Very fun, compelling British chick lit. As soon as Dan proposes, Ellie discovers more and more how close-knit his family is. At first she loves it, then it begins to work against her as she and Dan start a family and his mother becomes far too involved. Lots of humor but plenty of heart-rending struggles, too -- like real life.
...okay. To all those Jane Green fans out there. I promise that I'll give her another shot. This book was good but it wasn't great. I had a hard time getting through it actually. I know a lot of Jane Green fans that would smack me right now but maybe I just picked the wrong book. I'm going to try another one and get back to ya!
This was my first Jane Green novel. I couldn't get through it! It was too slow and boring for me. Possibly because her mother in law is not nearly as bad as mine. I actually put it down 3/4 of the way through and have no desire to find out what happens. I guess I'm not a Jane Green kinda girl
Anyone with a mother-in-law will find some moments in this book where they nod their head understandingly. I remember the time my mother-in-law visited and while I was at work, rearranged my kitchen cabinets so they'd be more efficient...
The Other Woman of the title is not a mistress, but a mother in law. When Ellie Black marries Dan Cooper, she is thrilled to be part of the family that she never had. Soon it becomes apparent that her mother in law is actually a monster-in-law who cant let go of her son. When a terrible accident puts Ellie and Dans marriage at risk, Ellie realizes things must change if she wishes to stay married to Dan.
I am a huge Jane Green fan, but this book isnt one of her better outings. The main problem for me is that I found Ellie to be a bit whiny and without a backbone. Also she seemed to use a lot of passive-aggressive behavior to get her way. I wanted to shake her a couple of times and say just stand up for yourself and get over it already, but that moment is a long time coming. I also thought that the book lacked some of Jane Greens laugh out loud moments, and it could have used a few. Overall though, I tend to like her style of writing, and find her books to be an easy way to spend a couple of days.
Ellie starts out in her relationship with Linda Cooper as friends, and is so excited that she is finally having a mother figure in her life. However, the more she gets to know Linda, the worse things get. Linda is a very controlling woman, and this becomes very apparent during the wedding preparations. And if that wasn't bad enough, things get worse when Ellie becomes pregnant with her first child. Ellie feels that if only Dan supported her, she could deal with his mother, but Dan in fact thinks that Ellie is being childish and is overreacting.
While the book starts off on a very humorous note, as things get worse for Ellie and Dan, the tone turns quite different. Ellie and Dan's marriage is now on the rocks and it doesn't look like anything can save their marriage.
I really loved this book, as I have with most of the books by Jane Green. With the exception of BOOKENDS, I think Jane Green's novels are worth reading and will make fan out of anyone.
It is a thirty-something coming of age story. It is a light and easy read. At times it was hard to read through the dysfunction, jealousy, and other aspects of the unhealthy relationships, but some of the characters remind you of people in your own life. I was never so frustrated that I wanted to stop reading, but if it had continued with self-pity and human interactions that seemed so selfish and unkind, I am unsure I could have continued reading.
Ellie finds the man of her dreams, has a beautiful son and is learning to cope with her mother-in-law's too-close-for-comfort relationship. Tragedy strikes and Ellie thinks she's better off alone, without family. A heart-warming book that reminds us that we should try to walk in someone else's shoes before making judgments.
Ellie's found her Mr. Right—too bad his mom's got him all wrapped up in her apron strings. Bestseller Green (Bookends; Jemima J; etc.) saddles her heroine with the mother-in-law from hell in her latest bit of comic frippery. Ellie's mom was an alcoholic who died when Ellie was 13, so it's understandable that at first she's "over the moon" about being embraced by Dan's entire family. But poor Ellie never saw the meddlesome Mrs. Cooper coming. Mrs. Cooper calls her three times a day at work, plays devoted son against desperate daughter-in-law, takes control of the wedding plans and then, after the wedding and then birth of Ellie's son, Tom, seems to forget that Ellie even exists ("Hello, my gorgeous boys," she croons into the answering machine). More and more significant troubles loom: having a baby is hard! Marriage is hard! Green offers scenes of real pathos. ("We've become one of those couples that I used to dread becoming: the couples that sit in restaurants all night and don't say a word to each other").
