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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.
Published: Crown Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Jun 26, 1994
ISBN: 9780767912280
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This book was an easy and enjoyable read, but really nothing special. Alice was so lame and such a loser, that you had a hard time feeling bad for her. I like Jane Green, but this was not one of her better books.read more
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readable if a little predictable story of a woman and her husband with a roving eye.read more
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Largely forgettable, but an enjoyable read. read more
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kinda boring at the opening , but quite interesting at the following endread more
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This was my first Jane Green book, and I loved it! It's definitely not appropriate for school-aged students as there is mention of sex, drugs, and drinking, but for adults who love romances, Jane Green is your girl! As cliche as it sounds, Green has a way with words. Her description of characters and settings is marvelous, and I fell in love with Alice, the protagonist, almost immediately. Green's characters are very dynamic- I even felt myself feeling sorry for Alice's no-good cheating husband, Joe. Essentially, To Have and To Hold is the story of one woman's quest for happiness and her awakening from a dysfunctional marriage. Joe married Alice because he thought she would be easy to mold into the perfect, doting wife. For many years, Alice played this role well. When one of Joe's affairs causes the couple to have to move from London to New York, however, Alice begins to find herself again. She chooses to live the couple's quaint country house while Joe spends the weekdays in their New York apartment. Alice stops dying her hair and wearing designer clothes, preferring to weed the garden and take long walks with her dog. When Alice's best friend, Emily, and her boyfriend visit for Christmas, however, Alice shares a kiss with Emily's boyfriend, and Alice's safe little world begins to unravel. Alice must decide to whom her heart truly belongs and whether she is willing to throw away her comfortable life with Joe. Did I mention I loved this book?read more
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Chick lit at its best. This was a bit of a stop-start book in that it was lent to me a few months before I actually really read it (I did read the prologue a couple of times though...)I'm glad I finally got past the prologue as the only other 'chick lit' author I'd read before was Katie Fforde... a writer I've read so much that I ended up knowing quite a few of her foibles (scrambled eggs in every book!)Jane Green was refreshing, less sickly sweet, more in the way of raw emotions and realism. Spellbound was a page-turner.Some of the secondary characters were a bit two dimensional. They seemed to be there to serve as a springboard to the next bit of emotional action that Alice was put though.Not a book I'd read twice, but I'm very glad I read it a first timeread more
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I've always really like everything else I've read by Jane Green. However, this book just left me cold. It seemed like it just went on forever, going over the same things over and over, how lonely Alice was, what a cad, jerk, philanderer Joe was. I thought the book would never end. I just wanted to shout at Alice "wake up! He's cheating, can't you see that!!"read more
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This book was an easy and enjoyable read, but really nothing special. Alice was so lame and such a loser, that you had a hard time feeling bad for her. I like Jane Green, but this was not one of her better books.
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readable if a little predictable story of a woman and her husband with a roving eye.
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Largely forgettable, but an enjoyable read. 
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kinda boring at the opening , but quite interesting at the following end
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This was my first Jane Green book, and I loved it! It's definitely not appropriate for school-aged students as there is mention of sex, drugs, and drinking, but for adults who love romances, Jane Green is your girl! As cliche as it sounds, Green has a way with words. Her description of characters and settings is marvelous, and I fell in love with Alice, the protagonist, almost immediately. Green's characters are very dynamic- I even felt myself feeling sorry for Alice's no-good cheating husband, Joe. Essentially, To Have and To Hold is the story of one woman's quest for happiness and her awakening from a dysfunctional marriage. Joe married Alice because he thought she would be easy to mold into the perfect, doting wife. For many years, Alice played this role well. When one of Joe's affairs causes the couple to have to move from London to New York, however, Alice begins to find herself again. She chooses to live the couple's quaint country house while Joe spends the weekdays in their New York apartment. Alice stops dying her hair and wearing designer clothes, preferring to weed the garden and take long walks with her dog. When Alice's best friend, Emily, and her boyfriend visit for Christmas, however, Alice shares a kiss with Emily's boyfriend, and Alice's safe little world begins to unravel. Alice must decide to whom her heart truly belongs and whether she is willing to throw away her comfortable life with Joe. Did I mention I loved this book?
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Chick lit at its best. This was a bit of a stop-start book in that it was lent to me a few months before I actually really read it (I did read the prologue a couple of times though...)I'm glad I finally got past the prologue as the only other 'chick lit' author I'd read before was Katie Fforde... a writer I've read so much that I ended up knowing quite a few of her foibles (scrambled eggs in every book!)Jane Green was refreshing, less sickly sweet, more in the way of raw emotions and realism. Spellbound was a page-turner.Some of the secondary characters were a bit two dimensional. They seemed to be there to serve as a springboard to the next bit of emotional action that Alice was put though.Not a book I'd read twice, but I'm very glad I read it a first time
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I've always really like everything else I've read by Jane Green. However, this book just left me cold. It seemed like it just went on forever, going over the same things over and over, how lonely Alice was, what a cad, jerk, philanderer Joe was. I thought the book would never end. I just wanted to shout at Alice "wake up! He's cheating, can't you see that!!"
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