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Genre: Fiction / Author: Jane Green / Paperback / 464 Pages / Book is published 2008-06-12 by Penguin Books Ltd

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      15.07.2010 13:46
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      A better effort but still no work of genius

      I've read a lot of Jane Green novels over the years, and I'm never very complimentary of them (except Mr Maybe). They're easy to read but they really are a bit same-y, a bit bland and nothing more than fluffy chick-lit. Yet I keep reading them - I am partial to a bit of light fluffy reading, even though I know there are better options than Jane Green out there.

      The latest I've read is Second Chance, published in 2007. It tells the story of a group of school friends, now in their late 30s, reunited by grief over the loss of the only one to keep in touch with all of them, Tom.

      From the off, this is a different Jane Green. To my recollection, all her novels that I have read have dealt with women and their issues with men, love, babies and the other usually things that women deal with through their loves. Second Chance deals with grief and loss, with someone who is almost the main character dead from the start. This caught my interest, as I had been expecting more of the same, despite reading the blurb on the back.

      Second Chance does, of course, cover all the usual Green topics, but differently. The friends are all muddling along, perhaps not entirely happy but not really questioning their lives or doing anything about it. Tom's death sparks a change, and causes issues in their lives to come to a head.

      The characters are not interesting in themselves, and fairly typical Green creations. Holly is the rich lawyers wife, but is suppressing who she really is. Olivia is the earthy one, no make up or fancy clothes and an animal lover. Saffron is a Hollywood actress with secrets. Paul and his gorgeous wife Anna are desperate for children. Nothing new there - if you've read anything by Green, these will sound familiar. What warms you to the characters though, is the memories of their schooldays and of Tom. They are surprisingly poignant, particularly Holly's.

      You should never judge a book by its cover, but let's face it, we all do. However, in this case it is true - Second Chance has the usual pastel coloured, fluffy, pretty, lack-of-pictures cover that all Green's novels do, but it actually deserves something more, something to show it is not like all the others.

      Second Chance is no better written than any of Green's other novels. She writes well enough for her style of novel, but hardly brilliantly. She uses the same slightly bland style in Second Chance, it is recognisably a Jane Green novel, but fortunately the different subject matter and themes overcome the blandness.

      Second Chance is no work of literary genius, but it has something more than most of Green's novels - a heart. The loss of Tom touched me like he was my own friend. I would recommend Second Chance, both to fans of Jane Green and to others looking for a lighter read who may normally shun Green's brand of chick-lit.

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        21.02.2010 00:15
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        Not a well written book, will not be reading Jane Green books.

        This is the first book I've read by Jane Green.

        The Story:

        The story centres on a group of people who were all friends while they were growing up but have since lost touch. The sudden and tragic death of one of them throws them all back together again at his memorial service and gives them a 'second chance' to renew their friendships. What they discover is, that even though they have not seen each other for years, the thing that makes them friends in the first place is the same thing that draws them back together again!

        Of course a lot has changed for all of them in the intervening years. Holly is in a loveless marriage, married to the pompous and overbearing Marcus; Saffron has found moderate fame as an actress but is deeply in love with someone she cannot have; Paul has married the lovely Anna and although very content with each other they are struggling to have children; and Olivia is still on her own but is about to face a life changing event. The friends are all very much surprised by how much they start to rely on each other, more so than on their more recent friends and family.

        I found myself disliking Holly the main character immensely. A self obsessed , big house owning mother whose au pair looks after the two kids whilst she illustrates the odd greeting card for a living is not someone I can readily identify with. Secondly, it felt like Green had to evolve Marcus, Holly's husband, into a monster in order to justify her flirtation and subsequent cheating. After all, in the beginning of the book he is portrayed as a bit work obsessed, and possibly a little brand/label conscious. However, by the end of the book, he becomes this angry, rude, arrogant, cheat yet with no character formulation. Maybe Green felt that this may allow Holly to become slightly likable?

        This wasn't one of my best reads, and wouldn't really recommend you read it, there are other and better reads out there!

        The book is 464 pages.

