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Dune Road: A Novel
     

Dune Road: A Novel

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by Jane Green
 

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Falling comes a timely novel about the challenges of starting over.

 
In the Gold Coast town of Highfield, Connecticut, recent divorcée Kit Hargrove has joyfully exchanged the requisite diamond studs and Persian rugs of a “Wall Street Widow” for her true dream home: a

Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of Falling comes a timely novel about the challenges of starting over.

 
In the Gold Coast town of Highfield, Connecticut, recent divorcée Kit Hargrove has joyfully exchanged the requisite diamond studs and Persian rugs of a “Wall Street Widow” for her true dream home: a clapboard Cape with sea green shutters and sprawling impatiens. Her kids are content, her ex cooperative, and each morning she wakes up to her dream job assisting novelist Robert McClore.
 
But when a figure from the past arrives just as the shifting financial market turns Highfield upside down, Kit is forced to realize that her blissfully constructed life and blossoming new romance aren’t as foolproof as she thought...


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the latest inviting summer read from bestseller Green (The Beach House), divorced mom Kit Hargrove learns about family, love, and the price of secrets while rediscovering passion for life and her small Connecticut beach town. As the off-season begins, Kit is still recovering from the breakup of her marriage (to solicitous but work-obsessed Adam), working for famously reclusive author Robert McClore, and practicing yoga with her new friend Tracy. Upheaval soon arrives in the form of a mysterious new boyfriend and a long-lost sister, as well as a scandalous secret regarding Kit's much-desired employer. Green's newest has all the right elements for a sun-baked afternoon of reading: sandy locales, hints of sex and scandal, and lots of strong female characters. With three main plots, however, Green tries to pack in too much story, ultimately shortchanging her characters and her readers.
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Library Journal

If the financial crisis hit Desperate Housewives'Wisteria Lane, the result would be Green's (The Beach House) latest novel. After a meandering initial 100 pages, the plot involving a group of fortyish girlfriends finally takes shape. Each of the three friends finds herself in the middle of her own soap opera: Kit's newly discovered half sister is sneaking around with her ex-husband, Charlie's silver spoon is yanked from her mouth when her banker husband loses his job, and Tracy's abusive first husband threatens to reveal her past to her friends. Life in the bedroom community of Highfield, CT, can't escape the chaos that the Wall Street crash inflicts. When the town's local celebrity—an infamous and reclusive author—opens his Dune Road home for a party, the drama of these residents is suddenly out there for all to see. VERDICT Whether you care about these characters or not is irrelevant in this quick, easy beach read. Green's name on the cover will be enough to attract interest. [See Prepub Alert, LJ2/15/09.]—Anika Fajardo, St. Catherine Univ. Lib., St. Paul, MN


—Anika Fajardo
Kirkus Reviews
British author Green (The Beach House, 2008, etc.) has moved from England to Connecticut, and her novel's heroines have fallen suit. Exit the chippy London career girl looking for love and a sample sale, enter the New England mother questioning whether there is a bit more to life than the requisite diamond-stud earrings and showcase country house. This is what Kit wondered before she divorced Adam, but now two years later, she is finally fulfilled. The mansion, and the prestige of being married to one of Wall Street's players, is gone. Still, in Highfield (think Greenwich), the mansion has been replaced with a charming house a few blocks from Main Street, and she now has an eccentric and perfectly indispensable new neighbor in octogenarian Edie. Best yet, she has a great job as personal assistant to Robert McClore (think Tom Clancy). The kids have adjusted, her friends Charlie and Tracy are lovely. In fact, everything is terrific. Until it isn't. There are clouds on the horizon: America's financial crisis is about to hit this community hard; Tracy begins to woo Robert (his first wife, a wild-child model, died in a boating accident-or was it?- in the swinging '70s); and Annabel, a British half-sister Kit has just found out about, shows up. Green's novel begins lightly and then shifts gears, producing a kind of thriller-lite effect. A few key players have some nasty intentions, and Kit has to sort it all out. Meanwhile, she is trying to decide if her new romantic interest (the dishy Steve, who is literally too good to be true) can compare with Adam, whom she is beginning to think she still loves. Green has some good fun with the shallow lifestyles of the ladies who lunch, and by the endthe greedy are punished and the good (that would be Kit) prevail. The competing styles-chatty friendships, shopping, middle-aged enlightenment and crime/suspense-make for a disjointed read.
From the Publisher
“Inviting…has all the right elements for a sun-baked afternoon of reading: sandy locales, hints of sex and scandal, and lots of strong female characters.”—Publishers Weekly

