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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
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Berkley Trade
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Mariah
I won't spoil the book by telling you what happens in the end. What I will say is that I'm not sure the main character in this book found sufficient resolution. Meg lives her life consumed with [religious based] guilt, constant regret, and in my opinion totally unhappy/unsatisfied. In the end, I'm not sure any of that changes. I didn't feel as if she resolved the source of her marriage discontent, nor did she find closure to her biggest regret. She holds herself to unattainable standards, is dis ...more
Sharon Redfern
On the surface, Meg Roberts has it all. She has a loving husband, three children and a job she loves doing PR for an area winery. But Meg is feeling as though she is missing something, that her life lacks some essential thing that she can’t put her finger on. She and her husband Jack have been married for seventeen years but she feels as though they are losing the connection between them. Meg discovers that her charismatic boss Chad has been harboring feelings for her and drifts into an affair w ...more
Cheryl
Meg Brennan Roberts is a publicist for Chad and Craig Hallahan. The Hallahan brothers own Dark Horse Winery. The winery is growing thanks to Meg. Chad approaches Meg and offers a golden opportunity. To go to the London Wine Fair with him to help promote the winery. Meg would like to go but there is the problem of her husband and family. She would have to leave them to attend. Meg’s husband tells Meg to go. Soon Chad and Meg are spending time together. The more time that they spend together, the ...more
Meg
It’s been a while since I sank into a book like Jane Porter’s The Good Woman. From the description, you might think, “Eh, great -- another story about a mid-life crisis.” And to be fair? It sort of is. It’s obvious Jack isn’t paying Meg much attention. After 17 years of marriage, he’s just sort of . . . around. Not helping with the kids, not helping with things around the house. Not showing Meg any care and affection. Just there.

The events following Meg’s realization of discontent are gradual --
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Nancy
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Donna McBroom-Theriot

I am a huge fan of Jane Porter, having read and reviewed many of her books. This book was exceptional. It was as though she grabbed a chunk of real-life and put it between the pages of a book.



The Good Woman makes the reader examine the choices they've made, past and present. The book makes the reader contemplate the mistakes they've made and how they might have done things differently.

"He said her name as if it were something delicious in his mouth and she blushed, dazzled by his energy...His
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Maryellen
THE GOOD WOMAN (Brennan Sisters #1) by Jane Porter~~Irish-Catholic Meg Brennan Roberts was a good girl. Oldest of five children she spent her childhood being the responsible one. Now forty-two years old, a wife, mother of three and enjoying a successful career at a California winery she’s having a crisis of faith, of hope and of love. On one hand she is completely overwhelmed with day to day life and yet on the other she is so empty that she begs the question, “Is this all there is?” The relatio ...more
Elisabeth
Wonderfully well written novel. Honest hard warm story about real women dealing with everyday situations as well as the hard situations they are put in.

Jane Porter´s "The Good Woman" is a good modern lit novel but somewhat different from her other books. If you know Jane Porter´s other novels and expect "The Good Woman" to be exactly the same you might be a little disappointed.
But that said. It´s a really good modern lit novel and Jane is really evolving in her writing style and is a fabulous w
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Amy
Gosh...if I could rate this more than 5 stars I definitely would. I knew I was going to love this book because I loved She's Gone Country, Easy on the Eyes and Flirting with Forty, her previous series. I always get emotionally caught up in Ms. Porter's novels. The Good Woman is filled with romance, drama, happiness, sadness and many more heartwarming emotions. Books like this one make me wish I had siblings, specifically a sister or two. Family and love are the most important two things in life ...more
Anita
Jane Porter has been one of my favorite writers for a long time. It is so easy to connect with the characters in her books and her writing style is wonderful. The Good Woman might be her best yet. I can't wait for the next part of the trilogy!
Christine Bode
Stars: 4.5

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Jane Porter’s contemporary women’s fiction. I’ve read almost every book in that line (she also writes for Harlequin) that she’s written. So I was really excited to hear that she’d written a new series about the Brennan Sisters that’s been published by her new publisher, Berkley Trade. The Good Woman is the first novel in that trilogy.

