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  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (4 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125004264X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250042644
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.7 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Green Warburg is a former journalist who gave up her job on the Daily Express to write a real woman's account of being single in the city. That account became Jane's first novel, Straight Talking. It was followed by nine more bestselling novels: Jemima J, Mr Maybe, Bookends, Babyville, Spellbound, The Other Woman, Life Swap, Second Chance and The Beach House. Jane has four children and lives in Connecticut.

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Jane Green is the Number One bestselling author of thirteen novels: Straight Talking, Jemima J, Mr Maybe, Bookends, Babyville, Spellbound, The Other Woman, Life Swap, Second Chance, The Beach House, Girl Friday, The Love Verb and The Patchwork Marriage. Jane and her husband live in Connecticut with their blended family of six children. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By realovesbooks TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Mar. 2013
Format: Paperback
Jane Green was one of the first authors I read when my passion for reading began. Jemima J and Straight Talking were favourites of mine. I haven't read any of her more recent books so I was looking forward to reading The Accidental Husband to see if her new books still live up to her old ones.

Sylvia is struggling having her husband continuously away with work and her mother who is very demanding and negative, now to top things off she is beginning to worry about her daughter Eve.
On the other side of the coast Maggie is living the life of Luxury, she isn't around much for her children but when her daughter delivers some devastating news her life begins to crumble down around her.

This book was nothing but trouble! As I put my dinner in the oven and began to make a start on this book I was instantly hooked and the chapters are short so you keep thinking oh just one more but of course that lead to another and another until before I knew it dinner was burnt! Then to top it off I couldn't put the book down so stayed up until 1.30am to finish it and then slept through my alarm so was late for work! So is this book worth reading? Well I think you have your answer!

Sylvia's character in particular has been developed very well she is a devoted and caring daughter, mother and wife. My heart went out to her with the problems that lay heavily on her shoulders. The situation regarding her daughter Eve was also very well written being told from both sides of the story from how both Eve and Sylvia felt about the situation. This really is a very delicate subject but it was covered very well.
I didn't like Maggie's character when we first met her but towards the last half of the book her character came round full circle in the end and she also became a joy to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shouna Falconer on 25 Oct. 2013
Format: Paperback
Sylvie is lucky enough to have had a second shot at love. Devastated by the death of her beloved husband, she has remarried and her daughter has gained a caring stepdad. Apart from a demanding mother, Sylvie's only problem is the dawning awareness of loneliness as her husband travels a lot for work. But is her life really as secure as she likes to think? And what about her child? Life is shortly to unravel for both of them as their lives become entangled with another family living on the other side of the vast north American continent.

My only criticism is that the main twist, if it can even be called that, is very predictable. However it occurs early in the story so doesn't present too much of a problem.

Thereafter this is a novel about how the characters deal with the mess. It's about friendship, true and false, about love and trust, and about picking yourself up and going onwards. The characters are mostly likeable and it's hard not to become involved in their lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Joyce on 30 Jun. 2013
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Sylvie never thought she'd fall in love again after the death of her husband, leaving her to raise their young daughter on her own. But then she meets Mark who offers Sylvie love, passion and security as well as being a wonderful father to Eve. Sylvie and Mark don't have a conventional marriage, with Mark working away from home for large chunks of time but the marriage has worked for them until now. Until recently, Sylvie had been happy for Mark to work away, leaving her and Eve to spend time together but she's started to want him around more.

Maggie has what she always wanted; handsome, successful husband, happy children and a beautiful home to be proud of. Maggie enjoys her luxurious lifestyle, hosting lunches and jetting off on holidays but her lavish lifestyle is about to come crashing down around her.

Sylvie and Maggie don't seem to have anything in common but they are about to be bound together by a shocking secret.

It's been a long time since I've read a new Jane Green book but I'm glad I read this one as I thought it was a fantastic read that had me hooked. I didn't want to put the book down, especially at the beginning as I awaited the big reveal of the secret. It's quite clear what the secret is going to be but I was looking forward to seeing it unfold and the fallout that would ensue. My only criticism of the book would actually be at the beginning too because we only get to know Sylvie, Mark and Eve in the first part (approximately 150 pages). I can see why it was written this way as the first part is building towards the big reveal but, as it was obvious what the secret is, I didn't think it was necessary to keep Maggie held back for so long.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BestChickLit.com on 23 May 2013
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I have always loved Jane Green, The Love Verb being my favourite of hers, and enjoyed this book just as much. It was fairly predictable, the English version title giving the game away completely (U.S version was titled `Family Pictures') but this didn't stop it being utterly engaging and difficult to put down. The story is of two very different women living on opposite sides of America, both with teenage children and with a loving (ahem) husband that works away a lot. When Sylvie and Maggie's daughters meet by chance in New York, they find they have a lot more in common than they first thought.

Sylvie is very likeable; she tragically lost her first husband and feels lucky to have found Mark. She's strong, down to earth, and gentle and I always felt I was more on her side than Maggie's, who initially I disliked. Maggie is the total opposite of Sylvie; she's controlling and high maintenance. As their lives coming crashing down around them it's interesting how they both deal with the situation that's been thrown at them, how they pick themselves up and start to rebuild their lives. Eve, Sylvie's daughter is an amazing character and very well written, the trials she faces while dealing with anorexia are very emotional. Some parts of this story are real tearjerkers and Green has a knack of showing the endurance of love and human spirit. I really enjoyed this story, I always expect a Jane Green novel to be fab and she never lets me down.

Reviewed by Charlotte Foreman on behalf of BestChickLit.com.
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