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Thirty-seven-year-old Andi has just married the love of her life. But in a world where idealistic notions of love, marriage and parenting abound, the honeymoon phase doesn't last long, and she is quickly faced with her biggest challenge yet: step-parenting.

Andi is the subject of best-selling author Jane Green’s new novel, Another Piece of My Heart. In this complex yet warm tale, she finds herself a member of a ready-made family as the mother of two teenage girls, Emily and Sophia--both of whom immediately see her as a threat. Over time her loving actions win over Sophia, but Emily, the defiant one, will never see anyone as a replacement for her real (albeit alcoholic) mother.

The more Andi tries, the more she struggles, and the grief doesn’t just lie in her relationship with the girls--it also takes a toll on her new marriage, as she dreams of having a child of her own someday

A sensitive and all-too-relatable issue for many, Green applies a sympathetic tone, exploring the topic from various perspectives (even Emily’s) and observing what it’s like to find hope in a damaged relationship.

Pick it up in paperback next month, but be prepared: You won’t want to put it down.

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