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Another Piece of My Heart

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From The New York Times bestselling author of Jemima J and The Beach House comes Jane Green’s most emotional and powerful novel yet: a story that explores the complications of a woman marrying into a ready-made family.

Andi is a woman whohas spent much of her adult life looking for the perfect man, and at thirty-seven, she's finally found him. Ethan—divorced with two daught
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published March 1st 2012)
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Erin
Apr 01, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok
Contains spoilers!

I used to work for Jane Green's former publisher, so I've read most of her books. I used to be a big fan, but now I think you can separate Green's work into two categories: early Jane Green (witty, charming, compulsively readable) and late Jane Green (trite, meandering, still readable, but full of holes and inconsistencies).

Another Piece of My Heart is late Jane Green. My main problem with the book is that it felt as if Green was making up the plot as she went along - changing
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Jessamyn Ayers
Apr 27, 2012 Jessamyn Ayers rated it it was ok
I picked up Jane Green's Another Little Piece of My Heart because I liked Beach House enough to give this new title a shot. Oh. My. Gosh. I will have to resuscitate the parts of my brain that I lost reading this.

Key to reading this book is knowing what you are getting into. Jane Green is light, perfect for the beach. I think of Green as a Danielle Steele in capri cargo pants. I was looking for a light read and the book certainly lived up to that expectation. I think, though, that the book is un
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Laura
Jun 07, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok
I expected it to be brainless fluff (not saying that's a bad thing necessarily, just that in general I don't read "chick lit"), and it was. Would've been a good beach read. I rolled my eyes about ten times, but I still finished it, so I don't even know what to say about that except that I'm obviously still sentimental about Jane Green, since I read Jemima J when I was sixteen and enjoyed it a lot at the time.

I liked Andi, but Emily was so annoying that I wanted her to be real, just so I could p
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Megan
Nov 15, 2012 Megan rated it it was ok
At first, I was drawn into Andi's story and point of view. But I think about the time her stepdaughter's screaming fits were described, I started to lose patience with every character. It seems like Emily could have benefitted from some serious psychiatric help, Andi's husband Ethan was utterly in denial about how messed up his daughter was and how his style of parenting was ruining his daughter's life as well as his relationship with his wife, and Andi was just such a martyr.

It all kind of went
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Antoinette
Oct 21, 2012 Antoinette rated it did not like it
Well, Jane Green has done it again! And by "done it again," I mean bored me to tears. What happened to the witty, smart writer who made me not quite as ashamed to read a book in the chick-lit genre? Granted, perhaps I shouldn't have read this fresh off a re-read of her To Have and To Hold, but I'm not sure it would have mattered. Clearly she phoned this one in.

Where to start? One pet peeve, and I know many other readers have mentioned this in their reviews, is her use of Briticisms. Green has l
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CS
Oct 14, 2012 CS rated it liked it
After the absymal read that was DUNE ROAD, I swore off buying Jane Green's novels. This one just happened to be at my library, so I thought I would try again. After all, Green used to be an auto-buy author for me.

The good news is that ANOTHER PIECE OF MY HEART (APOMH) is ten times better than DUNE ROAD. The bad news is that DUNE READ was a such disappointment, it didn't set the bar very high.

APOHM is the story of a family that doesn't appear to have a last name (that I could find). The first thi
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Northwestreader
Feb 02, 2013 Northwestreader rated it it was ok
I was excited when the UPS guy rang my doorbell and handed me a big box of unexpected books. Apparently I had won a box of 10 fresh-off-the-press copies of Another Piece of My Heart to share with my book club. I immediately sent out an email to my book club friends heralding this windfall. I knew nothing about the book; only that I had won it. Within a day or two all the copies were distributed and I eked out some time to read.

It was an OK but unsatisfying read that is ultimately forgettable. Th
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Kristin Strong
Jun 17, 2012 Kristin Strong rated it did not like it
This book was such a disappointment to me that I hardly know where to start. Jane Green has been one of my favorites for some time now. Her books are not challenging, and I've turned to them for lightweight summer reading several times, knowing that I can expect interesting characters, snappy dialogue, witty bits, and a satisfying ending. So when I picked this one up at our local library, I figured I was in for more of the same.
Oh, how wrong I was.
This is one of the worst pieces of junk I've rea
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Elena
Jun 16, 2013 Elena rated it really liked it
A friend lent me an advanced reader's copy of this book, which I thought was incredibly cool.

