Thursday, October 03, 2013

Review: The Good Wife by Jane Porter

Title: The Good Wife 
Author: Jane Porter
Series: Brennan Sisters, #3
Published: September 2013 Berkley Trade
Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Source: Personal copy

Is it possible to love someone too much?

Always considered the beauty of the family, the youngest Brennan sister, Sarah, remains deeply in love with her husband of ten years. Boone Walker, a professional baseball player, travels almost year-round while Sarah stays home and cares for their two children. Her love for her husband is bottomless—so much so that her sisters say it will end up hurting her.

Living apart most of the time makes life difficult, especially since Sarah often wonders whether Boone is sharing his bed with other women on the road, even though he swears he’s been true to her since his infidelity three years ago. While she wants to be happy and move forward in her life, Sarah constantly fears that Boone will break his promise. Now with Boone facing yet another career change, tension rises between the two, adding more stress to an already turbulent marriage. Emotionally exhausted, Sarah can’t cope with yet another storm. Now, she must either break free from the past and forgive Boone completely, or leave him behind and start anew . . .

My thoughts: This is the third, and for now, final book in Jane Porter's Brennan Sisters series and I absolutely loved it. Right from the first page, it was quite intense and I found myself getting a bit teary-eyed.

Taking us into the trials and tribulations of infidelity, we see how such an act can have lasting consequences. Being a major league baseball player, Boone is often on the road and Sarah, the youngest Brennan sister, struggles with these trips, especially after his one act of infidelity three years ago. Despite her best intentions, her jealously and insecurity often get the best of her when Boone is away and that tends to lead to disagreements. Does Sarah love Boone too much and therefore hurt herself by staying with him? Can they figure out a middle ground so that the time they spend together is not filled with fighting and the time spent apart is less stressful for them both?

Besides getting to see the rest of the Brennan family as they deal with some pretty heavy stuff, we also meet Lauren Summers. Lauren is struggling to deal with the death of her son and her story is a major part of the first half of the book. I was trying to figure out why so much time was given to her, but in the end, it all comes together and I have to say I really enjoyed her tale. 

Both these women are strong, resilient characters and I loved getting to know them. I also loved that the other Brennan women that we've come to already love made appearances in this book. I know that this was supposed to be a trilogy, but I really wish there was going to be at least one more book - we need Brianna's story! She's been there in all three books so far, but there have been things mentioned that beg for further exploration...Jane Porter - please give us Brianna's story!!!

Have you ever read a series where you felt the author needed to write at least one more story to really feel like the series was complete?


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3 comments

  1. This sounds incredibly moving. Wonderful review, Kristin.

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  2. I am looking forward to this series.

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  3. Oh, I agree that we should see Brianna's perspective...she is the very mysterious one, and not very likeable at times, which tells me there is intriguing story behind her facade.

    I know there were hints of sexual abuse....anyhow, Jane Porter! More, please!

    I loved these sisters and this family, not to mention the settings. Thanks for sharing.

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