This was the first book I have read by this author and I thought it was so good, I plan to now read more from Jane Green!
This book was very well written. I couldn't put it down!
If you like authors such as: Emily Giffin or Sophie Kinsella, you'll love Jane Green!
Very predictable and sad story. I kept reading this book, hoping Joe would have some redeemable quality and shocked at how long Alice was unaware of what Joe was doing behind her back. Love really is blind in her case.
As with all Jane Green books---> Wonderful!
A GREAT BOOK FOR SOMEONE WHO IS GETTING MARRIED 5STARS
Excellent, fast read. I really enjoyed the story.
This was a quick read but funny. This is the first book I've read of Jane Green and was impressed.
GREAT GREAT book! I didn't want to stop reading!
A different writing style for Green, but nonetheless an excellent story about how a woman loses and then finds herself. Quite good.
Although a best seller, this book has very little humor to balance the sad topic of an unhappy wife who is ignored in her marriage.
What happens after the "I do"? Happily ever after? Not quite, not always . . . To Have and To Hold is a witty, entertaining look at the romantic relationships after the wedding guests have all gone home.
A deftly humourous and insightful take on modern marriage. A sparkling morality tale that points the finger at bad boys and low-rent romance. A great book and a good read.
Jane Green does it again. I just can't get enough of her wit and how REAL her characters seem...even if they are ten times richer than I will ever be... ;)
This was a good book but not what I expected. I thought most of the book would be about Alice recovering from her broken marriage. Instead, she doesn't find out about his multiple affairs until almost the end of the book. Personally, I don't generally care to read about such depressing relationships, even if there is an eventual happy ending.
Witty, fun, and I laughed throughout reading this book. What a funny tale is this, and perfect for kicking back and relaxing. GinaK
Alice is a smug married who isn't smug. A mousy shy woman, she marries and begins making compromises, because isn't that what marriage is about? Unfortunately, her compromises aren't about what brand of peanut butter to buy -- they are about her denying the personality traits that are not compatible with her husband's idea of the perfect wife. While her husband Joe cheats, jumping anything with a waistband, Alice begins to grow comfortable with her inner self. Soon she must decide, be herself, or be married?
Jane Green is another favorite of mine. This is a wonderful read. I'm a hopeless romantic at heart and definately get into the stories she writes about. This book is funny, romantic, and hard to put down.
I felt it dragged a bit in the middle but was a good story overall and not what I expected on starting it.
This was the first and only book I have read by this author. I could not stand the book, I thought the husband was a jerk. And Alice deserved much better than being cheated on, and on her anniversary too. If I hadn't been at work while reading this, then I would have thrown it across the room. Good thing it was a library book or I probably would have burnt the book. I am sorry if I have offended anyone and all of this is in my opinion only.
This is an excellent book, and it was by far my favorite Jane Green book. The book is a juicy soap opera. You just can't put it down or stop reading; you have to know how it unfolds! I even shared the book with a few coworkers and they were just as addicted as I was when they were reading it.
this book is not so great. it's just not very intelligent, and panders to the reader as if he or she were a shallow, materialistic, dim-witted observer.
a great read! funny and touching!
I enjoyed this book alot!! Another great beach read!!!
A really easy, light read. Really cute!
Very engrossing! I was hooked from the first chapter forward.
Loved this novel and couldn't put it down!!!
This was a very fun book to read. I can't wait to read her other books!
One of my favorites by Jane Green - a great read!
I really enjoyed this book. It isn't a favorite but was very witty and enjoyable.
Great read. I really enjoyed this book.
Jane Green is one of my favorite authors. Jane makes you think you are the characters. Enjoy!
I picked this up in the airport. It's a quick, light read. I enjoyed the author's style and plan on reading more of her books.
This was an enjoyable read. It's the third book I've read of hers and if you enjoy this one you'll also enjoy Swapping Lives and Jemima J (also by Jane Green).
I love Jane Green- this book to me was ok. Not her best book but not bad.
Good Book ! Hard to put it down. Enjoyed it!
This is a fun read, showing women they should not give up all they want in life for a man.
Not my favorite Jane Green novel but still decent.
I liked this one - Alice finds her dream man, and lets her change everything about her. When the years pass, and she finds her true self once again, the relationship changes too.
