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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 12 Mar 2012
This review is from: The Patchwork Marriage (Paperback)
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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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Initial post: 31 Aug 2012 15:35:28 BDT
Sophie Davis says:
this isn't a great book but for those that do want to read you have just ruined one of the only 'shocks' in the book by giving the main plot away. well done.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Aug 2012 17:28:20 BDT
Sorry, Sophie, which shock have I given away?

Posted on 5 Oct 2012 19:03:57 BDT
Rory says:
I didn't enjoy this book and found them all wet, especially Andi. Sadly the whole plot was obvious right from the first chapter. I found there were no surprises to be had at all. It was all laid out right at the beginning. It's a real shame.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2012 20:27:54 BDT
Thanks for saying there were no surprises and that it was obvious from the first chapter as a poster above says I gave the shock away!

I have read quite a few of this author's books before this one and have always enjyed them and found them interesting and well written. This one was a sad disappointment and a surprise in view of my feelings about her earlier work
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