TO HAVE AND TO HOLD
What happens when your Prince Charming turns out not to be so charming after all? In To Have and To Hold, bestselling author Jane Green offers a sizzling, highly entertaining look at romantic relationships after we say "I do."
Alice knows she should be happy. A charming twenty-eight-year-old with a successful catering business, she's always dreamed of a rose-covered cottage in the English countryside, filled with children and animals and home-cooked meals. Her favorite attire is comfy jeans, her best manicure features garden dirt under the nails. But when her teenage crush-the wealthy, dashing man-about-town Joe Chambers-wants to make her his bride, Alice is more than willing to play Cinderella to Joe's prince. Never mind that he wants her to change-a diet, ice-blond highlights, stilettos, snooty gallery openings-and that he's allergic to nature and kids. She tells herself she's happy to sacrifice for love, and besides, with Joe's stunning good looks and high-profile career at a top financial firm, every woman in London wants to be in her shoes.
But that's just the problem. Despite Alice's efforts to be the perfect wife, Joe soon reveals a penchant for being hopelessly unfaithful. When a notorious indiscretion with a female colleague forces Joe to transfer to New York, Alice's life turns upside down. As Joe continues to sneak around, and her best friend's beau offers a tempting glimpse of what real love could be like, Alice must decide how much Cinderella she can take before her deepest desires win out-and if she can summon up the courage to find real happiness on her own.
Delicious, witty, and packed with sparkling sex appeal, To Have and To Hold is an unputdownable read that will have you rooting out loud for its endearing heroine. A #1 bestseller in Britain, this latest tale from the beloved, utterly winning Jane Green proves that the search for true love doesn't always end when someone dons a veil, and offers a lively, refreshing take on modern marriage.
Bestselling author Jane Green has won the hearts of thousands of
readers with her fresh take on single life and the dating jungle.
Now in Babyville, she applies her golden touch to the next
phase of a girl's life, in an irresistible new novel about two young
women coping with the chimes of their biological clocks, and one
independent glamour-girl who tries to tune hers out.
Meet Julia, a wildly successful television producer who appears to
have the picture-perfect life. But beneath the surface, things are not
as perfect as they seem. Stuck in a loveless relationship with her
boyfriend, Mark, Julia thinks a baby is the answer... but she may want
a baby more than she wants her boyfriend. Will a trip to New York City
with a jet-setting friend-and all the glittering energy and eligible men
the city brings-help her discover what she really needs?
Maeve, on the other hand, is allergic to commitment. A feisty, red-haired,
high-power career girl, she cherishes her ability to do just as she pleases
and breaks out in a rash every time she passes a stroller. But when her
no-strings-attached nightlife leads to an unexpected pregnancy, her
reaction may be just as unexpected. And then there's Samantha-happily
married and eager to be the perfect June Cleaveresque mother. But baby
George brings only exhaustion, extra pounds, and marital strife to her
once tidy life. Is having an affair with a friend's incredibly
sexy husband the answer?
By turns witty, rollicking, and tender, Babyville isn't really a
story about babies-it's about three friends whose lives are suddenly
turned upside-down by that life-changing event that hangs over the head
of every girl: motherhood.
Warner and Simon Nelson are best friends: total opposites,
always together, and both unlucky in love. Cath is scatterbrained,
messy, and -- since she had her heart broken a few years back
-- emotionally closed off. Si is impossibly tidy, bitchy,
and desperate for a man of his own. They live in London's
West Hampstead along with their lifelong friends, Josh and
Lucy, who are happily married with a devil-spawn child and
a terrifying Swedish nanny, Ingrid.
well (sort of) until the sudden arrival of a college friend
-- the stunningly beautiful Portia, who's known for breaking
hearts. Though they've grown up and grown apart from Portia,
the four friends welcome her back into the fold. But does
Portia have a hidden agenda or is she merely looking to reconnect
with old friends? Her reappearance soon unleashes a rollicking
series of events that tests the foursome's friendships to
the limit and leaves them wondering if a happy ending is in
Cath has plenty to take her mind off Portia's schemes -- like
her gutsy decision to leave her job in advertising to fulfill
her dream of opening a bookstore. And then there's James,
the sexy real-estate agent who keeps dropping by even after
the bookstore deal is done. With his irresistible smile and
boyish charm could he be the one to melt Cath's heart?
with Jane Green's captivating wit and flare, Bookends
is above all a story about friendship -- its twists, turns
and complications -- and how it weathers the challenges of
love, ambition, marriage, and, most of all, growing up. Warmhearted,
sophisticated, and full of delicious surprises, Bookends
is Green's most dazzling novel yet.
Libby Mason, Mr. Right has always meant Mr. Rich. A twenty-seven-year-old
publicist, she's barely able to afford her fashionable and
fabulous lifestyle, and often has to foot the bill for dates
with Struggling Writer Nick, a sexy but perpetually strapped-for-cash
guy she's dating (no commitments -- really). So when Ed, Britain's
wealthiest but stodgiest bachelor, enters the picture, her
idea of the fairy-tale romance is turned on its head. Libby
soon finds herself weighing the advantages of Nick's sexual
prowess and tender heart against Ed's luxurious lifestyle
and unlimited retail therapy. But when the diamond shopping
commences, Libby is forced to realize that the time for "maybe"
romantic comedy to a hip, sparkling new level, Mr. Maybe
is a classic tale of what happens to one girl when her heart
and her head aren't looking for the same thing. With a laugh
a minute and a heroine whose struggles in the dating jungle
will remind you of your own, Mr. Maybe is a story that
will leave you smitten.
Jones is overweight. About one hundred pounds overweight.
Treated like a maid by her thin and social-climbing roommates,
and lorded over by the beautiful Geraldine (less talented
but better paid) at the Kilburn Herald, Jemima finds that
her only consolation is food. Add to this her passion for
her charming, sexy, and unobtainable colleague Ben, and Jemima
knows her life is in need of a serious change. When she meets
Brad, an eligible California hunk, over the Internet, she
has the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself -- as JJ,
the slim, beautiful, gym-obsessed glamour girl. But when her
long-distance Romeo demands that they meet, she must conquer
her food addiction to become the bone-thin model of her e-mails
-- no small feat.
a fast-paced plot that never quits and a surprise ending no
reader will see coming, Jemima J is the chronicle of
one woman's quest to become the woman she's always wanted
to be, learning along the way a host of lessons about attraction,
addiction, the meaning of true love, and, ultimately, who
she really is.