Thursday, November 15, 2012

Review: The Good Woman by Jane Porter

The Good Woman by Jane Porter

Format: book 
Buy the Book: Amazon  

Goodreads:  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.

SPOILERS BELOW - skip review if you don't want to be a little spoiled.

Kritters Thoughts:  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!  

When Meg returns home from a trying weekend with the family, she is hit on by her boss and with a little spoiling - she pursues the relationship.  Mind you she is married, not happily, but still married.  This is the part of the story that I didn't love.  I didn't feel like she tried at all to share her unhappiness first with her husband, I understand he may not have listened fully, but at least give him a chance before you break the vows.  I just wish that the character had confronted him at least once, then I would have given her a little more leeway to enter the affair.

Because I had such an issue with the big issue of the book, it made it hard to read.  BUT I really loved the interactions with her siblings and mom, they were perfect and elevated the book in my opinion.  I will be reading the sequel The Good Daughter.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from BookSparks PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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