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If You Go Away

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  514 ratings  ·  66 reviews
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
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published June 4th 2015 by Headline Review
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Blodeuedd Finland
Vivian is loving the season, she has a great man on the hook, but things change and she marries Aubrey. Who is really dull. But then she was just a pretty face anyway, before her marriage that really was all she was.

Marriage. World War 1, and her being sent to live alone in the country. This is where the book started to remind me of another book *checks old review* Ok not that similar, just the bad marriage, alone and was going on part, and the new guy *ahem*.

Vivian really grows as a person. Sh
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this and totally different from what she usually writes but I loved it
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2016
England, 1914: Young and somewhat naive debutante Vivian is bundled off into marriage to a man she barely knows to prevent a scandal that would ruin her completely in the eyes of society. On the very day of her wedding, war breaks out across Europe and men from all walks of life rush to sign up. Among them is Vivian's new and fairly disappointing (at least to the hopes and dreams of a young bride) husband, sending her off to his country estate in his absence. Isolated, lonely and with little ide ...more
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very captivating story set during World War I. The characters are totally convincing and the description meticulous in it's detail. The horror of war combines with the heat of passion. A couple of twists towards the end too!

Really enjoyed it!
Lydia Bailey
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this. A brilliant story from a totally original angle. Characters were three dimensional and totally believable. Hooked from the first page and yet it didn't go at all how I Was expecting. Excellent read 5*
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another historical stunner from Adele Parks. I loved it. Review to follow.
Emma Crowley
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it

If You Go Away is the second historical fiction novel by Adele Parks. Having enjoyed this book I hope she stays writing in this genre as she has an exceptionally, skilful way with words which combined to tell an absorbing story of love during World War One. I will admit it was a slow burner and only really took off over halfway through but when it did there was no stopping the story unfolding and all the setting up really paid off. The author is adept at getting inside the head of her characters
Vicky-Leigh Sayer
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
If You Go Away is Adele Parks' 15th novel. Her first foray into historical fiction resulted in one of my favourite novels of last year; Spare Brides. I wasn't sure that this could be improved upon, but If You Go Away is quite possibly Adele's best work yet.

Vivian (our main protagonist) is brilliant, but naive, beautiful but headstrong. She is wealthy and used to getting her own way when we meet her, but when WW1 breaks out on her wedding day she is forced to revaluate the planned life ahead of h
Karen Barber
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Settling down to read this I was, like quite a lot of readers, irritated by the situation that Vivian was placed in at the start of the novel. She could seem unlikeable, but I felt desperately sorry for this passionate and loving woman and how she was constrained by her time. The interweaving of historical detail was skilful, and I was absorbed by this once it all got going. The relationship between Howard and Vivian, though 'wrong' felt so right. Loved it!
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I love Adele Parks' novels,but her recent foray into historical fiction just hasn't hit the mark for me. Just a bit too slow paced,I found I wasn't wanting to pick up the book as I usually do with her novels. I much prefer her contemporary novels.

Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book that keeps you wanting more. I'm a big fan of historical fiction and I can't recommend this enough for a wonderful love story with the right amount of teaching in it. It's an absolute rollercoaster ride reading it, especially towards the end!
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
What. A. Book. Slow to start but the last two hundred pages are amazing.

Publication date is June 4th 2015. My full review will be up around then.

Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: war, fiction, historical, love
An enjoyable read. A very strong character in Vivian, her change of lifestyle in marrying Aubrey helps her blossom so well.
I'm glad she got the ending that ste did and happiness .
The war time life was an interesting setting For the novel.
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing

The new novel from Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks, set during the outbreak of the First World War


I really enjoyed this book I'm read  in 2 days it is not like her normal Books  Adele writes she normally write in a more click lit style  but this is an  historical  fiction novel and it  is brilliant please check it out you will love it I did
It had my attention right up to the last word I was so caught up in the story  that it became a real page turne
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting depiction of events, issues, class, and characters during WWI in England.
Jo Barton
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Vivian Foster's hurriedly put together wedding day coincides with the outbreak of the First World War. Neither of these momentous events, in Vivian's mind, are happy and yet, even as her circumstances change forever, you can't help but wonder what life will hold for this unhappy young woman. Trapped by necessity into an ill-matched and loveless marriage, Vivian, at first appears to be vague and vacuous. However, as time progresses, we see a distinct change in her outlook, and as the balance of h ...more
Jackie Law
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
If You Go Away, by Adele Parks, is a romance set in England during the First World War. Its protagonist, Vivian, is a society beauty whose sole ambition at the beginning of the tale is to marry a young, handsome and above all wealthy gentleman in order that she may live a life of comfort and ease. Due to a miscalculation on her part things do not go to plan.

When war breaks out her husband enlists immediately. Vivian is required to leave her family and friends, the glitz of the London which she l
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, 22, signed, 6-stars
Review originally posted on Imogen’s Typewriter.

