Reading Jane Green Books in Order

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Jane Green (also known as Jane Green Warburg) is a best-selling English-born American author who’s writing commercial women’s fiction. Green started as a publicist in her early 20s before working as a journalist for a few years–writing for The Daily Express, The Daily Mail, and Cosmopolitan magazine. She started working on her first novel, Straight Talking, in 1996, when she was 28 years old. It became a bestseller.

Labeled “the queen of chick-lit,” Jane Green found a lot of success, published more than 20 novels, a cookbook (she’s a graduate of the French Culinary Institute), and wrote a weekly column for The Lady magazine.

How to Read Jane Green’s Books in Order?

Jane Green doesn’t write book series, the following list is the publication order of her novels.

  • Straight Talking (1997) – Meet Tasha – single and still searching. Neither she, nor her three friends have had a fairytale love life: Andy, a tomboy hooked on passion; Mel, stuck in a steady relationship with a bastard; and Emma, endlessly waiting for her other half to propose. And they’re surrounded by the sort of men who seem to drift: Andrew – suave, good looking and head over heels in love…with himself; Simon – allergic to commitment and dangerously treacherous; and Adam – handsome, kind, humorous, but too nice to be sexy. Straight Talking follows the adventures of Tasha and her friends as they search for fulfilment and the right kind of love.
  • Jemima J (1998) – 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?
  • Mr. Maybe (1999) – At twenty-seven, Libby thinks there’s a lot to be said for a rich husband. So when Nick comes along – lovely, funny, handsome Nick, who has no money whatsoever, lives in a grotty bedsit, and thinks the perfect night out consists of the pub and his mates – she decides he’s only good for a fling. No strings attached. Investment banker Ed, on the other hand, could possibly be the answer. But does Libby really know what she needs? Is she just in love with being loved? Or is she loving the lifestyle, rather than the man?
  • Bookends (2000) – Cath and Si are best friends. Total opposites, always together, and both unlucky in love. Cath is scatty, messy, and emotionally closed. Si is impossibly tidy, bitchy, and desperate for a man of his own. When Portia steps back into their lives, her reappearance sets off a chain of events that tests them to the limit. Does Portia have a hidden agenda, or is she just looking for happy endings all round? Whatever the answers, none of them could ever predict the outcome…
  • Babyville (2001) – Julia and Mark are stuck in a loveless relationship. Julia thinks a baby will help, but perhaps that isn’t the answer to her problems. Maeve is totally allergic to commitment – she breaks out in a rash whenever she passes a buggy. Then a one-night stand results in an unwanted pregnancy. But just how unwanted is it? Samantha is besotted with her newborn baby. But how is husband Chris coping with his suddenly unavailable wife, and is Samantha’s obsession as healthy as it seems?
  • To Have and to Hold (aka Spellbound, 2002) – Alice knows she should be happy. After all, she has a handsome husband, a beautiful house, and membership to all the most exclusive clubs in London. So what if the rumors about her husband’s skirt-chasing are becoming harder to ignore? When Joe’s indiscretions force a transfer to New York, Alice hopes it might be a fresh start. And when they find a beautiful old house in Connecticut Alice is overjoyed. For a while, she and Joe seem as happy as newlyweds. But then the late nights and unexplained absences start again…
  • The Other Woman (2004) – When Ellie meets Dan, she thinks she’s found the perfect man, complete with a loving, close-knit family. Having lost her own mother young, Ellie looks forward to gaining the mother she never had. But first signs of trouble appear when their intimate civil wedding ceremony is transformed into a full-fledged black-tie affair, and Ellie starts to wonder if Dan’s boundary-hating mother, Linda, might be a little too involved.
  • Swapping Lives (aka Life Swap, 2005) – Being director of Poise! magazine affords Vicky Townsley a glamorous London life. She has everything she wants–except marriage, children, and a house in the country. Amber Winslow has a stone mansion in Connecticut, two kids, and a nanny. She loves her husband and her children, but that doesn’t mean she can’t fantasize about a taste of something a little more…exciting. When a single Londoner and a Connecticut mother get the chance to walk in each other’s shoes for a month things are bound to get interesting. But as they quickly learn, wanting something and actually getting it are two entirely different things…
  • Second Chance (2007) – In school, Tom, Holly, Saffron, Paul, and Olivia were the best of friends. Twenty years later, they’re barely more than strangers. But when Tom dies in a heartbreaking instance of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, the four that remain are thrust back into each other’s lives. Quickly falling back into the intimacy of their youth, Holly, Saffron, Paul, and Olivia are forced to reexamine the choices they’ve made. As their secrets rise to the surface, Tom’s death becomes the catalyst that changes them all, giving four estranged friends the chance to find a new beginning…
  • The Beach House (2008) – One summer a group of strangers – each with their own reason for wanting to step out of their busy life – meet at a rented beachouse in sunny Nantucket. There’s Daniel, who’s causing heartbreak for his wife Bee; recently divorced Daff, who feels she’s lost touch with her daughter Jess; and Michael – son of the house’s mischievous, free-spirited owner Nan – who is having an ill-advised fling with his boss. With so many lost souls gathered under one roof, very soon there are tears and laughter, friendship and – for some – even love. Each one of them is hoping for a new beginning. But will any of them find it?
  • Dune Road (aka Girl Friday, 2009) – In tony Highfield, Connecticut, recent divorcee Kit Hargrove has joyfully exchanged the requisite diamond studs and Persian rugs of a Wall Street Widow for a clapboard Cape with sea-green shutters and sprawling impatiens. Her kids are content, her ex cooperative, and each morning she wakes up to her dream job: assisting the blockbuster novelist Robert McClore. Then an unexpected series of events forces Kit to realize that her blissfully constructed idyll and blossoming new romance aren’t as perfect as she thought.