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          11.01.2010 09:15
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          dont ruch out and buy it

          For thoses of you who have read me reviews you will know i am a Jane Green fan. I picked up Second Chance when i was out last week and couldnt wait to read it following the addiction to the other books!

          Unfortuantly i must say im not overly impresssed. I hope any one who picks this book up have previously read a Jane Green book otherwise i think it could put you off reading her books.
          At times when i was reading this book i had to look at the front cover just to make sure i havent picked up bookends as alot of the plot is similar. You keep reading this chic-lit book hoping that it will grip you soon but unfortuatly it didnt. At most points in this book it is predictable you know what is going to happen next so there is no suspense factor like there is in her other books.

          The book is about a group of friends (again) who have driffted away somewhat as they have grown up all of the group have kept in touch with one of the group, Tom.
          The group is brought back together again when Tom dies and they meet for his funeral, but after this meeting they stay intouch and their lives are all questioned and take a turn.
          Holly who is married with children questions her marriage does she really love her husband and has she ever.

          Olivia who is animal mad who doesnt feel her biological clock ticking becomes pregnant after meeting with a friend of Tom. But will she keep the baby.

          Saffron who is a celeb in love with another top celeb who is married and she also has an alcohol addiction will she fall of the wagon.

          Paul and Anna who are a married couple desperate for a baby but are not having any luck after several IVF treatments.

          I had to read this as i loved her other books but i wouldnt recommend you to rush out and buy this book.

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            10.08.2009 17:10
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            I probably wouldn't give this a second reading

            I like reading a bit of a chick lit from time to time and as I've read and enjoyed quite a few novels by Jane Green, 'Second Chance' seemed the ideal book to take with me for my recent short break.

            The book is based around a group of (late) thirty-somethings who knew each other from school and are reunited after twenty years by the death of one of their other school friends (Tom). After meeting up, the group stay in touch and the novel focuses on the different issues that each individual is dealing with at the time.

            I have to admit that this book definitely met the criteria for easy holiday reading, as I read it from cover to cover over two evenings, but this is not one of Jane Green's better novels. The characters featured were fairly innocuous, inoffensive individuals but I was a little disappointed that Jane Green had felt the need to make them all 'extra' successful, rather than just having typical run-of-the-mill jobs and lifestyles, which is all part of the appeal of chick-lit for me. One of the friends was an actress, having an affair with a married A-List Hollywood star, another was a journalist for the Sunday Times and the wife of another character was the owner of a fashion website - not just any website though, this was the third most successful fashion site in the UK. Even the main character, Holly Macintosh, who was mainly preoccupied with the state of her unhappy marriage, wasn't allowed to be 'just' a stay-at-home mum (with a high-profile, high-powered lawyer for a husband), she also had to have a career as a successful freelance illustrator on the side! I would much preferred the characters to have less high-profile careers, to be honest. I like my chick lit to be based around people that I can identify with and this lot all seemed a bit too high-flying for my liking!

            Another drawback was that the whole grieving about the loss of their mutual friend, Tom, seemed to be a little over the top to me. Fair enough, the basic premise of a high school reunion to meet up following the tragic death of a friend seemed plausible, but I didn't see why the characters needed to be breaking down in tears every five minutes following the death of somebody that they had only kept in infrequent contact with for the past ten years or so! It certainly didn't add anything to the story, it just seemed exaggerated and out-of-place.

            Despite this criticism, this was easy, generally enjoyable reading. I did get drawn into the characters lives as they started to reassess their lives and priorities following Tom's death. I became particularly drawn in to Holly's story and felt that there were two particularly obvious routes that her character could go down and was pleasantly surprised to discover that the outcome was actually neither of these so this wasn't a predictable chick lit novel, by any means.

            In all, this is pretty inoffensive reading that most chick lit fans would enjoy. There are much better examples of the genre out there and for anybody new to Jane Green's work I would recommend starting with some of her earlier stuff, rather than this particular one.

            I picked my copy up from a charity shop for £1 but copies are available for around £5.50 on Amazon.