This book was well-written like all of her novels, but it was depressing. It was much more difficult to relate to the characters than in most of her other books.
I think the reason I enjoyed this book so much is because I really liked the main character Alice. I was hoping she would be able to live the life that she deserved and was rooting for her all the way through the book............
A light great read from Jane Green. If you have read Janes books in the past, this one should not be missed!
Best Jane Green Book! Keeps you wanting to read more!
First time that I have read something from Green-it was a good read-the book kept my interest
A fun and engaging beach read about what happens when Mr. Right...isn't. Green's writing is sharp and it's easy to identify with the various characters, flaws and all.
I think this was one of Jane's better books, lots of her signature twists and turns.
Just an FYI this book was published in the U.K. under the title "Spellbound".
I really enjoyed this book! To Have and To Hold is an easy read, but very entertaining. Good beach read!
Not my favourite of her books but it was a good read none the less.
Although its very much a light read and Im not always crazy about Jane Green, I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well sketched out and I liked how the story went from one characters mindset to another smoothly.
Jane Green is one of my favorite British chick lit writers. Her stuff is funny but not too silly.
I felt sorry for the main character as she struggles in a relationship that she was obviously not happy in. It makes me wonder how many women are in unhappy marriages. Probably too many to count, which then makes me wonder -- are women getting married in an attempt to be happy? And if so, is that because society dictates that married women are happier than single women? Why is that?
A little slow in the beginning but once the story got going I couldn't put the book down. I had to know what was going to happen next!
Very good book - she is a good author.
Same cover as ISBN 0767912276.
I don't know how the movie was, but the book is really really good. Brings out true emotions, funny and poignant. Really good, true-to-life characters.
In bestselling British novelist Green's sixth novel, a less-than-perfect London marriage disintegrates stateside. Alice loves her husband, the dashing Joe Chambers, even though he works late and travels a lothe can be so wonderful (when he's around) and she still can't believe he picked mousy little her. (Of course, he transformed her into a blonde-highlighted, Jimmy Choosporting sophisticate first.) Blind to Joe's incessant philanderingeven after an office sex act gets him banished to New YorkAlice accepts his guilt gifts and hopes for the best. She doesn't want to leave her London life, but she's always loved nature and the rustic life, so Joe buys, in addition to a Manhattan apartment, a house in fictional Highfield, Conn. As the prologue warns, it's not just any house; it belonged to (fictional) 1930s writer Rachel Danbury, whose novel The Winding Road blew the lid off the town with its saga of infidelities. "Does history repeat itself?" Of course! Green tracks, in great detail, Joe's further infidelities, Alice's dissatisfactions, their fights and reconciliations; she also dips into the POVs of Josie Mitchell (Joe's lover) and Emily, Alice's best friend. Alice is mostly sympathetic, but for someone who thinks of herself as "a post-feminist child of a feminist," she sure bends over backward to please the snake she married.
In bestselling British novelist Green's sixth novel, a less-than-perfect London marriage disintegrates stateside. Alice loves her husband, the dashing Joe Chambers, even though he works late and travels a lotâhe can be so wonderful (when he's around) and she still can't believe he picked mousy little her. (Of course, he transformed her into a blonde-highlighted, Jimmy Chooâsporting sophisticate first.) Blind to Joe's incessant philanderingâeven after an office sex act gets him banished to New YorkâAlice accepts his guilt gifts and hopes for the best. She doesn't want to leave her London life, but she's always loved nature and the rustic life, so Joe buys, in addition to a Manhattan apartment, a house in fictional Highfield, Conn. As the prologue warns, it's not just any house; it belonged to (fictional) 1930s writer Rachel Danbury, whose novel The Winding Road blew the lid off the town with its saga of infidelities. "Does history repeat itself?" Of course! Green tracks, in great detail, Joe's further infidelities, Alice's dissatisfactions, their fights and reconciliations; she also dips into the POVs of Josie Mitchell (Joe's lover) and Emily, Alice's best friend. Alice is mostly sympathetic, but for someone who thinks of herself as "a post-feminist child of a feminist," she sure bends over backward to please the snake she married. The one plot twist, involving Emily and her beau, Harry, is sweet but predictable. Green's style relies heavily on exposition, and while her prose is clean, her story is paddedâkind of like one of those sexy bras that rat Joe likes.
book has no sleeve but in great shape.