Skip to content

Jemima J By Jane Green

Jemima J ‘Jemima J’ is by Jane Green.

Jemima Jones is overweight. About seven stone overweight. Treated like a slave by her thin and bitchy flatmates, lorded over at the Kilburn Herald by the beautiful Geraldine (less talented, but better paid), her only consolation is food. What with that and her passion for her charming, sexy colleague Ben, she knows her life needs changing. But can Jemima reinvent herself? And should she?

‘Jemima J’ is a book that I read many years ago and fell in love with it. Recently I was thinking about the book and thought for the first time, I’d return to it and review it, as this was the first book that I read by Jane Green and started my love for the popular author.

The book is set in the early 90’s just as the Internet was launched and Jemima is a tips columnist for a small newspaper, she dreams for so much for life, then just providing tips for removing stains and unwanted hair. She’s overweight and completely in love with a colleague called Ben, who most women love including Jemima’s bitchy house mates Lisa and Sophie. So when Ben gets a new job and leaves Jemima, she decides to have a go at online dating and that’s when she meets Brad. A handsome gym owner from America who steals Jemima’s heart. After much pleading for a photograph of herself, Jemima sends through a fake photograph and Brad completely falls in love and this gives Jemima the boost and incentive to make a difference to her life before travelling to America to meet Brad.

After months of hard work and determination, Jemima becomes a shadow of her former self and becomes competition to her flatmates, who always pitied her for being overweight. Now slimmer and happier than she has ever been, Jemima travels to America to meet the love of her life. But, things take an unexpected turn in America that leaves Jemima unsure of what she is to do next.

For the second time, I fell in love with this book. Jane has such a lovely style of writing, writing from Jemima’s perspective as well as an observer watching Jemima’s life change, as well as those opinions and attitudes around her. Her writing is clever and warm, that had me giggling at the situations and people. Jemima, is such a sweetheart, quiet and strong willed. She really blossomed throughout the story and opened up to those around her. I particularly loved her friend Geraldine, who was initially just an acquaintance but they grow closer as Geraldine helps Jemima with the makeover. The story has many unexpected twists that made for delicious reading and as it’s set in a time when the internet was only starting out, it was refreshing to read a book that wasn’t heavily reliant on social media.

A story of love, determination and self-worth, ‘Jemima J’ is a deliciously tender and fun story that is well worth a second read.

You can buy Jemima J from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Jane Green Reveals New Book – Falling – A Love Story

Falling - A Love StorySunday Times bestselling author, Jane Green returns with a new book this year called ‘Falling – A Love Story’.

The story of ‘Falling’ is –

Eight years ago, Emma Montague left behind the strict confines of her upper-crust English life – and rather dull boyfriend – and moved to New York City, where she immediately found success in the world of finance. But her soulless, cut-throat, all-consuming job has only led to another life she didn’t want.

Answering an online ad, Emma finds a tiny beach cottage to rent in the small town of Westport, Connecticut. It needs work – lots of work. But it’s the perfect project to satisfy Emma’s passion for interior design and gardening, if her new landlord, Dominic, is agreeable to the small changes she yearns to make.

To Emma, Dominic is also something of a fixer-upper. A local handyman with a six-year-old son, he’s a world away from the men she should be interested in, but he’s comfortable in his own skin, confident, quiet and kind. Slowly, over a shared garden, time spent with his son and late-night conversations, Emma finds herself falling for Dominic.

From friends to lovers happens as naturally as the changing seasons. But laying down roots doesn’t come easily when two lives as different as theirs merge into one. And Emma will realize that the seeds of happiness must be nurtured and cherished to grow into something strong enough to shelter all their hopes and dreams.

As a huge fan of Jane Green, I’m looking forward to the release of ‘Falling – A Love Story’.

You can pre-order Falling from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 14th July 2016.

Saving Grace By Jane Green

Saving Grace‘Saving Grace’ is the latest book by Jane Green.

Grace Chapman has the perfect life, living comfortably with her husband, bestselling author Ted, in a picture-perfect farmhouse on the Hudson River in New York State Then Ted advertises for a new assistant, and Beth walks into their lives. Organized, passionate and eager to learn, Beth quickly makes herself indispensable to Ted and his family. But Grace soon begins to feel side-lined in her home – and her marriage – by this ambitious younger woman. Is Grace just paranoid, as her husband tells her, or is there more to Beth than first thought?

