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The Good Daughter

(Brennan Sisters #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,140 ratings  ·  166 reviews
Love was given to all, except herself . . . Kit Brennan has always been the most grounded of her sisters. A Catholic school English teacher for seventeen years and a constant giver, her decisions have been sound—just not very satisfying. Her fortieth birthday is right around the corner, causing Kit to consider some wilder notions, like skipping right past the love and marr ...more
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Published February 5th 2013 by Berkley Books
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Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Always doing the right thing is tough. Sometimes it is a situation of being cruel to be kind and other times it is more about just doing the right thing simply because you feel you have no other choice.

But we all know there is always a choice, it might not be the right one or the best one, but in the end there is still a choice, making it is hard but learning to live with it is even harder and not always something everyone can handle. Therefore it is always wise to look deep into your soul befo
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jane Porter is one of my favorite Chick Lit authors. Chick lit is not romance, by the way. A good book of this genre delves into relationships. This is what Porter has proved to be wise beyond her years.

This is the second book of a series starring a family of four daughters and one son. All grown and and all dealing with the throes of middle age growing pains. The first book was mostly about Meg, the oldest sister. I absolutely loved The Good Woman. Porter pulled no punches when writing about in
Romancing the Book
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I really wanted to read this book partly because of the title The Good Daughter, I consider myself a good daughter so it caught my eye. However I wanted to read Jane Porter’s latest work even more after I read a little bit about.

I was so into this book that I kept losing track of time. I get involved in a lot of books, but this one kept me hooked all the way through. I hated to put it down when I ha
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As an English teacher from a close Catholic family, I expected to enjoy reading Jane Porter's The Good Daughter, but I didn't expect it to resonate with me in such a powerful way. I loved reading this book which perfectly blends the reality of being a high school English teacher with the challenges of being part of a big family.

Kit Brennan is an English teacher at a Catholic high school and is nearing 40. She has resigned herself to the fact that she will not meet a man, yet wants to pursue adop
Chelsey Wolford
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kit Brennan has three sisters, well four, counting her sister-in-law, Cass. As a family they have always been relatively close and Kit still remains the most reliable of them. Kit is about to turn forty and is facing quite a few trials in life: her mother has cancer that is slowly killing her, her sister-in-law and brother cannot conceive a child, and Kit has so far in life been unlucky in love and is starting to reconsider this entire area of her life. Kit’s story, and the second in this series ...more
Laura Kay Bolin
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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The second book in the Brennan Sisters trilogy, focuses on Kit Brennan. Kit is about to turn forty and she is still single and without kids. She loves her job as a teacher at Memorial Catholic High School, but she is ready for a family. With her days filled with teaching, but at night and her weekends are filled with helping take care of her mother. Her mother, the woman she looks up to is dying of terminal cancer. Between her mother's illness and having g
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Kit Brennan has always been known as the good daughter by her other sisters.  She's a school teacher, loves to read and is always there for her family.  While in Capitola, where her family has a beach house, Kit meets Jude. He’s everything she’s not and not someone that her family would approve of. He’s a bad boy that wears a leather jacket, rides a motorcycle and has tattoos. They couldn’t be more different, but there’s just something about him that draws Kit in. Can opposites really attract? O ...more
Monica Tillery
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved The Good Woman, so I was eager to read The Good Daughter, but I didn't think there was any way I could enjoy it as much as the first. Little did I know that this book would exceed all my expectations. We meet Kit in the first Brennan Sisters book, and she's sweet. Nice enough, very helpful, supportive, and the kind of woman you'd want to be friends with. In The Good Daughter, we find that Kit has an extraordinarily complex story and a rich inner life that I just didn't expect.
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jane Porter in the Good Daughter addresses the misconceptions of first impressions. Once the stage is set and all the characters connect, it is hard to put down and leaves you hanging for the release of The Good Wife.

Jane is able to include in her books, everyday situation’s that you are able to easily picture having to deal with on a daily bases. Kit’s has to deal with family expectations, sister rivalry, the dating scene, hard decisions and Catholic upbringing of worrying what everyone else th
Leslie Lehr
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Loved, loved, loved it! I don't live in a world like the Brennans, never have....but what a beautiful picture of family this book painted, their commitment to each other, flaws that are overcome and forgiven because above all else they love each other, the way they respect each other and stick together and share each others triumphs and heartbreaks. And this story about Kit.....strong, yet vunerable with an attraction to the stereo typed bad boy and trying to do the right be the Good ...more
Cindy Huljack
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Oh My Goodness!! This book will make you want the story to never end!! Kit Brennan is awesome! She is so fiery yet sheltered. She doesn't realize the bad in the world when it's right in front of her. Maybe it's because of her loyal Irish Catholic family who would never treat their family members the way Kit witnesses for her student. Every story needs a bad boy!! Jude is hot, dedicated, and maybe just maybe not as bad as you think he is...

