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Another Piece of My Heart Hardcover – Mar 13 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (March 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312591829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312591823
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #493,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A clear-eyed look at our idealized notions of love, family, and motherhood…Green is at her finest with this compelling novel. Deeper, more complicated, and more ambitious than her previous books, it will keep readers on edge as they wait to see how these tense family dynamics play out.” ―Library Journal (starred review)

“Told with her trademark sensitivity and insight, Green's latest offers everything readers expect from her: a moving story peopled with nuanced, sympathetic characters.” ―Booklist

“Green ramps up the emotional stakes.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Fans of Green's female-centric bestsellers will relish this latest family melodrama…Green paints a clear-eyed portrait of the challenges of step-parenting while offering hope that in even the most damaged relationships, dreams can come true.” ―People

“A warm bath of a novel that draws you in…Green's sympathetic portrayals of Andi and Emily resonate.” ―USA Today

“Could be the biggest novel of the bestselling writer's career.” ―The Connecticut Post

“Green finds honesty in [Andi and Emily's] alternating voices.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Green creates emotionally nuanced characters, first setting the scene from Andi's view, then shifting to Emily's first-person perspective. Green creates sympathy for Emily, by giving her hurt and insecurity an authentic teenage voice. While the character details of Green's family drama are unique, the emotions ring true and universal.” ―The New Jersey Star-Ledger

“Jane Green surpasses herself in her latest novel, a powerful and moving story of a family on the edge of emotional wreckage, and how love truly can--when combined with strength, patience and a little bit of grace--conquer all. I flew through it, unable to sleep until I knew how it turned out. That's how much she made me care.” ―Dani Shapiro, bestselling author of Devotion

“Jane Green writes of true love, instant families and the heartache of happily ever after with skill, grace and wisdom. You will laugh and cry as you read Andi's story, and you'll be inspired to pick up the phone and call your best friend to read a scene aloud. It's that good. It's that riveting. It's essential reading for the modern woman looking for connection and escape.” ―Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Lucia, Lucia and the Valentine Series

Another Piece of My Heart is an ambitious, at times devastating, and always wise novel that conveys the endless ways in which family both destroys us and saves us, very often at the same time.” ―Jonathan Tropper, bestselling author of This Is Where I Leave You

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jane Green is the author of twelve bestselling novels, dealing with real women, real life, and all the things in-between, with her trademark wisdom, wit and warmth. She contributes to various publications, both online and print, including Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, and assorted Anthologies.  Passionate about both food and the home, most weekends see her cooking up a storm in her home in Westport, Connecticut, where she lives by the beach with her husband and their many children.

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My Review: This past year I've found the wonder that are e-audiobooks. I love to download them from our public library (they're free from the library, people!!) onto my iPhone and listen to them when I'm on a walk or driving. They make me feel like I'm doing something other than just walking or driving and on a long 10 hour trip recently e-audiobooks were a great way to pass the time. Brad, my husband, especially likes me listening to them for part of long trips because that ensures that I'm not talking his ear off about any and all topics that enter my head.

I have read at least one book by Jane Green (over ten years ago) and I remember enjoying her writing style. Another Piece of my Heart showcases the intricacies of step-family relationships and I thought that the premise was interesting but unfortunately the execution was quite weak.

As lovers of audiobooks, we know that the narrator can make or break our enjoyment of a book. This book was read by the author who is British and while I love to listen to a British accent I have to admit that her accent threw me several times since the characters are all from California. My mind kept placing the characters on the west coast of England, not California and that really distracted me in the beginning.

Unfortunately I also felt that the characters were underdeveloped and felt very clichéd -- the step-mom trying to fit in, the sullen, rude and obstinate teenage daughter who hates her father's new wife, the perfect younger sister ... At first I found the issues between Emily and Andi interesting and complex but their issues soon felt very repetitive as they kept having the same arguments over and over again with no resolution in sight.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have."

Andi has moved from the east coast to the west coast and her home staging business has flourished. Now using match.com, Andi has met her perfect man, Ethan and he comes with two young daughters, the ready made family she longs for and hopes a baby of their own will complete the family.

