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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (June 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670020869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670020867
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the latest inviting summer read from bestseller Green (The Beach House), divorced mom Kit Hargrove learns about family, love, and the price of secrets while rediscovering passion for life and her small Connecticut beach town. As the off-season begins, Kit is still recovering from the breakup of her marriage (to solicitous but work-obsessed Adam), working for famously reclusive author Robert McClore, and practicing yoga with her new friend Tracy. Upheaval soon arrives in the form of a mysterious new boyfriend and a long-lost sister, as well as a scandalous secret regarding Kit's much-desired employer. Green's newest has all the right elements for a sun-baked afternoon of reading: sandy locales, hints of sex and scandal, and lots of strong female characters. With three main plots, however, Green tries to pack in too much story, ultimately shortchanging her characters and her readers.
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Jane Green is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and their blended family of six children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on June 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of Jane Green, and did enjoy this book overall, it was entertaining and light for a summer day ... but feel like the "rich family in connecticut" formula is getting old fast. Dune Road is set in a wealthy CT town and features characters that are very similar to her other novels. Yes, they're loaded. Yes, their husbands work on Wall Street. Yes, they wear 3 carat diamond studs. They all use the same interior designers, and drive luxury SUVs. Been there, done that in The Beach House, Swapping Lives, To Have and to Hold...the list goes on. Can't she think of something totally new and different than writing about rich people in CT?

Also, while Green happens to be English, the peppering of British slang throughout the book doesn't seem to make sense considering the characters (except for one) are all American, and an American reader unfamiliar with these terms may not understand why Kit is wearing a "vest" to yoga class instead of a tank top, or what on earth "sod's law" means (in case you're wondering, it's the same idea of Murphy's law).

Although Kit, the main character is recently divorced, you actually root for her to get back with her husband which is a bit odd for a chick lit novel, but I liked the relationship with the two characters and how they worked as a family, even when divorced. I did however see a lot of similarity between her and Daff from The Beach House.

Green also throws in a long lost family member plot (um, didn't that also happen in The Beach House?)

I'd recommend this as a vacation book but don't think it's Green's best.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. McGee TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 21, 2009
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After reading Jane Green's books for many years, and finding the last two or three to be disappointing, I picked up Dune Road hoping that she had somehow managed to find a trace of the flair she displayed in her earliest offerings, such as the delightful Jemima J: A Novel About Ugly Ducklings and Swans and thoughtful Bookends: A Novel. Instead of a lively and punchy chick lit work, however, I found myself reading the most banal novel full of the most irritating and dithering female characters it has ever been my misfortune to encounter in a novel with a contemporary setting; I wanted to pick most of them up and shake them until their hair was less than perfect and their gleaming teeth rattled at least slightly.

Kit is divorced from her Wall Street banker husband because, it seems, she couldn't find a better way to stop herself from being transformed into the kind of trophy wife he wanted. (It's no secret, from the earliest pages, that he still hankers after her and he's really her soul mate.) Her closest friend, meanwhile, after happily becoming a consumer goddess, is angry at her husband for mismanaging their finances and allowing her to become that woman. Leaving aside the issue of whether either woman is interesting or appealing enough to identify with, there's the bigger one of whether they are realistic.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Kline on June 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've read all of Jane Green's books and normally enjoy them. However, I couldn't wait to be done with this one, and not because I was loving it. The writing seemed very juvenile, as she repeated the characters thoughts and ideas over and over (felt like she was trying to fill pages). I saw one of the "twists" coming a mile away (don't want to give away any plot points), another of the "twists" just disturbed me. Overall, I didn't ever find myself caring for any of the characters like I usually do when reading Green, so I didn't care what happened. I just wanted to finish reading so I could get on to the next book in my reading list.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Emily Goldberg on September 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Like many of the other reviewers, I consider myself a huge fan of Jane Green. I am always very excited when I see that her newest novel is available at the library. However, this one was a serious let-down. In her earlier novels, there was a sort of edginess--funny and human and contemporary. This novel was not only very fomulaic, which doesn't always have to be a bad thing, it was also predictable, boring and irritating. Some in-depth descriptions of people's feelings and experiences were repeated throughout, a mistake a good editor would have fixed even if the author didn't notice, and I ended up just actively disliking characters I think I was supposed to like. [SPOILER ALERT: For instance, I initially wanted Kit and her husband to reunite, but not once he'd showed himself to be utterly lacking in integrity by being unable to keep himself from having an affair with Kit's much-younger half-sister, this was a character who could not be redeemed. An even worse scenario is when Kit's friend Tracy sets Kit up with her (Tracy's) physically and verbally abusive ex-husband in order to get money--and when Kit finds out, she's not the slightest bit angry. This is deplorable--what kind of world do these people live in that someone who is supposed to be a friend sets someone else up to be the victim of the same kind of abuse she herself suffered from? This is not exactly sisters-bonding chick lit, this is back-stabbing, appalling morals chick-lit.] All writers--all people, for that matter--should be allowed to have their off-times, but this book is way, way off, and Jane Green, as well as her publisher and her editor, should rethink their priorities.
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