Spare Brides, Paperback Book
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Damaged and beautiful, they were the generation who lost so much and became 'spare brides'.

This richly compelling and emotional 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.


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Spare Brides is, I know, a complete departure from Adele Parks' normal fare. I think maybe she should have stuck to what she knows as I'm afraid I found this book a bit of a bore. It's the story of four women in the 1920s dealing with life after the Great War. Ava is a fast-living society queen who has no desire to settle down. Lydia is married to Lawrence, who managed to avoid death or serious injury during the war by doing a desk job, something that Lydia finds almost repulsive. Sarah and Beatrice are sisters. Sarah lost her husband but Beatrice never married and now there are so few men left that she knows she is unlikely to do so now.Most of the story revolves around Lydia, her feelings about her husband and about another man, Sergeant Major Edgar Trent, but the other three women are by no means just supporting characters. Unfortunately I neither cared for any of them or their lives. I found the writing one-dimensional and it was a long book to wade through. All rather disappointing really.