I found this to be a quick easy read. I could totally understand Ellie's feelings in dealing with a monster mother in law. At first Ellie tries to please her MIL, since her own mother has died. But then her MIL starts controlling everything in her life & things get way out of hand.
In Jane Green's delicious novel, the Other Woman is the mother-in-law. Ellie thinks she's found the perfect man in Dan, and she loves being accepted as part of his close-knit family. Until she begins to realize that Dan's mom, Linda, is a little too involved. Dan and Linda talk on the phone every day. Twice a day. And then, as Dan and Ellie's intimate civil wedding ceremony gets transformed into a black-tie affair. Ellie begins to wonder if it's possible to marry the man without marrying his mother.
As troubles mount. Ellie turns to her friends--glamorous Lisa and wonderfully frazzled Trish--and tries to rediscover the independence she once had, and the man she still loves. But it seems that having a child and saving a marriage means growing up in ways she'd never imagined...
The best book yet by this wonderful author. Jane Green has gone beyond being funny and topical into a book that is highly entertaining and yet also qualifies as a novel as it comments upon and exposes truths about the contemporary human condition.
"This look at mothers-in-law and what they teach us about ourselves is "un-put-down-able" - Cosmopolitan
"Unexpectedly honest" - Entertainment Weekly
"Warm, convincing and eminently readable" - Booklist
In Jane Green's delicious novel, the Other Woman is the motherinlaw. Ellie things shes found the perfect man in Dan, and she loves being accepted as part of his close knit family. Until she begins to realize that Dan's mom, Linda, is a little too involved. Dan and Linda talk on the phone every day, twice a day. And then as Dad and Ellie's intimate civil wedding ceremony gets transformed into a black tie affair, Ellie begins to wonder if its possible to marry the man without marrying the mother.
In Jane Green's delicious novel, the Other Woman is the mother-in-law. Ellie thinks she's found the perfect man in Dan, and she loves being accepted as part of his close-knit family. Until she begins to realize that Dan's mom, Linda, is a little too involved. Dan and Linda talk on the phone every day. Twice a day. and then, as Dan and Ellie's intimate civil wedding ceremony gets transformed into a black-tie affair, Ellie begins to wonder if it's possible to marry the man without marrying his mother.
As troubles mount, Ellie turns to her friends -- glamorous Lisa and wonderfully frazzled Trish -- and tries to rediscover the independence she once had, and the man she still loves. But it seems that having a child and saving a marriage means growing up in ways she'd never imagined . . .
This is a funny book about a newly married couple with a young baby, and an overbearing mother-in-law, who really does mean well. My only complaint is the ending - suddenly there was an epilogue that explained away 5 years...
I am an avid book "listener" and I truly enjoyed this book. The narrator was especially good and really made the book "come alive." I laughed, I (nearly) cried, and I often sat in my driveway after already arriving home to continue listening. As a person who is nearly married with a mother-in-law of her own, I truly related to this book!
Any bride-to-be, or mother-to-be, will devour this deliciously written book. All Ellie wants is a functional family. That's not to say she grew up without a family, just more to the point that she grew apart from her family. When she meets Dan, it seems like her dreams are answered, until they turn into a nightmare. I literally reminisced about my wedding reading along with the characters; the proposal, the planning, the headaches, the questions. Although, in Ellie's case, she really didn't have a part in her wedding, mainly she was just expected to show up- that's how much control her future mother-in-law had. When Ellie announced she was pregnant, I once again reminisced about my own children. How you are expected to just figure things out, how you want to buy certain things on your own. Again, Ellie feels that her mother-in-law has overstepped her boundaries and is treating her soon to be grandchild as if it were her own child. It only takes an accident for Ellie to stand up for herself and destroy the one dream she has hoped for since her teenage years. But, is ending the dream in everyone's best interest? Whether you love your in-laws or not, this book perfectly nails what every woman at one point or another thinks about her extended family.
5 out of 5 stars!