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3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  8,139 ratings  ·  664 reviews
A sparkling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Beach House Jane Green's last novel, The Beach House, was an instant New York Times bestseller and captured her largest audience yet. From the sunny green lawns of Connecticut to the cafs of London to the sandy beaches of Nantucket, Green draws from her own life to craft each delicious story and the re...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by Plume Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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CS
Once upon a time, Jane Green wrote light, breezy, fun books about young British women coming of age. Those were stellar chick lit novels, best of the genre.

I miss that Jane Green.

The new Jane Green writes stilted, hackneyed, predictable women's fiction novels with two-dimensional characters and ridiculous motivations. I refuse to be suckered into buying another of her novels.

It's as if she is writing by numbers. She appears to pick character names out of a hat, with the result that several chara...more
Rachel
To sum this up in one word: ZZZZZZZZZzzzzz....

The blurb promises to move the reader from laughter to tears and back again. I never laughed and only cried tears of boredom. I was always waiting for this book to pick up but it never quite got there. Just when some kind of plot point began to move forward, the narrator stops and gives us an intricate look into the character's past thoughts, history, and motivations. The other misleading portion of the book blurb says that the main character would s...more
A.gasior
I listened to this book on CD while taking a solo road trip up to Canada. I'm in the middle of a divorce so the topic struck a chord with me, life after divorce. I guess I turn to fiction rather than self help books. This story was a bit too "Lifetime" movie for me. I could have definitely lived without the long lost sister and shady criminal boyfriend. It was too much for me; too far from reality.

The characters seemed flat and underdeveloped, not like real people I could relate to and understan...more
Kathleen
Read this as a Reader's Advisory class assignment and it reminded me why I really, really don't like chick lit.

Anyway, the plot:

Newly-divorced mom lands a job (miraculously with no effort, no skills, and no interview) working for a famous author in a tony Connecticut beach town. Of course he's craggily handsome, but so is the intriguing new guy in her yoga class who just moved to town and is looking for some company. But what's this? The blond yoga instructor is making moves on her boss the wri...more
Kelly
I didn't expect too much since it was a chick-lit book, but the most IRRITATING thing about this book is the language that the characters use. Jane Green is British and most of the books I've read of hers so far have characters who are also British. This book is about characters living in the US... Connecticut, to be exact.

What was most irritating is that so many British phrases were used in this book in the language of these American born-and-raised characters. How would an editor have let tha...more
Dana
One of the most terrible, underdeveloped, excessively explanatory, flat and two dimensional books I've ever read. (And I've read Twilight).

After finishing this, my husband asks: "Are you all right? You seem disturbed."

No, I'm not all right. My brain hurts. Jane Green should 1) fire her editor because three hard breaks in the middle of three separate sentences in three separate chapters is just not cool. 2) Maybe 'retire' from writing because she clearly fails at everything to do with it 3) Actua...more
Christine
Kit, a recently divorced mom of 2, moves from her palatial mansion in a wealthy suburb of CT to a smaller home in the same area. She has a great relationship with her ex-husband, a Wall Street banker (she didn't want to become the trophy wife she felt he wanted) and a great group of girlfriends. She starts working as an assistant to a reclusive writer and begins dating a new man. Meanwhile, one of her friends starts dating her boss yet is being secret about it, and another is facing financial pr...more
Heather
I listened to this as an audio book and I hated it. Absolutely. Hated it. I found myself yelling in the car and shutting the disc off so frequently that I couldn't even get through the entire thing. I don't know if it's because I found the actor's voice so irritating and portrayal of the characters so annoying, or if the material really was that dreadful. I think it was both, actually.

