11 March 2013

The Good Daughter by Jane Porter, Book review

 Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 edition (February 5, 2013)
 ISBN-13: 978-0425253427

Kit Brennan has always been the most grounded of her sisters. A Catholic school English teacher for seventeen years and a constant giver, her decisions have been sound—just not very satisfying. Her fortieth birthday is right around the corner, causing Kit to consider some wilder notions, like skipping right past the love and marriage to raising a child all by herself . . .

A girls’ weekend away is just the reprieve Kit needs from school, Mr. Wrongs, and life-changing decisions. It’s there that she meets a man who’s dangerous; a man who challenges who she thought she was, or rather should be. Kit wants to indulge herself this once, but with one of her students in crisis and the weight of her family’s burdens weighing heavy on her heart, Kit isn’t sure if now is the time to let her own desires take flight . . .

My thoughts:

If you are looking for a good book to enjoy this Spring, this is the one! 
As contemporary novels goes,  Jane Porter's 'The Good Daughter' has removed any reticence on my part to read such material! Warm and compassionate, clear and enjoyable, her plot is a page turner and I couldn't put it down! And yes, it is worth 5 stars in my book (pardon the pun!)

Single, daughter, sister, teacher, friend, Kit wears many hats and with the big 40 on the horizon, she fears marriage is just not God's plan for her. Her strong loving Irish family and her Catholic upbringing have nurtured her role of giver and Kit can always be relied upon when help is needed. She is about to lose her Mum to cancer and is considering motherhood without any man's help. 
Failed relationships in the past have fueled her insecurities and when she meets the antipodes to her dreams, she is reluctant at first to let her heart speak for her.

Jude is just the sort of bad boy no Mother would trust their daughter with. Leather wearing and with a tattoo, he rides a motorcycle, lives in a run down house and at first glance, does not even hold a job. 
When disrupting new neighbours move next door, Jude's protective side comes out when abuse is clearly at the heart of things and befriends the household teenager, giving her his number 'just in case'...

With exquisite taste Jane Porter explores the many aspects of Pathos and Eros! Set against the background of beautiful San Francisco, we discover the strong ties of the Brennan family and God's plan for Kit in 'The Good Daughter'! 

Of course, there are some volatile elements in this plot line which revealed would be truly spoilers! This is just the sort of engaging novel you must savour for yourself and whilst this is book 2 in 'The Brennan Sisters' series, be assured it stands on its own. 
I enjoyed reading every aspect of the plot and found it a keeper.

Note: I would be a poor reviewer if I did not point out the novel has thematic adult contents recommended for the young adult and mature audience.
About the Author:

Jane Porter, the bestselling author of 30 novels, including six for Grand Central Publishing, has been a finalist for the prestigious RITA award from Romance Writers of America in 2002, 2003, 2008, and 2010. Porter is known for her emotional, heartfelt stories about women struggling with issues of friendship, marriage, family, and self-acceptance. 

Her popular novel Flirting with Forty was made into a Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear.  Porter’s newest novel, The Good Daughter is the second book in the Brennan sisters trilogy.
For more visit her website (HERE

I received this book free from BOOKSPARKS as part of their blogger review program. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 'Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

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