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The Other Woman by Jane Green
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Jun 11, 2008

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Ellie Black believes she has found the perfect man for her in Dan Cooper, and is thrilled when he asks her to marry him. She is relieved that his family seems to like her, and believes that she is finally going to feel a part of a loving family. Things start to go awry when Dan's mother completely takes over wedding preparations, leaving Ellie to feel like a spectator at her own wedding. After the wedding, Dan's mother's manipulations begin to really bother Ellie, and she doesn't feel like Dan is supportive enough about her feelings on this. True resentment sets in when Ellie and Dan have a baby, and the problems with his mother seem to overwhelm all aspects of their lives. Ellie and Dan have to figure out if what they have is worth trying to save.

I had a hard time getting interested in this book, but at the beginning I found both the characters of Ellie and Dan to be likeable. There were points where I felt like Dan's mom was way out of line in her behavior, but most of the time, I felt like the things she did were not really unusual. Ellie's own mom dying when Ellie was thirteen didn't give her experience in how to deal with an overbearing relative, making her even more sensitive to the things her mother-in-law did. I felt that Ellie was very inconsistent in the way she felt about and dealt with her mother-in-law. Toward the middle of the novel, I felt that Ellie came across as very selfish and dislikeable. She became unreasonable in her feelings about her mother-in-law, and berated Dan constantly about things his mother did and said. Earlier in the book, I thought there were times when Dan probably should have stepped in and supported Ellie, but I began to feel very sorry for him and to think that Ellie treated him very badly. I saw Dan as mostly confused and caught in the middle between an unreasonable wife and an overbearing mother. Toward the end of the book, Ellie seems to begin to grow up and to be less selfish. By the end of the book, she had redeemed herself for me. I really did not enjoy much of this book, and planned to give it a 2 most of the way through, but I really liked the last seventy-five or so pages and would rate that part a 4.
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 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•* I just finished this one and loved it!

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