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3.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 53.14 out of 5 3.14 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Green Narrator: Elizabeth Sastre Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2004 ISBN: 9780739302774
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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, she’s 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 crush—the wealthy, dashing man-about-town Joe Chambers—wants to make her his bride, Alice is more than willing to play Cinderella to Joe’s prince. Never mind that he wants her to change—a diet, ice-blond highlights, stilettos, snooty gallery openings—and that he’s allergic to nature and kids. She tells herself she’s happy to sacrifice for love, and besides, with Joe’s stunning good looks and high-profile career at a top financial firm, every woman in London wants to be in her shoes. 

But that’s just the problem. Despite Alice’s 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, Alice’s life turns upside down. As Joe continues to sneak around, and her best friend’s 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 out—and if she can summon up the courage to find real happiness on her own. 

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 2/20/2014

    " I think I read this book. Honestly, most of Jane Green's books are so similar that I can't be sure. But if I did, I'm sure it was OK, just like all the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 2/14/2014

    " Jane Green has a way with a story and though I sometimes I find her characters are a bit formulaic (late 20, early 30 something, modern females - with fantastic careers and/or families - searching for themselves) her plots and writing are sufficiently entertaining to keep me picking up her books. Alice is perhaps one of Green's best characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 2/12/2014

    " I enjoy Jane Green's novels because they are quick, fun reads. This book, however, is a little depressing as you are invited into a bad marriage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 2/6/2014

    " I continue to LOVE Jane Green! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christi | 1/22/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book and it was a great transition after reading an intense novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aubrey | 1/21/2014

    " I liked the ending! I am not a big fan of books on infidelity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/20/2014

    " Jane Green is sometimes great and sometimes mundane. This is one of her better novels about marriages falling apart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 1/19/2014

    " I read this a week ago and can't even remember it... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 1/15/2014

    " I liked this one, teaches a few life lessons! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellsa | 12/14/2013

    " kalo blm ngerasa dewasa n berumur cukup, dilarang keras baca buku ini..whahah..bisa bikin gangguan jiwa.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 11/19/2013

    " when you don't want to think, read some of Jane Green she's good "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cris | 11/7/2013

    " I usually like Jane Green books but not this one so much. Couldn't really like any of the characters. It had its moments. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 10/24/2013

    " The ending was a letdown. Fans of Green may like it, but it doesn't beat The Other Woman . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracie | 9/22/2013

    " Great story and writing but way too much use of the "F" word. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 7/5/2013

    " This was a new author for me. The story is very modern and lite to read. I cheered when Alice decided to do her own thing. I was glad that the author did not tie-up all the plots into a happy ever after ending. I will seek out this author again in the future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna-lena Schmitz | 3/8/2013

    " It was a nice read, but nothing special. Especially since I didn't really get the ending and begining with the "voice-over" and that made it somehow not really clear how the story was meant and if there was a book that follows this one.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsty (Blatant Biblioholic) | 1/8/2013

    " I know I read this, but can't remember much about it - so it can't have been great, but I also musn't have hated it. So it gets 2 stars! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie Guy | 11/5/2012

    " A complete waste of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerri Pine | 9/25/2012

    " Great read, first time reading Jane Green, want to read more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacey Schiager | 8/2/2012

    " This wasn't one of her better books. It was very predictable. And boring in areas "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joenna | 7/7/2012

    " Makes you want to hate men, and at the same time, have hope that there is a chance for true love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 9/24/2011

    " I liked reading about motherhood from every angle. No two moms are alike and Green brought that message home. I had a few lol moments and quite enjoyed the book, however it is not one of my favourite Green novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 8/31/2011

    " Easy to read chick lit. What was up with the weird, wrap-up ending? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 7/21/2011

    " Jane Green is just a fun read kinda author. During the school year I'm just to invested in school literature to read books with real substance so Jane is my fall back girl. There is no real redeeming quality just entertainment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 6/10/2011

    " Jane Green delivers again, a good love story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taysha | 5/7/2011

    " Meh. Just wasn't that great, really. The characters weren't all that believable, and the ending was lacklustre. I really just hoped for something better, I guess. It wasn't a complete waste of time, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/18/2011

    " the first half of the book was quick to read, but started making me feel kind of depressed for Alice--I loved the second half though because it made me want to move out the the country and fix up my own cottage! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 2/11/2011

    " It was an entertaining enough read, but the ending was so cheesy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 1/27/2011

    " Very girly, very chick-lit to the highest degree. But I liked it, and think that I read it before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 12/9/2010

    " Good chick lit. I liked it because we have all been in one of those "how did I get here" situations, especially with men. The guy was such a jerk in this book as well, she really did deserve better, but when your "dream guy" comes along, I can see how she gets swept up in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aubrey | 12/7/2010

    " I liked the ending! I am not a big fan of books on infidelity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 12/3/2010

    " Decent, easy read - pretty funny at times, but the plot was almost too predictable. The main character in the story seemed too intelligent to also be so naive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 11/8/2010

    " It was a really good read, the kind of book you can pick up and read in a couple of days. Even though I had a good idea of what was going to happen, I liked the journey to get there! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jana | 10/19/2010

    " Standard chick lit. I'd say skip it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 10/5/2010

    " My favorite Jane Green book yet! "

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About the Author
Author Jane Green

Jane Green is a former journalist in the United Kingdom and a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York. She has written seventeen novels, sixteen of them New York Times bestsellers. Her novels are published in over twenty-five languages, and she has more than ten million books in print worldwide. She writes a daily blog and contributes to various publications including the Huffington Post, the Sunday Times, and Self.

About the Narrator

Elizabeth Sastre has narrated dozens of audiobooks, including Bed Rest by Sarah Bilston, Brick Lane by Monica Ali, and The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde, which was an AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year in 2004.