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Product details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1st Penguin Edition edition (19 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014029595X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140295955
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Un-put-down-able. ("Cosmopolitan") Unexpectedly honest. ("Entertainment Weekly", A-) Warm, convincing and eminently readable. ("Booklist")

Un-put-down-able. --Cosmopolitan



Unexpectedly honest. --Entertainment Weekly



Warm, convincing and eminently readable. --Booklist



Un-put-down-able. --Cosmopolitan


Unexpectedly honest. --Entertainment Weekly


Warm, convincing and eminently readable. --Booklist


Un-put-down-able. --Cosmopolitan

Unexpectedly honest. --Entertainment Weekly

Warm, convincing and eminently readable. --Booklist

Un-put-down-able. Cosmopolitan

Unexpectedly honest. Entertainment Weekly

Warm, convincing and eminently readable. Booklist"

"Un-put-down-able." "Cosmopolitan"

"Unexpectedly honest." "Entertainment Weekly"

"Warm, convincing and eminently readable." "Booklist
"More Praise for the Novels of Jane Green
Gripping and powerful. Emily Giffin, #1 "New York Times "bestselling author"
" The perfect summer read. Kristin Hannah, #1 "New York Times "bestselling author
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" A warm bath of a novel that draws you in...Green s sympathetic portrayals...resonate. "USA Today
" Warm, witty, sharp and insightful. Jane Green writes with such honesty and zing. Sophie Kinsella, " New York Times "bestselling author"
" Her compelling tale reflects an understanding of contemporary women that s acute and compassionate, served up with style. "People
" The kind of novel you ll gobble up at a single sitting. "Cosmopolitan
" A smart, complex, character-driven read. "The Washington Post
" Green s novels consistently deliver believable, accessible, heartfelt, often heartwarming stories about real people, problems, and feelings. "Redbook""

Un-put-down-able. "Cosmopolitan"
Unexpectedly honest. "Entertainment Weekly"
Warm, convincing and eminently readable. "Booklist
"More Praise for the Novels of Jane Green
Gripping and powerful. Emily Giffin, #1 "New York Times "bestselling author"
" The perfect summer read. Kristin Hannah, #1 "New York Times "bestselling author
"
" A warm bath of a novel that draws you in...Green s sympathetic portrayals resonate. "USA Today
" Warm, witty, sharp and insightful. Jane Green writes with such honesty and zing. Sophie Kinsella, " New York Times "bestselling author"
" Her compelling tale reflects an understanding of contemporary women that s acute and compassionate, served up with style. "People
" The kind of novel you ll gobble up at a single sitting. "Cosmopolitan
" A smart, complex, character-driven read. "The Washington Post
" Green s novels consistently deliver believable, accessible, heartfelt, often heartwarming stories about real people, problems, and feelings. "Redbook"" --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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By A Customer on 5 April 2005
Format: Hardcover
The Other Woman is a fantastic character driven novel. All of the main and supporting characters are convincing - Ellie Black is a superb focus character. There have been a lot of strong female leads in novels this year ( Jo Jo Harvey; Marian Keyes - The Other Side Of The Story: Emma Corrigan; Sophie Kinsella - Irrespressible Spirit: Elsie Roundbottom; Steve Horsfall - You Are Here). Add Ellie to the growing list - long may it continue
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By A Customer on 13 Aug. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I found this book extremely disappointing. The 'heroine' Ellie is possibly the mosty moany, self-engrossed and spoilt character I have ever come across. The 'hero' Dan was so wet I wanted to wring him out! There is no plot, the novel is a rambling story akin to one your drunken mate might relate in a pub on Saturday night. As a single mum I was outraged by the patronising portrayal of single mums.Apparently we are either man-eating , selfish vamps (believe me Jane, we don't have the time) or "failures". I think this book is smug, artifical and insulting to readers intelligence. Don't waste your money.
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By ktc on 2 April 2007
Format: Paperback
not that i was expecting a mother in law rant book to be anything but predictable, to be honest. and this didn't disappoint in that respect...

