- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA; 1 edition (23 August 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446509418
- ISBN-13: 978-0446509411
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.9 x 20.3 cm
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She's Gone Country Paperback – 23 Aug 2010
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"She's Gone Country is a richly rewarding story about the importance of love, family, and friendship, and Porter writes with genuine warmth and quiet grace about the everyday problems all women face - and conquer - in their own lives."―Chicago Tribune
"Strongly plotted, with heroines who are vulnerable yet resilient... All these elements are neatly tied up - with a few twists - in an engaging, if idealized, romance."―Seattle Times
"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
Jane Porter returns with an entertaining tale of a modern-day woman who is forced to reinvent herself by moving back to her hometown in Texas after her marriage falls apart.See all Product description
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One day her husband announces that he has fallen in love with someone else. Shey is left to pick up the pieces of her once happy life. She, along her 3 teenage sons, decide to move back home to Texas to live on the family ranch. The move actually brings its own host of dramas starting with strong opinions from her tough Southern Baptist mother. Add to that her brothers who start being over protective towards her. Then she also struggles every day with her three sons who are trying to find themselves. On top of all that, Shey's ex-crush, Dane Kelly, is added to the mix. Dane is a national bull riding champ. It doesn't take long before Shey realizes she's got her hands full. In order to reinvent herself, she must let go of her shattered past and a questionable future. Maybe then she will find happiness—and love—in the present.
I loved this book. It is very entertaining and totally Jane Porter!
In "She's Gone Country," the writing style is just as fantastic. The characters are just as real. I think the reason this wasn't a huge hit for me was that I just couldn't connect with the main character, Shey, at all. Yes, she seemed real... and like someone who would drive me crazy if I knew her in real life. While I understood the excitement of seeing and hoping to reconnect with a former high school love, I felt her behavior was adolescent and overdone. Her irresponsible behavior later in the book (avoiding a spoiler here) left me wondering, "What 40-year-old mother of three teenagers would not think of that?"
In summary, I'm sure there are some people who can connect with Shey and her particular story in this book, but I am not one of them. Still gave the book three stars because the writing style and the vivid relationships with her kids and brothers were very well-done and enjoyable.
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