Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova
The Good Wife is the third and (sadly) last book in Jane Porter’s Brennan Sisters trilogy. I’ve enjoyed each one but must say that The Good Wife was by far my favorite.
Sarah Brennan is the youngest of five children–preceded by three older sisters and a brother. Having met her husband, Boone Walker, a professional baseball player, in her early twenties, Sarah remains deeply – almost obsessively – in love. While Boone traverses the country with his baseball team, Sarah takes care of their two children and maintains the perfect home–in whatever location Boone’s career lands them in.
Despite her devotion to Boone, Sarah cannot forget or forgive his infidelity from three years ago. Her insecurity is compounded by his constant absences and while Boone is away, Sarah constantly imagines scenarios in which he succumbs to temptation once again. And for a gorgeous baseball player like Boone, temptation is easy to come by. When Boone is picked up by Oakland A’s, Sarah finally has the chance to be closer to her family in San Francisco. However, the move spells even more time apart for the fledgling couple as Sarah has to stay back while the kids finish off the school year, and she tries to sell their house. Falling deeper and deeper into her depression and obsession with Boone’s whereabouts, Sarah must decide whether or not love is enough and if she can ever leave the past behind…
I loved The Good Wife and relished the opportunity to reconnect with other members of the Brennan family that were introduced in the first two books, The Good Woman and The Good Daughter. While enough back story is given in The Good Wife for readers new to the series, I would still recommend reading The Good Woman and The Good Daughter, in that order. They are quick enjoyable reads and will give you a better understanding of the family’s dynamics.
Interwoven with Sarah’s story was that of Lauren Summer, a friend of Sarah’s older sister, Meg, and a young mother who recently lost her son. Lauren’s story is equally touching and adds some interesting nuances to the plot.
Jane Porter’s writing flows with ease and is a joy to read. Porter wrote somewhere that The Good Wife was the most difficult to write out of the three books in the series, and I can certainly see why. She did not settle for neatly wrapping everything up and giving each character a happy ending as is common in women’s fiction. Instead, she took the more difficult route of making the characters struggle and go through real-life dilemmas. While for some there was light at the end of the tunnel, for others the end of the book did not spell an end to their troubles.
Another highly enjoyable read from Jane Porter, and I only wish there was more to come in the series! What happened to books about Brianna or Tommy?
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