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The Other Woman [Kindle Edition]

Jane Green
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Newly engaged, Ellie is thrilled to be accepted into the loving Cooper clan—which seems like the perfect family she never had—until she begins to realize that Dan’s mom, Linda, is a little too involved. Dan and Linda talk on the phone every day. Twice a day. As Dan and Ellie’s intimate civil wedding ceremony gets transformed into a black-tie affair, Ellie begins to wonder if it’s possible to marry the man without marrying his mother.

As troubles mount, Ellie turns to her friends—glamorous Lisa, who always looks like she’s just stepped off a runway, and wonderfully frazzled Trish—and tries to rediscover the independence she once had, and the man she still loves. But it seems that having a child and saving a marriage means growing up in ways she’d never imagined . . .



A warm, witty, and wise look at mothers-in-law and what they teach us about ourselves, The Other Woman is sure to please Jane Green’s growing legion of fans.




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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Ellie's found her Mr. Right—too bad his mom's got him all wrapped up in her apron strings. Bestseller Green (Bookends; Jemima J; etc.) saddles her heroine with the mother-in-law from hell in her latest bit of comic frippery. Ellie's mom was an alcoholic who died when Ellie was 13, so it's understandable that at first she's "over the moon" about being embraced by Dan's entire family. But poor Ellie never saw the meddlesome Mrs. Cooper coming. Mrs. Cooper calls her three times a day at work, plays devoted son against desperate daughter-in-law, takes control of the wedding plans and then, after the wedding and then birth of Ellie's son, Tom, seems to forget that Ellie even exists ("Hello, my gorgeous boys," she croons into the answering machine). More and more significant troubles loom: having a baby is hard! Marriage is hard! Green offers scenes of real pathos. ("We've become one of those couples that I used to dread becoming: the couples that sit in restaurants all night and don't say a word to each other"). The setup is solid, but the prose is flat: Ellie narrates with all the energy and élan of a bored, middle-aged housewife. She perks up, though, at the requisite happy ending. (Apr.)

From Booklist

When Ellie Black meets Dan Cooper, she feels as though she's found her best friend and soul mate. After an idyllic courtship, Dan proposes and Ellie happily accepts. She loves everything about Dan, even his family: his sister, Emma, has become her good friend, and his mother, Linda, might end up being the mother Ellie never had when she was growing up. Ellie's own family was far from ideal--her alcoholic mother died when she was 13, and Ellie and her father withdrew from each other almost completely. She hopes Dan's family will become her own, that is, until she gets to know Linda and realizes how controlling and manipulative she can be. Ellie's resentment toward Linda grows after she gets pregnant and gives birth to Tom. When an accident puts Tom's life at risk, Ellie's bottled-up emotions spill over and threaten not just her relationship with her mother-in-law but her marriage itself. Green, best-selling author of Jemima J (2000) and To Have and to Hold[BKL Mr 1 04], is particularly adept at producing engaging women's fiction, and her latest is a prime example--warm, convincing, and eminently readable. Although at times Ellie's venomous anger toward her mother-in-law grates, overall, she is a sympathetic heroine. Kristine Huntley
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Product Details

  • File Size: 454 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (June 6, 2006)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OZ0NYO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,936 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great, But Amusing March 29, 2005
Format:Hardcover
Jane Green has written much better books than "The Other Woman," but I would still recommend it for a fun, fast, mindless read; maybe while you are holed up for a weekend with a head cold.

It has a strangely stilted tone that doesn't appear in Green's other books, almost as if she were telling the story from far, far away, through a telephone. I can't explain it more than that, but it has a curious lack of affect to it, maybe because the plot was not close to the author's heart?

At any rate, this book tells the story of Dan and Ellie, a couple who meet, fall in love, get pregnant and marry (in that order), falling into an idyllic life that is marred by only one thing: "the other woman"--in this case, Dan's overbearing, in-your-face, no-boundaries-whatsoever mother, Linda. This woman is so over-the-top awful that she reads as a caricature; you really can't believe her antics or the rather lame reasons that Ellie, a high-powered career woman, folds into helpless girlhood in Linda's presence.

The book meanders on, pleasantly enough, until a denoument is reached. I didn't believe any of it, but I cannot say I didn't like the book. It has Green's usual fun cast of characters (although not half as endearing as in most of her books) and moves along quickly. Just don't expect a "Babyville"--or you will be very disappointed.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really bothered me July 17, 2005
Format:Hardcover
I thought I would like this book because I have a difficult relationship with my mother-in-law but it just bothered me. It started off good enough but just kind of fell apart. Unlike other reviewers I could understand how some of the things Linda did got under Ellie's skin, it was the inconsistancies that got to me. Ellie doesn't drink because her mother was an alcoholic (this point is made several times in the beginning of the book) and then all of a sudden she's a casual drinker like she'd always been, huh? She complains constantly that she doesn't have any friends yet she shares her deepest feelings and misses terribly her Sunday lunches with Fran. Her father reaches out to her at her wedding and then basically disappears from the book. And this is petty but she says at one point that she guesses she has "step" siblings or something. Who doesn't know that if your father has children with someone other than your mother that they are "half" siblings? I could go on and on but basically there were so many things that made me think "what?" it was hard to enjoy.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy self-punishment, read this book May 1, 2006
Format:Hardcover
I truly appreciate all types and forms of literature and very seldom do I come across a book that I will only finish reading out of sheer wonderment that it is truly as bad as it seems. And yes, "The Other Woman" is such a book.

