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  • Posted February 6, 2013

    4.5 stars. In The Good Daughter, the second installment of the

    4.5 stars.

    In The Good Daughter, the second installment of the Brennan Sisters trilogy, Jane Porter brings her readers another novel that is as heartwarming as it is poignant. It a journey of self-discovery for middle sister Kit as she struggles with an impending loss, unsettling memories from her past and what she wants for her future.

    In The Good Woman, high school English teacher Kit Brennan broke up with her longtime live in boyfriend. She is quite close to her family and she shares a tight bond with her sisters. As the middle daughter, Kit is the family peacemaker. Her twin sister, Brianna, is the family wild child while Kit is content to stay out of the limelight. She does not do anything to rock the boat and she is not very assertive. But all of that begins to change when Kit meets a man that her family most likely will not approve of.

    Kit is very reflective in The Good Daughter. Her forays into the dating scene ended with disastrous results and she is contemplating what she wants for her future. With the purchase of her first home and with a few successful home renovations under her belt, she realizes she does not need a man in her life. What Kit really desires is a family and she knows what she is considering will not go over very well with her rather conservative and very Catholic family.

    The two men that Kit meets prove that appearances can be deceiving. Michael Dempsey is a clean cut professional and new to the area. Kit is not really interested in dating, but she has a hard time saying no so she agrees to go on a date with him. Kit is quite uncomfortable with some of the things he reveals and she realizes that something is not quite right about Michael.

    The other new man in Kit’s life is Jude. He is sexy and mysterious. A bad boy biker type that Kit is drawn to despite the fact that he is nothing at all like anyone she knows. Like many people, Kit is guilty of judging someone based on their appearance, so she quickly dismisses the possibility of any type of relationship with Jude.

    Eventually Kit’s personal and professional lives converge and both men play key roles in this part of the storyline. We discover the secrets both men are hiding and Kit learns a lot about herself as the story arc plays out.

    The Brennan family remains on the periphery for much of The Good Daughter. While Kit shares many scenes with her parents, most of the interactions with sisters Meg, Sarah and Brianna are mainly on the telephone. Her brother Tommy and his wife Cass are still at an impasse in their struggle with infertility. Brianna is dealing with a health issue of some kind. Neither Brianna and Kit have yet to come to terms with an incident from their childhood.

    The Good Daughter is full of deep emotions and some of the scenes moved me to tears. Jane Porter provides Kit with a happily ever after ending, but the remaining unresolved storylines will leave readers impatiently awaiting the next book of the Brennan Sisters trilogy which is scheduled for release later this year.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2014

    Highly Recommended - Read all three books!!

    It's the last book of a series that left me wanting more. I hope the author writes at least a one or two more books about the Brennan Sisters.

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  • Posted March 3, 2013

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    Jane Porter¿s second novel in the Brennan Sisters series is a jo

    Jane Porter’s second novel in the Brennan Sisters series is a joy to read and share. Thank you to Jane and Book Sparks PR for sending me a copy for a review.
    Synopsis:
    Kit is the good daughter. She is the peacemaker of the family and helps out with her mom’s illness. She also teaches high school English at Memorial. Lately, Kit is feeling restless and is about to turn forty. Recent events in her life make her wonder if she will ever find marriage and a family? On a holiday at the beach house in Capitola; Kit meets a man who appears to come from the wrong side of the tracks. Her friends warn her to stay away but will she? Then a student in her classroom is having difficulties at home. Will Kit be able to help her?
    My Thoughts:
    This novel is a page turner. Ms. Porter brings her characters to life with her wonderful descriptions and witty insides. I could not have been happier with the second installment in the series. Kit is a character that I can truly identify with some of her trials. The places I struggled were the choices that the characters in this novel made. This only makes for a great read.
    The plot describes a single woman who has had struggles with various relationships in her life. One that particularly hit home is being in your late thirties and still on the dating scene. Many women could identify with Kit’s struggles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Though it is a sequel, it can a

    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Though it is a sequel, it can also stand alone as a single book. The pacing and subject matter were so different from the first book. I'm looking forward to the third installment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

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    Jane Porter in the Good Daughter addresses the misconceptions of

    Jane Porter in the Good Daughter addresses the misconceptions of first impressions. Once the stage is set and all the characters connect, it is hard to put down and leaves you hanging for the release of the Good Wife.

    Jane is able to include in her books, everyday situation’s that you are able to easily picture having to deal with on a daily bases. Kit’s has to deal with family expectations, sister rivalry, the dating scene, hard decisions and Catholic upbringing of worrying what everyone else thinks. I do agree that Jude has to be my favorite male hero. He has strong values to do the right thing and not turn the other check, which is so common in society today! Which leads to Michael, who is a perfect perception to society and evil behind the scenes.  

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  • Posted February 13, 2013

    Jane Porter has done a great job of continuing the saga of the B

    Jane Porter has done a great job of continuing the saga of the Brennan family. It was fun to get to know Kit, the self-proclaimed "good girl". Characters from the first novel in the series, The Good Woman, are brought back for us to see how they're doing, and coping, with situations introduced in that novel. I know this book is about Kit, but it did leave me wondering a about the other characters lives-we were given bits and pieces, but I guess I wanted more. Perhaps further books in the series will flesh those out. I really enjoyed Kit and Jude's senses of humor. Plus, who wouldn't root for a woman going for the man she loves, despite what she knows her family will think. The book does have its sad story lines as well, so be prepared for some moments of raw emotion that they will probably stir in you. 
    All in all, a good read. 

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

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    A marvelously well written story. Jane Porter's "The Good D

    A marvelously well written story.
    Jane Porter's "The Good Daughter" is a marvelously well written story packed with heavy scenes, almost hearth breaking scenes, and smocking hot scenes. Jane Porter tackles the hard stuff in the book with bravura but she still has enough skill as a writer to leave her readers with a good feeling.
    She delivers a powerful book but does not forget that her readers like a happy ending.

    Jane Porter´s "The Good Woman" and "The Good Daughter" are somewhat different from her other books. She tackles hard themes in both books and in book one we get the same type of ending like we see in Jane Porter´s "The Frog Prince". In "Jane Porter´s "The Good Daughter" we see a more traditional Jane Porter ending.

    This is book two in the "The Brennan Family" trilogy and I can´t wait to read "The Good Wife" that´s out in September 2013. Book one is Jane Porter´s "The Good Woman".

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