To Have and To Hold

A Novel
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
4 out of 5 stars (219 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Alice's wealthy (and much coveted) teenage crush, Joe, asks her to marry him, she is prepared to trade in her dream of a cottage filled with children, animals, and home-cooked meals for what he has in mind for her: stilettos, blond highlights, and a diet. She tells herself that she's happy to sacrifice for love, especially when every woman in London would like to be in her shoes. But when her cheating Prince Charming is forced to relocate to New York as a result of an indiscretion with a female colleague, Alice feels her life spinning out of control. But soon enough, she finds herself renovating a country house in Connecticut, and in the process rediscovering herself. Friends, fresh air, and her best friend's boyfriend offer her a glimpse of a life, and love, she always wanted. But can she break Joe's spell?
©2004 Jane Green (P)2004 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"As charming as Green's Jemima J and Mr. Maybe, proving her mastery of the chick-lit genre." (Booklist)

What listeners say about To Have and To Hold

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    4 out of 5 stars

Good read!

A little long at times, but definetly a good read. It's not to heavy, but it kept my attention through a very long drive. I would recommend it to many!

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Loved it!

Great book! I love Jane Green. Does anyone know if there is a sequel? It alludes to one but I haven't found one yet. Anyway, great story although it does drive me CRAZY that Alice won't stand up for herself throughout much of the book. The narrator does a great job as well and makes it a pleasure to listen to.

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Great Book

This is a book I have re-read many times and loved so much I wanted to listen to it. I was not disappointed. If you love a well written "chic lit" book in the line of Jemima J and Good in Bed you will love this book. It's a good ugly duckling to swan and back again kind of story.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Loved it.

I love everything Jane Green writes. This book did not disappoint. Her characters have such depth and charisma. Even the deplorable ones. If you like Jane Green, you will love this one as well.

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It was OK........

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

yes of course I was in my car for hours at a time. Anything is good to listen to.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I liked the ending but I figured it out early in the story.

What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Did not like her voice

Could you see To Have and To Hold being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes but many movies have the same ending.

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    2 out of 5 stars

Story good- details need work!

I found the story interesting but was continually annoyed by the author's lack of geographical accuracy. She continually has her characters refer to their home in Connecticut as being below New York City!!
I always head north from NYC to CT.

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Good but predictable!

Enjoyed this light story, a fun read for vacation. Pretty predictable, but not sorry I bought it. Characters are developed well and you care about them. Narrator is very good!

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Fabulous!

This story was engaging and well-rounded. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Nice

I enjoyed this book.

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Not what I expected...

Given that this title was popular with listeners who enjoyed Sophie Kinsella's books, I wrongly thought that it would be a comedy. While it does have comedic moments, they're few and far between, which was disappointing to me. I was also annoyed by the author's inability to remain focused; even very minor (read: cardboard) characters get their own scenes -- time that would have been better spent with the major players. It's still worth a listen, but I wouldn't recommend putting it at the top of your list.

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