Spellbound (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/7/27
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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.
Simply the highest quality a chick can get...Spellbound will have you hungrily turning page after page...So delicious you'll want to wolf it down in one go (Heat)
Green whips up a sparkling morality tale that points the finger at bad boys and low-rent romance (Independent)
Compulsively readable (Sunday Times)
This story of Alice's character growth and evolution through and after a horrible marriage to a philandering cheat was hard going. The topic could have been interesting but I was put off by the use of the present tense which accentuated the exposition aspect of this story: it was all "tell don't show". I know this is a case of personal preference but for me it eliminated all chance of bonding with the heroine (or anyone else) in the story. Of course, it would have been hard anyway because she remained a doormat for WAY too long. In fact, the whole book was way too long: there was lots of repetition and it begins to hurt your teeth to live through all the details of the rotten husband's affairs. Very soon I found myself just not caring about any of the characters. I managed to read it to the bitter end which is why I gave it 2 stars instead of only one.
Overall this is a depressing story so run don't walk away from it if you are looking for a "pick me up'!
Alice was happy with her life and friends, and had dreams about how she would eventually end up. She loved animals and wanted to be happily gardening in her little country cottage with her soul mate into old age. That wasn't her husband, Joe's, plan at all. He needed the perfect socialite wife to make him look good in public - and her wants and needs were forgotten. This seemed to be ok for a while, until Joe's "secret" philandering ways at work got them moved to an officer in the New York. Trying to appease his wife on the abrupt move, Joe promised her a house in the country along with his city apartment.
Both Alice and Joe found their niches in New York, just in different homes, and made them realize how very wrong their relationship was. It was a fun - somewhat relatable book. It just reminded you that no matter what, you have to be yourself.
This book is actually a very in-depth exploration of marriage and infidelity. I was honestly surprised at poignant and sweet it was. This isn't the story of a wife who finds who finds out her husband is cheating on her and falls apart, it's the story of a wife who catered to her husbands every whim because she was terrified of losing him and then found herself again. And it's not corny or lifetime movie-ish at all. Quite a feat really.
It took me several days to read this, and I enjoyed it. I recommend it.