A Good Woman
Sep 21, 2012
Author: Jane Porter
Publisher: Berkeley Trade Paperback Original
Publication Date: September 4, 2012
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.
I reviewed Jane's Book "She's Gone Country" in 2010 and really enjoyed it. It was contemporary, "almost" a romance but it had deeper issues to be dealt with underneath the surface. I thought it was done very well, so I pleased when another story arrived on my desk.
This book centers around a subject that has slightly been beaten to death recently - the woman "of a certain age" discovering that things are not what she hoped in life.
The difference here is that the usual ending in these stories has the woman finding peace and managing to pull back to reality at the last moment, remembering the "what if and almost" while still being safe. In this book, Meg may actually manage to wreck all that she currently has before she makes a decision regarding where she's heading.
Again, Jane has a knack for making the story different enough, with some real issues that we all fear and understand, to pull us into the story and make us care about the characters and the outcome.
Book 1 in a trilogy so stay tuned to learn about the other sisters!
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