Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Good Wife (Review)

(Brennan Sisters, #3)

Release Date: September 3rd, 2013
Genre(s): Adult Women's Fiction

My Review: (4.5/5 stars*)

As can be expected from a Jane Porter novel, The Good Wife is an absolute hit. Previously readers got the chance to enter the lives of the other Brennan sisters, Meg and Kit. Now, we get to learn about the youngest sister Sarah Brennan Walker, and follow her story. With each book in this series comes self-discovery, drama, relationship issues, infidelity, family struggles, loss, and acceptance. It never gets dull, and every situation that the characters find themselves in is so real, and moving. There was never a moment where I felt like things weren't true to how they are in real life, Porter grasps reality wholly and it shows. It's a gorgeously written and sharply perceptive story about a tight-knit family who has to overcome life's many obstacles, focusing on the Brennan daughters and their personal lives.

Meg Brennan struggled with finding happiness in her marriage, Kit Brennan overcame being in a toxic relationship, and now Sarah Brennan needs to move on or past her husband's infidelity. Out of all the Brennan sisters Sarah is the most damaged. She's going out of her mind with fear that Boone is cheating on her again. She can't even imagine a life without him and their two children, it's all she can think about. It's destroying her, and it has been ever since she found out. Little by little she takes the steps necessary to get back to a normal, happier life. I loved seeing her transform from a fragile person to a strong woman, it was always there—the strength—she just couldn't see it. Sarah battles many inner demons as well as external ones and the journey was emotionally thrilling.

Sarah Walker Brennan has always been the perfect, good wife, but when her professional athlete husband is constantly away for games her mind wanders to suspicion. Boone Walker, star baseball player, had cheated on her 3 years ago and she has never forgotten or been able to move past it. She loves Boone more than anything and it's ripping her up inside to have doubt lurking. Her sisters think that obsessing over it is completely unwarranted. She can't help but keep thinking about it, it drives her to extremes, and her thoughts won't let her move forward. She has to make some important decisions so that she can live again, a life without fear, and doubt.

I liked revisiting the lives of the other Brennan sisters, their appearances were great to see. Boone as much as I wanted to dislike him for cheating on Sarah, I found myself feeling bad for him. Sarah questions her relationship, she isolates herself from her family by rejecting her sisters advice and gets angry with them, and frustrated with herself. Her life gets turned inside out but her love drives her to overcome her problems. It's no secret that everyone has issues and problems they need to deal with in order to move on but it's how we go about them that matters. Porter writes about flawed characters, she breaks them, and builds them back up. Everyone can relate because that's how life is, we have our weak moments, and somehow we go on living. There are many life lessons that can be taken away and that's why I love these books.

The Good Wife has a bit of everything, depth-filled characters, an exceptionally developed story, a positive message, flowing emotions, and a strong-minded leading lady. Their is a lot of drama that unfolds but it's done realistically. You won't find a more relatable book for women. The story and struggles faced feel like they can be your own. I picked up this novel for a compelling story, and that's exactly what I got. The Brennan sisters series is thought-provoking, enjoyable, and intensely emotional. I loved The Good Wife, every novel is better than the last, but all are outstanding reads. I can't recommend the Brennan Sisters enough!


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 . . .


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