THE GOOD WOMAN
Porter portrays family relationships with insight and fairness. Her characters are compelling individuals who quickly grab your heart. Intense family scenes are balanced with moments of quiet reflection. The interaction between the characters blends high emotion with realistic events and choices that can turn a person’s life upside down. This beautifully written story sends readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride that twists and turns right to the end.
Meg Roberts has always done the right thing. The oldest of the four Brennan sisters, Meg is the one everyone depends on for counsel and stability. Meg’s husband and children also view her as their rock, but her husband rarely shows Meg any affection or appreciation. After years of giving, Meg is tired. Recognition for her hard work and dedication comes mainly from her boss, vineyard owner Chad Hallahan. For years Meg has been immune to the flirtatious manner of her boss, but their relationship changes when Chad admits to being in love with Meg. In Chad, she finds someone who loves her for herself rather than her perfect behavior and dependability. Her unexpected bliss is shaken by the chance of losing her family. Meg is faced with a devastating choice. (BERKLEY, Sep., 357 pp., $15.00)