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              27.05.2009 19:10
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              An enjoyable read about reuniting friendships

              ****THE SYNOPSIS*****
              Holly Macintosh is sitting round her kitchen table with her oldest friends - friends she hasn't seen since school - now reunited by an unexpected tragedy and catching up on the past 20 years. On the surface, they are all successful and happy.

              But scratch a little deeper after that extra glass of wine and it's not quite so straightforward: Paul and Anna are struggling to have a baby, Saffron the actress is still waiting for that really big break that, at 39, is looking less and less likely, and Olivia, always the wallflower of the group, is newly single and mourning her lost love.

              And what about Holly Mac? Can she and her husband Marcus get their marriage back on track for the sake of the children? Or has someone just come back into her life who will change everything forever?

              *****MY REVIEW*****

              Having really disliked Jemima J - I barely got to 30 or so pages before giving up, I had a pre-conceived opinion on Second Chance and judged it before I'd even read it. However I really enjoyed Second Chance and found it a quick and absorbing read.

              First off I have to mention the beautiful, shiny cover which I really love. It's green, shiny and I really like it.

              Now on to the story. The whole plot is about a group of friends reunited after twenty years after a tragedy involving one of the gang. We follow their lives and discover all is not as rosy as first seems: Holly Mac is having marriage doubts, Saffron is an actress still waiting for her big break, Olivia is still in love with her ex and Paul & Anna are trying for a baby with little success.

              I found the way in which the tragedy occured slightly odd - I don't want to mention it but it's such a small and irrelevant part of the story that I'm not really spoiling anything. The tragedy is more the starting point to the story, and so is not the main focus of the book, and the way in which it happens is, as I said, odd. Why bring in a terrorist attack only for it to be unused and completely ignored. I think terrorism is too big a subject to plop into a chicklit novel only to be used sparingly. It could have been done a different way.

              I enjoyed the main story, the old friends reuniting and felt it was well explored and written. All of the friends were completely different and had changed so much yet it still felt so comfortable for them to get back to the friendship of old.

              Where Jemima J alternated between writing styles - first person, third person, etc - Second Chance was written in third-person as if the narrator was talking directly to you which I eventually got used to and enjoyed. It must be quite a difficult writing style to keep up but Jane does that well.

              Of the characters I really enjoyed reading about Saffron - she was my favourite and I loved when we came to a part about her; Paul & Anna - I thought Anna was brilliantly written and Olivia - she seemed more in the background than the other characters which was a shame as I enjoyed her chapters too.

              The only character I didn't really like was Holly Mac. I found her far too indecisive and I hated the way we kept getting the "she would never cheat, never" rammed down our throat every few sentences. Especially since I didn't believe a word of it.

              I enjoyed Will's character but the disappeared at the end, which was a shame. Marcus was irritating and seemed to get progressively worse during the novel - obviously our designated villain - however I didn't find him that bad - a bit pompous sure but nearly not as bad as some men are written!

              Overall - while this review may seem a tad negative since I didn't particularly like the main main character, I did actually enjoy the book and loved all parts of the novel bar Holly Mac's which I found myself skimming through particularly as I got closer to the end of the novel.

              I also liked that Jane tackled some serious subjects like Paul and Anna's difficulty having a baby. I will definitely give some of Jane's older books a try, maybe not Jemima J, and will try her two newest ones The Beach House & Girl Friday (which is released next month)

              *****NOTES*****
              Also posted at http://chicklitreviews.wordpress.com

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                09.05.2009 19:57
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                Entertaining to the last page

                I'd read a couple of books by Jane Green which I had hugely enjoyed so I was really looking forward to reading Second Chance and I was not disappointed! It was a hugely enjoyable read from the very first page based on a group of characters that it was really easy to get to know!

                The story centres on a group of people who were all friends while they were growing up but have since lost touch. The sudden and tragic death of one of them throws them all back together again at his memorial service and gives them a 'second chance' to renew their friendships. What they discover is, that even though they have not seen each other for years, the thing that makes them friends in the first place is the same thing that draws them back together again!

                Of course a lot has changed for all of them in the intervening years. Holly is in a loveless marriage, married to the pompous and overbearing Marcus; Saffron has found moderate fame as an actress but is deeply in love with someone she cannot have; Paul has married the lovely Anna and although very content with each other they are struggling to have children; and Olivia is still on her own but is about to face a life changing event. The friends are all very much surprised by how much they start to rely on each other, more so than on their more recent friends and family.

