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Jane Green
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21 Jun 2012

Number one best-seller Jane Green - author of The Love Verb and Spellbound - examines the dynamics of family life and relationships in her novel The Patchwork Marriage.

When he asked her to be his wife, he also wanted a mother for his children . . .

When Andi marries Ethan she gets a ready-made family in the shape of his daughters Emily and Sophia. Unable to have a child of her own, and crazy in love with Ethan, she has a chance to make the perfect family. But teenager Emily's hostility leaves Andi feeling hated in her own home.

And worse, Ethan, blinded by love for his daughter, cannot see that her behaviour is driving a wedge through their marriage. So when Andi and Ethan's world is rocked by an act of recklessness, Andi knows that their whole future is in doubt.

Can Andi and Ethan heal the rift in their relationship?

Can each of them find enough love to go around?

And how strong can a patchwork marriage ever be?

'A heartbreaking tale of love and family, truly compelling' Closer

'Green is women's fiction royalty . . . a compelling family drama' Heat

'A compulsive and moving read' Good Housekeeping

Jane Green's internationally best-selling novels, including The Other Woman, Jemima J., Babyville, Girl Friday (published as Dune Road in the USA), Life Swap (Swapping Lives), Spellbound (To Have and to Hold), The Beach House, Second Chance, Straight Talking, Mr. Maybe, and Bookends, are moving and extremely relatable. The Patchwork Marriage is published as Another Piece of My Heart in the USA.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (21 Jun 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0141038659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141038650
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,269 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 women's fiction royalty, and after a dozen novels she's still head and shoulders above the average chick-lit author. She not only creates the characters who seem real, but she makes you care about the characters you don't even like . . . A compelling family drama (Heat )

A heartbreaking tale of love and family, this is a truly compelling story (Closer )

A compulsive and moving read about motherhood (Good Housekeeping )

If you've sold over 10 million books, you've either worked at Waterstones for a very long time or you're something of a literary phenomenon. Jane Green is definitely the latter and her latest novel is an emotionally-charged tale about a woman who finds love can be a double-edged sword when it comes with a stepdaughter who wishes you weren't there (Bella )

A gripping and emotional read (Star ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jane Green is the Number One bestselling author of twelve novels: Straight Talking, Jemima J, Mr Maybe, Bookends, Babyville, Spellbound, The Other Woman, Life Swap, Second Chance, The Beach House, Girl Friday and The Love Verb. Jane and her husband live in Connecticut with their blended family of six children.

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great read! 22 Feb 2012
By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER
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It has been a year and a half since Jane's last book and I was really looking forward to this one. As soon as I received it I got stuck in and it took me less that a few pages to be completely absorbed in the lives of the characters. Andi and Ethan are married and Ethan's two children Emily and Sophia live with them. Her whole life Andi has waited to fall in love with a man like Ethan and to receive a ready made family is the icing on the cake. What she didn't prepare herself for was the difficulty in becoming a stepmother to these two children.

The main focus of the story is Emily, Ethan's eldest child who is nothing short of difficult. She is making life for Ethan and Andi very difficult and straight away I did not like this spoilt child. I was hoping that underneath it all was a likeable but troubled young girl! Like her last book, this one features the realities of life and stepchildren is a commonplace issue now for many people (myself included). It was refreshing to read about the not so nice side of this story and how trying to do the right thing by Stepchildren is not as easy as it sounds.

After years of trying to resolve the situation Andi finally gets to breaking point and decides she has no other option than to leave. That is before Emily turns up with a major bombshell that changes everything. It is difficult to discuss major points of the story without spoiling it, but all I will say is that life is made even more complicated for all of those concerned.

The story is not the flowers and roses kind of fairytale but one that shows how real life can be and the curveballs you can be thrown. I thought that this book and especially the way it was written was great and made for a compelling read.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I give up........... 16 April 2012
By Bob and Billy's Mum TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I've been a Jane Green fan from the start, but the demise of her writing style and substance in her last 2 books gave me reason to be cautious when choosing to read The Patchwork Marriage. I wasn't wrong to be cautious - it is truly dreadful.

It is a confused and plotless book, narrated by a variety of the books characters, but none of them consistently. It tells the 'story' in the main of Andi, her husband, and stepchildren. Oh and the ex wife and the trainer and the next door neighbours too. None of the characters have any depth and lack any sense of emotion to be honest. The plot trails lightly through what could have been an excellent choice of subject - childlessness and step-parenting, but is lost in streams of nonsense.

