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"Spellbound"....from page 1!
Spellbound - Jane Green
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Spellbound - Jane Green
Advantages: A really enjoyable book.
For a while now myself and my sister have had a book sharing agreement between ourselves, this in turn means that I usually have far more books of hers than she has of mine, with her reading almost twice I can manage a week.
This however I have manage to almost correct, finally getting down to the bottom of the pile of books from her, with this gem being buried at the bottom, and after reading it wishing it had been at the top!
The book in question is "Spellbound" by Jane Green.
Alice has the perfect life, after blossoming from the proverbial ugly duckling, she has single handedly started her own upmarket catering company, has a best friend that most people would kill for and the perfect husband, the popular guy from school that she has adored since her early teens, so she should be happy....shouldn't she?
She has constantly ignored all the rumours of her husbands infidelities, and has let herself be moulded into the perfect wife and host, changing how she acts, dresses, even down to the colour of her hair for goodness sakes.
This has never actually stopped her husband from straying and working his way around a room like a dog on heat, with one such discretion forcing his company to transfer his job from England to New York.
Upon their arrival for their new lives in Connecticut, Alice finds their relationship seems to have transformed back into that of a couple of newlyweds, though how long can this possibly last?
I felt a real love for the character of Alice, even though at times I felt she was a bit of a doormat, never really questioning why she was left alone for days at a time, why her husband said how much he loved her, but constantly tried to change her appearance, and insisted that her loved her independence whilst stopping her from doing her catering business, though I suppose if faced with that situation, some women do tend to do as they are told for fear of rejection.
And this was another point, I actually felt empathy for Alice, like she was a real person, she was so well written I came to think of her as a real being, actually feeing irate on her behalf when her husband went looking elsewhere for the next "big conquest".
In equal measures I hated her husband Joe, portrayed as a self indulgent man, a career man who live within a world that prides themselves on being the best, wearing the best and having the best wives, whilst bonking the best bits of totty, I had real hate for him, and no sympathy when things didn't go his way.
The book to me was split into two significant parts, the first being that of their lives in London, the constant stream of parties and art galleries, an found that whilst being really readable, was no-where near as thrilling as the second part, with that being after the move to America, and the seemingly gradual realisation of Alice, that she was not the person Joe had created, and actually she had no desire to be that person either, this to me was when the real story began.
The book was really easy to read, and full of emotion and plenty of humour, with of course (and such is real life!) things not always going smoothly, though I did thoroughly enjoy the ride with Alice.
Price wise this has a RRP of £7.99, but is available for less via www.amazon.co.uk.
Thanks for reading x
Summary: A book well worth reading.