Jane Green, author the best-sellers The Beach House and Second Chance, follows happily married Alice who moves from London to the USA only to discover that her life is not as fairy-tale as it seems in Spellbound. Alice has everything. So why isn't she happy? After all, she has a handsome husband, a gorgeous home and membership of London's most exclusive clubs. Okay, Joe can't keep his hands to himself - but she got what she wanted, didn't she? When Joe's indiscretions force a transfer to New York, Alice hopes it'll be a fresh start. And when they find a beautiful old house in Connecticut she is overjoyed. For a while Alice and Joe are as happy as newlyweds. But then the late nights and unexplained absences start. Alice is desperate to give her marriage a fairy tale ending. What should she do? Stay and fight for Joe? Or try to break the spell he's cast over her? 'Will have you hungrily turning page after page' Heat 'Green whips up a sparkling morality tale that points the finger at bad boys and low-rent romance' Independent 'Her books are just damn readable' Glamour Jane Green's novels, including The Other Woman, Jemima J., Babyville, The Love Verb (published as Promises to Keep in the USA), Girl Friday (Dune Road), Life Swap (Swapping Lives), Straight Talking, The Patchwork Marriage (Another Piece of My Heart), Mr. Maybe, and Bookends, are as moving as they are funny and have achieved best-seller status internationally. Spellbound is published in the USA as To Have and to Hold.
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What happens when your Prince Charming turns out not to be so charming after all? In To Have and To Hold, bestselling author Jane Green offers a sizzling, highly entertaining look at romantic relationships after we say ?I do.?
Alice knows she should be happy. A charming twenty-eight-year-old with a successful catering business, she?s always dreamed of a rose-covered cottage in the English countryside, filled with children and animals and home-cooked meals. Her favorite attire is comfy jeans, her best manicure features garden dirt under the nails. But when her teenage crush?the wealthy, dashing man-about-town Joe Chambers?wants to make her his bride, Alice is more than willing to play Cinderella to Joe?s prince. Never mind that he wants her to change?a diet, ice-blond highlights, stilettos, snooty gallery openings?and that he?s allergic to nature and kids. She tells herself she?s happy to sacrifice for love, and besides, with Joe?s stunning good looks and high-profile career at a top financial firm, every woman in London wants to be in her shoes.
But that?s just the problem. Despite Alice?s efforts to be the perfect wife, Joe soon reveals a penchant for being hopelessly unfaithful. When a notorious indiscretion with a female colleague forces Joe to transfer to New York, Alice?s life turns upside down. As Joe continues to sneak around, and her best friend?s beau offers a tempting glimpse of what real love could be like, Alice must decide how much Cinderella she can take before her deepest desires win out?and if she can summon up the courage to find real happiness on her own.
Delicious, witty, and packed with sparkling sex appeal, To Have and To Hold is an unputdownable read that will have you rooting out loud for its endearing heroine. A #1 bestseller in Britain, this latest tale from the beloved, utterly winning Jane Green proves that the search for true love doesn?t always end when someone dons a veil, and offers a lively, refreshing take on modern marriage.
British praise for To Have and To Hold:
“Just so damn readable...for sheer enjoyment, To Have and To Hold can’t be beaten.”
“A sparkling morality tale that points the finger at bad boys and low-rent romance.”
“A deftly humorous and insightful take on modern marriage.”
“A warm and enjoyable read that brims with energy and a sense of fun.”
—Woman & Home
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Book Description Penguin UK, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110140295941