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Jane Green is the author of Straight Talking, Jemima J., Mr Maybe, Bookends, Babyville and Spellbound. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and four children.
At twenty-seven, Libby thinks there's a lot to be said for a rich husband. So when Nick comes along - lovely, funny, handsome Nick, who has no money whatsoever, lives in a grotty bedsit and thinks the perfect night out consists of the pub and his mates - she decides he's only good for a fling. No strings attached.Investment banker Ed, on the other hand, could possibly be the answer. His house in Regent's Park makes up for his hideous moustache and she can probably overlook his irritating habits, and anyway, he's crazy about her. But does Libby really know what she needs? Is she just in love with being loved? Or is she loving the lifestyle, rather than the man?
From the number one bestselling author of Tempting Fate and The Accidental Husband comes Jane Green's stunning new novel about a shattered marriage and a devastating betrayal A perfect stranger wants her perfect life. Grace Chapman has the perfect life, living comfortably with her husband, bestselling author Ted, in a picture-perfect farmhouse on the Hudson River in New York State. Then Ted advertises for a new assistant, and Beth walks into their lives. Organized, passionate and eager to learn, Beth quickly makes herself indispensable to Ted and his family. But Grace soon begins to feel side-lined in her home - and her marriage - by this ambitious younger woman. Is Grace just paranoid, as her husband tells her, or is there more to Beth than first thought?
Jane Green's The Accidental Husband is a powerful story about two women connected by an earth-shattering secret. Maggie and Sylvie are perfect strangers: two very different women, living very different lives on opposite coasts. But they share more in common than they could ever imagine. Both women have beautiful children on the verge of flying the nest, the home they worked hard to build and always longed for, and a handsome and devoted husband they can't believe belongs to them. Both women think their lives are seamlessly secure, but they couldn't be more wrong...For each is about to discover a secret that will shake their world to the very core, throwing into doubt everything they ever thought they knew, and bringing Maggie and Sylvie together in the most unexpected way. Praise for Jane Green: A heartbreaking tale of love and family, truly compelling . ( Closer ). Compulsively readable. I raced through it . ( Daily Mail ). Green is women's fiction royalty ...a compelling family drama . ( Glamour ). Jane Green's internationally best-selling novels, including The Other Woman , Jemima J. , Babyville , Girl Friday (published as Dune Road in the USA), Life Swap ( Swapping Lives ), Spellbound ( To Have and to Hold ), The Beach House , Second Chance , Straight Talking , Mr. Maybe , Bookends , The Love Verb and The Patchwork Marriage ( Another Piece of My Heart ) are incredibly moving and extremely relatable. The Accidental Husband is Jane's fourteenth novel. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and their blended family of six children.
The other woman of the title is a lady your husband can hardly ditch – his mother! This is a glorious tongue-in-cheek, bitterly astute dissection of an impossible situation. Comparison: Chris Manby, Claire Calman, Mavis Cheek.Similar this month: Catherine Alliott, Erica James.
Number one best-seller Jane Green - author of The Love Verb and Spellbound - examines the dynamics of family life and relationships in her novel The Patchwork Marriage. When he asked her to be his wife, he also wanted a mother for his children . . . When Andi marries Ethan she gets a ready-made family in the shape of his daughters Emily and Sophia. Unable to have a child of her own, and crazy in love with Ethan, she has a chance to make the perfect family. But teenager Emily's hostility leaves Andi feeling hated in her own home. And worse, Ethan, blinded by love for his daughter, cannot see that her behaviour is driving a wedge through their marriage. So when Andi and Ethan's world is rocked by an act of recklessness, Andi knows that their whole future is in doubt. Can Andi and Ethan heal the rift in their relationship? Can each of them find enough love to go around? And how strong can a patchwork marriage ever be? 'A heartbreaking tale of love and family, truly compelling' Closer 'Green is women's fiction royalty . . . a compelling family drama' Heat 'A compulsive and moving read' Good Housekeeping Jane Green's internationally best-selling novels, including The Other Woman, Jemima J., Babyville, Girl Friday (published as Dune Road in the USA), Life Swap (Swapping Lives), Spellbound (To Have and to Hold), The Beach House, Second Chance, Straight Talking, Mr. Maybe, and Bookends, are moving and extremely relatable. The Patchwork Marriage is published as Another Piece of My Heart in the USA.