                It is the sort of novel that is really well crafted - focusing on different characters and their stories at various points but also bringing them together as a group at other times. All of the characters are extremely believeable and likeable and they feel very much like people you might know and care about. I also like the fact that they are all approaching the age of forty as it's an age group that I can relate to!!

                The dilemmas each of the characters faced were very moving. The sorts of things they were going through are very much the sort of things that you might be advising your own best friend about. Well I say that although I have to admit that I don't actually have any friends who are Hollywood actresses. I particularly felt moved following Holly's story mainly because Marcus sort of reminded me of my former brother in law who treated my sister the same way that Marcus treated Holly! I'm actually going to lend my sister the book so I shall wait to see what she thinks!

                Second Chance is an incredibly readable book that had me hooked from the very first few pages. I like Jane Green's style which is not too taxing but she can still tell a good story. The way the story moved between the past and the present was very well managed and I liked the fact that at the end we were transported quite a few months into the future so I was able to see how it all ended up for them.

                I really liked this book. It's a story about friendship and the lasting endurance of some friendships. It was told in a chatty style which at times was quite humourous but at other times was quite moving - it was just the right mix for me! On the strength of this and her other books I have read, I will definitely be on the look out for more Jane Green novels.

                At the moment the paperback is available on Amazon for £4.99.

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                  24.02.2009 21:40
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                  Very well written 'chick lit'

                  I must admit, I usually steer well clear of any sort of 'chick-lit' and will not read anything that I deem to fall under this umbrella under any circumstances. However, sitting around the other day, I picked up this book just to have a brief glance at the first chapter, and found myself curious. This curiosity prompted me to continue reading, and I have to say I actually enjoyed what I read.

                  Jane Green is a well recognised author of many books. Second Chance revolves around a reunion of sorts, as a group of friends reconvene following the death of a mutual friend. The four friends discuss their lives, and as details come out and alcohol lowers barriers, they all realise that everyone's lives aren't quite as great as they seem on the outside.

                  The characterisation was probably the key here. Green does a good job of making the main characters seem very real, as if you could quite easily meet them on the street tomorrow. The very real descriptions of people's outward appearances hiding the hurt that often lies beneath was also dealt with very realistically, and I have to say that, if this is what Green is generally like as an author, I am in danger of being a fan of chick lit! Or a fan of her writing at least. Let's not take it too far!

                  The writing style is very easy to read. The sentence construction is not too complicated, and Green tends to dispense somewhat with long and descriptive passages whilst keeping important and vivid descriptions in where they belong. I have heard that her books are very similar to each other. Some may look at this as a negative point, wishing for something different each time, but as long as you maintain a healthy balance of authors, I find it a positive that a good author maintains style and plot and characterisation techniques, particularly when the author is good.

                  I recommend giving this one a go. I am a hardened dark thriller and high octane action book reader, liking the occasional book which is more detailed and more of a challenge. It was nice to be able to read something completely out of my literary comfort zone, and I am glad I did. I will probably have another go at another of Green's books at some point. The book retails at £7.99, but is regularly available for less at charity shops and online.

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                    What meeting up with your past can do to your life.

                    I really enjoy Jane Green's books, and so was thrilled to spot 'Second Chance' in a charity shop a couple of weeks ago at the bargain price of £2! Green's style is easy to read, and I particularly like the way she develops her characters, building a huge amount of empathy and enabling the reader to really get into the story. This book is no exception.

                    Second Chance tells the tale of four thirty-something old school friends whose lives have drifted apart, but are brought back together by the death of another mutual friend, Tom in a train accident.

                    Holly Mac is a married mother of two who doesn't realise she is dis-satisfied with her grown-up life until she is reminded of the person she used to be. Olivia is single and devoted to her job, but meeting up with her old friends makes her re-evaluate what she might be missing. Paul seems to have the perfect life with the beautiful and hugely successful Anna, but the couple are depsperately trying for a baby. Saffron is a successful LA actress, secretly dating a huge Hollywood star, but battling against her own demons.

