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The Other Woman [Kindle Edition]

Jane Green
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 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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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: 761 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (June 6, 2006)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OZ0NYO
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great, But Amusing March 29, 2005
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really bothered me July 17, 2005
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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy self-punishment, read this book May 1, 2006
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, " 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible, horrible book with annoying characters April 5, 2006
I generally like Jane Green, but this was probably the worst book I ever read. I only finished it because I kept thinking it would get better, or there would be an awesome turn at the end. There wasn't. It was impossible to feel any empathy or even like for the main character because she was so passive and wishy washy. Ick. And her love-story with her husband was pathetic. You were supposed to feel like they were in love, but there was just nothing there. All of the characters lacked depth.

Overall, the book just made me feel tense. Skip it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Jule
I have read several of Jane Green's books, and although some of them have unrealistic parts in them, they are usually at least enjoyable. This book was horrible to read. The "evil" mother-in-law was nowhere close to how she was described on the back of the book. This is what is written:

"Ellie's problems have just began. When she discovers she is pregnant, she realizes that Linda has only been rehearsing for the real takeover".

What takeover? All Linda did was buy the baby a bunch of toys and clothes, show up at the hospital when her FIRST GRANDCHILD was about to be born, offer to babysit and give them a free vacation to the south of France. She may have dropped the baby, which was totally unrealistic, but it was an ACCIDENT.

I could go on and on, but I will just say that I do not recommend this book.
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Published 1 month ago by Brenda Behringer
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it!
very cute story, I enjoyed it!
Published 3 months ago by annette kregiel
2.0 out of 5 stars not her best
I have read a few of Jane Green's books and this was my least favorite. There is nothing really wrong with it... It lacks the pizazz and interest her other books have. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mj
4.0 out of 5 stars Delivers again
Jane green always writes of family,friendship and emotional hardship that must be faced and overcome. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really enjoyed this as well as all of Jane Green's books.
Published 4 months ago by Yvonne Ruskit
5.0 out of 5 stars very good read!
Very engrossing. The story of a relationship and the strains of marriage and babies but esp the relationship with the scheming mother in law
Published 5 months ago by Susan H in Cary NC
4.0 out of 5 stars The Other Woman
I like all of Jane Green's books. This one is edgier than most of her novels, but it is OK, holds the interest, and is well worth the entertainment.
Published 5 months ago by Mona Lisa
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Ms. Green's best but has pleasurable moments
I had not read one of Jane Green's books for quite sometime. I had this on my book shelf for a few years and decided I needed some chic lit after completing a heavier, dark novel. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Book Woman
5.0 out of 5 stars Mother-in-laws - desperate
This was an interesting story and as I am looking at it from the mother-in-laws perspective, I would say that the daughter-in-laws should take a second look at their... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
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 14 months ago by AuntLinda
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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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