From Jane Green, the New York Times bestselling author of such beloved novels as Jemima J, The Beach House, Another Piece of My Heart, comes an enthralling and emotional story about how much we really understand the temptations that can threaten even the most idyllic of relationships....Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for eighteen years. They have two teenaged daughters. They have built a life together. Forty-three year old Gabby is the last person to have an affair. She can't relate to the way her friends desperately try to cling to the beauty and allure of their younger years...And yet, she too knows her youth is quickly slipping away. She could never imagine how good it would feel to have a handsome younger man show interest in her-until the night it happens. Matt makes Gabby feel sparkling, fascinating, alive-something she hasn't felt in years. What begins as a long-distance friendship soon develops into an emotional affair as Gabby discovers her limits and boundaries are not where she expects them to be. Intoxicated, Gabby has no choice but to step ever deeper into the allure of attraction and attention, never foreseeing the life-changing consequences that lie ahead. If she makes one wrong move she could lose everything-and find out what really matters most. A heartfelt and complex story, Tempting Fate will have readers gripped until they reach the very last page, and thinking about the characters long after they put the book down.
Summer Secrets by number one bestselling author, Jane Green, is a gripping tale of recovery and redemption. June, 1998. At twenty-seven, Cat Coombs is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral. She makes mistakes that cost her the budding friendship of the only women who have ever welcomed her. And nothing is ever the same after that. June, 2014. Cat's life has come full circle. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, the gorgeous New England island where the women she once called family still live. What Cat doesn't realize is that these women, her real father's daughters, have secrets of their own. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone's need for revenge.
The internationally bestselling author of Swapping Lives weaves a spellbinding story of the power of friendship and the search for happinessA group of friends sits around a half-cleared dinner table. Now in their late thirties, most havent seen one another for years. Paul, a handsome freelance journalist, is happily married to a gorgeous fashion entre-preneur, but theyre strugglingunsuccessfully so farto have children. Saffron lives in Los Angeles; shes had many roles but is hoping for that one big break as she navigates a secret love affair with one of the most famous men in the world. Olivia, always the wallflower of the group, runs an animal shelter in London and finds herself single after her longtime lover walked out. And the hostess, Holly, is married to the perfect man, has two perfect children, and lives in the perfect house . . . or does she? When their friend Tom is killed in a terrorist attack, the group gathers to mourn, and as they do they rediscover the power of friendship, the politics of change, and the true meaning of a mid-life crisis. Engrossing, mesmerizing, and deliciously appealing, SECOND CHANCE will strike a chord with anyone who is still trying to figure life out.
What happens when your Prince Charming turns out not to be so charming after all? In To Have and To Hold, bestselling author Jane Green offers a sizzling, highly entertaining look at romantic relationships after we say I do. Alice knows she should be happy. A charming twenty-eight-year-old with a successful catering business, shes always dreamed of a rose-covered cottage in the English countryside, filled with children and animals and home-cooked meals. Her favorite attire is comfy jeans, her best manicure features garden dirt under the nails. But when her teenage crushthe wealthy, dashing man-about-town Joe Chamberswants to make her his bride, Alice is more than willing to play Cinderella to Joes prince. Never mind that he wants her to changea diet, ice-blond highlights, stilettos, snooty gallery openingsand that hes allergic to nature and kids. She tells herself shes happy to sacrifice for love, and besides, with Joes stunning good looks and high-profile career at a top financial firm, every woman in London wants to be in her shoes. But thats just the problem. Despite Alices efforts to be the perfect wife, Joe soon reveals a penchant for being hopelessly unfaithful. When a notorious indiscretion with a female colleague forces Joe to transfer to New York, Alices life turns upside down. As Joe continues to sneak around, and her best friends beau offers a tempting glimpse of what real love could be like, Alice must decide how much Cinderella she can take before her deepest desires win outand if she can summon up the courage to find real happiness on her own. Delicious, witty, and packed with sparkling sex appeal, To Have and To Hold is an unputdownable read that will have you rooting out loud for its endearing heroine. A #1 bestseller in Britain, this latest tale from the beloved, utterly winning Jane Green proves that the search for true love doesnt always end when someone dons a veil, and offers a lively, refreshing take on modern marriage.
