She's Gone Country by Jane PorterShe's Gone Country by Jane Porter

She's Gone Country

byJane Porter

Paperback | August 23, 2010

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Shey Darcy, a 39-year-old former top model forVogueandSports Illustratedled a charmed life in New York City with a handsome photographer husband until the day he announced he'd fallen in love with someone else. Left to pick up the pieces of her once happy world, Shey decides to move back home to Texas with her three teenage sons. Life on the family ranch, however, brings with it a whole new host of dramas starting with differences of opinion with her staunch Southern Baptist mother, her rugged but overprotective brothers, and daily battles with her three sons who are also struggling to find themselves. Add to the mix Shey's ex-crush, Dane Kelly, a national bullriding champ and she's got her hands full. It doesn't take long before Shey realizes that in order to reinvent herself, she must let go of an uncertain future and a broken past, to find happiness--and maybe love--in the present.
Jane Porter lives in Seattle, Washington, with her two children. You can find out more about her at www.janeporter.com.
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Title:She's Gone CountryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.12 inPublished:August 23, 2010Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0446509418

ISBN - 13:9780446509411

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from She's Gone Country by Jane Porter 3.5 STARS It’s Jane Porter month for me. I’m a lucky woman because I have had the privilege of reading a galley copy of Jane’s newest contemporary fiction novel, She’s Gone Country, which won’t be released nationally until next month, and it only took me 4 days to finish it! She’s Gone Country is the story of 39-year-old Shey Lynne Callen Darcy, best friend of Tiana Tomlinson from Easy On The Eyes and Marta Zinsser from Odd Mom Out, both being books that I liked considerably more than this one because I liked the heroines more. Shey is a former professional New York City model: tall, slim, long blond hair – a typical Texan beauty with a very atypical and decidedly un-storybook life. Shey has just found out that her husband of 17 years and the father of her 3 sons, Hank, Bo, and Cooper, is gay, and has chosen his lover Erik and his true path over her and the boys. So she’s moved them back home to Parkfield, Texas where she sets up housekeeping in the family’s ranch and reconnects with her Southern Baptist Mama who worries constantly about her immortal soul; her oldest brother Brick and his perfect wife Charlene and their family; and her middle brother Blue and his dysfunctional, alcoholic wife Emily and their family. Her youngest brother Cody has committed suicide after years of battling a bipolar disorder and Shey is desperately trying to save her middle son Bo, who is suffering from depression, from the same tragic path. Meanwhile, Shey’s childhood sweetheart – professional bull-riding champion and rodeo all-star – Dane Kelly, is now single, although estranged from her brothers, who were once his best friends; and much to Shey’s chagrin, still cemented firmly in her affections, mind, body and soul. As with all Jane Porter’s novels that I’ve read, this is another enjoyable chick lit (actually this one is more Mom Lit) story with a strong, beautiful, successful woman who is trying to cope with massive changes in her once perfect life and rediscover the inner strength that made her who she was in the first place. I liked Shey Darcy, but I didn’t love her. Through much of the novel she just seemed plain desperate when it came to her relationship with Dane and the way she endlessly repeated how much she loved him, needed him, wanted him, over and over and over again, just made my eyes roll. A tad bit of overkill, I’d say. He is indeed a big, handsome, rugged, golden haired, green-eyed cowboy, and he’s also a lot more complex than he appears. Dane is an interesting character and I thought he was the most real and accessible male hero that Jane has written about so far. In She’s Gone Country, Jane Porter explores the often difficult and challenging decisions that a mother of boys has to face. Shey has her hands full with Hank (15), Bo (14), and Cooper (12), and although she loves them more than life itself, she’s almost at her wits’ end with trying to juggle her issues, their issues, and what her new life now has in store for her. Shey is not always admirable, but she is authentic, and by the predictable end of the book, I liked her more than I did at the beginning. It takes that long to get to know her and what she’s really made of. She is often described as smart, strong, and sassy, but we didn’t see that side of her for much of the story. Hold out for the character development though because it’s worth the wait. “I nod, even as I am awash with conflicting emotions – anger, shame, guilt, frustration, regret. I should have been on top of this. I should have been aware that he was not turning his work in. I should be paying more attention. But even as the shoulds pile up, I feel a stab of resentment. I do pay attention to him. Every day I ask him about his work. I’m not an absent parent. I pick him up from school and am there at home when he returns from school. I’m around, available, accessible. And he’s nearly fifteen. Shouldn’t he start being responsible for himself?” Ultimately, Shey discovers that not only are the men in her life, her heart, but that girls are where it’s at (not just country-loving girls either) because they rock! Yes we do. We really do. So when you need to be reminded of this, all you have to do is pick up a Jane Porter, from-the-heart, emotional-but-feel-good, contemporary fiction novel and you’ll find the affirmations you were looking for.
Date published: 2010-07-07

Editorial Reviews

"After her husband leaves her for a man, Shey Darcy, a 39-year-old model, takes their three sons to her family's ranch in Texas to mourn the end of her marriage and decide what her next step is. Though Shey is pretty sure she wants to stay in Texas, her three teenage sons have mixed feelings. Her oldest, Hank, misses his fancy New York prep school. Middle son Bo is mercilessly picked on by his new classmates. But Cooper, the youngest, embraces country life and decides he wants to learn to be a rodeo cowboy. And the man Cooper hopes will teach him to ride is none other than Dane Kelly, a rodeo champ Shey fell hopelessly in love with at 16 and has never quite gotten over. Dane is divorced, but as remote from Shey as ever, and estranged from her two older brothers, who used to be his best friends. Narrated in Shey's appealing, warm voice, a great favorite among chick-lit and women's fiction fans, Porter's latest offers a compelling romance and likable characters, who will appeal to big city and country girls alike."-Booklist