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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (422 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Porter Narrator: Justine Eyre Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The firstborn of a large Irish-American family, Meg Brennan Roberts is a successful publicist, faithful wife, and doting mother who prides herself on always making the right decisions. But years of being “the good woman” have taken a toll and though her winery career thrives, Meg feels burned out and empty, and more disconnected than ever from her increasingly distant husband. Lonely and disheartened, she attends the London Wine Fair with her boss, ruggedly handsome vintner, Chad Hallahan. It’s here, alone together in an exotic city, far from “real” life, that Chad confesses his long-standing desire for Meg.

Overwhelmed, flattered, and desperately confused, Meg returns home, only to suddenly question every choice she’s ever made, especially that of her marriage. For Meg, something’s got to give, and for once in her life she flees her responsibilities—but with consequences as reckless and irreversible as they are liberating. Now she must decide whether being the person everyone needs is worth losing the woman she was meant to be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jane Porter has written her way into this reader’s heart.”

    Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author, praise for the author

  • “She understands the passion of grown-up love…smart, satisfying.”

    Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author, praise for the author

  • “[Porter’s] musings on balancing work, life, and love ring true.”

    Entertainment Weekly, praise for the author

  • “Porter writes with genuine warmth and quiet grace about the everyday problems all women face.”

    Chicago Tribune, praise for the author

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rachel Bussel | 2/17/2014

    " Spoilers. Meg Roberts is used to having everything under control--her job, her three kids, her marriage, her family. She is the ultra-responsible oldest sister who never lets herself be anything more than totally prepared. In her role as a winery publicist, she has excelled, and has never let her think of her hot boss Chad as anything more than her boss, appreciating his good looks from afar, until she confides in him while on a business trip. Soon the gap between the intimacy she once shared with her husband and what she could and does want becomes more and more glaring, and she doesn't so much decide to have an affair as let herself get swept away by Chad's charisma. She leads a double life while trying to ask herself the bigger questions, while also grappling with her mother's cancer and her sisters' expectations of her, trying to still be a "good" wife and mother while following her heart. Porter deftly portrays this dilemma and especially Meg's feelings of guilt and estrangement from her husband. This is a bittersweet story because ultimately Meg is presented with two choices with no truly ideal outcome, but by stepping out of her comfort zone she has to both confront issues from her past that have haunted her, and ask herself what she wants out of life. There's a very telling scene where her father tells her that she's always been the one to put pressure on herself to be perfect, even as a toddler, that truly shows what Porter does best. An excellent read (prepare to get sucked into the story and not put it down until you're done), and I will definitely be reading the next book in the series, The Good Daughter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cheryl Hill | 1/29/2014

    " This is by far the best Jane Porter story I have read...I love them all but this one takes you through every emotion and sucks you in! Couldn't stop reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amber | 1/19/2014

    " Jane Porter does a really good job at not only making her reader invested in the main characters storyline, but all the other women as well! I can't wait to find out what happens to Kit, Brianna, Cass and Marilyn (the mom). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caroline | 1/16/2014

    " Great book, predictable ending you know there will be another book. "

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About the Author
Author Jane Porter

Jane Porter is the USA Today bestselling author of The Good Wife, The Good Daughter, The Good Woman, She’s Gone Country, Mrs. Perfect, Flirting with Forty (the basis for the Lifetime movie), and several other novels. There are more than twelve million copies of her books in print. She lives in Southern California.