TO HAVE AND TO HOLD
People think Londoner Alice Chambers has it all: a wealthy, hardworking husband named Joe, a wonderful house, beauty, designer clothes and invitations to social events. But what people don't know is that she loved Joe so much she allowed him to remake her to his own liking. Also, Alice hates wearing stilettos and pretending to enjoy socializing with snooty people. And now, Joe is distant, always works late and often can't be reached, even via his cell phone.
Alice can't help but wonder if Joe is unfaithful. Their relationship seems to improve after Joe is transferred to the States. He's more attentive, and he even buys her a house in the country. But their progress is short-lived, and Alice finally decides to do something about her unhappy marriage.
With its human characters (no one behaves perfectly, not even Alice), multiple points of view and attention to detail, this latest from popular chick lit author Green is a more serious offering. It's appealing and readable, although a bit slow at times and gloomier than her previous books. (May, 352 pp. $21.95)