5 Minutes for Books — Mrs. Perfect

by Jennifer Donovan

How is it that I came to like, respect, and understand a super-rich woman who still has a flat stomach and prominent hip bones after having three children? Why did I feel that I could identify with a woman whose biggest dilemma is whether to attend Pilates or Yoga class at the gym? That I might actually befriend this woman who considers buying only one designer outfit for each daughter on their shopping trip to Nordstrom’s cutting back?

Taylor Young is Mrs. Perfect. She’s the kind of woman who we all love to hate. She’s beautiful, thin, rich, and talented. She runs the school and has good kids and a handsome husband. Of course things aren’t as good as they appear. When financial disaster hits, does she have what it takes to hold together her family and her marriage?

So back to my question–How did I come to like her? The answer is reading a good novel by a master craftsperfect_276.jpgman. Jane Porter’s characters are real–imperfect and sometimes a bit over-the-top, but completely relatable. The reader quickly becomes invested in Taylor’s life and more interested in her family and friends which will keep her turning page after page following Taylor’s life as she struggles and changes and adapts.

I enjoyed this book. It was mostly a light read, but it made me think about myself, my friends, and my hang-ups. I’d give it a very mild PG rating, so those of you who are careful about the authors you read would probably enjoy it too. You can read an excerpt on the author’s site. Take some time to explore janeporter.com–there’s info about one of her books that is currently filming as a movie starring Heather Locklear, her blog, as well as some interesting biographical info.

We are giving away a copy of Mrs. Perfect (as well as another one of Jane Porter’s books) as a part of a huge bundle of books in the Mother’s Day Giveaway, so stay tuned (Please note, your comment here does not enter you, you will need to leave a comment on the Bundle of Books post).

The winners of last week’s book, The Mother Factor, are
#62 Belinda Abel,
#48 Jean,
#58 Bree.

Email Author    |    Website About Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tamara May 5, 2008 at 12:39 am

What a great looking book and a joy to read


2 Beckie Tetrault May 5, 2008 at 12:44 am

I am always looking for a good read! Thanks for sharing..


3 Michele May 5, 2008 at 1:31 am

Thanks for sharing…this sounds like a fun read!


4 Michelle May 5, 2008 at 6:22 am

I would enjoy the opportunity to read this book. Sign me up!


5 Carey May 5, 2008 at 6:43 am

Count me in.


6 Grace F May 5, 2008 at 7:50 am

Is there such a thing as Mrs. Perfect? I’d like to know! :-)

Please count me in the draw.


7 Nodins Nest May 5, 2008 at 8:02 am

Sounds like a good read.


8 Barbara H. May 5, 2008 at 8:05 am

This sounds interesting!


9 Heidi May 5, 2008 at 8:10 am

I LOVE Jane Porter’s books! Sounds like a nother good one! :)


10 chupieandjsmama May 5, 2008 at 8:23 am

Looks like a great book!!


11 Wendy May 5, 2008 at 8:32 am

this sounds like a great book


12 Mamamoose May 5, 2008 at 8:33 am

Awesome I am always looking for a good read!


13 Katie May 5, 2008 at 8:51 am

Sounds interesting.


14 Meg May 5, 2008 at 9:13 am

Sounds so great. Please count me in for this one!


15 Char May 5, 2008 at 10:06 am

I would love to win a copy of this – it sounds like a good summer read!


16 Amy - Essential Family Living May 5, 2008 at 10:16 am

I would LOVE to win this book. I have been working on the mindset that I don’t HAVE to be perfect to be valuable to those that I affect & influence!


17 Magi May 5, 2008 at 10:19 am

I haven’t read any of her books yet. Sounds interesting.


18 jenna May 5, 2008 at 10:38 am

ooh, I’m staying tuned for sure. Looks like a great piece of “fiction”. :)


19 Amy May 5, 2008 at 11:27 am

Sounds like a good book!


20 Fashion Paramedic May 5, 2008 at 12:54 pm

I would love LOVE to know where you find time to read books!! I have to download them to my iPod and listen to them on the way to work and at lunch. (And sometimes when I’m cleaning.) If I didn’t “do audiobooks,” I’d never get any personal culture in my life!


21 Darla May 5, 2008 at 1:30 pm

YAY! Count me in!


22 Heather May 5, 2008 at 2:22 pm

I need a new book to read – this sounds like a good match!


23 Robyn May 5, 2008 at 2:59 pm

I’m always looking for a good book to read. Thanks!


24 Laura H. May 5, 2008 at 3:07 pm

I need a new book to read!



25 Marisa May 5, 2008 at 4:14 pm

Awesome! I’m always looking for a good read!


26 Stephanie May 5, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Most of the moms I know who are “perfect” (rich, thin, talented, etc.) are also extremely nice – and actually quite “normal” once you get to know them. After all, nobody’s perfect. :)


27 Susan May 5, 2008 at 10:07 pm

This looks fun–I think I’ll check it out-might be good for a mommy book club. Also, fits in with my new website.. http://www.nomommysperfect.com It’s good to know the topic is becoming one we can discuss!!! Yea! And have fun doing so!!


28 Nichole May 6, 2008 at 2:08 am

I love a juicy book to read before bed! Sounds like a good read.


29 Anita May 6, 2008 at 11:51 am

This sounds like a neat read!


30 MoneyMakingMama May 9, 2008 at 11:06 pm

I love to read … out loud :)

Happy Mother’s Day Everyone !!!



31 Krista June 20, 2008 at 2:08 am

I don’t know where I saw it, but somewhere around here was a recommendation for Odd Mom Out – also by Jane Porter.
While I enjoyed the book it definitely took me by surprise with some of it’s content. I guess I’m used to reading all the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance books (and Christian fiction in general) because I was not expecting ALL the language and the sex scenes.
I hope Mrs. Perfect is a bit better (I think maybe it’s the sequel to Odd Mom Out since I recognize the character) because I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who wasn’t married. I think it would be quite the “stumbling block”.


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