Friday, January 14, 2011

Darlin'

'She's Gone Country'
Author: Jane Porter


Format: Paperback
Published: 5 Spot; Aug. 2010
Pages: 400
Genre: Chick-lit; Southern Fiction
Rating: A
Source: Crazy Book Tours


Synopsis: Shey Darcy, a 39-year-old former top model for Vogue and Sports Illustrated led 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.


My Take: I don't know if my love of Lonesome Dove let this secret out yet but I'm a little bit country. I was born in Idaho, I come from a line of farmers and I love country music. So when I so this title and the premise of the book, I kinda had to read it! Yep, I live in the big city but some day I dream of chucking it all in and moving to, um, maybe the wilds of Montana or New Mexico. I can't decide. Too bad my boyfriend is a city boy!


So, the book, that's what we are talking about. Well, I loved it. I totally got sucked into Shey Lynne's story and how her life had gotten off track. She was a successful model in NYC living the life with her husband of almost twenty years and their three sons. Sounds almost too good to be true, huh? A woman nearing forty still getting a bunch of modelling jobs and has a body that bounced back after having babies, of course something had to go wrong! Yep, her husband turned out to be gay. Whoopsies. She didn't see that coming. So after a family tragedy, she uprooted her boys and moved back home to the life she once knew in Texas to rebuild herself.


That's where the fun begins. Her boys are all teenagers. One of them adjusts well to the Texas way of life, one is dealing with issues of his own, and one wants to get the heck out of there but Shey loves them all fiercely. You could tell this was written by a mother because the love of her sons really shines through. It made you want their lives to all work out.


Shey also has a bunch of family in Texas and they all rally around her. Maybe a little too much but she needs their help regardless. I can relate and it was funny to watch how they go from living on the other side of the country and not really having them meddle in their lives to having them be, not just in the same town and a small one at that, but on the same ranch. It's pretty funny. Believe me, they may all be caring but everyone is in everyone's business.


Now their is the hot ex-rodeo star and the long lost love of Shey's life: Dane Kelly. It appears as though this man knows how to wear his Wranglers if you know what I'm saying. They could never seem to make things work when they were teenagers but now that Shey is back in Texas and their lives are even more complicated because they are adults things get even more interesting and its fun to sit back and watch it all play out!

If you want a fun and entertaining read, with some serious heart to boot, I totally recommend this book!

Cover Lust: I want that truck! This cover is really cute and would definitely make me pick up this book!

10 comments:

  1. This is definitely going on my TBR list. It sounds like my cup of tea.

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  2. This sounds like a great book to read when you need a light, entertaining read. I will be putting it on my wish list. Great review!

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  3. I've had my eye on this one for a while -- sounds like a cute read!

    And I'm a Southerner, too... complete with a bit of a twang. :) Ain't nothing wrong with that!

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  4. Well, I'm a city gal, but this book still sounds good to me.

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  5. I remember seeing reviews about this one and wanting to read it. Still never went for it, I really should have :)

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  6. This was the first Jane Porter novel I read and I really enjoyed it. I thought she did a good job depicting the issues of kids dealing with divorce and moving from the city to the country. Glad you liked it too :)

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  7. Sounds good! I'm a little bit country too... ex-rodeo star? That's my style. :)

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  8. I really enjoy Jane Porter's novels. Great review.

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  9. ohhh i just finished reading this book this past weekend!!! i loved it too. i'm glad to see that you enjoyed the book!

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  10. Sounds like a highly entertaining read. I'd venture to guess it would make a fantastic movie as well.

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