“The Patchwork Marriage" by Jane Green
For all you book-club ladies, here’s a chick-lit offering from bestselling author Jane Green, The Patchwork Marriage that ought to give you plenty to chew on and of course, talk about during your next book-club discussion.
The plot of The Patchwork Marriage posits the question; can a happy family be built only on love and commitment alone? That’s the question staring at Andi, who marries middle-aged Ethan, a divorced father of two adolescent daughters. Andi, who cannot bear children of her own, is more than happy to be a devoted mother to her step daughters. That’s not to be, as one of the girls, Emily, has extremely conflicted reactions to Andi despite the latter’s attempts, over years, to reach out to her. The tension between them frequently erupts into emotional dramas and eventually drives a wedge between Andi and Ethan. There’s also Janice, Ethan’s ex-wife, an alcoholic who is incapable of caring for her daughters even on the few days they spend with her every month. Stretched to breaking point, Andi contemplates walking out on her marriage, when Emily drops a bombshell, one that could potentially wreck this already fragile family.