Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Good Woman by Jane Porter (Review)

The Good Woman (A Brennan Sisters Novel)Is it possible to leave it all behind? 

The firstborn of a large Irish-American family, Meg Brennan Roberts is a successful publicist, faithful wife, and doting mother who prides herself on always making the right decisions. But years of being “the good woman” have taken a toll and though her winery career thrives, Meg feels burned out and empty, and more disconnected than ever from her increasingly distant husband. Lonely and disheartened, she attends the London Wine Fair with her boss, ruggedly handsome vintner, Chad Hallahan. It’s here, alone together in an exotic city, far from “real” life, that Chad confesses his long-standing desire for Meg.

Overwhelmed, flattered, and desperately confused, Meg returns home, only to suddenly question every choice she’s ever made, especially that of her marriage. For Meg, something’s got to give, and for once in her life she flees her responsibilities—but with consequences as reckless and irreversible as they are liberating. Now she must decide whether being the person everyone needs is worth losing the woman she was meant to be.

Image of Jane PorterJane Porter, a native of Visalia, California, graduated from UCLA with a degree in American Studies and worked in sales and marketing before returning to school to earn a teaching credential and an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. Since publishing her first romance novel in 2001, Jane has written and sold 39 novels, including her latest release, The Good Woman, the first book in her Brennan Sisters trilogy. 

A bestselling author, Jane has also been a finalist for the prestigious RITA award in 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2010 from Romance Writers of America, and her '06 release, Flirting With Forty, picked by Redbook as its Red Hot Summer Read, went back for seven printings in six weeks before being made into a December 08 Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear. Jane, her surfer husband, and three sons make their home today in San Clemente, CA where she's currently working on her next novel.

My Review

        I am a huge fan of Jane Porter, having read and reviewed many of her books. This book was exceptional. It was as though she grabbed a chunk of real-life and put it between the pages of a book. 

The Good Woman makes the reader examine the choices they've made, past and present. The book makes the reader contemplate the mistakes they've made and how they might have done things differently.

"He said her name as if it were something delicious in his mouth and she blushed, dazzled by his energy...His eyes searched hers, and it was so intimate that blood rushed to her cheeks. Jack couldn't look at her and Chad couldn't look away...Heat rushed up through her..."

The book portrayed the dynamics of family accurately; the conflict between the sisters, the anger of the betrayed husband, the hurt children, and the spurned lover. She captured the stages of life that we traverse and the feelings of happiness and discontent that we experience, and our actions and consequences of the paths that we take related to discontent. Some of us put on the perfect facade and keep it there at all costs. Jane shows what happens when it all becomes too much.

"How long have you been here?"..."A little bit after you got here."..."You could have joined me."..."Why?"..."Because we're sisters."..."What does that mean?"..."That we're family."..."Oh, because we've got the same gene pool?"

Jane wove complicated family and personal conflict into a story that was impossible to put down. She captured real-life and wrote an amazing book. 

"Your mom and I weren't mad at you. We were proud of you. Thought you'd done a great job getting dressed. But you, you were mad at yourself. You expected more of yourself. Even at two and a half."..."No one has ever expected you to be perfect, Meg. No one, that is, but you."

What I loved about the book? It was a wonderful read. It had all of the above, along with wonderful, well thought out characters that played their parts in the book perfectly. The story line was realistic, and while the book came to ending with one story, it left the opening for the next book. 

What I did not like about the book, other than it ended? Nothing. I normally stop reading a series after the first book, but I find myself anticipating the next book. 

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1 comment:

  1. Enjoyed your review, looks like Porters done it again, be well. agman


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