Monday, February 11, 2013

"Another Piece of My Heart" is in paperback...plus a giveaway

**Giveaway is now closed**

In honor of Another Piece of My Heart, by Jane Green, being released in paperback, we are reposting Melissa A's review from last spring and hosting a giveaway (thanks to St. Martin's Press). They have FIVE copies for some lucky readers in the US and/or Canada!

Jane Green will be visiting Chick Lit Central in March to celebrate the publication of her upcoming novel, Family Pictures! (Available for pre-order.)

Review of Another Piece of My Heart
By Melissa Amster

I have read all of Jane Green's novels and had been looking forward to the publication of Another Piece of My Heart ever since I learned it was in the stages of being written. Like with all of her other novels, it was worth the wait!

Andi would like to be a mother, but instead becomes a stepmother when she marries Ethan, a single father of two young girls. Sophia, the younger daughter, adores Andi and treats her as if she were her birth mother. Emily, on the other hand, is full of angst over her father's remarriage and in turn makes Andi's life miserable. In her quest to be rebellious, Emily makes a decision that has a huge impact on Andi's life, as well as her own. When this happens, it changes everything they both know about family and love.

As soon as I started reading Another Piece of My Heart, I found it impossible to put down. Ms. Green writes with such beautiful and delicate flair that I could have devoured the entire novel in one sitting, if I had the time. I always love her use of description, which makes me feel I'm in the same room with her characters. I can just taste all the delicious sounding food and touch the gorgeous looking furniture and decorations. She makes everything sound so lovely to visualize, bringing about the desire to shop at a homegoods store. (If I actually did this after reading one of her novels, I would do major damage to quite a few credit cards!) The dialogue was strong and realistic throughout the story. She didn't mince words when Emily and Andi had one of their fights. Both Andi and Emily were easy to sympathize with and it was difficult to take sides once Ms. Green brought Emily's thoughts into the story. It was also nice to see other opinions scattered throughout, like those of Sophia, Ethan and even Brooke, Ethan's ex-wife and the girls' birth mother. I loved the portrayals of all the relationships in the story, whether they were about romance, friendship or family. Andi's friends, Drew and Topher, stood out as a wonderfully portrayed gay couple. They reminded me of Bob and Lee from Desperate Housewives. (It also leads me to wonder if she modeled them off of Wade Rouse and his partner, Gary.)

The only concern I had is that this didn't completely have the feel of a Jane Green novel. Maybe it's because her novels have grown with her life, but I felt like Another Piece of My Heart had been written by Kristin Hannah instead. (I also felt this way with Promises to Keep at times; see my review.) I love Ms. Green's voice, whether it is spoken aloud or through her extremely talented prose. However, I worry that her writing voice may get lost in her ability to sound similar to other authors.

Another Piece of My Heart was a fantastic story about the bonds of family and I enjoyed every moment of it. I am already looking forward to Ms. Green's next novel, which I know will be equally, if not more, amazing.

(Top left: US cover/title. Bottom right: UK cover/title.)

Thanks to St. Martin's Press for the book sent last year for review and for sharing this book with even more of our readers!

How to win "Another Piece of My Heart":
Please tell us: Who has a piece of YOUR heart? (Doesn't have to be romantic.)

One entry per person.

Please include your e-mail address or another way to reach you if you win. Entries without contact information will NOT be counted.

US/Canada only. Giveaway ends February 17th at midnight EST.

30 comments:

marlene said...

The person who has a piece of my heart is my daughter, Bella. She is such a sweet, fun loving little girl. She makes my heart smile every time I look at her <3

mengel2(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

Nova said...

The person who has a piece of my heart (besides my 4 children) is my Mom who passed away almost 15 years ago after a 2 week bout with an unknown cancer...I don't think she realized how much we all love her :)

Mrs Mommy Booknerd said...

My kids, my husband, my family and friends and of course, my pets ...I have lots of room in my heart!

