The Patchwork Marriage, Paperback
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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.




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Having read a few of Jane Green's novels now, I can see aspects that are similar in the storyline to many of her other books. At first I though, oh we've been here before but as I read on I found this book was different. Yes there were threads of the story lines of other books but this was the first about a blended family and the sometimes joys and often difficulties faced in parenting someone else's children. It's no picnic in real life and this is captured beautifully in this story. What made the book interesting was it was depicted in three parts. The first is solely from the view point of the step-mother Andi. Unable to have children of her own and married to a man with two daughters she is desperate to love, Andi finds parenting 13-18 year old Emily a nightmare. Emily is precocious, selfish, manipulative, and downright dislikable. Her sister Sophie who is 3 years younger is a darling and easy to love. Andi struggles to manage the abuse from Emily and Ethan, the girls father refuses to stand up to Emily. He feels guilty about the marriage breakdown and the girls being exposed to an alcoholic mother. When you hit the second part of the book the story is told from the perspectives of Emily, Janice (mother), Ethan as well as Andi. The story still flows but you get such different perspectives about what is happening to the family. The third part is still from multiple perspectives and tells of the tearing apart of the family due to Emily's actions, but we see Emily finally mature and become a decent person and the reunion of the family. Another very easy and compelling read.

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