  • The Love Verb (aka Promises to Keep, 2010) – When photographer Callie has life-changing news, she – and her whole family – learn that love is not just about words. It is about deeds. After all, love means being there, through everything. “Everyone in Callie’s family is busy; her sister is a free-spirited Manhattan chef, her best friend Lila is coping with the vitriol of her new man’s ex-wife, and her parents, Walter and Honor, have rich though separate lives. But when Callie discovers the breast cancer she thought she’d beaten has returned, they all find that their lives shift to focus on caring for Callie.
  • The Patchwork Marriage (aka Another Piece of My Heart, 2012) – Andi has spent much of her adult life looking for the perfect man, and at 37, she’s finally found him. Ethan – divorced with two daughters, Emily and Sophia – is a devoted father and even better husband. Always hoping one day she would be a mother, Andi embraces the girls like they were her own. But in Emily’s eyes, Andi is an obstacle to her father’s love, and Emily will do whatever it takes to break her down.
  • The Accidental Husband (aka Family Pictures, 2013) – Maggie and Sylvie are perfect strangers: two very different women, living very different lives on opposite coasts. But they share more in common than they could ever imagine. Both women have beautiful children on the verge of flying the nest, the home they worked hard to build and always longed for, and a handsome and devoted husband they can’t believe belongs to them. Both women think their lives are seamlessly secure, but they couldn’t be more wrong . . .
  • Tempting Fate (2013) – Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for 18 years. They have two teenaged daughters; they have built a life together. So why does 43-year-old Gabby feel like she has only three more minutes left of youth? Why do her friends so desperately try to hang on to their attractiveness? And why does she ever even look at the handsome guy – 10 years younger – at the other end of the bar one night? Gabby is the last person to have an affair – a physical one, at least. But Matt makes her feel sparkling, fascinating – something she hasn’t felt in years. Surely there’s no harm in continuing a long-distance friendship? Surely there’s no harm in an emotional affair?
  • Saving Grace (2014) – Grace Chapman has a perfect life, living comfortably with her husband, best-selling 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?
  • Cat and Jemima J (2015) – A free ebook original short story featuring Jemima, the main character from Jemima J, and Cat, the main character from Summer Secrets.
  • Summer Secrets (2015) – When a shocking family secret is revealed, twenty-something journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral. Wild, glamorous nights out in London and raging hangovers the next day become her norm, leading to a terrible mistake one night while visiting family in America, on the island of Nantucket. It’s a mistake for which she can’t forgive herself. When she returns home, she confronts the unavoidable reality of her life and knows it’s time to grow up. But she doesn’t know if she’ll ever be able to earn the forgiveness of the people she hurt.
  • Falling (2016) – 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.
  • The Sunshine Sisters (2017) – It was never easy being one of Ronni Sunshine’s daughters. Publicly, she is a glamorous Hollywood actress. Privately, she is a disinterested, narcissistic mother. Now in her 70s, Ronni has ALS, a degenerative motor neuron disease. Ronni is adamant that her estranged daughters, Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy, must help her take her own life. As their mother’s illness draws them together, they discover that blood might be thicker than water after all…
  • The Friends We Keep (2019) – Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known one another since college. Their friendship was something they swore would last forever. Now years have passed, the friends have drifted apart, and they never found the lives they wanted – the lives they dreamed of when they were young and everything seemed possible. By their 30th reunion, these old friends have lost touch with one another and with the people they dreamed of becoming. Together again, they have a second chance at happiness…until a dark secret is revealed that changes everything.
  • Vacation (novella, 2019) – Just when she’d sworn off men for good, Sarah Evans met Eddie. Sarah was a magazine editor, living in Manhattan, and loving her life–except for the heartbreaks. A successful real estate developer, Eddie was a breath of fresh air, a meeting of minds–and bodies. Soon came wedded bliss, baby number one–and the proverbial move to the suburbs… Nine years later, this is increasingly what goes through Sarah’s mind when she looks at Evan, propped in front of the TV with a beer, ignoring their two children. The truth is, she misses her old life. She misses the old Eddie. She can’t help wondering if she’d be happier alone…
  • Sister Stardust (2022) – From afar Talitha’s life seemed perfect. In her twenties, and already a famous model and actress, she moved from London to a palace in Marrakesh, with her husband Paul Getty, the famous oil heir. There she presided over a swirling ex-pat scene filled with music, art, free love, and a counterculture taking root across the world. When Claire arrives in London from her small town, she never expects to cross paths with a woman as magnetic as Talitha Getty.

The Non-fiction books written by Jane Green

  • A Modern Fairy Tale (2012) – This ebook tells the story of how Prince William and Kate Middleton grew up, fell in love, and got engaged. And also delves into the history of William’s parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and his grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, their love stories, and their historic weddings.
  • Good Taste (2016) – Jane Green opens wide the doors of her stunning home to share tips on entertaining, ideas for making any gathering a cozy yet classy affair, and some of her favorite dishes, ranging from tempting hors d’oeuvres like Sweet Corn and Chili Soup, to mouthwatering one-pot mains like Slow-Braised Onion Chicken, to sinfully satisfying desserts like Warm Chocolate and Banana Cake.

If you like the Jane Green reading order, you may be interested in the works of Emily Giffin, Jennifer Weiner, Kristin Hannah, Elin Hilderbrand, or Marian Keyes.

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