Family Pictures by Jane Green 2


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I finished reading Family Pictures by Jane Green over the weekend. Good book! I’ve read several of her books and have never been disappointed. It’s so easy to get caught up in her novels and just keep reading and reading. I found myself not wanting to put this book down. Looove when a book is that interesting!

Family Pictures is about two very different women and their respective marriages. Sylvie is married to the perfect husband, someone she adores completely, and it’s evident that he loves her very deeply. They live a simple life in California with Sylvie’s daughter, Eve.

Maggie is also married to the perfect husband. Together with their 3 children, they live an extravagant life in Connecticut, complete with a large house in the suburbs and expensive cars. Maggie is a trophy wife, a social butterfly with a large presence in the community.

An unexpected twist connects these two families in a way you never see coming. There is a specific point in the book when you know what’s about to happen—I figured I couldn’t have possibly read it correctly, so I flipped back…and sure enough! Do you hate that I just left you hanging like that? :o)

I have a few noteworthy quotes from the book to share with you. I always love reading books and finding statements that make me go hmmm.

  • “…your mind focuses on all the wrong things when there aren’t enough of the right.”
  • “The fact is that blaming doesn’t get you anywhere. It keeps you stuck. Blaming stops you from moving on with your life.”
  • “You see what you want to see, and hear what you want to hear.”

I hope you enjoy Family Pictures as much as I did. I have two books to choose from next—one is an old novel I can’t believe I’ve never read, and the other is a non-fiction book I put on hold at the library right after hearing about it on 20/20 (yeah, yeah…I’m old. I know!).

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2 thoughts on “Family Pictures by Jane Green

  • IQ ©

    I just found your post trying to find the 'blaming' quote – couldn't help but leave a note here, despite this post being a year old! I just finished the book myself and it definitely was a great read! You point out one of the issues that rang true for me also: the 'crux' was so predictable on the outset, and YET it was totally a shock. Thanks for having the quote up!

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