Sunday, March 9, 2008

(23) To Have & To Hold by Jane Green (Audio)

I like Jane Green's books. I have almost got them all read & let me tell you, To Have & To Hold is a little different than her others.

In my opinion, this book tackles a pretty serious topic. It doesn't have the light hearted tone that her other books does. Yes, there were serious topics hit on in her other books, but not at the forefront. It almost makes me wonder if the progression of her books indicates her real life progression. Hmmm.... makes you wonder. I checked out her website http://www.janegreen.com/index.htm, but I suggest you avoid the message board. (Oh My!!).

Anyway.

Alice is a successful caterer with her own business when she stumbles across a man from her past, Joe Chambers. Of course, the handsome successful man does not remember the night he spent with Alice all those years ago. The book skips around at first and you realize it is the night before their wedding. And Joe's buddies have gotten him a call girl for his bachelor party.

And I guess it goes downhill from there.

The story then picks up after they have been married for five years. In five years, Alice has completely transformed into the woman Joe wants her to be. She highlights her hair, she straightens her hair, she has quit her business.

But she is miserable, Joe is never home. He is distant. Demanding. Did I mention never home?

When one of Joe's indiscretions gets him in trouble at work, the only way he can stay in good graces with his company is to transfer to America. He is a little relieved, because he is just sure that Alice is oblivious to the indiscretions. And America can be a fresh start for him. A chance to rekindle the marriage with Alice.

So does America save the Chamber's marriage? You must read (or listen) to the book to find out.

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