The characters were flat. Completely flat. No depth. And they were also whiny, elitist snobs crying about the lo...more
Rebecca
Greens' books are getting worse and worse as the years go on. I think I have read them all and maybe I just can't relate to them anymore. You can tell, for the most part when someone is single and they write to when someone isn't anymore. If you read Green's earlier books, they are all insane and fun and single and in London. Now, they are all old and married and living outside NYC, which is you read her bio, is just like her now. Blah. This book had so many characters, by the end, I was like, a...more
Stephanie
Predictable characters with predictable situations. I was interested in the book when I read the synopsis concerning a woman who worked for a famous writer and the secret she uncovers about him. Well, that's just a blip in the book. The rest is about rich woman in Connecticut with too much time on their hands. Oh, throw in one abused woman just to make the story a little more intersting. Jane Green could've done better. I suspect if she didn't have so many books under her belt, that no publisher...more
Alexis
I love Jane Green, she's been one of my favorite authors since I was 18. But this book was NOT the Jane Green that I know and love. She usually does fun chick lit novels that are perfect beach (or pool, since that's how I spent my week) reads. This was not fun or funny. It dragged at times, and when it wasn't dragging it left you thinking "what the hell is wrong with every character in this book??" If you like chick lit, and are looking for a book to take on vacation, I'd recommend any of her pa...more
Krysia
I used to really like her books about single women when I needed a lite read. Now I have been reading her books out of some sense of loyalty, which is beginning to make no sense to me since I really haven't enjoyed her last 3 books. My time would have been better spent on a book I really enjoy.
Shelley
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Emily
Kit's getting use to her new single life. Has her and her kids set up in a new house, is starting to get a better relationship/friendship with her ex husband. Is expanding her group of friends and has a new job as assistance to Robert McClore a famous secluded author in town. Not all is as easy and as together for everyone as it seems though.

Kit's friends lives start changing and falling apart in ways. Asking them and Kit what their priorities really are. Tracy Kit's single new yoga friend star...more
Amy
Dune Road is sort of predictable and also very familiar. Perhaps because my brother works in finance, lives in Easton, Conn. with four young children (two girls and two twin three-year-old boys) and is very successful. Or maybe because my family went through similar financial situations in the 90s. I also grew up in Westport, Conn (fictional Highfield) until my parents divorced. (My mom read the book after me and said: "I feel like I'm right back in Westport.") Instead of some of the simpler, ro...more
Christi
Jane Green's latest novel takes place in Highfield, CT, and centers around a group of 3 girlfriends and their relationships with each other, their families and other friends in supporting roles. Kit is the main character of the book, a divorced mother of two, who has come to love her life now that she is no longer a "wall street widow." Kit's best friend is Charlie, also a mother of two but still married to her wall street finance wizard. Tracy is the newest friend to the group, who is their yog...more
Meghan
Mar 20, 2010 Meghan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chic lite fans
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Christina
SPOILERS (if you want to call them that considering how small of a surprise they were.)

Meh. I guess it was OK. I DID find it incredibly predictable, though ... and by the time the final big revelation came, it was delivered so nonchalantly that it seemed like the author had grown weary of pretending it was some big surprise as well. (That revelation being that Steve was, indeed, Jed was done in passing, when the POV switched back to Tracy.)

It was also incredibly repetitive and at times very, ver...more
Shannon Arehart
This is probably more like a 1.5, because I reserve 1 star reviews for books I actively hate. But this one is not good and I don't recommend it to anyone. I grabbed the audio book for a road trip/big commuting week and the nicest thing I can say is that it wasn't a waste of my time, simply because I was stuck in the car anyway, so why not listen to a story? It was a ridiculous story, however, and poorly edited. Some of the characters are horrible and it's all just glossed over. There is no subtl...more
English
I'm not going to lie, I miss the Jane Green of old where her content was the stuff of Cosmo book reviews, if you know what I mean. They were so smutty, I loved the mental holidays. This book was also a mental holiday, but not quite as juicy as her previous works (see other books I've read on my shelf). It was a good book, definitely a fast read (I got 90% of the book read on a 2.5 hour plane ride) but my only complaint is that when the "twist" finally revealed itself, the resolution was waaaaaay...more
Talia
This story focuses on Kit, a 40-something, newly divorced mom living on Connecticut’s gold coast, and her many friends within the town of Highfield, chronicling their ups and downs within their lives.

