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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718154568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718154561
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,117 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 )

About the Author

Jane Green is the Number One bestselling author of twelve previous 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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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Curiosity Killed The Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Jun. 2012
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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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bob and Billy's Mum on 16 April 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kay VINE VOICE on 2 Aug. 2012
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I have been a HUGE Jane Green fan for years and have read all her books so I was beyond excited when I saw this available in the Vine programme. I'm sad to say I was also disappointed.

"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.
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