When early onset menopause puts an end to baby dreams and Ethan refuses to consider adoption now that his two girls are in their teens, Andi begins to wonder if this life with its constant Emily dramas is really what she wants.

Jane Green's handling of the dynamics of the coming together of a couple, of a family, and in each person facing their own issues is an absorbing drama that makes this an interesting book to read.
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Great story. I enjoyed it very much!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa31524e0) out of 5 stars 247 reviews
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ca18dc) out of 5 stars When Mr Perfect comes with baggage April 13 2012
By Julia Flyte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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.

This book has been published in the US under the title Another Piece of My Heart.
44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ca1ce4) out of 5 stars Irresistible chick lit. Even if you think you're too cool for this sort of story. Feb. 25 2012
By Esther Schindler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
There's a scene early in Another Piece of My Heart in which one of the main characters is grieving for her mother. (Don't worry, that isn't a spoiler.) Her best friends come over with a box of See's Chocolates, and -- even though they are health-food California yoga-and-granola types -- say, "Sometimes, you just need some sugary crap." And they eat the entire box in one sitting.

That's pretty much how I feel after reading this novel. It's not deep meaningful fiction; I don't think anyone is going to choose this for their next book club meeting. But sometimes you just need someone to tell you a story about someone ELSE's problems and victories, and Another Piece of My Heart is a perfect example.

Our basic setup: Andi married in her late 30s, and feels she's found the perfect man. Ethan is warm and understanding, and Andi's happy to have a ready-made family, with Ethan's two teenage daughters from an earlier marriage. All she needs to feel fulfilled is a baby of her own. Only she has friction with the older daughter, and self-doubts. And that's just where we start...

This book is all about the characters and their relationships and their journeys. Andi is our main character but we also see into the worlds of the step-daughter Emily and several other key people.

I have oddly mixed feelings about the result. On the one hand, this novel is so very much a chick lit *fantasy*. When people get angry, they remain articulate. When they have a life-changing moment, they rarely waver. Ethan is a sensitive new age guy, the one that most women imagine to be perfect (he probably picks up his own socks, too), except for his understandable weakness for his older daughter. And he isn't very realistic. Most guys just aren't going to say, "I love you. I hate these fights, these moments that happen when we disconnect from each other so completely, but that isn't what defines our relationship." I don't think they talk that way during a marital argument even in California.

And yet... I couldn't put the book down. I ate the whole box of cheap chocolates at one sitting. Despite the fact that the prose is sometimes overworked sentimentality, the characters do come alive. I cared what happened to them. I don't really _believe_ them, but I wanted to. And I think you will, too.

If you're ready for a good wallow in a hot tub with bubble bath... this is the book you want beside you.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ca23fc) out of 5 stars Deception Jan. 22 2013
By Lynda L. Leatherman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I read the author's recent book, "Another Piece of my Heart." Turns out it was a re-issue, under another cover and name, of "The Patchwork Marriage." I wasted money buying this. How fraudulent of the publisher!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ca1bf4) out of 5 stars Mixed Bag for me April 28 2012
By Denise Whitcome - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Vine Customer Review of Free Product
First, the author's voice started to bother me after 11 hours. A British accent telling a story about Californians? It was discordant at times.

Second, the book itself was interesting, but at the end, I really didn't like any of the characters.

What did I like to give it 3 stars?
The author created real-life situations. I'm so used to reading romance and fantasy, with their black and white storylines, this was a nice change for me. Life didn't become perfect overnight, it took years of pain and struggles to reach that point and the book took you through all of the pain.

The main focus of the book was on a self absorbed stepdaughter who was experiencing immense pain over the indifference of her alcoholic mother. Only after 10 years of drama, do things get better. Wow, I'm worn out just thinking about it again.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ca1dc8) out of 5 stars Jane Green not at her best Aug. 14 2012
By Suzanne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have read every single book written by Jane Green and generally love them all. I did prefer the books from her London days but all in all also enjoyed reading the ones set in Connecticut. I was happy to see that after a long break a new book was to be published but sadly I must admit, that I was very disappointed! I really struggled to read the book, was not hooked at all and forced myself to finish it off. I hope the next one will be one of those books again, that I can't put down!

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