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The Love Verb [Hardcover]

Jane Green
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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

Book Description

10 Jun 2010
Love is not an abstract idea. It is not saying 'I'm here for you, let me know if you need me'. It's making the decision, when someone close to you is in trouble, about what you will DO to fix as much as you can for them. It's a ‘doing' thing. A verb. For Callie, love is about looking after her family – her husband and two children – and their beautiful home. For Steff, Callie’s younger sister, love is about experiencing all that life has to offer without having to ever settle down. For Lila, Callie’s best friend, love is about finding a soulmate. And when she meets divorced father-of-two Eddie, she knows her search is over. For Walter and Honor, Callie and Steff’s divorced parents, love is about caring for the daughters they share. Then Callie gets some life-changing news. And suddenly the whole family is about to understand what ‘love' really, really means....

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (10 Jun 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0718154533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718154530
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,573 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I just wasn't sure..... 19 Jun 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars the love verb 19 Jun 2010
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
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading! 11 Jan 2012
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Must stop buying Jane's books... 15 July 2010
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Copy of another book wrtten by Jane Green 27 Sep 2011
By MaryG
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So predictable 28 Sep 2010
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I have really enjoyed some of Jane Green's books, but this one was not one of them. The characters stayed two-dimensional and I found the plot to be totally predictable in regards to each character's future. I also found some of the descriptions of emotions quite cheesy, although perhaps given the nature of the story, it would be impossible to write without repeatedly describing the various ways people start to cry. I didn't find it a satisfying read, but I stuck with it until the end; as usual, all the plot lines are neatly tied up in the last few pages. Having said all that, I admire her for writing a book on this subject and I hope it will help some people cope when they are faced with similar situations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly compassionate 17 Jun 2010
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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Another great book by Jane Green, and just as un-put-a-down-able as the rest. Had me welling up with emotion throughout. Beautiful.
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I like Jane Green novels as you don't know what to expect. Unlike many authors she does not stick to the same tried & tested formula that has worked for them in the past. Read more
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