The first thing that struck me about The Good Woman is its exquisite cover – the model who was chosen to represent le
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Desere
I have always been a major fan of Jane Porter as I find her writing style simply beautiful and she is always able to transform any story into a memorable and powerful read.

In The Good Woman I met the character of Meg Brennan on the surface she has it all,she has a successful career,wonderful children and a loving husband. Her live has become what could be referred to as "normal" as she just goes from day to day handling everything that goes along with being a faithful wife and mother,yet she fee
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Romancing the Book
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Mary Margaret (Meg) Brennan Roberts is the oldest of the Brennan siblings. Being the oldest in this large, close knit Irish-American family, often meant Meg was the one in charge of her siblings and made sure everything was “right”. That trait, of making everything right, stays with Meg into adulthood and into the family she has with her husband, Jack. But while her family might appear “right” o
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Kathy
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Samantha Janning
I received a copy of The Good Woman in exchange for an honest review. Jane Porter is a fabulous author, and I could not wait to pick this one up. Disappointment? Not here! I loved every second of this book, and my only regret was that I was reading it over a holiday weekend and couldn’t dive into it as often as I could. What makes me even happier is that it appears to be the first in a series about the Brennan family, and I can’t wait for the next book!

While the plot touches on each of the Brenn
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Tiffany
The Good Woman is the story of Meg Brennan Roberts, a forty-something-year-old married woman with three children. She works as a publicist for a successful winery and attends as many baseball games, dance recitals and horse back riding lessons as she can. But something is missing. Meg is becoming depressed and is feeling alone and neglected by her husband, Jack. When she travels to London for work, Meg's boss, Chad, takes this opportunity to let her know how he feels about her. This couldn't com ...more
Rachel Bussel
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Gabrj
Another random book I selected off the new books shelf at the library. I stayed up all night sipping wine and tearing through this book. I loved the beautiful descriptions of the California wine country. Makes me want to go live on a vineyard now!

The author creates a very vivid world of this interesting Irish/Catholic family. I loved getting inside their heads and I truly felt for every character.

Adultery is present in this book but it is done in, dare I say it- a "classy" way. It is not glori
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Jennifer Chow
I love how this story shows the complex human nature of one woman. I actually wish the synopsis didn't give out so much detail about the storyline because it's more about the main character's thoughts and emotions than about a specific situation.

Porter makes the main character, Meg, relatable, in her balancing act of mother, wife, daughter, and worker. I also enjoyed the precise details about baseball and wineries interspersed throughout the book. I enjoyed peeking into Meg's head so much that
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Leigh
Even with my strong feelings about adultery, I can read and accept it within certain circumstances. Some authors have the ability to create viable shades of grey that make me think, okay it is wrong, but I can understand why it happened. Ms. Porter is not one of them, at least not in this book.

At forty-two Mary Margaret Roberts (known as Meg) is dissatisfied with her life. After nineteen years together – seventeen of those years married - her relationship with her husband is stagnant. She loves
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Barb
I chose The Good Woman because it was the first in a series by Jane Porter and I loved the cover of the next book in the series, The Good Daughter. Now you know I can be a shallow reader, LOL! I had never read Jane Porter before so I had no idea what to expect. Then last night right before bedtime the conflict in the story escalated and I stayed up to finish the book, ugh! Meg Roberts is 42, the oldest sister and child in a good Irish Catholic family with all the duties that come with that famil ...more
Rosemary K
The Good Woman is the emotional story of Mary Margaret (Meg) Brennan Roberts, who has it all and does it all with perfection. Meg is the firstborn of an Irish-American family. She has a successful husband, Jack, and three beautiful children as well as a job that she loves at a winery. Who could want more? Meg does. She wants Jack to treat her as a desirable woman. She wants emotional closeness and love, but these are not to be found in her marriage. A trip to a wine fair in London, awakens her d ...more
Nas Dean
THE GOOD WOMAN by author Jane Porter is a Berkley release for September 2012.