I don't know what Jane Green has done, but I give up on her as an author. I can't bear to waste precious hours reading this (and yes I did persevere to the end) - nonsense with a few 'modern' social references (Facebook and online dating) thrown in awkwardly to boot.

To sum up - imagine a truly awful 1980's made for TV romance 'true story' on satellite channel dire, and this is about the level of it.

Sorry to be harsh, but it really is that bad. If I could I'd give it no stars at all.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beware 19 Mar 2012
Same book as a Patchwork marriage. Good book though. Just did not want to buy it twice!!!!! too expensive to return but as a good read will give away as a present
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 12 Mar 2012
By Elaine Simpson-long TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I have read nearly all of Jane Green's books and have always found them witty, amusing and held my attention throughout. However, I have found the last two or three totally different in tone. Perhaps I am imagining it, I am not sure but they now seem to fall into the Eat, Pray, Love touchy feely type of story which I find overly sentimental and, dare I say it, slushy.

Andi marries Ethan and takes on his two children as his ex-wife is an alcohlic. The youngest child Sophie, is sketched in as being the loving sweet child who adores her step mom and all is OK. By contrast emily, the elder is an absolute pain, foul mouthed and unpleasant and who is vilely rude to Andi who receives no support from her weak willed husband. All going to hell in a handbasket and then it is discovered that Emily is pregnant.

The story is told from different viewpoints and I found it difficult to have empathy with any of them. Andi was whiny and moany, Ethan whiny and weak and Emily totally obnoxious. I think the idea of this book is to show how Emily grows and eventually matures and turns into a sensible grown up woman who realises she loves her step mom after all.

I found it overly sentimental and disliked Emily so much with her self indulgent moanings and weepings and wailing that instead of sympathising with her, had a powerful inclination to give her a good slap.

Sorry to sound so strong about this, I don't normally diss a book but I really found myself glad to come ot the end of this one. I hope they all live happily ever after.....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing 2 Jun 2012
By Curiosity Killed The Bookworm TOP 500 REVIEWER
When Andi met Ethan, should found a man with a ready made family. He came with his two daughters, twelve year old Emily and seven year old Sophia. Whilst she and Sophia instantly bond, Ethan's older daughter resents the new woman in his life, usurping her mother's rightful role. But Andi is desperate to be a mother, she was planning her family from the very first date so she throws herself into making a patchwork family, no matter what Emily throws at her.

Female characters whose only purpose in life is to reproduce irritate me. I know so many people will enjoy this book and completely relate to Andi but she made me want to throw the book out the window. I'm not saying it's not life-changing to find out you won't have kids but she has an amazing job, a too-good-to-be-true husband and at least one step-daughter who dotes on her. Yet she goes on like she has nothing else in her life. She is completely obsessed with getting Emily to treat her like a mother and I just wanted to side with Emily even though she was being a selfish teenager. She has got a selfish role model after all, Andi never really thinks what anyone else wants or needs. Even when she is momentarily distracted, the hope of a baby is dangled in front of Andi and she loses all reason again.

Emily's character actually saved the book for me. Yes she treats her step-mother horribly but Andi is such a wet blanket that she is just providing rope to hang herself with. A product of a broken home, Emily not only has to deal with every day school life but she has a mother who is an alcoholic and a step-mother that sees her as a replacement daughter that's not quite perfect enough, especially not when compared to her sister, Sophia.

I loved the rollercoaster ride of Emily's side of the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another tremendous book from my favourite author
She has done it again! Very talented writer, the story and characters are alive from the first paragraph.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Green has done it again
All her books are so good and you can't put them down. She looks at so many issues that can occur in family life. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Love All Jane Green books, an avid reader, but your renaming of...
Please make it clearer that these new titles are not newly published books. I purchased The Accidental Marriage from Amazon last year - great book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Rachael Gartell
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
A true and frank insight into second marriages and the joining of families. demonstrates the power of love, although at times your not so sure!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
loved this book, couldn't put it down.
great read from start to finish, great twists, so many similarities to other people's lives.
Published 6 months ago by Samantha Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy holiday read!
Another classic great Jane Green book! Loved the characters. Rounded and loveable. Story was easy to follow! Highly recommended for fans.
Published 6 months ago by Leeanne Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
Loved it! Read it very quickly. I liked how it was written in different characters perspectives. I would definitely recommend this read and author to my friends.
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