This was a very engaging book, in fact I found myself reading really late into the night because I so desperately wanted to know how things turned out. Andi marries Ethan later on in life, and is stepmother to Sophia and Emily, who are the daughters of an alcoholic mother. Emily is on a path of self destruction and she is bringing down everyone around her....but there is an interesting twist of events, o
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Ellie
Jun 02, 2012 Ellie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
When Andi met Ethan, should found a man with a ready made family. He came with his two daughters, twelve year old Emily and seven year old Sophia. Whilst she and Sophia instantly bond, Ethan's older daughter resents the new woman in his life, usurping her mother's rightful role. But Andi is desperate to be a mother, she was planning her family from the very first date so she throws herself into making a patchwork family, no matter what Emily throws at her.

Female characters whose only purpose in
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Leona
Mar 26, 2013 Leona rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
I was looking for a book that was fast paced and an easy read for a Cross Atlantic flight. This book did not disappoint. I found myself turning the pages engrossed in the hardships a ready made family faces when one child refuses to accept that their parent has moved on.

Typical of Green's writing, she sucked me right into a very complex journey with fascinating multidimensional characters that entertained me. But I was somewhat disappointed when she whipped out her magic wand to create the wond
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Lori Anaple
May 27, 2012 Lori Anaple rated it really liked it
4 is a bit high. But I thought it needed to be separated from the 3's. I related to both Andi and Emily. Andi, being the stepmother is in a precarious position. And Emily, being the teenage brat that I once was. OK, not as bad....but I had my moments.

I didn't like how Green changed POV in the second section. It isn't that I mind differing points of view, but I don't like getting into a flow with a character in third person and then getting tossed a first person POV. It made it a jarring transiti
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Jen Fabico
Another Piece of my Heart by Jane Green is book no. 15 in my 50 book challenge of 2012. In addition it is my first first-reads book from Goodreads. There are several mini celebrations and milestones that I had upon beginning this book, which perhaps is the perfect way to introduce it.

At the age of thirty-seven years old, Andi has finally found her perfect man. Never been married before, Andi has never really felt the need to search high and low as other women may have; although, as she feels her
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Nikki Wilde
Aug 27, 2016 Nikki Wilde rated it liked it
I'm not sure I've ever written a review where I said I hated a book up until the ending. That's never really happened before. I can say with all honesty that this is what happened when reading this one.

Andi finally feels like she's getting the perfect family. A husband with two daughters of his own. She's always wanted children and Ethan is perfect. However, 5 years into their marriage and she's having second thoughts. His oldest daughter Emily is terrible. She's mean and spiteful and trying to
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Lisa
Dec 12, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: family-drama
I received Another Piece of My Heart as a First Read and was excited to read it as I loved Jane Green's book Jemima J. This story was entirely different from Jemima J which I remember as being light-hearted and humorous.
In Another Piece of My Heart, Andi is a forty-something married to a man named Ethan who has two daughters from previous relationship. While Andi loves Ethan and has developed a mother-daughter relationship with his youngest, Sophia, Ethan's elder daughter Emily threaten to ru
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Christina
Apr 10, 2012 Christina rated it it was ok
Shelves: never-again
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Sabrina
Apr 05, 2012 Sabrina rated it really liked it
While this book is Women's Fiction and not a Romance, the story itself does contain a very interesting romance for me between Andi and her husband Ethan. Although already married, this book takes you through the ups and downs they experience over a span of years that to me is nothing less than a romance story. There are so many possible things I could say about this book that would be a spoiler, so while my review is short please don't think this book doesn't deserve your attention - it totally ...more
Ellon
Feb 28, 2014 Ellon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, I'm not sure if Green could have made more selfish characters if she tried. Emily was a spoiled little brat who wanted her daddy all to herself and blamed everyone else for every problem in her life (Although she was slightly redeemed towards the end). Andi was one of those women (whom I cannot stand) that think the end-all, be-all in life is to have a baby. She didn't care about anything other than getting her baby. She was more and more unlikable as the story went on.

I don't have any exp
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Amy
Jun 16, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-unabridged, arc
CD/Unabridged/Fiction: I finished this book yesterday, and I kinda miss it. I did invest over 11 hours of my life to it. There are a lot of things to like about it, but there are issues that I didn't like.

