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Review and giveaway: Another Piece of My Heart

March 8, 2012

All Andi has ever wanted is to be a mother, so it seems like a dream come true when she falls in love with Ethan, a man with two daughters.  Andi and the youngest daughter, Sophia, hit it off instantly  The older daughter, Emily, is a whole different story.  She sees Andi as a threat and does everything she can to chase her away.  She acts out, pitches tantrums, and forces her dad to choose between her and her stepmother.  As Emily ramps up her act, things seem to be spiraling out of control and Andi begins to wonder how much longer she can stand it.

Another Piece of My Heart, by Jane Green, is a great family drama that explores the problems faced by many blended families.  Andi was excited to have a ready made family and Emily put up obstacles every chance she got.  Andi tried everything she could think of but Emily never gave her a chance. I’ve never lived in a blended family, but I felt like Green got things right and I appreciated that she didn’t sugarcoat the relationships.

I really liked Andi and could relate to her desire to have a family and a peaceful life.  I felt her frustrations when everything she tried backfired and Ethan didn’t understand.  He tried to be the peacemaker by giving into Emily’s demands.  In some ways, I could understand him, too, because he felt guilty about his divorce.  I became invested in the story very early because I wanted things to work out for this family.

I thoroughly enjoyed Another Piece of My Heart and appreciate the fact that Green wrote a realistic portrayal of motherhood and family life.  There were a couple characters who were kind of dropped halfway through the book but that didn’t bother me at all since they weren’t essential to the story.  I found Green’s writing very appealing and read this book quickly.  This book would work well for a book club because there’s plenty to discuss – check out St. Martin’s reading guide.   I think readers of women’s fiction will enjoy this book as much as I did.

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press, I have 2 copies of this wonderful book to giveaway.   To enter to win a copy of ANOTHER PIECE OF MY HEART, by Jane Green, simply fill out the entry form.  Contest is open to those with a US address only – one entry per person, please.  I will use random.org to determine the winners. Contest ends at midnight EST Thursday, March 22, 2012.   Winners will be announced on Friday, March 23, 2012.  Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

Review copy provided by Big Honcho Media.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
29 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2012 6:06 am

    I’ve loved Jane Green’s previous books. I hadn’t heard about this one coming up, so thanks for the head’s up.

  2. March 8, 2012 6:44 am

    I’ve been seeing this book around but yours is the first review I’ve read. It sounds like a nice story.

  3. March 8, 2012 7:08 am

    I bet this kind of thing happens more than we think! I’d definitely like to read this one. and now I have Janis Joplin’s song stuck in my head…

  4. March 8, 2012 8:48 am

    I haven’t read any Jane Green novels, but this one sounds really good. I’ll be adding it to my wish list.

  5. kaye permalink
    March 8, 2012 9:20 am

    At this point in time, there are probably more blended families than not. Good to know she handled it well

  6. March 8, 2012 9:53 am

    It’s hard to come into a ready made family, and I know this from experience, but we never had the kinds of battles that seem to permeate this book. I would be interested in reading this one and seeing just how things work out for Andi and the family, so I will be looking for this one. Your review was wonderful, and I appreciated it!

  7. March 8, 2012 11:37 am

    Sounds like a good read…

  8. March 8, 2012 11:44 am

    A friend of mine got this as an ARC and sent it my way. I really need to bump it up on my schedule because I keep hearing great things about it.

  9. March 8, 2012 11:57 am

    Terrific review. Kathy! I’d love to read this–thanks for hosting this giveaway. I’ll post it in my blog’s sidebar. 🙂

  10. March 8, 2012 12:51 pm

    I have a copy of this and can’t wait to read it. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much.

  11. March 8, 2012 12:53 pm

    This is the first I’ve heard of this author but the book sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. March 8, 2012 2:06 pm

    I’ve wondered about this book, but not sure if I can read a family drama right now (or melodrama!). I need to break every few months from that type of story, but will keep an eye out later on this year!

  13. March 8, 2012 2:23 pm

    I am just about ready to start this!!!

  14. March 8, 2012 2:29 pm

    I am new to Jane’s books and have enjoyed what I’ve read so far. Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. March 8, 2012 2:55 pm

    After reading your review, this is definitely a story I would enjoy. Thank you for hosting the giveaway.

  16. March 8, 2012 3:14 pm

    I’m a big fan of Jane Green’s and this was a good one!

  17. March 8, 2012 4:29 pm

    Sounds like a book I’d enjoy. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. March 8, 2012 6:31 pm

    I’m sure there are lots of challenges for blended families … and it is very common today.

  19. March 8, 2012 7:19 pm

    i always love jane green and i’m glad to see that you enjoyed this one. i didn’t come from a blended family either, but its nice to see that she was able to portray the realtionships and issues so realistically.

  20. March 8, 2012 7:37 pm

    I have read a little Green! This one sounds good!

  21. March 9, 2012 7:39 am

    Sounds like a book many readers would enjoy and maybe identify with – given the rate of divorce these days. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  22. March 9, 2012 8:18 am

    I love giveaways. Such a shame it’s only restricted to US residents.
    Another Piece of My Heart sounds like a must-read.

  23. March 9, 2012 5:01 pm

    Glad to hear it’s a good read — I have an audio copy patiently waiting for me! It’ll be my next listen — after I finish Steve Jobs. At the rate I’m going, that should be sometime in June, haha.

  24. March 9, 2012 8:04 pm

    I have read all of Jane Green’s books and really enjoyed this one too. It feels as if her books and heroines have matured as she has matured.

  25. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    March 11, 2012 10:54 am

    Oh wow…I love the sound of this one. I think my SIL could’ve used this one a while back as she came into a blended family with 3 step-daughters!! Oh the drama!!!

  26. March 11, 2012 2:42 pm

    Great review! Step-families are so difficult, no matter the age or gender of the kids – I’ve married into one before (and subsequently divorced) and my mom married my step-dad after I was grown…..I’ve always wanted to write about the ups and downs and manipulations of the people in a step-family – very cool that Jane Green did it first! She is definitely a character-driven writer.

  27. March 11, 2012 8:00 pm

    I keep seeing Jane Green books and just KNOW I will love her but haven’t read one yet, they have all appealed to me! thanks for hostign the giveaway!

  28. March 12, 2012 11:09 am

    This sounds pretty good, and it reminds me of one of the storylines in Promises, Promise by Erica James.

  29. boardinginmyforties permalink
    March 21, 2012 8:32 pm

    I’ve read one of Green’s other books for my book club and remember enjoying it but can’t remember the title! This sounds like another one that my book club would enjoy.

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