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Review: She’s Gone Country by Jane Porter

[ 14 ] August 22, 2010 |

Reviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

Shey Darcy, a former top model, is left to pick up the pieces after her husband of seventeen years leaves her for someone else. Angry and hurt, she picks up her glamorous New York life and moves home to Texas, with her three teenage sons in tow. Back at the family ranch where she grew up, Shey attempts to make sense of what has happened while dealing with her nosy – but well meaning – brothers and overbearing mother.

When Shey was sixteen, she was madly in love with her brothers’ older friend, Dane Kelly. Fearing that their daughter was getting too involved too fast, her parents sent her away to a boarding school in California. Returning to Texas post her split, Shey runs into Dane – a rugged and handsome former bull riding champion – once again. While things between him and her brothers seem to have taken a wrong turn, Shey immediately knows that her affection for him has not changed. Now, on top of quelling her unhappy children and becoming reacquianted with her family, Shey is forced to confront the feelings that she has long ago put to rest.

Much of the so-called chick lit genre tends to be very predictable, so I’m always somewhat apprehensive about starting a new book. However, I was blown away by how fun She’s Gone Country was to read and it single handedly restored my faith in this genre.

Jane Porter is the author of other books like Flirting with Forty which was made into a Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear. She’s Gone Country was my first introduction to her work and if it’s any indication of her writing style and story telling abilities, I will definitely keep reading. Shey Darcy was an inspiring character – smart, strong, sexy – and the delicious romantic tension between her and Dane only added to the book’s appeal. Was the story a bit predictable? Sure, but it didn’t make it any less entertaining or enjoyable.

This book was provided free of any obligation by BookSparks PR. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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    Carol Wong says:

    This book is now packed ready for the move. But if I run out of those on my nightstand and open the box that has it, I will definitely read it first. The review sounds great. I won this one in a contest and have been getting postcards from her every once in a while. It is time that I read it.

    Carol Wong

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    Sharon Young says:

    I did look up Jane Porter because I thought it was entirely possible I read one of her novels and did not remember it. I found a book list that said she has written 30 books. This particular book did not sound too interesting to me but I will look for one of her books at my favorite thrift book store and see if I like her style of writing. One never knows.
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    I like jane porters books, and She’s Gone Country willbe another good book to read. I like her style of writing and her books are fun and you can relate to them.

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    Great review! I usually stay away from “chick lit” but I may actually have to try this one!

    Thanks!
    Alison’s Book Marks recently posted..Review- Radiance by Alyson Noel

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    RivkaBelle says:

    I do like the formulaic aspect of chick lit, so long as it’s not the *exact* same story over and over again ((i.e. ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ and ‘Everyone Worth Knowing’ are the exact same, just new names and a slightly different industry. I even quit reading them both at the same point in the novel)) … This sounds like a really fun read, and I’ve def got it on the list. I love juxtapositions of country vs city and etc … :)

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      RivkaBelle says:

      Hit ‘comment’ too soon, lol …

      … Something about this kinda reminds of me “Sweet Home Alabama” with the whole ‘leaving the small-town and going to the big city, then coming back and falling in love again’ … It’ll be interesting to see if that sense develops or disappears when I actually read it :)

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    Colleen Turner says:

    I haven’t read anything by Jane Porter before but I would definitely give this one a try. I am a little concerned that this will be like so many other books or movies with the same topic (I keep thinking of Hope Floats) but if it is written well and is entertaining then I would still enjoy it.

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    Sharon Young says:

    This book sounds formulaic with the woman returning home and meeting up with a former crush, boy friend etc. I wonder in fact how many women this meeting up with old lovers actually happens to. I like the big city goes country aspect, but did not read anything in the review that made me want to read book. Perhaps I would like the lead character. Perhaps…
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    Trisha says:

    I love Jane Porter but I had a few problems with this book that I go into details in my review.. It will be up in a couple of days..

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    I’ve read most of Jane’s Chick Lit books and so I am looking forward to reading this one. I love the premise of the story. Interesting;y enough she kind of reminds me of the female Nicholas Sparks -sort of- because both write about characters in a different segment of their life. Most other novels stick within the twenties. The novels I normal read that is!!

    Great review!!
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