Meet Julia, a wildly successful television producer who appears to have the picture-perfect life. But beneath the surface, things are not as perfect as they seem. Stuck in a loveless relationship with her boyfriend, Mark, Julia thinks a baby is the answer . . . but she may want a baby more than she wants her boyfriend. Maeve, on the other hand, is allergic to commitment. A feisty, red-haired, high-power career girl, she breaks out in a rash every time she passes a stroller. But when her no-strings-attached nightlife leads to an unexpected pregnancy, her reaction may be just as unexpected . . . And then theres Samanthahappily married and eager to be the perfect June-Cleaver mother. But baby George brings only exhaustion, extra pounds, and marital strife to her once tidy life. Is having an affair with a friends incredibly sexy husband the answer? With Babyville, bestselling author Jane Green applies her golden touch to the next phase of a girls life. By turns witty, rollicking, and tender, this sparkling, sexy tale about the complexities of modern motherly love isnt really a story about babiesits about three friends whose lives are suddenly turned upside down by that life-changing event that hangs over the head of every single girl: motherhood.
The joyously funny, heartwarming and uplifting novel of two women swapping their lives for a month, from No. 1 bestseller Jane Green 'Compelling, funny, like sitting down with a good friend who is telling you a story' 5***** Reader Review 'One of the best books I have read' 5***** Reader Review 'A fantastic novel! I couldn't help but devour every page' 5***** Reader Review ______ From the outside Vicky Townsley appears to have it all. Features Director of the hugely successful Poise! magazine, she lives in London alone, single, and seriously successful. But she'd give it all up in a heartbeat for marriage, children, and a house in the country. Amber Winslow has exactly what Vicky Townsley wants; a huge stone mansion in Highfield Connecticut, children, and a busy charitable commitment for the local Women's League. But Amber isn't happy either. She hasn't found the fulfilment she expected from being a full-time wife and mother, so when she spots a double page spread in Poise! magazine asking married readers to life swap with a glamorous, single journalist in London, she sits down and writes a letter. But she never expected to be picked . . . Life Swap is the story of what really happens when two women decide to walk in one another's shoes for a month. It's the story of the grass not being as green as you might think, and of discovering that happiness is not always where you expect it to be. ______ Praise for Jane Green: 'Jane Green writes with such honesty and zing' Sophie Kinsella 'Green is women's fiction royalty' Glamour 'I'm in AWE of Jane Green' Marian Keyes
Rarely is an artist so closely associated with a single work as is Jay DeFeo with her monumental painting The Rose. Begun in the late 1950s, when DeFeo, a central figure of the Beat generation of San Francisco, was just starting to garner widespread national recognition, the visionary work occupied the artist for eight years. Massive in scale, layered with nearly two thousand pounds of paint, the overpowering painting was already famous before its first exhibition in 1969 at the Pasadena Art Museum. It was next exhibited in San Francisco, then stored at the San Francisco Art Institute, where it languished for twenty-five years before a historic conservation restored it to public view. The Rose now resides in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. This volume is the first major study of The Rose in particular and of Jay DeFeo in general. In the collection, eleven distinguished art and cultural historians--Bill Berkson, Niccolo Caldararo, Richard Candida Smith, Walter Hopps, Lucy R. Lippard, Greil Marcus, Sandra S. Phillips, Marla Prather, Carter Ratcliff, David A. Ross, and Martha Sherrill--unfold the story of the creation, as well as the tricky and painstaking rescue, of DeFeo's radiant masterpiece. While providing new material on The Rose and exposing many myths surrounding both the artist and her great work, these essays also place Jay DeFeo in relation to artists of her time, including Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Lee Bontecou, and Eva Hesse. The book, which adds significantly to the scholarship of postwar American art, includes nearly eighty halftones, thirteen color plates, and Judith Dunham's detailed Rose-related chronology.
Jane Green, author the best-sellers The Beach House and Second Chance, follows happily married Alice who moves from London to the USA only to discover that her life is not as fairy-tale as it seems in Spellbound. Alice has everything. So why isn't she happy? After all, she has a handsome husband, a gorgeous home and membership of London's most exclusive clubs. Okay, Joe can't keep his hands to himself - but she got what she wanted, didn't she? When Joe's indiscretions force a transfer to New York, Alice hopes it'll be a fresh start. And when they find a beautiful old house in Connecticut she is overjoyed. For a while Alice and Joe are as happy as newlyweds. But then the late nights and unexplained absences start. Alice is desperate to give her marriage a fairy tale ending. What should she do? Stay and fight for Joe? Or try to break the spell he's cast over her? 'Will have you hungrily turning page after page' Heat 'Green whips up a sparkling morality tale that points the finger at bad boys and low-rent romance' Independent 'Her books are just damn readable' Glamour Jane Green's novels, including The Other Woman, Jemima J., Babyville, The Love Verb (published as Promises to Keep in the USA), Girl Friday (Dune Road), Life Swap (Swapping Lives), Straight Talking, The Patchwork Marriage (Another Piece of My Heart), Mr. Maybe, and Bookends, are as moving as they are funny and have achieved best-seller status internationally. Spellbound is published in the USA as To Have and to Hold.
