Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Good Women - A Brennan Sister Novel
Synopsis: 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.
My Review: I am a fan of Jane Porter's, so I am really surprised at myself. I would have assumed that I would have rated The Good Woman as "a must read." While I liked The Good Woman, it just seemed to me that the story moved very fast - not to be confused with a fast read. I was surprised at how quickly the affair happened, how quickly Meg's husband found out, how quickly he kicks her out of the house, how quickly she leaves her job, how quickly she accepted being kicked out instead of fighting, and how quickly her children/child turn on her.
I couldn't connect with Meg in The Good Woman. I felt Meg was weak, should have fought for her marriage (or Chad), not allowed her husband to pull her children away from her, or put up with her son's attitude. I would have fought like heck. Through the story of The Good Woman, we learn why Meg is the way she is and it is explainable, I just couldn't relate to her as easily as I could the other sisters.
I did really liked the Brennan sisters and all the different characters. Jane has definitely set this up to be a great series, where each new book could be focus on a different sister and slightly build off the previous novel. Each sister is so different, but yet connected to each other.
I loved how Meg's affair with Chad impacts each one of her sisters differently based on their own experiences they were going through. My favorite sister relationship was Meg and Kit. I liked the changes that Kit went through and the support she had for her sister.
For some reason....not sure why, except I didn't care for Jack, I really wanted Meg to end up with Chad. I really liked him! I am looking forward to the other Brennan Sister Novels since I connected with them much more than Meg. Other Jane Porter books I would recommend are like Easy on the Eyes, She's Gone Country and Flirty with Forty!
Meet the Author: Jane 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.
Connect: You can connect with Jane Porter on her website, Twitter, her Blog and Facebook.
Purchase It: You can purchase The Good Woman (Brennan Sister Novel) online at Amazon for $15.00 ($9>99 Kindle).