sceptical from the off as to why he would choose Fern (not to be nasty in saying that, but I would imagine her to be a complete nobody in his eyes).
Adam - From the fact that Fern is so annoyed with his lack of commitment, I presumed that I was supposed to see him as an unlikeable character but this wasn't the case as I wasn't struck on Fern's character in the first place. He doesn't feature all that much as a character beyond the first couple of chapters and is more a reference point than an active character but I have to admit feeling quite sorry for him as he seemed misjudged by Fern.
Fern's friends - Her main friends were Ben, Lisa and Jess. Ben is the owner of the florists in which Fern works before meeting Scott and seems very taken in by the celebrity lifestyle (as evidenced when he visits them in LA). Lisa seemed quite similar in that respect, while Jess was more level-headed and seemed set against Fern's relationship with Scott (which Fern takes as jealousy, rather than concern). I liked all of these characters for the most part, although Ben lost a lot of respect with his actions at the end of the book.
The book is written predominantly in the first person from Fern's viewpoint. Most of the chapters are from her viewpoint, but every so often we get a chapter from Scott/Scottie, which gives us an insight into his life, his relationship with Fern and his reasons for embarking on the whirlwind romance in the first place. The pace is quite fast, and at times was too fast-paced for me and seemed rushed.
I persevered with reading the book as I had nothing else to read at the time but I can't say that I enjoyed it that much. The first couple of chapters seemed a bit slow with Fern lamenting the lack of proposal from Adam, but then moved far too quickly once she had met Scott. I didn't enjoy the characterisation of the two main characters (Fern and Scott) as they seemed to have many flaws but not that many redeeming features. I preferred the lesser background characters as they seemed more balanced.