After the stress of the the election, I needed to chill out and find something, anything, that would take me away…Luckily, the nice folks at the Berkley Publishing Group had sent me the first in a trilogy of books called The Good Woman by Jane Porter – it was the perfect cure. A little bit of this a little bit of that…In the beginning of the story, four sisters are hanging out at the beach with their mom for a girls weekend, each in their forties, each in a somewhat different phase of their life. They come together and all is kind of breezy until you get to around page 7o or so THEN wow, teeth! The story gets intense and serious as the eldest sister, Meg, the oldest and “perfect” one, makes a decision that affects the rest of her life. You can guess what the decision is. Her hot, sexy, younger boss, Chad, makes a move, a subtle move, but a move nonetheless. (It is always a subtle move, watch out ladies) Meg acknowledges the move instead of ignoring it and moving on and you can guess where this is going.
I was very interested to see how the author would handle the affair story-line and she did quite well. It was a bit reminiscent of the conflicting emotions of the female character in the Movie Unfaithful with Diane Lane and Richard Gere. I found the author’s portrayal of infidelity to be very realistic and thought-provoking. I am especially pleased with how Meg’s character evolved to handle the situation. Listen up out there – if things are not going so well with your husband and someone else is turning your head, do yourself a favor, have a nice, private (not in the house with kids around, not late at night when you are both tired) honest chat with your husband. Tell him that you are missing something or that you want to spend more time with him or that you want him to kiss your neck a little longer before you get right to it…Do it, give him a shot before you move on to someone else, you owe to your marriage and you owe it to your kids!
I also enjoyed the author’s subtle discussion of judgment. You simply do not know what you will do in someone else’s socks, so be careful what you judge! I look forward to the next book in the series! This is my first time reading Jane Porter. I found “The Good Woman” delightful and I am looking forward to the next installment.
I was not paid dime for my review!
Question for Comment: Are you a judger and why?