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Family Pictures

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,668 Ratings  ·  1,518 Reviews
"GRIPPING." – Library Journal

Who can you trust if not the ones you love?

Sylvie and Maggie are two women living on opposite coasts with children about to leave the nest for school. Both are in their forties with husbands who travel more than either would like. The looming emptiness of their respective homes has left them feeli
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2013)
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Christie They are not biologically related. Eve's father died when she was a baby and she was raised by her stepfather. So they are step-siblings.
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Apr 06, 2013 Courtney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 13, 2013 Josee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you so much to Goodreads and the author for sending me this might be one of the bestI ever read. I could not put it down. It was filled with emotions, drama, and love... true story, for true readers. Thank you!
Beth Gordon
I found this book frustrating. You could figure out the "big mystery" by page 20; however, it was revealed around page 130. 110 pages of set-up that went by very slowly and, in my opinion, needlessly.

I was also frustrated that we really never found out anything about Mark. I know, I know, this is chick lit. It's about the WOmen, not the men. But I wanted to know WHY. There's one vague sentence later on in the book; I suppose that's all the author was going to give us.

Then there's the implausib

Family Pictures is a standalone, women’s fiction novel written by Jane Green. I have read a few of Ms. Green’s books; I have enjoyed some and not enjoyed others. Family Pictures kind of fell in the middle for me. There were two parallel storylines that threaded together later on, and although this style keeps readers entertained and on their toes, I found myself much more invested in one than the other- to the point where I was resisting the urge to skip whole chapters. But overall, I applaud Ms
Mar 10, 2013 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was torn between giving this book 3 stars and 4 stars. On the one hand, it's fairly predictable, the characters are not terribly compelling, it hinges on an enormous and very unlikely coincidence and the ending is saccarine sweet. On the other hand, it's immensely readable - I devoured it in one sitting - and despite its flaws, it has a genuine charm.

The story is about two women living on opposite sides of the US (Sylvie and Maggie) who lead quite different lives but will get to know one anot
Mar 07, 2013 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I first read Jane Green when I was in my early twenties – back then she was writing the kind of fluffy chick-lit that filled my weekends (those days before children when I’d lie around reading books and pondering where I’d go for breakfast). In many senses, I’ve aged alongside Jane Green. Her books about boyfriends were replaced with stories about weddings and babies and now those have been replaced with books about forty-something-year-old women worrying about both their teenagers and their agi ...more
Jan 31, 2013 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Family Pictures
Jane Green

My "in a nutshell" summary...

Two East West Coast...and a almost unbelievable crisis..that literally almost destroys everyone!

My thoughts after reading this book...

Wow...I could not put this book down! I loved every chapter, every event, every dysfunctional moment that these family members lived through. Sylvie and the lives they felt they were meant to live...destined to live...and a chance meeting of the daughters
Sue Ellen
Feb 03, 2013 Sue Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books you pick up, start reading, and half-way through your day you realize you're not putting it down until it is finished. The beginning setting started out a little cliche, but somehow it swiftly moves into a story you will believe in. As far as character development goes, sometimes I felt like I was so close to the characters I actually felt uncomfortable when they had intimate moments. I loved that the characters not only had things happen to them, but were effected by ...more
Mar 30, 2013 Dana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Last night I finished, "Family Pictures," by Jane Green. Jane, Jane, Jane, what can I say? That she has lost her touch? That she has dumbed herself down, that this was the most contrived and predictable book I have read, perhaps ever? I CAN say those things, and I am saying them, and YET, I enjoyed the book! It was light, fun, lured me into its predictable web and didn't let me go until I finished.
Green's earliest books continue to be the best of her work. "Family Pictures" is an improvement ov
**I received this ARC novel from the Amazon Vine program**

I literally did a happy dance when I saw this novel offered to me from Amazon Vine. I adore Jane Green and while her novels as of late have turned a darker corner than her earlier works, I still enjoy her writing and works (save for A Walk in the Park, oy). I still have a huge soft spot in my heart for Bookends, which will always been one of my favorites. I varied between a 3 and 4 star for this book but ended at a 3.

Family Pictures is a
Jan 15, 2013 Navem rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I won an advanced readers edition in a give away and would like to say Thank you!!!

That being said, this book had a very strong start with great characters. I was surprised that I actually was enjoying it. I am very much into YA books. However, I knew what was going to happen or where the story was headed, before it even got to that point. I lost interest about halfway through, when what I knew was going to happen, happened. After that it was a lot of drawn out story line. It was a hard second h
Jan 16, 2013 Carly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited to win this book as part of a First Reads was an easy and quick book to get through but I was a bit disappointed. I felt like there was way too much going on in the story and very few things were fully developed. I liked the idea of having multiple points of view but thought it was strange that Maggie's point of view was not introduced until the second part. I found myself not really interested in reading about her because so much of the character development w ...more
Jun 25, 2013 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like most of Jane Green's novels, but within the first 30 pages I was able to predict what would happen within the rest of the book. Maggie's character was seriously underdeveloped and her "transformation" seemed forced and abrupt. Not her best work.
I read a Jane Green book for the first time last year, The Beach House, and really enjoyed it – so jumped at the chance to read her latest release. Jane Green did not let me down I was as engrossed in this book as I was the first one. The story is told from the points of view of Maggie and Sylvie, with the occasional input from Angie, one of the daughters. There are secrets revealed, lies uncovered, eating disorders and infidelity. Also a very real look at what it is like to be under media bomba ...more
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Jul 08, 2013 J.B (Debbie) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll write a review when I stop crying! Wow! What a book!

Maggie and Sylvie are two strangers, living a plane ride from each other. They have polar opposite lifestyles and there is no reason for them to meet never mind be connected to one another. However, both women are part of a secret that is so earth shattering that it threatens their way of life, their sanity and their families.

Both Sylvie and Maggie find themselves lucky in love. Both have husbands that provide them with security and comfor
*Received an ARC through Amazon Vine program*

I've been a huge Jane Green fan for 10 years now and I look forward to every time she releases a new book. Although she's taken a turn from writing more chick-lit light reads like "Jemima J" and "Mr. Maybe" to writing books with romance with a serious edge to them, I'm still a big fan.

"Family Pictures" is towards the middle of my favorite and least favorite Jane Green books. While I didn't hate it, I certainly didn't love it. It took me awhile to get
Jul 19, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Initially I was thinking 3 stars, with a dip in the middle where my interest was waning. I tried to figure out what I was really thinking of this book, and came up with, an adult version of Sweet Valley High or the Dolly Fiction books I read in early high school. Then I changed my tune, enjoyed it more as I continued, and ended up really enjoying it. A story of perseverance, loss, heartbreak and ultimately self discovery and renewal. The importance of female friendship was a strong theme also. I ...more
Dec 13, 2015 Kirstie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked that it was just from the two wives PoV and not the husband. Enjoyable read

***I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway***

I have read all the great reviews about this book and I just can’t agree. I just did not like this book. I really wanted to, given the great reviews, but I found the characters to be unbelievable and the plot uninteresting. In fact, I didn’t even think the plot started until page 138. I kept reading and reading for something to happen, it finally did on page 138 and I thought it would begin to pick up at that point. It didn’t. It was just more of
Nadine Dajani
I gave this book two stars instead of one because if you like chick lit in general and Jane Green in particular, then you'll probably read it in a few sittings. Jane Green's novels since 'To Have and to Hold' feel like a cozy (designer!) blanket - warm, fuzzy, and comforting. They're full of characters who are already the best of friends or who will become the best of friends by the end of the book, even if it's hugely implausible. I have read every single Jane Green book (in hardcover!) that ha ...more
Jan 11, 2013 Jeepster rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I won this book as an advanced copy, thanks to the author and Goodreads!

I've never read a book from Jane Green before. I will say that I didn't think this book was going to be that good. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down! I could relate to the characters easily even if I haven't been in their exact situation.
The plot moved quickly enough to where I wasn't bored (instead intrigued by all the foreshadowing). It was slightly suspenseful in a way.

I loved watching the characters chang
Aug 17, 2013 Natalie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sylvie is a rather typical American mother and housewife, doting on her daughter and husband and dabbling in creative pursuits to pass the time. After her first husband died when her daughter Eve was born, she thought she would never remarry until she met Mark - a successful businessman who she falls in love with and become a dedicated father to Eve. Sylvie's world begins crashing down with Eve' apparent eating disorder and then the shock that Mark has been leading a double life, married and wit ...more
Nancy Steinle gummel
Family Pictures by Jane Green is an excellent book. It thrills in several levels. The story of bigamy has been done before but not with the near tragic consequences of this story. Mark is an outstanding dad to both families. He's a very pitiful example of a man. Thus the confusion. Green delves into the individual lives of both families. You see the pain and torment they each go through. How different the two women are. Then cheer as the differences pull a family together.
Jan 17, 2013 Diane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had just joined goodreads and was delighted to "win" an advance copy of a book. Thank you very much.

However I thought the story line had far fetched coincidental meetings that brought the plot to conclusion. The book jacket also gave you enough information to figure it out after the first 2 chapters.

Most other reviewers gave this 4 or 5 stars. I find that hard to believe.
Dina Roberts
Sep 03, 2014 Dina Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me cry at the end, so I'll have to conclude it was a good one.

I was able to figure out the "surprise" of the book by reading the jacket. I don't know if it's because I was in a particularly clever mood, or if it's obvious to almost everyone.

Were we supposed to be surprised?

I did kind of like knowing though, because it was fun reading the hints and knowing what it would lead to. But maybe it would have been more fun to be shocked? I don't know.

I thought it was interesting that Syl
Jul 30, 2014 Leila rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Uggh. I read and I think I enjoyed The Beach House, but this book was terrible. I must admit I did not finish it and did not feel bad about that either. My first thought upon starting this book was "ahh, this is where chick-lit went to die." Seriously, if ladies of a certain age, who don't work (or have to), are the chatelaines of grand topiary filled estates with little else to do except half-assedly worry about whether their formerly fat but now exotically beautiful in a distinctly French way ...more
Jan 10, 2013 Lorri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Family pictures was a fast-paced read for me, and a book telling detailing the story of family dynamics.

Sylvie, the main character, is more or less set in her routine, and her life is defined by her daughter, Eve, a child from her first marriage to Jonathan, who is deceased, and defined by Mark, her current husband. Her daughter is set to leave for college, and Sylvie finds herself dwelling on how to cope with the situation. Her house feels empty.

It feels empty more so because her husband Mark i
Ryan Warner
So, I don't know if it's fair to review a book that I have not fully read, but I was so over it that I had to stop. And that is something I rarely ever do; some part of me feels it's wrong in some way to begin a book and not finish it. I gave Jane 100 pages, and I threw in the towel. After reading Another Piece of My Heart, I was hoping this book wouldn't be more of the same - literally desperate and bored and/or lonely housewives. However, Jane has hit us with more Domestic Melodrama. The only ...more
Mar 13, 2013 Elvan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this ARC as a Goodreads giveaway. To be truthful, I almost gave up on the story around the 100 page mark.Green spends a great deal of time building the players in this novel. We become very familiar with Sylvie and her daughter Eve and Sylvie's husband Mark. They appear to be leading a fairly normal middle class life in La Jolla with hints at potential anorexia issues for Eve and the usual fear of "the other woman' by Sylvie as she deals with her husband working for weeks at a time in ...more
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Jane Green's fifteenth novel, Tempting Fate, is soon to be released; she is the author of fourteen previous New York Times Bestselling novels. Initially known for writing about single thirty-somethings, she has gone on to write mature stories about real women dealing with all the things life throws at them, with her trademark wisdom, wit and warmth.

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