Wednesday, September 4, 2013

(74)The Good Woman by Jane Porter

The Good Wife
by Jane Porter

Pages: 368
Publication Date: September 4, 2013


Meg Roberts is the "perfect one" of her large, boisterous Irish Catholic family.  As the eldest sister of the Brennan clan she has always been the "perfect one".  She married the perfect man, had three perfect kids, and has a great career as a publicist for a winery in Napa.  At forty-two Meg seems to have it all, so why does she feel so unsatisfied with her life?  Maybe it's because her husband travels all the time? Maybe it is because he pays more attention to his work than to her?  Maybe it's because her kids take advantage of her?  Whatever it is, she feels like her life is lacking something. When one of her handsome bosses, Chad starts to show more than a professional interest in her she is confused, scared, flattered, and actually interested.  Meg makes the biggest mistake of her life, she has an affair with Chad.  A steamy, hot, passionate affair that has her feeling more alive than she has in years.  Except the guilt is eating her alive.  Does she stay with her husband and try to save her marriage or does she leave her husband and her family for Chad?  Either way Meg will never be the same again.

I really enjoyed The Good Woman. It was refreshing to read about a woman, a "good woman" who has an affair. In Women's Fiction it is not unusual to read about a husband cheating and the aftereffects that causes on a marriage, but rarely do we read about a woman making such a horrible decision.  I am about as anti-adultery as you can get, but I did find it easy to empathize with Meg.  All she wants is to feel loved and appreciated. I also enjoyed the family dynamics between Meg and her siblings. The dynamics there are interesting, especially Meg and Brianna.  So different in every way, yet they still have a connection and will be there for each other no matter what.  I will say that the end of this book was not what I was expecting, but it was a good way for it to end.

Bottom line, The Good Woman is a great novel that will introduce you to a great family, the Brennan family.  Full of love, happiness and imperfections.   If you are looking for a quick read that will touch your heart pick up The Good Woman on your next trip to the bookstore.

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