Good lord. WHY do I keep reading these books? I realize that Jane Green is writing what she knows, but it’s boring, even though she’s very careful to make sure that not all of the characters are richy snobs. No, no, the main character works for her living and is content to be in khakis and a ponytai...more
Jennifer Woodside (Niewiera_
Just finished up with this one and I have to say it was PAINFUL to read. Honestly. The only reason I kept going with it was because I wanted to know what happened in the end, but really - it is a bad bad book! You don't even like the characters so I found it very hard to feel bad or want anything good to happen to any of them. I found myself yelling at the characters in the book, groaning because some of the parts are so pathetic. Ugggh!!! There are a few twists, one of them that I saw coming fr...more
Kenneth del Rosario
/ Jane Green has done it again! After the relative disappointment that is "Second Chance," this book brought this author yet again closer to my heart. With her words, she has managed to make me laugh, cry, and fall in love with the characters. I must admit there were subplots in the book that made me cringe (like Adam and Annabelle getting it together; or Steve/Jed doing it with Kit). But the lovely characters made up for whatever potential gross those subplots could have brought. So yey, Jane G...more
Yulia
By the standards I judge her work, as reasonably well-done chick lit, this is by far her most lazily-written novel. It's an embarrassment to read, almost an insult to the reader, and a great disappointment to boot, as her previous novel (The Beach House) happened to show actual progress in terms of her standards of characterization. What happened? Did the effort to write the previous book lead her to self-combust? I got three chapters in and refuse to go any further. Goodbye, Ms. Green.
Eden
This book was a HUGE disappointment for me - I love Jane Green for her funny female British characters. This book had little of the humor or spunk I've come to expect from her. It is as if she tried to "mature" her writing style, but missed the mark by a wide margin. All she really did was make her characters older (and more American) than usual, while subtracting the good parts of her former voice. Also, the editing is sloppy - the spelling errors began as early as the 2nd page!
Kristi Brown
With every novel that Jane Green writes her writing gets better and better. And "Dune Road" is no exception! I below through this book on the 4th of July in a little under three hours and loved every single twist and turn that this novel brought. Amazing writing! I have not read a better put together novel in ages!

I won't ruin ANY of the surprises for you all. But, read this book - it's so fabulous!

Love JG! LOVE!!!
Sheila
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Jennefer
First of all let me say I am a HUGE fan of Jane Green and I do truly enjoy most of her novels but this novel was not her best work! I am toggling back and forth it seems between 2 and 3 stars. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy this novel overall and will read pretty much anything with this author’s name on it but Dune Road is very predictable and just seems all to familiar to her other novels. It was entertaining and light for a summer day but I feel like the "rich family in Connecticut" formula i...more
Megan
The book was a quick read and I enjoyed it while reading it, the story was very predictable and tried to throw in too many little mysteries. I know Jane Green is getting older and now lives in Connecticut, but I miss the more youthful single girl in the city books from her earlier career. These Connecticut books only serve to reconfirm why I will NEVER EVER go suburban.
Bailey
Have I read this before? Nope. Pretty sure I haven't, but the familiar themes and plots with which Jane Green writes get a little on the dull side. And unlike Jemima J where everything screams funny (but true) plots and funny (but true) characters, Dune Road meanders along in a forgettable story of a boring life that none of us really have (or want to.)
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“When I'm single, I'm this fabulous, independent, confident woman, and then I get involved with one disastrous man after another and I turn into this needy, insecure, fearful girl who becomes frightened of her own shadow.” 21 likes
“Loving she realises is a verb. It is an act. It is not enough to say you love someone, and then forget about them, or trust a relationship will stay strong simply because you share a house or children or a life.
Loving requires acts of love. It requires thinking of your spouse, doing things for them to make them happy. It requires acting in loving ways, even when you are tired, or bogged down with work, or so stressed you are waking up every night with a jaw sore from grinding your teeth.
They forgot to do that, she now knows. They forgot to love each other. They expected love to continue, without putting any work into it, and today she knows this is why her marriage failed.”
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