Another Piece of My Heart: A Novel

Another Piece of My Heart: A Novel

by Jane Green
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Another Piece of My Heart: A Novel by Jane Green

An unforgettable novel that illuminates the nuances and truths about love, family, and motherhood from the New York Times bestselling author of Jemima J and The Beach House


Another Piece of My Heart

"A moving story peopled with nuanced, sympathetic characters." —Booklist

Andi has spent much of her adult life looking for the perfect man, and at thirty-seven, she's finally found him. Ethan—divorced with two daughters, Emily and Sophia—is a devoted father and even better husband. Always hoping one day she would be a mother, Andi embraces the girls like they were her own. But in Emily's eyes, Andi is an obstacle to her father's love, and Emily will do whatever it takes to break her down. When the dynamics between the two escalate, they threaten everything Andi believes about love, family, and motherhood—leaving both women standing at a crossroad in their lives … and in their hearts.

"You will laugh and cry as you read…It's that good."—Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Lucia, Lucia and the Valentine Series

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429962735
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 90,790
File size: 921 KB

About the Author

Jane Green is the bestselling author of Family Pictures—available in trade paperback from St. Martin's Griffin—as well as a dozen other novels, dealing with real women, real life, and all the things in between, with her trademark wisdom, wit, and warmth. She contributes to various publications, both online and in print, including the Huffington Post, the Sunday Times, and assorted anthologies. Passionate about both food and the home, she spends most weekends cooking up a storm in her home in Westport, Connecticut, where she lives by the beach with her husband and their many children.
A former feature writer for the Daily Express in the UK, Jane Green took a leap of faith when she left, in 1996, to freelance and work on a novel. Seven months later, there was a bidding war for her first book, Straight Talking, the saga of a single career girl looking for the right man. The novel was a hit in England, and Green was an overnight success. She's since written many bestselling novels including The Beach House, Second Chance, Jemima J, and Tempting Fate. Most weekends see her cooking for a minimum of twenty people in her home in Westport, Connecticut, where she lives with her husband and their blended family. When she is not writing, cooking, filling her house with friends and looking after their animals, she is usually thanking the Lord for caffeine-filled energy drinks.


Westport, Connecticut

Date of Birth:

May 31, 1968

Place of Birth:

London, England


"Managed to drop out of Fine Art Degree at University."

