Imperfect Pairings Winner Chick Lit Indie Reader Discovery Awards Can love cross borders In Imperfect Pairings a woman s love for an Italian leaves her confronting this question He s Jack in America but he s Giov

  • Title: Imperfect Pairings
  • Author: Jackie Townsend
  • ISBN: 9780983791522
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner, Chick Lit, Indie Reader Discovery Awards 2013Can love cross borders In Imperfect Pairings a woman s love for an Italian leaves her confronting this question He s Jack in America, but he s Giovanni in Italy understanding him means understanding his culture, his language It means losing the foundations of her identity to become entangled in the deep rooted vineWinner, Chick Lit, Indie Reader Discovery Awards 2013Can love cross borders In Imperfect Pairings a woman s love for an Italian leaves her confronting this question He s Jack in America, but he s Giovanni in Italy understanding him means understanding his culture, his language It means losing the foundations of her identity to become entangled in the deep rooted vines of his family s troubled past when she d vowed to remain disentangled Her career and autonomy had always come first, and she fell in love thinking she could control it, not give in to it Is she losing herself Or is she finally giving in to the woman she d been all along This is an adult love story, one that will leave you thinking long afterwards about the oceans that separate us from the ones we love.

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    1. I received an Advance Reader's Copy of this book through NetGalley. I was quite disappointed in this book. The blurb lead me to believe it would be a rather happy, romantic book, but I found it quite depressing and almost aromantic. Both of the leads, Jamie and Giovanni, are in my opinion, horrible people, and I didn't like or sympathize with either of them. Every once in a while they will proclaim that they allegedly love each other, but that is the only evidence you will receive for that, beca [...]

    2. This was a very mental novel. The two protagonist both had so much emotional baggage they were carrying. This ends up as as a great metaphor throughout the novel as the two were consistently traveling between countries and the 'baggage' shuttled back and forth during trips ties in to their own hangups.You don't know whether to like Jamie and Jack/Giovanni or not. Their relationship seemed ill-fated as they both seemed to be polar extremes of each other. Did author did a commendable job in portra [...]

    3. Find This and Other Reviews At Craves The Angst.Imperfect Pairings is a Romance written by Jackie Townsend. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review by Ripetta Press through NetGalley.2 Little Imperfect Stars!Held My Interest But Definitely Not As Expected!The Review:I went into Imperfect Pairings thinking this was a romance. It’s listed as a romance and the blurb leads you to believe you have two opposing forces, coming together to survive their trials in hope of finding their hap [...]

    4. Imperfect Pairings by Jackie Townsend is more a story of convenience than romantic warmth when a young Italian man comes to the United States to gain a practical business education that he will take back to Italy and the family wine business. Giovanni meets Jamie, an American businesswoman and there is an undeniable spark of attraction from the start and their secret affair culminates in marriage, but sadly, not one out of passion for each other, more like a business merger that is painful to wa [...]

    5. This book is the story of a relationship and how the main character grows in her understanding of family and marriage. Jamie is an American business woman who marries Jack/Giovanni, an Italian, who goes from being a corporate businessman to a vintner. The cultural differences are a bit of a stumbling block for Jamie as she reexamines her concepts of marriage and family. Jamie gradually commits herself to the relationship and applies the lessons learned to her family. Ms. Townsend does a good job [...]

    6. An intricate look at relationships, careers and family with a setting that takes you from the U.S. to Europe. Not completely centering around wine as one would expect. It focuses more on one man's family legacy and his battle to be worthy of it. Being an Italian living in America he battles emotionally between his family and his new life with his American girlfriend. She also battles her own issues and was disappointing as the weaker character. Instead of leaving you with a happy love can conque [...]

    7. I didn't care for Imperfect Pairings as much as I thought I would. The summary sounds good, but I couldn't connect with either Giovanni or Jamie - which is obviously a problem. I never could figure out what it was that brought the two of them together - or even what kept them together later on. They obviously have wildly different views on life, based - as Townsend managed to show quite well - on their cultural differences. However, if the two of them do not even like each other, why should read [...]

