Apr 28, 2012

A Patchwork Marriage by Jane Green, a novel

Comments: An interesting story about a second marriage, a stepmother, a rebellious stepdaughter, and her coming of age. I had to admire the patience of Andi in dealing with her husband Ethan, an overly indulgent father of a rebellious teenage daughter Emily, who is often very rude to her stepmom. I wondered how I would handle such a situation if I were in Andi's place.

A good book of women's fiction with believable characters. Recommended.

Title: The Patchwork Marriage by Jane Green 
Published 2012 by Michael Joseph, Penguin paperback
Genre: contemporary women's fiction
Rating: 4/5

Goodreads description:  A story that explores the complications of a woman marrying into a ready-made family, and the true meaning of motherhood. Andi has spent much of her adult life looking for the perfect man, and at thirty-seven, she's finally found him. Ethan--divorced with two daughters, Emily and Sophia--is a devoted father and even better husband. Always hoping one day she would be a mother, Andi embraces the girls like they were her own. But in Emily’s eyes, Andi is an obstacle to her father’s love, and Emily will do whatever it takes to break her down. (from the description of the same book published as Another Piece of My Heart,  March 13, 2012 by St. Martins Press)

Thanks to Penguin for a complimentary review copy of The Patchwork Marriage.


  1. I enjoy Jane Green novels, I tend to listen to them in the summer while hiking in Colorado (I can't explain why, I just tend to select one without reason). funny ha...

    Being a step daughter while in my teens... I will probably enjoy this one!

    Great review

  2. I have yet to try this author but I really like the synopsis of this one.....sounds like a book I would read!

  3. Sounds like an interesting read.

  4. This one sounds good! I'll be adding it to my list.

    Rude stepdaughters with overly indulgent fathers push my buttons, though...lol

  5. I don't think I've read anything by this author before, but I like realistic stories and characters and well...family conflict. Nope.. not shy to that at all!

  6. I do like books about complicated marriages, but I'm iffy on Jane Green.


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