The Patchwork Marriage

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The Patchwork Marriage, Jane Green, book reviewI’ve been reading Jane Green’s books for quite a few years now and I’ve generally really enjoyed them. However, that enjoyment is nothing compared to how I felt reading her latest book, The Patchwork Marriage which is absolutely brilliant! I was completely hooked from the first page until the very last and I didn’t want to put it down at all.

The Patchwork Marriage tells the story of Andi and Ethan. They married when Andi was approaching her forties and she became stepmother to Ethan’s two daughters, Emily and Sophia. There was always the idea that they would add to the family but the early onset of the menopause put paid to those hopes. That would probably be OK if the family was a happy one. Although younger stepdaughter, Sophia, loves her and they have a good relationship, Emily hates her and is openly antagonistic and Andi hates to see how she is able to manipulate her father. Also, Emily’s actions are driving a wedge between Andi and Ethan.

With Emily, one drama follows another, and all the family suffer in the fallout. Just when Andi feels that, although she loves Ethan, she can not take it a moment longer, Emily delivers the most unexpected bombshell that threatens to shatter this already fragile family, into a thousand pieces. How does the family move forward and will they survive as a family? These are all questions that you will want answered in this wonderful book.

“It’s definitely advisable to have the tissues handy!”

The Patchwork Marriage is one of the best books that I have read in a long while and definitely the best that I have read from Jane Green. The story is painful but real and you can’t help but get caught up in the daily dramas of this unhappy family. Any woman who has ever found themselves in the position of stepmother will identify fully with Andi and the way that she feels that she has to walk on eggshells around the troubled Emily. The complexities of step families are explored extremely well and the reader is able to share all the angst and emotion that these bring with them.

I thought that The Patchwork Marriage is extremely well written and I did not find my interest waning for a second. The story was well paced with some lighter moments interwoven with the more poignant ones. There were moments that made me smile but I also have to confess that there were quite a few moments that made me cry. It’s definitely advisable to have the tissues handy!

I loved all of the characters in The Patchwork Marriage and felt for them all in different ways. Jane Green is so very good at making her characters believable and helping the reader to understand them. Andi, Ethan, Sophia and Emily – I found them all fascinating as well as all of the minor characters that are integral to the story.

The Patchwork Marriage is a fabulous book and is sure to appeal to all Jane Green fans. I definitely recommend it and I expect that you will not want to put it down.

The Patchwork Marriage by Jane Green
Published by Michael Joseph, March 2012
I am very grateful to the publishers for sending me a copy to review.

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One Comment on "The Patchwork Marriage"

  1. Harvee (Book Dilettante)
    24/04/2012 at 23:18 Permalink

    I agree that this was an enjoyable book. I don’t have stepchildren so can’t emphatize with the Andi, though I could certainly symphatize with her frustrations with Emily. This is my first Jane Green book and I hope it won’t be my last!

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My name is Jo and I have been married to Simon for nine years. We have two beautiful daughters – Rachel who is six and Natalie who is almost five and starting school in January. I also have two step children aged twenty one and seventeen so family life is never dull. I also manage to work three days for a local education authority where I support the teaching of literacy in primary schools. I love my job and it’s ideal for a book lover like me. In my spare time I run, dance and occasionally tread the boards with my local amateur dramatics group. My first love is reading though and you will never find me without a book on the go. My husband is also an avid reader and we are hoping to pass on our love of reading to our daughters. They certainly love their bedtime stories every night. Although I have and English degree and I am familiar with most of the classics, I generally read much lighter stuff these days. It’s mainly ‘chic lit’ but I also enjoy a good thriller or courtroom drama. I have so many favourite authors and this list tends to change regularly depending on what I am reading.

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