I love chick-lit as much as the next "twenty-something receptionist with a lot of free time at work to actually complete an entire novel in a day..." but Green's mind numbing imposter almost made me feel guilty for getting paid to read. Not only is the "villian" just a slightly overbearing MOTHER with her intentions generally pointed in the right direction (our whiney and ungrateful main character becomes enraged that momma in law purchases new grandbaby a boat load of new fun goodies...any normal working class female citizan understands how strapped the dollars become once a new person is born into the family and would not only jump at a pile of lovely hand me downs but the idea of fantastic brand new baby things??? Thats enough to make one nearly wet herself! Why is Ellie so ungrateful? Her MIL beat her to the punch of baby shopping joy.) I was expecting truly unforgivable crimes of inlaw on inlaw but was left dissapointed and scratching my head asking the rehtorical question, "um...so what was your problem with her? She bought you nice things, took you on vacation, begged to babysit your child, and truely cared about your own wellbeing? How dare she?!?!"
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 1/2 stars May 10, 2005
Format:Hardcover
This system really should be set up to accept half stars. I don't like giving this book two stars, but IMO it didn't warrant three.

One reviewer remarked about some of the silly descriptive writing (cappucino machine greeting Ellie a 'shiny hello' was an excellent example); another reader said that this book was "character driven." I must respectfully disagree. Oh, there may have been lots of characters, but this was a PLOT driven book if I've ever read one. It reads like one reviewer described - as if someone was retelling a story to you - and you, the listener, has to just sit and nod your head.

None of the characters are sympathetic, except for Linda. And not the Linda at the end of the book - the Linda from the almost the very beginning. I should say that I am not a mother-in-law - my children are nowhere near the marrying age - and I even have a crappy MIL of my own, in fact (for different reasons). What I saw in this book was not an evil MIL. I saw a misunderstood MIL, maybe a bit of an overbearing MIL who wasn't a good listener. But the problem was not with Linda, it was with Ellie - bitter, jealous, resentful, nitpicky, whiny-baby Ellie - who, we're supposed to believe, is a top-level executive at work, and has been for years an independent woman -but melts into a malleable puddle around her MIL. Please. I find it hard to believe that at age 33, she did not know how to translate her people skills over to her personal life.

All these characters were two-dimensional. I did not know hardly anything, really, about any of them by the last page. Oh, sure, they all had lots of experiences, lots of things "happen" to them throughout the course of this 100-page-too-long book, but they did not come off the page for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
The Other Woman is a good read but it does drag in places. The story line has lots of ups and downs but ends on a very positive note.
Published 20 days ago by AuntLinda
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
I found this to be disappointing and different from my favorite Green novels. The majority of the book was the main character complaining. It was terribly redundant and annoying. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Mallory
4.0 out of 5 stars These people need help
Ok, in all fairness I am not done with this book but these three people are a mess! Heres my take:
Dan-needs to stick up for his wife against his over bearing mother... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Lily
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Green
Jane Green is a fantastic writer, I have just ordered all her books through Amazon! Looking forward to her newest book out in 2014.
Published 4 months ago by D. Tousley
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic Green
I liked this book as a classic Green novel, but the mother really just infuriated me too much. Well-written and the characters are easy to relate to.
Published 8 months ago by Katie Rowcliffe
1.0 out of 5 stars weak men, silly women
If you are looking for a novel that slams a truly awful MIL, this is not it. Neither is it a story about a couple that overcomes adversity together growing in the process, nor a... Read more
Published 12 months ago by thelegalalien
4.0 out of 5 stars It's A Lose-Lose
This book spoke to me because I have been in a sort of standoff with my son's girlfriend for a few years now when I consider myself to be a most tolerant and accepting person! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jan Genovese
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good read. Lots of changes and emotions going on. Jane Green definitely knows how to tell a story. Family, life and love...what could be better?
Published 14 months ago by Sara McClure
1.0 out of 5 stars The other women
This book is/was corny... i read all the way up to chapter 25 an stop i couldn't take it anymore. I was so waiting for the jiucey part.... Read more
Published 15 months ago by t (cookie)
2.0 out of 5 stars Ellie, the most annoying protagonist, EVER!
I found the author's style somewhat disjointed. When the book opened Ellie was playing hookie from work and waxing poetic about her upcoming wedding and her new coffee maker. Read more
Published 21 months ago by C. Temple
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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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