Jane Porter starts her new Brennan Sisters series with an emotionally challenging book about an oldest sister Meg and her struggles with her wants and needs versus those of her family. It’s a story that will definitely draw out strong responses from readers, as Meg attempts to understand what has changed in her relationship with her husband and her need for a more physical demonstration of his love, need and support of her.
Meg was a woman who was used to being “the sister who does no wrong” but when she starts doubting herself and her relationship with her husband, she makes decisions that nearly crumble the foundation of her family and herself. The road that Meg must travel is not an easy one (and it just about breaks her), but it forces her to take a long hard look at herself and decide what she truly wants and finally take a stand to fight for it.
It’s not an easy read, especially when Meg’s actions go directly against what the readers’ beliefs may be when it comes to marriage vows, but Jane Porter writes the story beautifully and manages to bring Meg’s emotional turmoil to life for the reader and have you forgiving Meg and possibly understanding how she got to where she was.
Meg Brennan Roberts is devoted to being the best at what she does, whether it’s running PR for Dark Horse Wineries or being the doting mother, loving wife or supportive sister. But when Meg starts to doubt herself and what she means to her family, she starts to lose herself in the attentiveness of the one person that could mean the loss of everything she holds dear.
Is it possible to leave it all behind?
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.