To Have and to Hold
Alice has always dreamed of a rose-covered cottage in the English countryside, filled with children and animals and home-cooked meals. Her favorite attire is old jeans; her best manicure features garden dirt under the nails. But when her teenage crush—a wealthy, dashing, man-about-town named Joe—wants to make her his bride, Alice is willing to play Cinderella to Joe's prin...more
the wife Alice was blind to all the signs which keeps nagging the wife that something is fishy,she keeps herself busy by socializing and in their country house,the hubby Joe just can't seem to have control on his lust ,seemed to be any woman who walked by he wanted to have sex with her,he is addicted to sex and seemed to me he might have missed out some therapy sessions in teens that is why now at age 38 he needed counseling and t ...more
This book reminded me of one of those entertaining lower-budget films about love. The films that have sort-of famous actors; the movies that are so cheesy and clichéd but you enjoy them all the same because they just work. They're a little far-fetched and predict ...more
The main character in Spellbound is Alice who you instantly warm to in Green's clever way of introducing you to her characters. Alice is married to Joe who I instantly disliked he moulds Alice into his ideal trophy wife encouraging her to dye her hair blonde and lose weight and wear designer ...more
I’m not even going to try to be unbiased. I hate ...more
I have been known to love Jane Green. Jemima J is great, and several others have excellent characters and moments.
But this was too much. Wish I could remember the specific horrors right now, but needless to say it was far more caricature-y than usual and everyone in it was stupid and unsympathetic.
I guess I learned don't marry for money and try to be someone you're not? haha.
Reading this back to back with Erica Jong's mid-life account of Connecticut divorced life (Parachutes and ...more
2) Jane Green
3) This book is about a very unhappily married trophy wife named Alice. She is married to a very sucessful bussiness man Joe and they live in London. Joe is having affairs with other women,his work finds out and he is then relocated to the United States.At first when they arrive in the United States their relatioship is better than ever, but then Alice finds e-mails from Joise whom Joe was seeing in London who has now moved to the United States.
4) One theme f ...more
Joe is such a wom ...more
Salah satu penulis yang saya suka adalah Jane Green, seorang penulis Inggris.
Sayangnya Spellbound menurut saya nggak terlalu menonjolkan ciri khas Jane Green. Nggak terlalu Inggris menurut saya. Mungkin karena setengah buku ini settingnya di New York ? Tapi kayanya nggak juga, si shopaholicnya Sophie Kinsella masi ...more
Do you love characters who tie themselves into knots sublimating their thoughts and feelings to satisfy others? Are you interested in a protagonist who abdicates all responsibility for her life by letting her husband dictate the minutiae of her existence? What if I said, there is absolutely no textual evidence that would suggest this husband is remotely worth the extraordinary efforts of said protagonist. Hmm? Somehow, I did not think so.
If you were very cold and on the point of hypot ...more
Overall I felt like this book was a good example of how not to live your life--in more wa ...more
Alice. Plain Alice who wasn't exactly popular in high school is now a grown woman when all of a sudden Joe, a popular, handsome man extraordinaire from high school ten years back is suddenly interested in her. Alice marries Joe thinking this was what she always wanted. Her dreams of marrying a wealthy, ha ...more
2)Alice is, in fact, malleable and supple. She does everything she hates to please her husband, and plays the part of the trophy wife very, very well. She is so afraid to lose him that she believes all of his ridiculous excuses for when he is with his mistresses: late night business meetings ...more
A former feature writer for the Daily Express in ...more