Jane Green is one of my favourite authors and I was delighted to receive a copy of her brand new book ‘Saving Grace’. Beautifully illustrated in soft shades of green and red, the book is most striking and definitely stands out on the shelves.

The story is written in the third person and is seen from the perspective of Grace, who is married to Ted. A once successful and bestselling author, who took the world by storm with his writing but now his writing isn’t as popular and he’s replaced by younger and fancier writers. Ted is everything that I dislike in a man, to the outside world and the press, he’s charismatic and approachable but behind closed doors, he’s arrogant, demanding and not quite the man Grace believed that she was marrying.

Grace had a hard life with her mother growing up, her mother battled mental illness, leaving Grace constantly on edge and this has developed further into adulthood. Particularly now that Ted’s assistant has left and Grace has been left on charge of his tasks and demands. It’s only when Grace and Ted meet Beth at an event, that Grace sees light at the end of the tunnel and immediately hires Beth to become Ted’s assistant. Grace is delighted that someone else is in charge and she can carry on with her first love which is cooking. But over time she sees a change in Beth, she begins to dress and behave like Grace and intent to step into Grace’s shoes even if Grace doesn’t want her to.

This book is a very dark story, gone are the days of love and romance, this story is about a woman jealous of another woman’s life and determined to wreck no matter the circumstances.

Grace is a strong leading lady even though she had a tough upbringing, she looks on the bright side of life and wants to help those less well off then herself, but she does let Ted walk all over her which is annoying. She worries about herself, that she will turn out like her mother and has kept her troubled childhood from Ted. Through the book, there are flashbacks to Grace’s past which gives us an insight to her life. Only one person really knows what her upbringing was like and that’s Robert, her best friends brother who she grew up with and who had a crush on her. As a teenager Grace spent her time in the middle of Robert’s family, she loved the hustle and bustle of his house and particularly his mother Lydia who made Grace feel like part of the family.

Beth is an interesting role, she seems perfect and sweet but we rapidly see a sinister side to her once she settles into new job and this can make for unsettling reading as she causes Grace to question her sanity.

Although this book is completely different to Jane’s previous stories, I did enjoy it and found myself absorbed in Grace’s life and urging her to sort it out. As Grace is a chef, there is the inclusion of recipes throughout the story in reference to the meals that she is creating. I did think it was a bit odd including this in quite a dark story.

My only complaint is that I thought the ending to the story was a bit too abrupt and that did leave me wondering “What now?”

An interesting story and a new direction for the author that does leave the reader wanting but sadly I felt it was not Jane at her best.

You can buy Saving Grace from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Win A Copy Of Saving Grace By Jane Green

Saving GraceFor one lucky person, I’ve a hard backed copy of Jane Green’s brand new book ‘Saving Grace’ to give away.

The story of ‘Saving Grace’ is –

A perfect stranger wants her perfect life.

Grace Chapman has the perfect life, living comfortably with her husband, bestselling author Ted, in a picture-perfect farmhouse on the Hudson River in New York State.

Then Ted advertises for a new assistant, and Beth walks into their lives. Organized, passionate and eager to learn, Beth quickly makes herself indispensable to Ted and his family. But Grace soon begins to feel side-lined in her home – and her marriage – by this ambitious younger woman.

Is Grace just paranoid, as her husband tells her, or is there more to Beth than first thought?

To be in with an chance of winning this book, simply reply below with your answer to the question by Monday 22nd December and I shall pick a name at random.

Who wants to be saved?

Good luck!

Jane Green Releases New Book – Saving Grace

Saving GraceAs a fan of Jane Green, I’m delighted to see that she is releasing a new book in September called ‘Saving Grace’

The story of ‘Saving Grace’ is –

Grace Chapman has the perfect life, living comfortably with her husband, bestselling author Ted, in a picture-perfect farmhouse on the Hudson River in New York State.

Then Ted advertises for a new assistant, and Beth walks into their lives. Organized, passionate and eager to learn, Beth quickly makes herself indispensable to Ted and his family. But Grace soon begins to feel side-lined in her home – and her marriage – by this ambitious younger woman.

Is Grace just paranoid, as her husband tells her, or is there more to Beth than first thought?

Loving the sound of this book particularly the dark element to it.

You can pre-order Saving Grace from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 25th September 2014.