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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, 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-...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by St. Martin's Press
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Erin
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...more
Jessamyn Ayers
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...more
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It has been a year and a half since Jane’s last book and I was really looking forward to this one. As soon as I received it I got stuck in and it took me less that a few pages to be completely absorbed in the lives of the characters. Andi and Ethan are married and Ethan’s two children Emily and Sophia live with them. Her whole life Andi has waited to fall in love with a man like Ethan and to receive a ready made family is the icing on the cake. What she didn’t prepare herself for was the difficu...more
Laura
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...more
Megan
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...more
Antoinette
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...more
CS
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...more
Northwestreader
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...more
Elena
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...more
Kristin Strong
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...more
Valerie
I received an ARC of this book from Sarah Goldstein of St. Martin's Press.

First of all, there were several typos in the book, which I hope the publisher plans to fix before the final copy is released in March 2012. It drives me insane to find typos in books and I know I'm not the only one who feels this way.

Now, here are some of my thoughts on the book.

Title/Author: Another Piece of My Heart by Jane Green:

Summary: Andi has spent much of her life looking for the perfect man and at thirty-seven ye...more
Lori Anaple
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...more
Ellie
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...more
Sabrina
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
Nikki Wilde
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...more
Christina
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Lisa
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...more
Jen D. 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...more
Leona
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...more
Amy
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...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...more
Kathleen S
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...more
Amy
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 Gree...more
Kathryn
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!

Little Book Owl
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...more
Dana
"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 the si...more
Patricia
Being lucky enough to win this book I can't look a gift horse in the mouth. Jane Green (who wrote The Beach House which I loved) again writes about a young woman who finds herself wanting a home, husband, and family. She finds a man (divorced with two young girls)who is everything she has hoped for. This story revolves around her relationships with the ex-wife, young, obeying daughter and older, rebellious daughter and the combined relationships as a family unit. Andie (the main character) expec...more
Starr
Another Piece of My Heart is story about Andi, who gets married later in life to a wonderful man who already has two children. The older daughter, Emily, creates problems from the start, but Andi has always wanted a family and thinks that love and patience will be enough. It might not be enough, however, and things go from okay, to bad, then worse. Andi is already dealing with perimenopause in her early forties and unable to get pregnant. Emily's behavior becomes more toxic and Andi finds her hu...more
Lindsey Stefan
This novel got off to a bit of a rough start for me. It seemed so endlessly clichéd – the rebellious teenage daughter, the father who makes excuses for her, and worst of all the ridiculous gay neighbors. Ms. Green quickly establishes the impasse at which Andi and Emily exist. Emily is rude and nasty to her stepmother for no apparent reason, and Ethan tends to side with his precious daughter which of course strains his marriage. The situation is not helped by Ethan’s ex who has partial custody of...more
Dana
I received a pre-publication copy of this book from someone who is in the publishing/editing business. I was thrilled when it arrived. Sadly, I was not so thrilled as I made my way through its pages. I fear that my beloved Jane Green is starting to rely more on her name than her talent to sell books. I was a huge fan of her earliest works, but over the last few years have found her books becoming trite, predictable and written towards a less intelligent reader. I fear she is becoming the next Da...more
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