First, and the biggest problem I had: I don't know what the publisher was thinking when they let Green narrate her own book. Green is British and the story takes place in San Francisco. There were parts of the book I should have been engrossed with, but her heavy accent took away from that mom
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The Baking Bookworm
My Review: This past year I've found the wonder that are e-audiobooks. I love to download them from our public library (they're free from the library, people!!) onto my iPhone and listen to them when I'm on a walk or driving. They make me feel like I'm doing something other than just walking or driving and on a long 10 hour trip recently e-audiobooks were a great way to pass the time. Brad, my husband, especially likes me listening to them for part of long trips because that ensures that I'm not ...more
Meg
Jane Green's Another Piece Of My Heart was not my cup of tea. I only stuck with it because I was determined to find if these characters would reach some peace or redemption, but never felt invested in their journeys. Though I thought I was supposed to sympathize with Andi against monstrous Emily only to "get" what Emily was going through later in the story, all I felt was endless frustration at both women and lukewarm Ethan, Andi's husband and Emily's father, for being so blind.

Lest this dissolv
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Dana
Feb 10, 2014 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Another Piece Of My Heart" was the first Jane Green book I've read in a few years, and I was so captivated.  The writing was amazing and I loved the descriptions of the characters.  Their emotions and motivations were so well founded that everything happened with a purpose.  The story followed Andi, a woman in her forties who found love with Ethan and became the step-mother to his two daughters, Emily and Sophia.  Emily exhibited the quintessential behavior of a young girl who hated Andi for ...more
Sara
What the book is about: This is a story of a ‘modern family’ where you have a second wife, Andi, dealing with her infertility, her marriage, and the angry teenage daughter, Emily, of her husband, Ethan, who gets caught in the middle of two of the women he loves the most in life.
What I liked: Jane’s writing style is great, even if the story line was not really my cup of tea, she manages to hook you up from the start with the reality of her characters, and even if the story by itself is not super
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Cest La'Vie
Aug 24, 2014 Cest La'Vie rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
The earlier works of Jane Green are much more put together than her recent writings. Within this novel are step-mothers who act like children. Fathers who know nothing of a strict hand and children who are labeled as “adults” by their step-mothers!

At 37 years old Andie settles down and marries Ethan, a divorced father of two girls and believes her wish of being a mom and a ‘perfect family’ is finally within reach. But when the eldest daughter, Emily shuts her affection out Andie is at first hu
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Kathleen S
Apr 29, 2013 Kathleen S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
A Piece of My Heart is a very intense, probably too intense, novel about a woman and her marriage. After the first 10 minutes I wanted to send Andi, a peri-menapausal stepmother, to a shrink as she needs major help to survive her teenage drama queen stepdaughter. The characters are well drawn and story kept me going. I didn't want to really, really like this book, but it is very realistic and I wanted to know what happens.

I listened to this book, which was read by the author, with her very Briti
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Me Alley
Sep 17, 2012 Me Alley rated it did not like it
The book often refers to Ethan as "perfect" and a "wonderful husband and father."

I am sorry, but someone that allows their teenage daughter to verbally abuse their spouse is not perfect. This really bothered me and I never really got over it. It is NOT okay to scream that you HATE someone and call them abusive names, especially when they are your father's wife. Emily was a very depressed girl, and I won't discount her abuse or pain, but the fact that Ethan enabled this abuse is disgusting. It i
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Amy
Mar 19, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
Would I expect anything less than fantastic? OF COURSE NOT! Even though it took me a bit longer to read than most books, I still devoured it. As always you can tell Jane Green writes from her heart....this is not meant to be a pun on words, I really believe she does. Her writing brings you right into the the lives of the characters. You can feel their emotions and you want to be right beside them, either enjoying a positive event or consoling them when they are down. A big thank you to Jane ...more
Kathryn
Mar 15, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I was so excited to have won this book from First Reads and I was not disappointed! The main character, Andi has spent much of her adult life looking for the perfect man, and at nearly middle age, has finally found him. Ethan is a divorced father of two daughters. Andi takes on Ethan's daughters as if they were her own, but Emily is going to do everything she can to sabotage Andi. A wonderful story that reminds us all what relationships are really about. I loved it - five stars!

Suezette Given
Jun 21, 2014 Suezette Given rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club
Bumpy, inconsistent narrration...characters with too much description and too little development. Just when I would think something interesting was going to happen, something predictable would instead.
Erika
May 04, 2012 Erika rated it did not like it
Uhhmm, I think what bothered me the most was the sudden switch of POV in the middle of the story. I did not like any of the characters and I wanted everyone to just grow up.
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Jane Green's eighteenth novel, Falling, is soon to be released with Berkley/Penguin; she is the author of sixteen previous New York Times Bestselling novels, and known as one of the world's leading authors in women's fiction, with over ten million books in print, and translations in over 25 languages.

Previous novels have included The Beach House, Second Chance, Jemima J, and Tempting Fate.

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