Jane Green - Ick!

(34 Posts)
LaQueen Wed 20-Mar-13 13:52:35

Back in the day, I (secretly) liked a bit of Jane Green's whimsical, candy-floss chick-lit. Her books were okay...easily read in a few hours, and leaving a slightly sweet after taste.

But, I've just read The Accidental Husband...and OMG, it was like being force-fed syrup. Just so nauseatingly twee...and what's with the endless, descriptions of furnishings...

... 'The kitchen had been fitted with open plan shelves, each one stacked with artisan crockery glazed in shades of soft grey and cream...the kitchen table was crafted from faded oak, and covered with a delicate, antique French shawl in shades of pearl and opal...and beside the French windows, flung open to welcome the balmy summer air, a reclaimed church pew, was scattered with faded linen cushions, their subtle pastel tones, the very distillation of the elegant Provence village, where Freya/Bella/Libby/Cassie had holidayed last Fall...'

I haven't quoted the above, it's just my take on her cringing, hyperbole...at times I wasn't sure whether I was reading Homes & gardens hmm

And, do all her characters find themselves through the medium of candle-making/aromatherapy/cushion embroidering/landscape gardening/cup-cake bakery opening/artisan bread-making...?????

SquidgyMummy Fri 05-Apr-13 18:10:17

Just read Kate Forster The Perfect Retreat loved it, especially at 99p on my kindle!

bootsycollins Fri 05-Apr-13 18:15:11

I've got Chances, Lady Boss etc on my Kindle, read them years ago. I really need to check in with Gino "the ram" Santangello et al sometime soon grin

I've just finished Before I Go to Sleep and started Dark Matter.

bootsycollins Fri 05-Apr-13 18:16:46

Oh gawd anyone ever had a Danielle Steele phase? I've actually stayed up till 2am crying over her books hmm the Clone and I was especially awful grin

TicketyToc Fri 05-Apr-13 18:35:15

bootsycollins I read Matters of the heart, The Promise and Star. Hated Star but I liked the other two.

Pancakeflipper Fri 05-Apr-13 18:35:49

I read a few books by Anna Quindlen. Did enjoy the one "Every Last One" and "One True Thing". Can be a bit Jodie Picoultvon the moral/ethic/society thing but enjoyed those 2. Was another by her that I didn't enjoy. Cannot recall the title.

fedupofnamechanging Fri 05-Apr-13 18:42:01

To be fair to Sophie Kinsella, she did write that one about the woman who spilled her guts to a stranger on the plane and then he turned out to be her new boss! I thought that was piss funny at the time.

bootsycollins Fri 05-Apr-13 18:43:05

Tickety haven't read any of those DS books, have you ever watched any of the made for TV movies? Soooooooo bad they're good confused

TicketyToc Fri 05-Apr-13 18:55:34

Bootsycollins I've watched The ring and a couple of others but can't remember their names. I wouldn't mind reading The Ring as a friend of mine said it was a favourite of hers. As you said the films are so bad they are good. smile

Karma I love Sophie Kinsella when I want to read something light and funny especially Can You Keep A secret.

GW297 Sat 06-Apr-13 01:42:25

Can you keep a secret is next on my list.

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