                    The characters are wonderfully created and developed, and the relationships between them, and Tom's distraught family are complex and fascinating. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, but as other reviews have suggested, the ending is a little disappointing compared to the rest of the book.

                    I'd suggest trying this book if you like authors such as Katie Fforde and Jill Mansell.

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                    15.01.2009 12:51
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                    I wouldn't recommend this to anyone unless they were having trouble sleeping.

                    This is the first Jane Green book I have ever read and I must say, if her other books are like this then I don't think I'll be trying them!

                    The book follows the story of 4 old friends who are thrown back together in tragic circumstances after years of not seeing each other. On the outside, all of their lives look quite glossy and perfect but when you go deeper, actually most of them are very unhappy (at least about something in their lives).

                    When I read the blurb for the book, which basically says what I have written above, I thought it had the potential to be very good. Actually, it was terrible.

                    The writing itself isn't great, and particularly the dialogue which seems far too formal for a group of so called, "best friends". It also seems to lack realism and continuity as this group of people will be sitting around the table, sharing a meal and a laugh one minute, and the next they are all crying about the tragedy that brought them together, and the next they're all laughing again. Things like that just don't happen in real life and it sounds so cheesy.

                    The other thing is that this "tragedy", well really, it doesn't even seem that tragic. Somebody dies who they were friends with at school but none of them wer even in touch with him anymore hardly except for a few emails. It seems like the writer tries to make such a huge deal out of something which for most people, wouldn't be that big of a life changer. I mean, my boyfriend's friend from high school died last year who he hadn't seen for years and yes it was sad, he went to the funeral etc etc but he hasn'r randomly broken down in tears over it for the past year.

                    There isn't any real funny bits in this story, I never laughed out loud once and everything is all a bit cheesy and contrived for my liking. Life ends up perfect for everyone in the end, although a few months earlier they all had such terrible problems.

                    I never felt attached to any of the characters, they weren't particularly warm or interesting and actually most were quite annoying. I found that Green concentrated on very few points in the book and just really milked them for all they were worth.

                    Very disappointed overall, I'd heard good things about this author but this book certainly isn't one of them.

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                      12.11.2008 21:42
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                      Thought-provoking chick-lit

                      I've read a number of Jane Green novels in the past, so looked forward to getting my hands on a copy of her latest bestseller. Green typically writes 'chick-lit' novels which I think are a cut above the rest; dealing with meatier issues than your usual easy-read book in this category. This review is of the paperback version, a substantial book consisting of 448 pages, and retailing at a UK RRP of £7.99.

                      Second Chance explores what happens to a group of school friends, who have lost touch over the years, but are brought back together by a tragic happening to one of their clan. The main focus is on Holly, a bored housewife & mother who has tried for years to fool herself in to thinking she's happy with her social-climber husband, with other characters slightly in the background including Paul, a successful journalist married to a high-flying internet entrepeneur who are struggling to conceive, Saffron - an actress living in LA and having an affair with an A-list actor she meets at her AA meetings, and Olivia, single & finding herself in a compromising situation of her own.

                      The book itself deals with some pretty heavy emotions, such as grief, divorce, abortion & fertility, in a sensitive way which leaves you thinking about life & maybe how you would behave in a certain situation. I really found myself involved in the characters & storyline, and looked forward to picking up the book & reading more about them. It is slightly predictable as far as the plot is concerned, but then you expect this to a certain extent when you read this genre of book!

                      If you're a fan of Jane Green you won't be disappointed; I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys chick-lit with a lot of emotion, yet also a healty dose of the feel-good factor!

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                        Another great book from Jane Green

                        I have always been a fan of Jane Green's books and have not found one that I didn't like. I try and get hold of a copy of any of her new books as soon as they are published in paperbacks as I can't stand the hardbacks!

                        After waiting a little while longer due to lack of funds I finally got hold of 'Second Chance' and then after waiting again to find time to sit down and read I managed to finally finish the book a couple of days ago and so thought I would share my thoughts on this book.


