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Two women with even more in common than troubled daughters anchor Green's latest offering. Widowed in her twenties, Sylvie Haydn raised her daughter, Eve, on her own until handsome businessman Mark Hathaway walked into her life and swept her off her feet. Mark becomes not only an adoring husband to Sylvie but also a doting father to Eve. For Sylvie, his only flaw is how often he travels for business, leading her to worry that he might be having an affair. When Eve travels to New York with a friend for a college visit, she discovers Mark's secret is even more startling: he has another family. The revelation of Mark's perfidy shakes not only Sylvie and Eve to the core but also his other family wife Maggie, an unhappy socialite, and their three children. Readers might wish Green had focused a little less on the buildup to the less-than-shocking reveal and more on the aftermath and the unexpected bonds formed in the wake of the dissolution of two families. Nonetheless, it's still an absorbing read with a gratifying conclusion. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Best-selling Green's latest will be launched with a 150,000-print run, author appearances, and a multimedia national publicity blitz.--Huntley, Kristine Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Told in alternating points of view, Green's (Another Piece of My Heart) latest novelÅis all about family secrets. The first section introduces Sylvie's, as she deals with her ill, demanding mother, her daughter Eve's developing anorexia, and her husband's prolonged work trips. Eve tells her side of the story as well. She feels uncertain about her future and uses her eating as a way to feel in control. The next section shifts to Maggie who lives on the other side of the country. She also has a daughter, Grace, who is about the same age as Eve. Maggie is a society wife, but she sedulously hides her humble origins. When Eve meets Grace through a mutual friend in New York, a life-changing secret is revealed. Suddenly the two families' stories become intertwined in a most unnerving way. Sylvie and Maggie must discover and draw on their own strengths to save themselves and keep their families intact. VERDICT This gripping story is ultimately one of redemption. Green's many fans won't be disappointed, and this would an excellent choice for readers who enjoy the fiction of Jennifer Weiner or Marian Keyes. [See Prepub Alert, 9/12/12.]-Kristen Stewart, Pearland Lib., Brazoria Cty. Lib. System, TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.