    8. A novel about expectations and relationships, and culture clashes. Yes, I consider this a romance, but more of a love affair about wine.My TakeThis story explores Imperfect Pairings on so many levels. It's almost exhausting to consider. Townsend broke open old wounds, made me re-examine past relationships, wondered about wine, and checked for flights to Roma.I confess that I was torn between a "3" and a "4". The "4" for Townsend's diving into the negatives of both cultures, for dissecting Jamie' [...]

    9. Excellent.Brings Italy alive. The imagination, the story seems real. The story starts out slowly, but as the story's time moves on, the reader is right there, in all the fun and agony. Mind pictures become brilliant and alive.

    10. This is the story of Jamie, who works in finance for a large company in California and is trying to achieve partnership in the firm. She meets and begins an affair with Jack who is an engineer with a company that Jamie's firm is working with. Jack is Italian, but has been in America, going to school and working, for 10 years and hardly ever talks about his heritage. Jamie is a driven, fiercely independent woman working hard to reach her goals. Early on in their relationship, Jamie travels to Ita [...]

    11. Relationships are hard, even between two people who have a lot in common. Take two people who are polar opposites and the culture clash becomes even more difficult.When Jamie meets Jack, she is on a trajectory to shatter the glass ceiling singlehandedly. She is the antithesis of the American career woman, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Familial dysfunction is all she’s ever known so marriage isn’t in the cards for her. Never having known a strong faith or family ties, she lives he [...]

    12. I was so pleased to be asked to participate in a blog tour for IMPERFECT PAIRINGS by Jackie Townsend. Please read my review, and I hope to post an interview with the author soon!Set in beautiful San Francisco and Italy, this moving and emotionally-charged love story involves a clash between cultures. Luminous writing and memorable characters make this novel by Jackie Townsend a lovely novel to read, although I found it heart-rending at times.Jamie, a career-woman comes from a torn family, and sh [...]

    13. I don't know what I expected, it wasn't what i got with this book. The relationship between the two main characters is rather dark at times, it's very complicated and there is so much more going on then just the two of them. He's from Italy and she finds the culture clash is quite up front and in her face rather often. she loves him so but isn't certain they will stay together once he has his Green card. She doesn't learn Italian for the first two years of their relationship so going to Italy to [...]

    14. Thank you to Jackie Townsend and Ripetta Press. I couldn’t resist a trip to Italy. This the first of a two day trip to visit Italy.Synopsis:Jamie met Jack through her work. Jamie works at a firm that buys and sells companies. She is quite good at it. Things seem to be progressing with Jack and then he asks her to go to Italy for a wedding. Jack is from Italy and in the US on a working visa. Jamie gets to meet his Mom and the rest of the family. Will she take these family relationships serious? [...]

    15. This is an intriguing story about love, family and wine. An evolving relationship between two very different types of people is at the center of this story. He is a traditional Italian with strong ties to his wine making family and their villa. She is a professional American with a cold, distant view of family and a disdain for the traditional.After a marriage of convenience they find that their family histories are actually very similar. Slowly their notions of family and self are proven to be [...]

    16. Imperfect Pairings is a story of cultural differences and family relationships. This book was a slow and tedious read for me. I wish there had been more introducing us to Jack and Jamie as a couple at the beginning of the book. Even though I understood that they were early in their relationship, I just couldn't see why they were even together in the first place. I didn't have any idea who they were and I really didn't like either of them all that much. It was not until approximately 2/3 of the w [...]

    17. I found this book to be somewhat out of the ordinary. Most books today portray relationships in the "happily ever after!" This book shows a very difficult and trying relationshipalistic in some ways of stories I've heard. So glad my marriage falls in the "happily ever after category!!!" The characters are believable, but not so likable. I found this book one in which I began in earnest and ended in a short time frame. It will keep you turning the pages. A great summer read. This book was given t [...]

    18. Check out the full review at Kritters RamblingsJamie is dating a man who she knows as an American named Jack, but out of the blue he becomes Giovanni from Italy and their relationship changes. With a few trips to Italy, this couple has to figure out how to make their marriage work with two different cultures colliding. There were a whole host of characters and it was absolutely hard to keep it all together and I kept getting Jack and Giovanni mixed up and thinking about them as two separate peop [...]