but, unfortunately, the heroine was so throughly unpleasant to her actually not that bad at all mother in law, that the book was totally frustrating. combined with the fact she never stopped moaning and complaining throughout (it is written in the first person), i couldn't have cared less what became of her and her family

irritating and tedious beyond measure
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After I have heard so much praise about Jane Green i was seriously disapointed with this book! It just lacked excitment! The characters had no personality & i got to the point where i didnt care what happened to them! By the last few chapters i just ended up skimming through to get the general (predictable) idea of the ending. I always swap book with my sister but really couldnt put her through the pain of this one!
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This is chick lit at its laziest and really below the usual standard from Jane Green. The idea was ok but the plot was weak, the dialogue really poor, and as the main character, Ellie just came across as incredibly spoiled and immature throughout.I found it really difficult to empathise with her.

The total lack of communication between Ellie and Dan became really frustrating, and the whole plot conveniently skipped about to avoid explaining anything difficult.

I hated the patronising attitude about routines creating angel babies (was this book sponsored by Gina Ford??) and the horrible, cliched way single mums were portrayed as incompetents or maneaters.

This was one of those reads where you feel that the author had a deadline, and quickly churned something out to meet it. Read others by Jane Green, especially her earlier works which are great (except Spellbound!) but avoid this one. Instantly forgettable.
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By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
Simply brilliant! I couldn't put this down & was hooked from the moment I started reading it. Having been disappointed with Jane Green's last 2 novels, this one certainly didn't disappoint.
Jane's observation of Ellie's relationship with her husband and mother in law was spot on. Her description of life after having a baby really rang true - fantastic - one of her best books without a doubt.
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I seem to have 'grown up' with Jane Green's novels: her chick-lit offerings (such as 'Bookends' and 'Mr Maybe') seeing me through the horror of dating; Spellbound and Babyville as I got remarried and fell pregnant. I was eight months preganant when I bought this book, after being advised to get a book to read in early labour. I ended up reading it well before labour started (and, by the way, labour was far too painful for even this great read to distract me!)!IThis is not what the title might suggest. The other woman is, in fact, the narrator's mother-in-law, but even then, this book is not simply about a difficult relationship with one's partner's mother, but about human relationships and our expectations of other people. Jane Green does not write books which offer deep and meaningful thoughts on the human condition, she simply writes about people - other people. This offers pure escapism at its best, if you like your escape to be into other people's beliveable lives. My mother-in-law is great, by the way!
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Ellie had an alcoholic mother who died when she was young and her father was distant so when she falls in love with a man from a very close knit family she is over the moon to find the family she has always wanted. However she finds the attention of her mother-in-law, Linda, too much. Her husband Dan has always been his mothers favourite and he is only annoyed by Ellie's complaints. The main problem for me with the book is that I didn't really find much wrong with Linda's behaviour either. Without going into too much detail I found Ellie to be selfish and immature and she completely over reacted to the situations making it hard to really care about the outcome of the book which was more about adjusting to the reality of married life and motherhood than a showdown with an interfering mother-in-law as the synopsis would have you believe.
I am a big fan of Jane Green's books, especially Jemima J. However Green has obviously changed quite a bit since she started out. She is now married with 4 children (and has gone from a brunette to a severe looking blonde according to the picture cover) and I think her recent stories are much weaker, Spellbound was terrible.
With The Other Woman I just couldn't care about immature Ellie, wet fish Dan, over baring Linda or any of the secondary characters in the novel, including Ellie's friends.
Jane Green might be the Queen of Chick Lit but I think she needs to get back to her roots and write of the single ladies who generally much more interesting than her married characters. Anyone looking for an interesting book about freaking out about married life after the fairy tale should check out After Ever After by Rowan Coleman which was much more interesting.
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