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Playing Away - Adele Parks (book review)

Book: Playing Away
Author: Adele Parks
Genre: chick lit, romance, drama, fiction
Published By: Penguin
Published Year: 2000

My Review:
Playing Away by Adele Parks is about a married woman called Connie who when on a business trip to Paris meets a man called John Harding who she gets captivated by and starts cheating on her husband with. However, will husband find out about the affair Connie is having and if so what would be the consequences.

I find this book a really good read, it has a lot of drama in it as well as romance. The book does feel real however and makes the reader wonder what will happen between Connie and her husband and the consequences of her affair on not only her but her relationship. It is impossible to not feel sorry on the husband within this book as you learn he is a really nice guy who trusts her so much and does not deserve to have this happen to him. With Connie's friends the reader is also able to see a single girl who ends up falling in love with someone, a woman who is an adulteress and tries to help Connie with all the emotions and try to remind her that this is just a project. There is also a woman who's marriage seems to be falling apart showing all aspects of relationships and how things can change so easily for people and the effect it not only has on the person but to those around them.

I did not however like the size of the chapters as they are around fifty pages a chapter which at times did seem off-putting for myself at times when I only wanted to have a quick read of a book and not have a lot of time to read a full chapter. I also found Connie rather annoying at times and feel that she is selfish for what she has done to her husband and that she really did anger me at times maybe a little more than the writer has intended.

I would recommend this book to those who like romance books but want to add some drama into their reading as well. This does have some sex scenes in the book however so please keep that in mind if you have not read this book before.

My Rating: 4/5

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