Set during the first world war, If You Go Away follows two characters over 9 years. This was, by far, one of the most beautiful books I've ever had the good fortune of reading. As a reader, I'm a liberal user of sticky notes. When I like a section of writing, I put a sticky note next to it and at the end of the month when I usually write up reviews, I read over these sticky noted sections and write down my favourites in an inspiration journal. Norm
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If You Go Away is Adele Parks’ second historical fiction book after Spare Bides, and it focuses on two characters named Howard Henderson and Vivian Owens just before and during WWI.

Vivian is initially a superficial and materialistic young woman, but she evokes enough sympathy to stop readers from turning against her. She lives in London and must find a husband; Nathaniel Thorpe is viewed as the ideal catch by both her and her mother. All this changes, however, after an incident at a society eve
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was different from the Adele Parks novels I have read before in that it wasn’t contemporary fiction. It is set just before and during The Great War, a time period I am very interested in. Initially I didn’t warm to the character of Vivian, finding her a bit irritating, empty headed and too concerned with finding a husband during her debutante season. However, a bad decision means she had to grow up rather quickly. She is rushed into a marriage to avoid scandal but the marriage has an inausp ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
If You Go Away is a historical novel, set just before the outbreak of, and during WW1. We are introduced to the main protagonist Vivian Foster, a young naive débutante. Very much the product of her rich, snobbish upbringing, attracted to old money and the perks that it will bring. After a misguided decision she is practically shunned from her family and forced into a marriage deemed acceptable by society. The wedding is a rushed affair taking place on the outbreak of WW1. A bad omen for what is ...more
Di S
I love Adele Parks - she's a good Northern Lass (like me!) and I've enjoyed some of her books in the past. After hearing her speak at the Guildford Book Festival I was really excited about this book.

I DID enjoy it, but for some reason I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I anticipated, which is why I don't feel I can give it the full 4 stars.

It's a long book, and takes quite a while to get going. The early section which gave the backstory to Vivian's marriage seemed overly long and a little dul
Sara Kettleborough
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it

I could not believe my luck when a couple of months ago a beautiful signed proof (number 30 of 100!!) of Adele Parks’ upcoming novel, If You Go Away, came flying through my letter box!

I’ve been a huge fan of Adele’s work for many years and I thoroughly enjoyed reading Spare Brides last year. The same definitely goes for her latest novel, If You Go Away.

There is absolutely no doubt that If You Go Away is beautifully written. It is descriptive, expressive a
Lisa Hall
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I feel a little bit like I've grown up with Adele Parks, from reading her first novel when I was expecting my first baby, right the way through til now - and her writing really reflects how she has grown from her first novel to this novel.
A different style of story from your usual chick-lit, Adele has created characters that you can relate to - whether you want to or not. I'll confess that I was not overly fond of Vivien in the beginning, but as she grows through the story, she changes with the
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Adele Parks is a really popular contemporary fiction writer, but I hadn’t ever picked up any of her novels. My Mum lent me If You Go Away, which is Parks’ first foray into historical fiction. It follows two characters; Vivian, a debutante who is forced into a loveless marriage to cover up her ‘indiscretions’ during her season and Howard, a playwright who gains notoriety for refusing to enlist in the First World War for no…real reason. Their paths cross when Vivian finds herself running her husba ...more
Juliana Graham
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
I didn't enjoy this book as much as others by Adele Parks. The historical setting was quite different to the majority of her books but this was not the issue, as I do enjoy novels set in the early twentieth century or around the first or second world wars.

However, I did find the plot less engaging than some of her other novels and found the actions of the hero quite confusing when (view spoiler)
Christine P
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is 1914 and Vivian Foster is a debutante with options, but something happens to change her position. She marries, but not for love. Her husband is a traditionalist who joins up as soon as war is declared. This leaves Vivian alone on a Derbyshire farm, far from the bright lights of the London she knows.

Howard Henderson is a brilliant young playwright. He travels to France to report on the war, but what he sees makes him want no part of the it. Killing is not for Howard, but what other choices
Karen Whittard
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a remarkable honest, moving book about the war. Loved all the different stories but especially about Vivienne. This story is full of love, drama, romance, history, friendship, family and relationships.

A captivating story with lots of historical details. Utterly gripping. Made me think a great deal about what those brave soldiers went through.

Wonderful book. Especially loved the twist at the end.
Well written and researched, this is definitely not chick-lit. It's a really good read. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and particularly that set in WW1.

I'm not going to pretend there are any big surprises, or clever plot twists, it's not that sort of book. It's a satisfying read though.
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, sweeping war-time romance where vivid descriptions help transport the reader to a time when desires must be contained. Loved Vivian's rebellious nature.
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Adele Parks was born in Teesside, NE England. She studied English Language and Literature, at Leicester University. She published her first novel, Playing Away, in 2000; that year the Evening Standard identified Adele as one of London’s ‘Twenty Faces to Watch.’ Indeed Playing Away was the debut bestseller of 2000.
Prolific, Adele has published nine novels in nine years, including Game Over, Tell Me
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