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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 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.

Fiction & Literature
September 4
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

calstephanie ,


Meg Brennan Roberts is the oldest daughter in a Catholic raised family. She's always the "good sister" doing everything right. Married for seventeen years and the mother of 3, Meg feels something is missing. She's increasingly unhappy and dissatisfied with the path her life has taken. This midlife crisis or what not has her questioning her life, her career and her marriage and what she really wants out of life.
The first word that comes to mind if someone were to ask me about The Good Woman would be WOW! This book will take you on a roller coaster of emotions from happy to sad to wanting to throw the book across the room in denial and finally into happiness and hope for the future. I was a little apprehensive about reading The Good Woman because of some of the subject matter, but once I started, I was hooked. I could not put it down. Jane Porter did a great job with the story and working with the intricacies of not only being the older, more responsible sister who holds herself to a higher standard than everyone else, but also of a woman who's not quite sure how her life ended up where it did and what to do about the feelings of loneliness and increasing unhappiness. I really enjoyed getting to know the Brennan family and I look forward to reading the rest of the books in The Brennan Sisters trilogy!

nita1214 ,

Loved this book!

The characters in this story were so real to me. I can't wait to read the sequel!

Brooklyn Allan ,

The good woman

What a great story! Very moving and the characters are so real! Every woman in their 40's should read this!!

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