Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Good Daughter

The Good Daughter
Author: Jane Porter
Publisher: Berkeley Publishing
Publication Date: February  5, 2013

(A Brennan Sisters Novel)

First Novel - A Good Woman - reviewed HERE.

Book Description:
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 . . .
Idgie Says:
Kit is tired of being where she is in life.  She's recently broken off a 10 year relationship and has purchased a house of her own.  Her mother is in the process of dying and she is the one that is expected to take on a majority of the care as she's the single "good daughter".  
She is longing for a baby and has started looking around to see what a single woman's chances are.  One irking point to me in this story is she is insisting on a baby, not an older child.  Not only is this harder for a single woman to accomplish, I have to ask why her caring, mothering character wouldn't consider a child of any sort that needs a home.  

Along this path to a new Kit with a new life she has some not so good dating experiences, flashbacks to a trauma that she AND one of her sisters might have endured, discovers an abused child who she attempts to help....and........meets a mystery man who remains a mystery even as her heart gets hooked. 

Kit is a busy girl. 
This is a nice "coming of age in your 40s" story, with enough angst and secrets to keep you interested in what comes next.