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The Patchwork Marriage Paperback – 15 Mar 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 )
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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This book was full of characters i disliked intensely because they were boring, sad and totally disconnected! Andi the stepmother was a drippy, sad, lonely character that had no warmth or strength about her, her husband Ethan was a weak man in every area, Emily, Ethan's daughter and the source of friction within the family, was a strange mix of sad, lost, screwed up teenager and feisty who i did feel sorry for because she had such drippy parents\stepmnother.
If you like lots of sloppy, dumbed down, 'can see what is coming a mile off' type of books about family relationships when a new addition arrives then this book may be for you.
This could have been an excellent read if Andi had been a differnet character (Jane's usual strong, assertive, loveable character) as it was she decided to go for a weaker, passive character!
I hope this isn't a decline in Jane Green's writing because she will be sadly missed by me if it is. I always felt sad finishing her earlier books because i loved them so much but couldn't wait to finish this one so i could start something better!!
"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. Frankly, if I had the parents and stepmother she did I'd probably be a bit of a brat too.
I did read this in 24 hours so it was obviously compelling enough hence the 3 stars. However I do miss her earlier books and despite the lack of love I felt for the characters, without the gooey American writing which I'm sorry, I just can't take seriously, I would've given an extra star.
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.
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