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  • Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312591829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312591823
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,485 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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Jane Green is a bestselling author of popular novels. She has been featured in People, Newsweek, USA Today, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan. She lives in Connecticut with her family.

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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.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Obsidian Blue VINE VOICE on February 25, 2012
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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.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Denise Whitcome VINE VOICE on April 28, 2012
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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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Luke811 on April 26, 2012
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Since Jemima J I have been a huge fan of Jane Green...until that is she seemed to lose that British charm that made her books so enjoyable. I'm not sure of her personal life but it seems as though as soon as she moved out of England and into Connecticut she completely changed the type of writer that she was. To read her books now, you would never know she is British or that she is even capable of writing funny books like Bookends or Straight Talking.

I'm not even sure why I tried reading this newest book since I have been so disappointed in her last few, but I guess I just keep hoping she will go back to the way she started. Sadly, this newest endeavor of hers is yet another frustrating tale. It was completely predictable, irritating, and frankly, boring. Not to mention, completely unbelievable. I had such a difficult time believing the actions of Emily, an 18 year old, who was struggling so much with her parents divorce that she basically was acting like a 5 year old. In addition, While I felt for Andi, her stepmom who was constantly berated by her, I could not stand her either. I found her to be whiny, and in a predictable fashion, started lusting after another man as soon as her marriage got the slightest bit rocky. To put it simply, I just don't care about these characters and am not sure I can even muster the energy to finish the last few chapters.

Sorry Jane, but I think you have officially lost me as a fan...unless of course Jemima decides to make another appearance.
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