- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (21 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141038659
- ISBN-13: 978-0141038650
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Patchwork Marriage Paperback – 21 Jun 2012
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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 fourteen 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, The Patchwork Marriage and The Accidental Husband. Jane and her husband live in Connecticut with their blended family of six children.
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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.Read more ›
"The Patchwork Marriage" is the story of Andi who married Ethan 5 years ago and is, well, desperate for a child. Ethan, as it happens, has 2 daughters. 12 year old too-good-to-be true Sophia who warmed to Andi pretty much the second they met and willful, stubborn teenage Emily, who didn't. I pretty much guessed the "bombshell" before I'd even read the first page, I read a lot of chick-lit and they're always rather predictable which I don't mind as long as the story is good.
Now Green is living in America, now she's a mother and a wife her storylines have changed. The single girl about town to suburban wife wasn't necessarily a bad thing (I enjoyed "Spellbound") but she's become so American. Gone are the sharp observations and cutting one liners from the "Jemima J" days, it's all very sentimental, sappy dialogue very much like her previous book. The other (BIG) issue I had was with the characters - I didn't like Andi and I thought her reaction to Emily's "news" was selfish and ridiculous. Green tries to portray her as this caring, kind woman we're all supposed to fall in love with but that isn't the case. Ethan was weak and was in desperate need of a backbone, I found him so frustrating. Sophia was one-dimensional, it was like Green used her as a voice of reason character - she's 12, give me a break! Even though Emily was supposed to be the "baddie" of the book, I actually felt a great deal of sympathy for although her miraculous personality change from demon child to mature, reasonable grown up was unrealistic.Read more ›
Andi is in her early forties and has been married to Ethan for 6 years. She's also stepmother to his two daughters - Sophia is 12 and Emily is 17. Her relationship with Sophia is close and warm, but Emily has never accepted Andi and it's causing serious friction in her marriage. As she wryly observes, the only times that she and Ethan fight, it's about Emily, but lately the fights have been occurring more often and more bitterly. Meanwhile Emily is going through an extremely rebellious phase. One night Ethan gets a call to say that his daughter has been arrested, but that's only the tip of the trouble that she has got herself into.
This is an extremely easy book to read. I read most of it in one day. It hums along, without any real twists or tension, but not entirely predictably either. The main problem that I had with it was that I never cared about any of the characters. Ethan, Andi and Emily are all pretty flawed and not terribly likeable. Nor did I believe for one moment in any of Andi's friends - they didn't feel like real people. But having said that, it's still an enjoyable read and I still found myself caught up in it. It's the kind of book that you want to read on holiday, when you don't want to have to think too much about what you're reading, just have it go down nice and easy. I liked it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very entertaining and especially like how the story is told from different characters.Published 1 month ago by Yvonne MacManan
A story about different people coming together as a step family and the struggles of adapting to a life together.Published 2 months ago by Sandra Baldwin
This book is 'A Patchwork Marriage' under a new name. How can the publishers get away with this? I've wasted my money on a book I have already read. Not impressed!!Published 6 months ago by Nicola Creasey