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Another Piece of My Heart 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so great. The only part I disliked was the language as I am not fond of the F word, but the story was very realistic, honest, felt like you were part of the family as Emily went through her stages in life. I would tell any reader to get this book and definitely it's a keeper. So glad I read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure I would like this book but found it difficult to put down. It ignited a spark that let me know that good writing comes in many forms.
littlemissfun More than 1 year ago
Seriously disappointed in this book. I would not be surprised to hear that Jane Green did not write this herself. The story was lacking any real depth and the character of Emily is so wishy washy that she came off as completely annoying. The story repeats itself numerous times because of the change of view point and I found myself flipping through several pages at a a time, not even stopping to read was was on them. I have read and enjoyed almost all of Jane Green's books but this one was way below her usual standards.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a huge fan of Green's I was so excited to get my hands on her newest book. Another Piece of My Heart may be her BEST BOOK YET! As usual, Jane's characters are so believable and real, and with the addition of getting into the characters voices, I was really able to understand both sides of the story. I'm not sure which book the previous reviewers were referring to, but it certainly was NOT this one. I loved that this book took place in California, as I was able to relate to the feeling of living there. I think every woman will be able to relate to this story of wanting to be heard. Another home run Jane, can't wait to reread Another Piece of My Heart...
BookLoaner More than 1 year ago
HER BEST ONE YET !! A riveting read from the first page is how I found "Another Piece of My Heart." This book tugged at all the emotions...I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. Great job, Jane -- keep writing and we'll keep reading!!
sneps More than 1 year ago
I was immediately pulled into the storyline. Today, it is very common for children to belong to blended families. Providing a glimpse into the story of one familly that is dealing with the effects of alcohol, drugs, teen issues, infertility, adoption, and trying to stay together. Told through the perspective of the step-mother, biological mother, teenager, and author, the reader is able to get a better understanding behind each character’s thoughts, behaviors, and motivations. Jane Green does a remarkable job at keeping the storyline authentic, as she covers real life issues, in a fast paced story. The story doesn’t seem bogged down or too water downed. There were times where it was difficult to understand and like some of the characters. However, Jane Green then shows the individual perspective of that particular character, and the reader soon can empathize with her, too. Reading from Andi’s perspective, the reader is able to truly understand her desire to have children, feel her pain each month that she finds out she isn’t pregnant, and feel her struggles as she tries to make peace with the oldest teen, Emily. However, Emily appears as this rebellious teen. As a reader, I could sense the anger and understand her frustration as she tries to keep the family together, be a wife and mother to her husband’s children, and struggles with her own issues of fertility. However, Emily often argues with her, is dismissive towards her and the family, appears to be a manipulator, and just an overall rebellious teen. Reading from Emily’s perspective gave the reader an opportunity to understand her motives, the struggle she has of dealing with an alcoholic mother, trying to fit in at school, feeling her father doesn’t listen to her, and seeing Andi as fake and wanting her father and younger sister without her being a part of the family. The family dynamics are truly realistic and it’s a story that gives a well rounded view of a blended family and it’s issues. I highly suggest this book to those who love contemporary fiction, reading about families, enjoy books told through multiple point of views, and deal with complex issues that aren’t always so black and white.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored Jemima J and I couldn't wait for another Jane Green book to come out, so I was so excited for Another Piece of My Heart. I have to so though, I am a little disappointed, especially in the way she writes. Very confusing at time, switches to the past for a couple of pages, then switches to the present and all that. Confusing characters too! Also, the writing is very hard to read. I like it when readers switch up their sentence structure/style every few sentences, but it is extremely repetitive with the short sentences. Like this. And this. And this. As for the plot, I definitely liked this because so many women can definitely relate to the many subjects Green brings up, such as stepchildren, menopause, infertility. But at times the conflict was repetitive which made the book a little tiresome and felt as if I read the book for days when I only read it for a few hours. I also wish she developed on some of the conflicts instead of ending them in such a bland way. And I wish she introduced the characters by weaving them in the novel; she kind of just threw character descriptions here and there. I honestly love the plot and it's extremely interesting, but it's just the new style of writing Green has adapted that I do not adore or find pleasant. The writing is very messy and repetitive! But I definitely think this is a great book to relate to and reflect on compared to her other novels. Not memorable, but not bad. Definitely good for a quick read, not something that I couldn't put down though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved loved loved this book!
Ottum4 More than 1 year ago
Jane Green's previous work is much better. The character in this book are so flawed, and their lack of wanting to heal and grow make themselves unlikeable.
sparkylg More than 1 year ago
I read at least a book a week and was looking forward to this one because the story sounded interesting. I managed to get to page 84 and couldn't stand another moment of torture. The lead character, Andi, was so annoying and whinny I couldn't take another page of her. I've not read this author before and won't be looking for her again. It reads like a novel written by a 14 year old. I have never seen so many coma's in a book in my life. Every sentence was loaded with coma's! I didn't care for the writing style.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to reading this author as this was my first book - it was bad! I kept waiting for it to speed it, as so slow moving, depressing, and actually was stressing listening to it (purchased on audio). I could not wait for it to end, as felt a total waste of my time and most likely will not be buying any more of her books in the future, if they are anything like this one. I may give her another shot, but there are so many good books and authors I adore, just do not waste your time with this one.
LitTeacher2 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Being a stepmom of two girls I felt like I could really relate to the main character. I also appreciated how realistic some of the content was.
TJ07921 More than 1 year ago
it was an enjoyable read - finished in two days - but didn't think it was nearly as good as her other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a great read!!! A little slow at first, but it picked up!!!
Karynlk More than 1 year ago
Loved the story, cried at the end. Couldn't wait to get back to the book and hated to put it down.
Winnie62 More than 1 year ago
This is first time I have listened to a book by this author and it is the first time, as I understand it, that she has narrated her own book. Perhaps I would have liked it better if she had not been the author as the accent just destroyed any sense of reality in a book that had characters that had personalities that were certainly believable personalities, sadly common ones. She appears to be a popular author, but a story written so often in first person about California folks, and especially teenagers, was so unrealistic and actually annoyingly syrupy spoken in that British accent that I had to force myself to listen. I am not one to give up on a book, but it was difficult not to on this one.
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Not a bad book just predictable. A good light read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just not good. WOW $7.99. A bit much for this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first book from Jane Green and for two bucks it served it's purpose.If you like a book with alot of drama you'll get"TONS"from daughter Emily plus that"T"word.The father,Ethen especially is her doormat with Andi,the step runs a very close second.The verbel abuse they tolerant made me lose all respect for them which caused me to lose interest because for me it made the story so unbelievable.Also the book was probabley about a hundred pages too long.Speaking of too long-so is my review(:
L-Moon More than 1 year ago
True to life family relationships; the joys, pains & every day challenges.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story and the characters but the point of view from which the story was being told kept switching back and forth. It was also wierd for the main character, Andi, to be talking about herself and saying things like ," She thinks" and "She wants". I found this writing style very irratating! I will read more from this author if it is not written this same way. Something to investigate before getting too far into another one again. At least it was such an interesting story that it kept me reading.
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