When the shy, bookish brunette snags the handsome Prince Charming,
it sounds like the perfect ending to a fairy tale --- but in Jane
Green's newest novel, TO HAVE AND TO HOLD, this is where the real
story begins. Alice has loved Joe Chambers from the moment she laid
eyes on his perfect face. When he actually returns her affections,
she is so overwhelmed that she allows him to transform her into his
idea of a "trophy wife."
Unfortunately, the charming words that swept Alice off her feet are
sweeping many other women off of theirs. Joe has a slight problem
with fidelity, and Alice has a slight problem with reality.
Although Joe feels constant guilt for acts of indiscretion, he
continues to pursue women, leaving his devoted wife alone. One
particular affair gets slightly messy and results in Joe being
relocated to a New York office, and a Connecticut home. Alice's
dream of a house in the country has finally come true.
Joe's behavior sadly does not change, as he continues to chase
desirable women. It is during this time that Alice begins to
experience a great deal of change. She is rediscovering the woman
she once was and revisiting her old dreams and desires. She
is learning that what really matters and what truly makes her happy
cannot be found in her new image but in her old passions. Alice
begins to develop a sense of fulfillment and purpose in life, and
it's not in her Prince Charming.
As Joe continues to fall for one woman after another, Alice turns a
blind eye and seeks love and fulfillment in self-discovery and from
an unexpected man. She learns that, no matter how hard you try to
fit into someone else's expectations of you, the only opinion that
really matters is your own.
TO HAVE AND TO HOLD, Jane Green's sixth novel, explores the worlds
of identity, fidelity and love. Green has created an extremely
likeable character in Alice Chambers. This novel is filled with
wonderfully stylish references to Jimmy Choo shoes, Saks 5th Avenue
and the ultra-glam world of New York City. Green gives her readers
glimpses into the lives of the wealthy and glamorous women who
frequent the pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair. She
allows her readers to see that not all fairy tales are what they
seem and that happy endings can be found in the most unexpected
Reviewed by Jocelyn Kelley on January 23, 2011
To Have and to Hold