Jane Green, author of the best-sellers Second Chance and Straight Talking, examines friendships and their limits in her highly entertaining novel Bookends. On the shelf, but still best friends . . . Cath is scatty, messy and guarded. While Si is impossibly tidy, bitchy and desperate for a man of his own. They are total opposites - but equally unlucky in love. And they've stuck together through thick and thin. Because that's what best friends do. So when their beautiful friend Portia - the undisputed queen of their group of friends at university - steps back into their lives, after a ten year gap, her reappearance tests both Cath and Si's friendship to the limit. What does Portia want? Will she be a force for good in their lives, or something darker? And will Cath and Si ever get lucky in love? 'Funny and poignant - you'll devour it in one sitting' Cosmopolitan 'Quick, witty, unputdownable and perfect beach reading' Daily Mirror 'Hugely enjoyable' Daily Express Best selling author Jane Green has captured the imaginations of readers in the UK and the US with her frank and funny approach to those day-to-day issues that affect women everywhere. Other titles also published by Penguin include The Other Woman, Jemima J., Babyville, The Love Verb (published as Promises to Keep in the USA), Girl Friday (Dune Road), Life Swap (Swapping Lives), The Patchwork Marriage (Another Piece of My Heart), Spellbound (To Have and to Hold), The Beach House, and Mr. Maybe.
Mr Maybe is the hilarious romance from star author Jane Green. At twenty-seven, Libby thinks there's a lot to be said for a rich husband. So when Nick comes along - lovely, funny, handsome Nick, who has no money whatsoever, lives in a grotty bedsit and thinks the perfect night out consists of the pub and his mates - she decides he's only good for a fling. No strings attached. Following the success of Straight Talking and Jemima J, in Mr Maybe is Jane Green's third novel with her usual brilliance at writing about love and life. Investment banker Ed, on the other hand, could possibly be the answer. His house in Regent's Park makes up for his hideous moustache and she can probably overlook his irritating habits, and anyway, he's crazy about her. But does Libby really know what she needs? Is she just in love with being loved? Or is she loving the lifestyle, rather than the man? Praise for Jane Green: '[Jane Green] is amazing with a capital A' Heat 'A righteously hilarious read' Glamour Jane Green is a former journalist who gave up her job on the Daily Express to write a real woman's account of being single in the city. That account became Jane's first novel, Straight Talking. A huge success, Straight Talking was followed by eleven more bestselling novels: Jemima J, Mr Maybe, Bookends, Babyville, Spellbound, The Other Woman, Life Swap, Second Chance, The Beach House, Girl Friday and The Love Verb. Jane lives in Connecticut with her husband and their blended family of six children.
Discover the addictive and uplifting story of reinvention, self-discovery and the meaning of true love from the bestselling author of Life Swap and The Friends We Keep 'Inspirational, uplifting, made me laugh and left me feeling very happy' 5***** Reader Review 'Compulsively readable' Sunday Times 'Perfect if you want to feel uplifted . . . So relatable' 5***** Reader Review _______ Jemima Jones is overweight. About seven stone overweight. Treated like a slave by her thin and bitchy flatmates, lorded over at the Kilburn Herald by the beautiful Geraldine (less talented, but better paid), her only consolation is food. What with that and her passion for her charming, sexy colleague Ben, she knows her life needs changing. But can Jemima reinvent herself? And should she? _______ 'The kind of novel you'll gobble up in a single sitting' Cosmopolitan 'Green writes with acerbic wit about the law of the dating jungle' Sunday Express Readers ADORE Jemima J: 'Truly uplifting and fun' 5***** Reader Review 'I was utterly engrossed' 5***** Reader Review 'A fantastic book that you can't put down' 5***** Reader Review 'Beautiful and heartwarming' 5***** Reader Review 'Light hearted, warm and funny' 5***** Reader Review