The Good Woman - Brennan Sisters, Bk 1 Author:Jane Porter 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 o... more »ut 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.« less
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Kerry C. reviewed The Good Woman (Brennan Sisters, Bk 1) on
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THE GOOD WOMAN by Jane Porter was, simply put, a fantastic read. I could not put it down. The first in the Brennan Sisters series focuses on Meg, the oldest in a large, Catholic, Irish-American family. Meg, or Mary Margaret Brennan Roberts, has always been the responsible one. She has 3 younger sisters and a younger brother that she was always in charge of and is a perfectionist. Now, she is 42, married with three children and a great job. She is the epitome of a successful woman, but she feels like something is missing, that there has to be more to life than this. In trying to find it, she commits an uncharacteristically selfish act that has massive repercussions. But, that is not all of the book. The book also focuses on family and their dynamics, especially those between the four sisters, and her parents.
I have recently been introduced to Porter's books and can't believe I missed out for so long. Porter writes about real people and real emotions. I laughed and cried, and I felt Meg's conflicts. Porter's characters are very relate-able. She writes about life. The good and the messy parts of it. Even though I don't agree with her actions, I can see how she ended up following the path she did. Meg or any of her sisters could be friends of mine.
I can't wait to to read then next books in the series, not only to find out what happens with the other sisters (THE GOOD DAUGHTER -- Kit's Story, and THE GOOD WIFE -- Sarah's story). I look forward to seeing to seeing how each character grows and immersing myself in the dynamics of, not only the sisters, but the entire family.
Jane Porter has always been a gifted storyteller, but The Good Woman tops the list! As the first born of three sisters, I could definitely relate to Meg and her siblings. The Brennan Sisters will have a trilogy, so I am looking forward to the next book!
Meg is the oldest, so she's always tried to do the best and be the best. But her relationship with her husband just isn't doing it for her anymore. So when her boss lets her know he is interested, Meg has to decide what kind of woman she wants to be or if she desires to stay who everyone else needs her to be. Wife, mother, sister, daughter..
As with most families, there's some drama and it's it shows up in full dress in The Good Woman. However, it does lay the groundwork for the next two novels. Emotions run deep, as well as great realistic characters and a page-turning plot. Definitely pick up this honest and well-written novel! It will grab a hold of you and not let go until the very end. Highly recommend!!
What started out as a fantastic book about a woman who is unhappy in her marriage, but gets away for a weekend with her three sisters and mother went downhill when she returns home and makes a fatal mistake. Meg is the oldest of four sisters and if you have followed this blog for a bit, you know that I love books that center around siblings and their relationships and birth order. This part of the book, I adored!