“Masterful…astute…A terrific summer beach book.”—Connecticut Post

More Praise for the Novels of Jane Green

“Gripping and powerful.”—Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“The perfect summer read.”―Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A warm bath of a novel that draws you in...Green’s sympathetic portrayals...resonate.”—USA Today

“Warm, witty, sharp and insightful. Jane Green writes with such honesty and zing.”―Sophie Kinsella, New York Times bestselling author

“Her compelling tale reflects an understanding of contemporary women that’s acute and compassionate, served up with style.”―People

“The kind of novel you’ll gobble up at a single sitting.”—Cosmopolitan

“A smart, complex, character-driven read.”—The Washington Post

“Green’s novels consistently deliver believable, accessible, heartfelt, often heartwarming stories about real people, problems, and feelings.”—Redbook

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101061299
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/16/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
104,604
File size:
455 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

A former journalist in the UK and a graduate of the International Culinary Center in New York, Jane Green has written many novels (including Jemima J, The Beach House, and, most recently, Falling), most of which have been New York Times bestsellers, and one cookbook, Good Taste. Her novels are published in more than twenty-five languages, and she has over ten million books in print worldwide. She lives in Westport, Connecticut, with her husband and a small army of children and animals.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Westport, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
May 31, 1968
Place of Birth:
London, England
Education:
"Managed to drop out of Fine Art Degree at University."
Website:
http://www.janegreen.com

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Dune Road 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 reviews.
bookwormiamKW More than 1 year ago
Dune Road takes us in different directions, but not too unexpected. You have some interesting characters like Edie and Robert who have history and intrigue, but the others seem too familiar. The introduction of new friendships is too easy and fast. The job that falls into the protagonist's hands is too easy. The children are stereotypical. Real women aren't as stupid as the protagonist and don't allow sleek newcomers into their lives that easily without checking first. The happily every after ending really was too much closure too soon and tied everything up nicely. Still, it's an easy read that isn't painful.
LakeBooks More than 1 year ago
I had found Jane Green's books, "Beach House" and Second Chance" at least amusing on a summer book level of reading, but "Dune Road" left me feeling like I had wasted my time in a way no book has in a very long time. The author presented us with shallow, weak, brand-worshipping women. I couldn't believe how conniving and dishonest the characters were, only to have their best friends, family members and/or spouses, so very easily forgiven. A best friend of the main charater sets her up with an abusive con man and when she finds out, she's sympathetic towards her?! UGH!! None of the women, with the exception of the only likeable character, the 86 year old neighbor Edie, seems able to survive without a man, and will go to any extreme to hone in on their target as long as he's a handsome meal ticket. (What year is this?!) And the writer repeats herself several times throughout the book, to the point of thinking the reader may be experiencing memory loss. Do yourself a favor and skip this lightweight drain...find something with strong female characters. I'll not read another Jane Green book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was completely predictable and shallow. Towards the end, I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over, but it turned out the author repeated herself in a few chapters. I do not recommend this book at all.
FLARN More than 1 year ago
This book might be better stocked in the kiddie department. Once upon a time there was a book with a trite, predictable and sadly unoriginal plot. Kit, supposedly the enlightened woman is a self obsessed, immature and pathetic character. But not to worry - they all live happily ever after.
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quaintinns More than 1 year ago
I continue to read Jane Green’s books, thinking they have to get better. So weird, as feel she always sets up the books for a great novel and likeable characters. However, she continues to talk over and over about feelings from the characters as almost overboard, and then forgets the actual story? There is never much of a story or substance, it is more about what this one thinks and that one with lots of drama. I did like this one better than some of the others as listened to audio as Cassandra Campbell, is easy on the ears and enjoy her performance. All Jane Green’s leave you feeling frustrated with the storylines and unnerving at times. Maybe one day I will run across a real story!
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jp_reader More than 1 year ago
This book was a big yawn. This is the first of Green's books I have read, so i can't compare to her other novels. Ever wish you could get your money back after reading a disappointing book?
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really enjoyed this book
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Junipermom More than 1 year ago
It was good! Keep me wanting to keep to see what happens in the end.
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Gee, thanks, Barnes & Noble for the 3 PAGE ebook sample. How generous, especially when the ebook is $12.99. Sorry, I don't have enough information to buy this book...but you know that.
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I have read some other Jane Green books and this was a disappointment. I don't think her books are great, but they are entertaining. This one I seriously considered not finishing. It was predicatable, the characters were not very three-dimensional. The story was set in Connecticut but I kept thinking this book had been written for a British audience or adapted from another story because who in CT fills their car with "petrol" or parks it in a "car park"? And American Santas don't wear "cotton wool" beards. Who edited this book and didn't pick up on that? Skip this one.
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