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 . . .
*Warning: This review may contain spoilers for the first two books in the series, The Good Wife and The Good Daughter, please read at your own risk!*
The Good Wife is the third book in The Brennan Sisters series by Jane Porter. The main character of this book is Sarah, the youngest of the sisters. Sarah is married to Boone, a professional baseball player, and is still struggling with his infidelities from three years before. She is still deeply in love with him, but is constantly worrying that he may stray again. Coupled with the stress of family deaths and being a stay at home mom whose husband is constantly on the road, Sarah must decide if this is the life she truly wants to live and if so, is it worth it.
I can't say enough how happy I am to have another Brennan Sisters book in my hands. I absolutely loved the first two, The Good Wife and the Good Daughter, and can't say I was disappointed in this one. I do, however, have to admit that Sarah is my least favorite of the Brennan Sisters, except for perhaps Brianna who we have yet to hear from. Sarah loves her husband and family, but she is very judgmental and it really made it difficult to like her and connect with her. She is constantly criticizing her sister Kit's boyfriend Jude because of his "biker" look and tattoos. She even demands that he not attend a family member's funeral. I kept waiting for a certain secret that had been revealed in The Good Daughter to come back and bite her in the butt and put her in her place.
Sarah is also struggling with Boone's cheating ways. He's been going out a lot and has been acting a little strange. Sarah doesn't want to rock the boat so she tries her hardest to trust her husband and ignore the signs. This also drove me a little crazy because I knew if I were her, I'd be all over it. This also made it hard to connect with her. But even so, I could still understand her point of view. She gave up her dream of becoming a lawyer to marry Boone and follow him around the country during his career and he is all she has. She's scared and worried that she will lose him, and everything else along with it. My feelings toward Sarah definitely changed for the better after hearing her personal story, even if I wouldn't have made the same choices.
Aside from Sarah, we also hear from Lauren Summer, a somewhat new character in the series. Lauren is the co-owner of a restaurant and recently lost her son to a terrible car accident. She has left the Napa area to escape from the pain and daily reminders of her son, only to return to help a friend in need. Lauren I liked right away. I couldn't imagine the pain she was going through and understood why she needed to get away, even if her family didn't.
The stories of Sarah, Meg and Lauren all come together perfectly in The Good Wife. When Lauren was first introduced, I immediately thought to myself that I knew exactly what was going to happen. I even told my husband what I thought and how angry I was going to be if it came true. But not even ten pages later I was proven wrong, and in a big way. Jane Porter threw a massive curve ball into this story and I was absolutely shocked and blown away. From that moment on, I couldn't read fast enough.
Jane Porter has an amazing gift. She knows how to create characters that you love, ones that you can see yourself knowing in real life and even being friends with. She also has a way of taking everyday situations and twisting them to seem extraordinary. Her characters come to life like no other and you can't help but want to see them make it through their struggles.
The Good Wife was another perfect installment to a fantastic series. It is a story of family, love and forgiveness. You can't help but fall in love with this family and feel their losses as your own. I'm pretty certain that this is the last book in the series, but I have my fingers crossed that there will be at least one more to come from Brianna's point of view. I need to know her complete story and why she is the way she is.
Overall, I can't recommend this book, or this series, enough. I had never read anything by Jane Porter before this series and I can tell you with all honesty that I am now a forever fan. I can't wait to go back and pick up more of her books and catch up on all that I have missed. If you are a lover of romance or Chick Lit like me, I highly recommend you pick up this entire series. But be sure to clear your weekend because I can guarantee you won't be leaving the couch until all three books have been devoured.
For more about Jane Porter and The Good Wife, visit her website here.
*I received this book for free in exchange of my honest review. This did not influence my opinion in any way and all views and opinions expressed are 100% my own.