Can't wait for the 3rd book to come out!! The Good Wife i
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it
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The second book in the Brennan trilogy follows a different sister than the first book, but picks up about where the first book left off. Again, Jane Porter did a wonderful job of catching my interest and getting me, once again, emotionally attached to Kit in the same way she got me attached to Meg in the first book. This book was a real page turner - I just couldn't put it down. I found myself itching to have time to read so I could try to get to the end of the book to see how it all turned out. ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have read all of Jane Porter's novels and enjoyed them, but not this one. The story lines were interesting but I found the main character, Kit, hard to like. She had had bad things happen to her yet a few of them were due to her own poor judgement and she didn't do anything to change herself. She just beat herself up about e decisions she'd made. I also thought her treatment of her young student, Delilah, was not good. She cared about her, yet she did things that jeopardized Delilah with no fo ...more
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I seriously didn't want this book to end. It's about a Catholic school teacher who has never had the joy of falling head over heels in love. She also hates that she has never married or had children, which she assumed would have happened by now. When she falls for clearly the wrong man, a typical "bad boy," she tells herself to move on. But he keeps popping up in her life when she least expects it. Then she realizes that he isn't quite what he seems. . . . ...more
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Decent book, but I found the "Catholic" ideology of the main characters frustrating and hard to believe. Do people really stick to antiquated ideas like these gals who are in their 40s? Not believable for me, especially considering the sisters have had premarital sex, extramarital affairs and an abortion. Holier than thou people rather than holy! I don't understand why the author wasted space going on and on about the family's religion. ...more
Sheryl Martin
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I won this through Goodreads first reads and as for the basic story I enjoyed it. But I just really couldn't get into the main character. She was so unlikeable for me and it seemed like everything that happened was her own fault. I realize that is often the case but still it just kind of turned me off. The actual story itself was good though. I have not read the first book so that may change my opinion as well but I thought it was pretty good. ...more
Melinda Garza
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OMG! The Good Daughter was very difficult to put down. Its a fab story about Kit (one of four sisters) who is a teacher and loves to read. She is the good daughter but meets Jude, the typical bad boy that all women love. Are they perfect for each or just too different? This Jane Porter story also brings into light the dynamics of family. Another must read by JP!
Sheila Shaw
May 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot, but it could have benefited from having an epilogue to give us a better perspective of what came next.
Christine Bode
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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The Good Daughter is the second book in the Brennan Sisters series by award-winning, national bestselling author Jane Porter. I was very fortunate to receive an Advanced Reader’s Copy (ARC) from Jane but the public won’t get to read it until its release date: February 5, 2013. My review contains spoilers, so read it at your own discretion.

This is the story of Catholic school English teacher, people pleaser, and all around grounded good girl, Katherine Elizabeth “Kit” Brennan whom we fi
Maryann Sulic
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved Jude! I did think it was wrapped up too quickly and wish the "bad guy" had gotten his due. I'll most likely read the next "Sister" installment in #3, and in general, I've enjoyed Jane Porter's novels. ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
The biggest problem here was the characters. I was frustrated when they did stupid things, and they were so one dimensional. The book was easy to read and kept me interested, but upon finishing I just felt unsatisfied.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Well, I did check this out by mistake. I wanted the Karen Slaughter book with the same title. It was really a romance book which is not my genre of choice.
Michal Scott
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A realistic depiction of what happens when neighbors really get involved in a domestic abuse situation. The ending was happy but soberingly realistic at the same time.
May 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Boring. Too self-righteous and contradictory. Took too long to get started.
Kathy Altman
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You really should read The Good Daughter, because you'll be missing out on an extraordinary story if you don't. This second Brennan Sisters novel is intense and sensitive, a poignant portrayal of two daughters who bear the role of family peacekeeper — a role that threatens the happiness of one, and the life of the other.

Each daughter is desperate for a new life — Kit at 40, and Delilah at 15. Our heroine Kit has a good and giving spirit, but she's a tad too trusting. Ironically, the one person
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Born in Visalia, California, I'm a small town girl at heart. I love central California's golden foothills, oak trees, and the miles of farmland. In my mind, there's nothing sweeter in the world than the heady fragrance of orange blossoms on a sultry summer night.

As a little girl I spent hours on my bed, staring out the window, dreaming of far off places, fearless knights, and happy-ever-after endi

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