Although I gave up chicklit a few years back, I can’t give up Jane Green. She is still one of my favourite authors. Her stories are stunning and moving and incredibly readable. The Love Verb reduced me to a really big, blubbering mess (highly recommended if you like a good cry).
And so to her latest – The Patchwork Marriage.
Much as I love her, I do have a FEW gripes:
- Jane Green is a British author. But she lives in America. What started as a mention a few books back has taken over. Her books are now essentially American – American characters, set in America.
- Yep, I’m not keen on American books.
- She is obsessed with interior design and clothes. There is WAY too much description of people’s ‘beautiful homes’.
- Ditto the female friendships – they are always so damn supportive and they always do yoga and they always look good so ‘effortlessly’.
- The dialogue is clunky. Maybe this is how people talk in America. I would have been very embarassed to have written this: “I love you. I hate these fights, these moments that happen when we disconnect from each other so completely but that isn’t what defines our relationship. What defines our relationship is trust. And love. And communication. I hated this morning. I hated that we didn’t resolve it. I know we need to talk it through… ” Do you talk like that? Because I most certainly don’t!
Anyway, I just needed to get that out of my system.
The Patchwork Marriage is the story of Andi, who has never had kids or been married before, who gets married in her late 30s to a man with two daughters. One of the girls is lovely and the other is a complete nightmare.
After about 80 pages, the descriptions of the beautiful homes, beautiful countryside and beautiful clothes dries up and the story really kicks in. And yes, it’s another good one.
The story is brilliant and simple and emotional and there’s lots of nice touches in the way people’s relationships reflect each other (if you’re the type of person who likes to dissect books and analyse them and look for meaning).
I loved this book. I just really, really wish I didn’t have to wade through all the beautiful homes before I got to the story.
I would recommend it to pretty much anyone, but if you LIKE reading about clothes and interiors you are on to an absolute winner!