Another Piece of My Heart

Author:  Jane Green

Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press                                
Pages:  400
Genre:  Women’s Fiction
Source:  Purchased

Goodreads:   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–divorced with two daughters, Emily and Sophia–is a devoted father and even better husband.  Always hoping one day she would be a mother, Andi embraces the girls like they were her own. But in Emily’s eyes, Andi is an obstacle to her father’s love, and Emily will do whatever it takes to break her down. When the dynamics between the two escalate, they threaten everything Andi believes about love, family, and motherhood—leaving both women standing at a crossroad in their lives…and in their hearts.

ANOTHER PIECE OF MY HEART is a novel that illuminates the nuances and truths about relationships and is Jane Green at her absolute best.

Ope’s Opinion:  This story moved at a slow pace.  It didn’t drag.  It was just a slow, steady pace.  It is an interesting perspective on step children and step parenting.   It doesn’t sugar coat how hard I am sure it is.  I am not a step parent.  I know how hard parenting my own children was, I can’t imagine trying to make it work with stepchildren.

                                        The characters are very authentic.  They reacted to each other as most people would, not how they wish they would react.  The decisions Emily made were so normal for a teenager, who doesn’t have the experience to know better.

                                        I realize Emily was a teenager, but the constant use of the “f” word was not necessary.  As a matter of fact, if it had been saved for her extreme angry moments, it would have been more effective.

                                         It is worth reading, but not at all the top of your list.  


Rating:  Three Chairs – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.


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