She's Gone Country by Jane Porter

Shey Darcy, at 39, has lived the life many of us can only dream of.  She is a former top model that has graced the covers of Vogue and Sport Illustrated, lives in New York City with her husband and three boys.   Life is perfect, or at least it was, when her husband of 17 years decides to finally come out of the closet and confesses to liking men.

Shey decides that moving back to her hometown of Parkfield, Texas is the best thing for her and her three boys.  But packing up and heading back home to her family is not going to resolve any of her problems.  On the other hand, she finds that she and the boys cannot stop fighting, and now she has her mother to worry about too.  Then there is Dane.  Dane Kelly, her childhood crush, the same boy who's now grown into a rough and tough, rugged, yet handsome cowboy.  By rounding all these elements up, there is something for everyone in this story.

Although this is my first Jane Porter book, I somehow knew I would enjoy her work.  And sure enough, I was very pleased with She's Gone Country.  I think Ms. Porter does a fine job of fleshing out her characters - giving them each their own set of problems to face.  Whether it was Shey, Dane, one of her three kids, her mother or even one of  her brothers, I think we truly grasp their feelings, their struggles and their flaws.  You feel like a part of the family by the time you are through reading it. 

I really like the family dynamics in the story.  I thought Ms. Porter perfectly described how divorce can affect a family.  The boys all underwent major life changes, leaving behind their home, their friends, schools, etc. and I think she accurately describes the emotions kids their age might undergo.  I also thought it was refreshing to read how both Shey and her ex-husband John, although not always seeing eye to eye, could form an alliance in order to deal with their children. 

All in all, She's Gone Country has something for everyone - romance, family drama and even a mystery to solve.  It's got great characters that you will not only love, but who you will be able to relate to.  I even learned a thing or two from it - what with Shey's modeling and Dane's professional bull riding.  This is a great book to escape with.  It is chick lit at its best and one that I can see becoming a fan favorite.

This book was provided for review by BookSparks PR.


Anonymous said...

Great review Nely....Im adding this to my TBR pile...better yet Im entering your contest..:)

Aislynn said...

Looks like a great book!! Definately getting added to my 'to read' pile.

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