To Have and To Hold

  • by Jane Green
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • 10 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Alice's wealthy (and much coveted) teenage crush, Joe, asks her to marry him, she is prepared to trade in her dream of a cottage filled with children, animals, and home-cooked meals for what he has in mind for her: stilettos, blond highlights, and a diet. She tells herself that she's happy to sacrifice for love, especially when every woman in London would like to be in her shoes. But when her cheating Prince Charming is forced to relocate to New York as a result of an indiscretion with a female colleague, Alice feels her life spinning out of control. But soon enough, she finds herself renovating a country house in Connecticut, and in the process rediscovering herself. Friends, fresh air, and her best friend's boyfriend offer her a glimpse of a life, and love, she always wanted. But can she break Joe's spell?


What the Critics Say

"As charming as Green's Jemima J and Mr. Maybe, proving her mastery of the chick-lit genre." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Loved it!

Great book! I love Jane Green. Does anyone know if there is a sequel? It alludes to one but I haven't found one yet. Anyway, great story although it does drive me CRAZY that Alice won't stand up for herself throughout much of the book. The narrator does a great job as well and makes it a pleasure to listen to.
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- Amanda

Trite Characters

There isn't a single character in this book that is truly likable by the time you get to the end of this highly predictable novel. Of course we're supposed to be cheering Alice on, and as the only one who shows any true character development, she would seem the most deserving. But even she remains very one-dimensional, despite moving to a new setting and creating a new life for herself.

Much of this book suffers from the reader being constantly TOLD and not SHOWN what each of the characters is thinking and feeling; it reads like an outline that was fleshed out just a bit. Sentences analogous to "Alice feels intensely happy," or "Joe can't control his attraction to [FILL IN THE BLANK]," abound on every page. The book also suffers from its ceaseless fascination with designer clothes and perfect people.

And that's a shame, because Alice's life situation contains great potential for readers to identify with her problems. And with just a bit more craft in the writing process, Alice's dilemma and her ultimate resolution could have been a victory for Alice and a meaningful experience for the reader. There are better books to occupy your time; I'd leave this one at the bottom of your reading list.
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- Carol T. Carr

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-19-2004
  • Publisher: Books on Tape