Title: The Good Wife
Author: Jane Porter
Length: 432 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade Publications
Rating: 5 Stars
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 . . . -Goodreads
My ThoughtsThe scope of this emotionally provocative read is far greater than it's synopsis would lead one to believe.
While it is true that Sarah, the youngest Brennan sister, and her marriage does become the focus of this story as it progresses; its focal point for the first half of the read alternates between the death of her mother, the implosion of her elder sister Meg's marriage, the death of Meg's husband, and the loss of the son of family friend, Lauren...while Sarah seems to hover along the periphery.
The introduction of the family first, gives readers a sense of who everyone is, giving one a chance to see the forces that have gone into making Sarah who and what she is. On that same note, we also get a not so pretty view of how the destabilization of Sarah's family sends life altering waves through her life's pond.
By the time Sarah's story does start to unfold in earnest, around mid-book, the reader has become thoroughly invested in every character in the story. Thereby, making Sarah's fate and her happiness of greater importance than it would be if told earlier or on its own.
When all is said and done Sarah's story is the one that is the least tragic, and in the end provides the most hope.
The Good Wife is not a happy-go-lucky read. It is a read that takes an often heartbreakingly honest look at what it means to be a sister, mother, daughter, lover, friend, and spouse.
It is quite possible that readers will see bits and pieces of themselves and their stories within this saga's pages.
The Good Wife is the third book in the Brennen Sisters series, which also includes: