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Author: Jane Green Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2004 ISBN: 9781415904367
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When Alice's wealthy—and much coveted—teenage crush, Joe, asks her to marry him, she is prepared to trade in her dream of a cottage filled with children, animals and home-cooked meals for what he has in mind for her: stilettos, blond highlights, and a diet. She tells herself that she's happy to sacrifice for love, especially when every woman in London would like to be in her shoes. But when her cheating Prince Charming is forced to relocate to New York as a result of an indiscretion with a female colleague, Alice feels her life spinning out of control. But soon enough, she finds herself renovating a country house in Connecticut—and in the process rediscovering herself. Friends, fresh air, and her best friend's boyfriend offer her a glimpse of a life—and love—she always wanted. But can she break Joe's spell?

"A sparkling morality tale that points the finger at bad boys and low-rent romance."—The Independent, U.K. Download and start listening now!

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  • “With its human characters (no one behaves perfectly, not even Alice), multiple points of view and attention to detail, this latest from popular chick lit author Green is a more serious offering. It’s appealing and readable, although a bit slow at times and gloomier than her previous books.”

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynsay | 2/19/2014

    " I have to say, I found this disappointingly bland. I've read several Jane Green books, and I always read them with the vague feeling that I've read them before and have just forgotten the specifics. I think this may be my last attempt at a Jame Green book, which is frustrating as I loved Jemima J and Mr Maybe! Its just too annoying to read a book and find the storyline so derivative that you have a constant sneaking suspicion that you've read it before. I was also frustrated as *possible spoiler* the supposed big climax of the book is a bit of a damp squib. It builds for so many pages, then the denouement is dealt with almost as an afterthought and disposed of in about three pages. Disappointing and derivative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cambria | 2/18/2014

    " It's Jane Green, if you liked her other books, you'll like this one.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 2/10/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/5/2014

    " It really makes you think about who you are and what you would be willing to put up with for love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teryl | 2/4/2014

    " I read a ton of mixed reviews on this book, so I was a little leary about it, but I must say I really enjoyed. I love how the main character was able to find the happiness she deserved and be herself! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 2/1/2014

    " This book was fabulous. It was a great story of what happens when Prince Charming turns out to be a toad. Alice thought that Joe Chambers was the perfect man, but he has a wandering eye. Even though he molds her into his ideal woman, he can't help but test out greener pastures. Alice loves her husband, and she doesn't want to see his true colors. Eventually, Joe's wandering indiscretions forces him to leave his prominent position in the UK. Alice discovers her ideal life in the US, but Joe can't stop cheating. So what happens when Alice finally faces the truth? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 1/19/2014

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandra | 1/16/2014

    " very slow starting.... not planning on finishing it.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/9/2014

    " To Have and To Hold: A Novel by Jane Green (2005) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicky | 12/30/2013

    " MY favorite Jane Green book, although no one else thinks so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanna | 12/12/2013

    " Jane Green is a great read...predictable (most of the time) but very entertaining in delivery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 12/5/2013

    " Quick, easy, entertaining read. Jane Green never disappoints. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorri | 12/4/2013

    " Loved this book! Couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 10/25/2013

    " Kind of slow in places...not her best work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 5/25/2013

    " Cute. I liked this better than Jemima J. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsty | 1/25/2013

    " 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jule | 12/8/2012

    " Not one of Jane's best books, but a nice read anyways. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracie | 11/19/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 8/2/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lex | 5/3/2012

    " Another sub-par Green novel. She has done better than this one "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellsa | 2/8/2012

    " 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 Alex | 2/6/2012

    " I liked the plot twists in this book-- it didn't follow the traditional formula, and I appreciated that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nuria | 5/11/2011

    " Setelah membaca buku ini untuk ketiga kalinya, saya jadi benar-benar merasakan bagaimana jadinya harus berpura-pura demi sebuah perkawinan yang di impian kita merupakan perkawinan yang sempurna. Dan apa hasilnya? Being yourself memang hal yang paling penting "

  • 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 2/28/2011

    " Chick lit pure and simple. "

  • 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! "

About the Author

Jane Green is a former journalist in the United Kingdom and a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York. She has written more than a dozen novels, including five 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

Kate Reading has recorded hundreds of audiobooks across many genres, over a thirty year plus career. Audie Awards: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (mystery), Breasts (non-fiction), Bellwether (fiction), and Words of Radiance (fantasy), co-narrated with her husband, Michael Kramer. Among other awards, she has been recognized with: the ALA Booklist best of 2019 for Bowlaway (fiction), AudioFile Magazine Voice of the Century, Earphones Awards, Narrator of the Year, Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Publisher’s Weekly’s Listen-Up Award. She records at her home studio, Madison Productions, Inc., in Maryland.