Meg Roberts, despite being successful just falls in the rut of normal live. A life without passion. Then she learns that her gorgeous boss, Chad Hallahan has secretly desired her from far and has the hots for her.

What will Meg do now? Will she move out from her comfort zone and embrace a secret but passionate liason?

How will Meg make these choices? She's always been the good daughter, mother and wife.

THE GOOD WOMAN is
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Mell Simons
Meg is the perfect girl, the responsible sister, the diligent mother and wife. She is the oldest sibling, and everyone sees her as this type-A perfectionist. She keeps all her balloon strings tightly strapped and in a closed hand. Any needles threatening her life will be kept at bay. No one can penetrate the perfect bubble of Meg's life. Until one day she lets a needle too close. POP! Can Meg find her way back to the life she once had? The question you must ask yourself is, "how far would you go ...more
Brooke Moss
Excellent premise, excellent angst, excellent book. This book is a book that explores the in's and out's of infidelity from a perspective few authors have been able to adequately capture before. This is not a happy go lucky book with sexiness and giggles. This is a book written by a mature woman, for mature women readers, tackling a subject matter that only mature women could possibly appreciate. I loved it. I highly recommend this book for fans of Women's Fiction who don't get depressed by a no ...more
Heidi
Another heartfelt Jane Porter book. The Good Woman introduces us to the four Brennan sisters, but is mainly Meg's story. I loved the sense of family, the shared history, the arguments and love shared by the sisters. Jane is always brutally honest in her portrayal of her richly flawed characters. This is no exception. It does seem a bit unsettled at the end, but there are four sisters and, I'm assuming, four books, so I believe Meg's story is not finished yet.
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I would have given 5
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Hazel
Whoa Meg is a seriously uptight woman. She's such a perfectionist that she stresses herself out. As we all know, things that are bottled up tend to explode. That's exactly what Meg does. She finally lets herself go but her outlet is to have an affair outside of her marriage. Of course everything then falls apart. While this wasn't a fun read, it was certainly well written. It's the kind of story that a message. Basically, open & honest communication in a marriage is totally key to making thi ...more
Rachel Ausome
I love Jane Porter's writing - beautiful descriptions and wonderful character development. I really felt like I knew the Brennan sisters, and I cared what happened to them.

However, I had a lot of problems with the storyline. The cancer and bickering sisters storylines hit close to home, but the adultery story was really hard to read, and I almost didn't pick the book back up halfway through.
Gayle Pullen
'The Good wife' centers on the eldest daughter of a tight knit Irish Catholic family based in San Francisco. Meg is a complex character given to putting huge pressures on herself to be what everyone expects her to be. Meeting the needs if others is of a much higher priority than her own needs and as the oldest daughter it has become habitual from childhood to so. Her shoulders become a place of self-inflicted burden placed by high expectations established by her parents, her husband and children ...more
DL
I feel very conflicted about this book - it kept me interested right through the end but it frustrated me very much. I did not care for the end of the story at all- I felt like nothing was resolved. What disturbed me most was the message that a woman is not to be considered a good woman if she ever dares to place her needs above the needs of her family. This story basically preaches that being a good woman is all about sacrifice and learning to live with it. Yes, being a mother and wife does mea ...more
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“God forgive her, but underneath the smiles and the good job and the great family, she was tired. Desperately tired. Tired to the point of breaking. In the last few years the exhaustion had grown, rising up like a specter to knock on her door. No one knew, she hadn't told even Kit, but in the past year she'd begun to question her entire existence. Why was she even here? What was life? Was she even necessary?
Maybe all women had these thoughts. Maybe all women felt tired. But the thoughts confused her. Good women weren't supposed to have doubts. Good women were supposed to be strong and selfless. Instead Meg felt needy and afraid. What if there was no reward for all the hard work? What if life was just one sacrifice after another?”
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