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The Other Woman | [Jane Green]

The Other Woman

If opposites attract, Ellie and Dan are perfect for each other. She's impulsive; he follows all the rules. Ellie is a virtual orphan, whereas Dan's family is as close-knit as they come. At first, Ellie is thrilled to be accepted into the Cooper clan and embraces Dan's mom, Linda, as the mother she never had...until she begins to realize that Linda's "mothering" is far more intrusive than even the best daughter-in-law can handle.
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If opposites attract, Ellie and Dan are perfect for each other. She's impulsive; he follows all the rules. Ellie is a virtual orphan, whereas Dan's family is as close-knit as they come. At first, Ellie is thrilled to be accepted into the Cooper clan and embraces Dan's mom, Linda, as the mother she never had...until she begins to realize that Linda's "mothering" is far more intrusive than even the best daughter-in-law can handle. What can Dan and his mother possibly have to talk about on the phone twice a day? And how has the intimate civil ceremony Ellie always dreamed of turned into a black-tie affair that would rival a royal wedding? Suddenly, Ellie finds herself wondering if it's possible to get an annulment from Linda.

A hilarious yet touching look at mothers-in-law and what they teach us about ourselves, The Other Woman is a brilliant hit from a novelist whose star just continues to rise.

©2004 Jane Green; (P)2005 Penguin Audio and Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A smart, complex, character-driven read." (The Washington Post)
"Green is particularly adept at producing engaging women's fiction, and her latest is a prime example - warm, convincing, and eminently readable." (Booklist)

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    Tiffonie Biloxi, MS, USA 04-22-05
    Tiffonie Biloxi, MS, USA 04-22-05
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    "Not Green's best"

    I've read most of Jane Green's novels and this one isn't as good as the others. The main character is a little too ridiculous. Green's ability to make her quirky characters lovable despite their faults is what makes her novels so wonderful and entertaining. In this one however, the main character is a little irritating. Her judgementalness often comes across as petty and very selfish. I like Green's work enough to stick with this to the end, but I was looking forward to it being over.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    09-24-10
    09-24-10
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    "Hard to listen to"

    This was a mistake for me to purchase so soon after losing my own mother-in-law to cancer. The relationship in the story was so ugly at times, and there was no clear person to root for, that it became frustrating at times. While I was blessed with a good relationship with my mother-in-law, this story perpetuated the ugly stigmas attached to most in-laws. While I try never to regret a book that I might not enjoy, assuming I can appreciate something about each one of them, I was relieved when this one finally ended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Brandon, MS, USA 06-16-05
    Amanda Brandon, MS, USA 06-16-05
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    "good, but lacked direction at times."

    A good book to listen to... especially if you're bored. It's the story of a women's search for the happy family she was deprived of as a girl. The middle section, the family/friend crisis, lacked direction at times. It has a cute ending though. Probably most enjoyable for young women.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Kirkland, WA, United States 07-16-13
    Angie Kirkland, WA, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2011

    Best way for a busy mama to still enjoy books!

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    "A Host of Unlikeable Characters"

    This book was a little confusing in that none of the main characters were likeable. Although, the beginning of the story rang true. The reader can easily imagine how the main character's back ground attracted her to this particular man and his seemingly perfect family. It seems authentic. In the beginning you sympathize with the main character's point of view, only to have her turn sort of ugly. Maybe the author is trying to illustrate that we all have our faults, but I find myself distracted by the fact that everyone is a little annoying in one way or another.

    Still, someone with mother-in-law troubles may find some comfort in this one.

    The all important narration is pretty good on this one, but took some getting used to. The accent seemed a little formal maybe?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelster076 05-10-08
    Kelster076 05-10-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Pretty Good"

    A very enjoyable book.

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    Lisa TULSA, OK, USA 05-28-07
    Lisa TULSA, OK, USA 05-28-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Much better than the average"

    This was my third Jane Green book, but by far the best of hers that I've read. The best part about this audiobook, though, was the narrator, Josephine Bailey. She's English, so her accent is appropriate for this story. I've listened to other English narrators, though, and had difficulty understanding them. Ms. Bailey is easy to listen to and her voices for the characters were perfect, especially for the two main characters, Ellie and Linda. I'm not sure that I would have enjoyed the book as much if it were read by someone else. I am a "chick lit" fan for escape reading, but this book is much deeper than that. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Allison canton, GA, USA 03-27-07
    Allison canton, GA, USA 03-27-07
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    "Bored and irritated"

    This book seemed to drag on for ages, I almost didn't bother finishing it. The main character is totally unlikable I couldn't help but wonder if I was SUPPOSED to dislike her. None of her problems were understandable to me. I wanted to scream at her and tell her to quit whining. I suggest passing on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Duluth, MN, USA 08-05-06
    Jamie Duluth, MN, USA 08-05-06
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    "Stay Away From This One"

    I thought this book was absolutely terrible. About 2 hrs into this dreadful book I honestly wondered if the author was trying to get the reader to hate her main character. I didn't realize we were supposed to actually root for and care about her.

    Ellie (main character) is so absolutely dreadful to listen to and her incessant whining and complaining made me want to throw my Ipod out the window. For whatever God forsaken reason I chose to finish this book and in hindsight I would have gladly just ate the cost of the audiobook to not have to finish this ridiculous nonsense. Take my advice and DO NOT waste your money on this title. I only wish I had read the other reviews first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emily San Francisco, CA, USA 12-05-05
    Emily San Francisco, CA, USA 12-05-05
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    "ZZZZzzzzzzz!"

    Did Jane Green's editor go on vacation? Three quarters of this book needed to be deleted. That poor narrator --she must have been bored to tears! Aside from the length, unnecesary detail, and general dullness of the book, it had one major flaw: the protagonist is unlikable. She is juvenile and petty and every lesson she learns is something any thirteen-year old is figuring out. I enjoyed Jemima J. but I do not recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee Chicago, IL, USA 11-11-05
    Aimee Chicago, IL, USA 11-11-05
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    "left a lot to be desired"

    I am a huge fan of Jane Green. i feel in love with Jemima J. and i have listened to both this book and To Have and To Hold. i think this book jumped around a lot. you do feel her frustrations but sometimes it is hard to follow with all the different friends and family memembers. and this audio book is L O N G. if it is offereed in the abridged version i would recomend that. i found myself just waiting for it to be over so i could move on to the next audio book. not a good sign.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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