                        The author:
                        Jane Green has written quite a few books now and they are all the 'chick lit/romance' type of books. She originally wrote for the Daily Express newspaper and became a writer when she wrote her first book 'Straight Talking' which ended up being a huge success. After that the rest they say is history and she wrote eight more books including this one with another due for released very soon called 'The Beach House'
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                        Jane Green was originally born and grew up in London but, now lives in Connecticut with her 4 children.


                        The story:
                        The book follows five friends who haven't seen each other in 20 years but have been in contact randomly now and again. The group finally meet up again due to a terrible accident and from here follows a series of events that will test how strong their friendship is and will also show how even after so long they still have so much history that it is very easy to remember why they are such good friends in the first place.
                        Different events lead to different outcomes for all of them and hence the title the book shows how everyone has a second chance at life.


                        The characters:
                        The characters are well done and I think the author has done well here in creating characters that we can all relate to. As there are five friends we can all see ourselves in at least one of them. I thought the way that there is a mix of different personalities helped to make it interesting and enjoyable.

                        The author has done well in making the right characters become the ones you want to feel sorry for and those that you want to dislike and for me this is a sign of a great book.


                        Overall opinion:
                        I really enjoyed this book - it was very easy to get into and straight away from the first chapter I found I didn't want to put it down at any point! The book is easy to read and so makes a nice book for the beach so even though it does deal with a certain sad aspect it surrounding death of a loved one; it still is enjoyable without being 'heavy' reading if that makes sense!


                        The book is available from a variety of shops but I bought my copy from Tesco priced at £3.73.

                        This review also appears on other review sites by me under user frankiecesca or frankie1984

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                          25.07.2008 20:35
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                          worth a try but a bit of a disappointment

                          'Second Chance' is the latest novel from chick-lit author Jane Green.

                          I am a big fan of Jane Green. I particularly love 'Babyville' and 'Jemima J'. I was, therefore, thrilled to see this new Jane Green novel in paperback last time I was shopping in Tesco. My husband declared that I 'had been good' [!] and popped it in the trolley as a treat for me. It was priced at £3.84.

                          I spent that follwing evening swiftly finishing off the book I had been reading and then settled down to enjoy...

                          'Second Chance' follows the lives of four old school friends who are reunited after twenty years when their friend Tom dies suddenly in an accident. They've all drifted apart and built lives for themselves but it is only when they have the chance to reconnect with each other through their shared grief that they realise how much they have missed out on through not staying in touch.

                          Holly is a married mother of two who has discovered that she has lost her true self sometime during the years of marriage to her controlling husband. Holly is worst hit by Tom's death. They had been very close and Tom's death brings to the surface everything else that it wrong with Holly's life. Is Holly strong enough to become herself again or has she spent so long pretending to be someone else that she now believes that that person is all she can be?

                          Saffron is an actress. She's based in LA and is still waiting for her big break. This break seems to be getting further away the older that she gets. Is Saffron's lifestyle as glamorous as she lets on or has she got her own secrets just waiting to be uncovered?

                          Olivia has found herself suddenly single again. Olivia loves her job working at an animal rescue centre. She's always been the quiet outsider of the group but is she really as happy by herself as she claims?

                          Finally, there is Paul, who is married to the beautiful and talented Anna. They are young, wealthy and in love, their lives seem to be perfect, but they are desperate to have a baby. Paul and Anna were definitely my favourite characters and I found myself really rooting for them and their baby dreams.

                          I enjoy Jane Green's writing style, it's easy to read yet not complete trash and she is very entertaining. She is very capable of adding both tragedy and humour into her stories with equal skill. The idea behind this book seemed promising and the characters seemed an interesting bunch when I started reading. However, I got to the end of the book feeling very disappointed. The novel just seemed to lack something. I don't know whether it just dragged on too long or whether the characters or the storyline just weren't strong enough but I didn't end up enjoying this book nearly as much as Jane Green's others. I would still recommend this novel, as it is by no means a total disaster as a book, but I would advise readers to try some of Jane Green's other work as well to get a better idea of what she is capable of.

                          Published by Penguin, 2008. 442 pages. RRP £7.99.

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