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Jane Green / Swapping Lives

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Author: Jane Green

 The title of the book gives away the story line, Vicky, the editor of a fashion magazine in London constantly talks about wanting to be married with children, that is all she has ever wanted in life, and would give anything to have that.  Amber, a housewife in America, married into 'old' money with a gorgeous house in the Manhattan suburbs, a  full-time nanny and two children (think 'Stepford Wives') thinks that there has got to be something more to life.  For an article in the magazine, Vicky puts out an ad asking married women to respond and swap lives for a month, they will wear each others clothes, live in each others homes, associate with each others friends, etc . . .

As you might expect, both women find that the grass is not greener on the other side of the fence, Vicky realizes that being a successful, single woman in London, is not that bad afterall.  Amber spends the entire month missing her husband and children, but realizes that she also misses working and that she is fed up with the  'keeping up with the jones' way of life in Conneticut, resulting in her and her husband making big chances in their lives. 

I have always enjoyed this author, and I enjoyed this book.  It is what I call 'fluff' reading, which I don't do a lot of, but every once in a while, it is nice to read a book that doesn't require a lot of thinking, and that you can truly just relax and enjoy.