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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #388,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[Green] has a soothing voice. It is a pleasure to listen to her as she brings the characters to life.” – ­Record-Courier

--This text refers to the Audio CD 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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By Sandra Wilson on July 11 2014
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Great story. I enjoyed it very much!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
When Mr Perfect comes with baggage April 13 2012
By Julia Flyte - Published on
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.
43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Irresistible chick lit. Even if you think you're too cool for this sort of story. Feb. 25 2012
By Esther Schindler - Published on
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.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Fine Page Turner by Green Feb. 25 2012
By Obsidian Blue - Published on
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
The newest offering by Jane Green "Another Piece of My Heart" tells the story of Andi a stepmother to two teenage girls' trying her best to be loving stepmother though one of her stepdaughter's makes it extremely hard.

The main protagonist of the novel, Andi, is a loving wife to a divorced man named Ethan. Ethan when she meets him is divorced with two daughters, who at the start of their relationship were fairly young. The two girls, Emily and Sophia are like night and day. Sophia loves Andi and Andi loves her. However, the oldest daughter, Emily, has a contentious relationship with Andi that often turns into bitter arguments, fights, with Emily always getting her way.

However, Andi wants more than anything to get along and love Ethan's daughters like her own since she wants to have a large family and eventually have more children with Ethan.

As the novel progresses we have Andi now 41 and married to Ethan for several years, and Emily now 17 still fighting and causing a lot of scenes and frequent fights between Andi and Ethan. Emily at the time is just drifting and has no plans for college, but frequently comes home drunk and high.

During this time period an event occurs that I felt was telegraphed very early by Jane Green dealing with Emily and how it will now affect Andi and Ethan.

I also felt that the event was such a cliche and what ended up happening was a cliche that I found myself checking out mentally as I continued to read. I called every event that happened with the characters afterwards right up to the happy ending.

I have to say that though the book overall was written very well I found myself disappointed and wished that Jane Green had chosen a different outcome to her story. She had great potential there and I think she just wanted to ensure a happy ending for all of the characters.

Additionally, I think Jane Green made a mistake in switching from Andi back to Emily's point of view throughout the novel. By the time the novel switches to Emily's point of view I was fully invested in Andi and felt myself getting frustrated with Emily since she was selfish and thoughtless throughout. Also at that point about 40 percent of the novel had just been told from Andi's point of view and it would have been better served to leave it as Andi's story, not Emily's.

Finally though, what really disappointed me above all else when I finished this book was that by the end of it Emily does a total 180 and to me as a reader it felt forced. Sometimes stories can be left open ended or even sad it doesn't take away from the novel.

Overall grade: C+
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Deception Jan. 22 2013
By Lynda L. Leatherman - Published on
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
Mixed Bag for me April 28 2012
By Denise Whitcome - Published on
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.

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