    19. I received this as an advanced review copy through NetGalley. I was also disappointed in this selection. It left me feeling flat and frustrated. First, it was the larger than normal amounts of Italian scattered throughout the conversations, then it was the way the two main characters treated each other. It may be a true reflection of how some couples interact with each other, but it's not the kind of story I want to spend hours reading. At least the title is correct! I just couldn't ever fall in [...]

    20. I really enjoyed this sometimes bittersweet love story of a couple from vastly different backgrounds. Jamie and Jack love one another, and marriage seems like a logical step when he needs a Green Card, but soon cultural differences start to drive wedges between them. In Italy, with his very traditional family, Jack becomes Giovanni, and Jamie feels she doesn't even know him anymore. This story examines whether they will be able to reconcile the differences in their worlds and keep their love ali [...]

    21. This is no typical romance novel, despite initial appearances. The two main characters, Jamie and Jack, are as different as chalk and cheese yet they are drawn to each other. When they go to Italy as a couple, the storyline changes dramatically as they struggle to keep their relationship together, to manage family dynamics and to run a vineyard. I loved the use of Italian language throughout as I will be visiting Italy in a few weeks (so out came google translator), although this could be a dist [...]

    22. I received this as an Early Reviewer copy from librarything. Beautifully written story that delves into the connections between families and cultures. The Italian language embedded into the story creates a bridge between the US and Italy that gives depth and understanding for the reader. Imperfect Pairings examines the frailty and strength of family ties. Jamie and Jack (Giovanni) experience the demands and devotions of two cultures colliding and melding into one imperfect love. An excellent rea [...]

    23. This was a difficult book for me to read. First I know nothing about wine. Second I know less about the family dynamics of the true Italians. I don't understand the home eating, the arguments, fighting and just the whole family comes first, no exceptions. I have to admit I almost stopped reading halfway through the book. I didn't because I got hooked on the troubled characters. I just had to follow through to see how their lives work out. While I like the HEA stories it is nice to read books wit [...]

    24. I received an advance reading copy of the book for free through First Reads.As the title suggests, the main characters, Jamie and Jack, and their respective lives are as similar as night and day. As the plot develops through its Italian setting, it is refreshing that readers are not faced with another sugar coated love story and will readily identify with the all to familiar struggle with finding a balance between career, family and how to define oneself. I would recommend this book and its int [...]

    25. Although I did finish this book, I could never get invested int he characters. Jamie comes across as a whiney, spoiled brat who can't decide what she wants and will put up with an arrogant, self-centered man who shows her little respect. But she accepts his rudeness and disinterest because she's in love.The writers style left me feeling robbed. The reader is never engaged in the story. It's more a collection of words on the page rather than sinking into the story as an integral part of the actio [...]

    26. I loved love love the writing. It kept me turning pages and I breezed through the book. I enjoyed the relationship between the two main characters and I LOVED some of the "sub" characters. At the risk of spoiling this book for others (I'm hiding this review in case this is a spoiler) I HATED THE ENDING! There were WAY too many loose ends that needed tying up. So many that I actually Googled "imperfect pairings sequel" to see if I missed something!! No joke. I'm bummed, especially because I other [...]

    27. I wasn't able to finish it (read it up to chapter 9). I really liked the setting and the Italian characters, very well done. The main characters held promise, but the voice and verb tense are completely wrong for the story, and I couldn't get over it. I would suggest a rewrite, but that's just my opinion.

    28. I had to slog through this book, and I never felt connected to the characters. The couple didn't even seem to be emotionally involved with one another. Some of the Italian language was not translated for those of us who do not speak it, so I felt like I was missing things. I did not like this book.

    29. Jamie is a professional woman with a career. She meets Jack, short for John, short for Giovanni. The relationship takes her on a search for her own identity in a marriage for a green card that has a large family and many traditions and traditional values attached.

    30. Really enjoyed the charactersJamie and Jack/Giacomo. Very complex. Crisp writing that reminds my of Jane Austen's style, no going on about clothes or scenery; an intense focus on the characters. Terrific novel! Five stars. (Kindle edition)

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