I follow here, Facebook, pinterest...

Mrsmommybooknerdsbookreviews @ gmail dot com

Linda Mc said...

My husband and our white german shepherd have my heart.

csolinda(at)hotmail.com

TinaB said...

My kids, hubby, & golden retriever!
Brannanflooring@aol.com

Na said...
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Na said...

My family definitely have my heart! They make me smile and show me unconditional love every day.

GFC: Na
Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

Nina said...

Phew, since it doesnt have to be romantic I can give my REAL answer...my dog has my heart! Hehehe ;)
nina565(at)aol(dot))com

Linda Kish said...

My family those close and far and my pets.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Bridget O'Neill said...

Obviously, my daughter has a huge piece of my heart, as does my husband. But another person who has a piece of my heart is my daughter's birthmom, without whom I would not have my sweet daughter.

bjoneill@hotmail.com

bn100 said...

family

bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

rubynreba said...

My husband has a piece of my heart!
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

Ingeborg said...

My two little grandsons have a gigantic piece of my heart. I love them more than life itself.

Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

Erica said...

My family and MANY pets!!

wordywon at gmail dot com

Karen said...

I have seven adult sons, five daughters-in-law, thirteen grandchildren, and, last but hardly least, my husband. So, the aforementioned 26 have a giant, giant, giant piece of my heart! Am I blessed, or what?

karen(dot)dyer(at)gmail(dot)com

Anita Yancey said...

My husband has a piece of my heart.

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

Lisamarie said...

My high school sweetheart whom so happens to be my husband too :)

Plus my two babies (don't know if they qualify as babies since they are 20 & 18)

Lisamarie said...

My high school sweetheart whom so happens to be my husband too :)

Plus my two babies (don't know if they qualify as babies since they are 20 & 18)

tropicalsunlover05(at)yahoo(dot)com

Karen said...

P.S. MY EMAIL ADDRESS:

karen.dyer@gmail.com

karen(dot)dyer(at)gmail(dot)com

rhonda said...

My husband my son and puppy have all my heart.email follower lomazowr@gmail.com. twitter follower@rhondareads.

Cher B said...

My family and our cat have my heart without question, but other people I encounter touch me in surprising ways all the time. Keeping myself open to new friends and new experiences is one of the best things I can do. Thanks for the chance to win, I have always enjoyed Jane Green's work and look forward to reading "Another Piece of My Heart."

cherbasonATgmailDOTcom

Twisty J said...

It sounds kind of selfish, but I have a piece of my own heart. I have definitely found that I had to learn to love myself before giving a piece away to someone else. Cliche, but so true.

GFC: Twisty J
twistingthelens@gmail.com

Margaret Literary Chanteuse said...

My kids equally,since they were born!

Margaret
singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

Kim W. said...

My husband has a piece, naturally -- but my two children have the biggest chunks. And lastly, myself. If I don't love myself well, I can't love them well.

The Every Free Chance Reader said...

My husband and my 3 kids. =)

everyfreechance@gmail.com

Michela O'Brien said...

John Squire of the Stone Roses. He's the love of my life... at least in my parallel universe!

Jeryl M. said...

My husband,my children and my cat all have pieces of my heart.

jeryl.marcus@gmail.com

Melissa said...

Thanks to everyone for participating and telling us who has a piece of your heart.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press for sharing the book with our winners. I hope you love this book as much as I did, and I know you'll love Family Pictures when it comes out in ONE MONTH!

Winners were chosen by random.org from all entries with contact info (one per person).

Congrats to:
1-Marlene
8-Linda Kish
14-Karen (karen.dyer)
16-Lisa Marie
18-Cher B

marlene said...

Yay!!! Thank you so much. I can't wait to read this book!!!

Karen said...

I would like to thank my mother and my...oh, wait...sorry...Thanks to Jane Green, St. Martin's Press, CHICK LIT CENTRAL and random.org! I am jazzed! Karen (karen.dyer)