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The Love Verb Hardcover – 10 Jun 2010

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Please note this it the same title as Jane Green's Promises to Keep.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (10 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718154533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718154530
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,322 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 ten novels: Straight Talking, Jemima J, Mr Maybe, Bookends, Babyville, Spellbound, The Other Woman, Life Swap, Second Chance, The Beach House and Girl Friday. Jane and her husband live in Connecticut with their blended family of six childen.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LJ on 19 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Like other reviewers I started this book without knowing about the 'life changing event' which would take place part of the way through the book. I read most of the book while sitting in a hospital corridor whilst my husband was having a serious operation, so perhaps not the best place to be!

I liked the book but didn't love it. I didn't feel that the writer explored the characters in much depth, and much of the story was predictable and convenient. Some of the outcomes, such as that of the parents, were just too good to be true. I have known a friend suffer in a similar situation, at the same age, with the same outcome, and it just wasn't such a comfortable, attractive experience as the author painted. For such a serious subject the story was just too full of lovely homes, nice people and nice situations. Real life just isn't like that.

I normally enjoy Jane Green's books and my only problem with this book was that the central story just didn't fit with the rest of the 'romantic' tale. That being said, it was terribly moving and I can understand, having read the story of her friend on the bookjacket, why she wrote it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sally Anne Brierley on 19 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have read alot of Jane Greens books and think she is a brilliant author..but this book by far is the best book I have ever read. Once I started reading this book about Callie and her family and friends, I was so captured by it, I could not put it down, and was totally engrossed from start to finish.
This book will make you laugh and cry...and even if your life has nt been touched by cancer, you will certainly feel that after reading this, your life has been truly blessed.
I would definately recommend this book to all...well done Jane for A TRULY AMAZING READ.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Claire on 11 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
Most disappointed to start the book and realise I've read it before!
This seems to be happening more and more, why are my favourite authors selling books under more than one name and conning me as I buy a book when I see they've got a 'new' release?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lindy Loo on 11 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
I was really annoyed to receive my order to find that I had already read this book! Its misleading that its been sold under a different title with no reference from Amazon that it is actually The Love Verb. Complete waste of my money. I will think twice about purchasing books from Amazon in the future.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
Whilst I appreciate that Jane Green is a good writer technically, I have to admit that since her plots have moved from the London girl about town characters to the homey suburban wives (art imitating life), I have not enjoyed a single one of her books.

This one was no exception. I felt nothing for the main character, or for any of the characters to be honest. Even in the way the characters interact with each other I find nauseating - for example the fact that the main character was made out to be some kind of martyr and everyone else in the story revolving around her and how great and perfect she is/was.

Maybe its an American thing, I dont know. I find a lot of American stories have this 'whimsical' 'over dramatic' way of writing where people tell each other their deepest feelings about one another, or cry every two seconds because an advert for toilet paper reminded them their friend in hospital couldnt go to the shops [just an example!] - something that I think would rarely happen if this was set elsewhere like her older books, people dont tend to have that blatant openness outside of the US.

So I think I ought to stop reading Jane from now on - maybe pick her back up again if I ever find myself living the american suburban lifestyle - which I doubt will ever happen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MaryG on 27 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a book that has already been written by Jane Green and given another name. I was going on holiday and bought two Jane Green books I had never read, according to the titles, so you can imagine my dissapointment when after reading the first paragraph I said i've read this book already its just been called somthing different.
Promises to keep and Dune Road are both rewrites of books she has written in the past - what a rip off!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louise S. Povey on 17 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
The book was, as my title explains, brilliantly compassionate. I absolutely adored all of the characters immediately and was engrossed from day one. I thought the way Jane Green has described the `life changing' event was sympathetic to anyone who may have experienced it themselves.

However, I was slightly disappointed to get half way through and discover the `life changing event' was something I had experienced first hand, and was nearing the anniversary for. For this reason only, it lost a star for me. I tried to find some information on the book topic, but couldn't find anything,. It wasn't something I particularly wanted to read about at this time, however had I known the topic, I perhaps would have left it until a later date to read it. After all, if you are a Jane Green fan, you would read all of her books regardless! So there is a warning now, to others.

Although a very warm, and heart warming book that fully described the event, diplomatically, with compassion and empathy and of course a marvellous read....please be warned to be in the right frame of mind before picking this up.
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