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She's Gone Country

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Porter (Easy on the Eyes) injects some western flavor in this story of starting over and romance in the over-30 set. After ex-supermodel Shey Darcy's husband leaves her for another man, she packs up her three teenage sons and moves from New York City to the Texas ranch where she grew up, and while Shey easily finds work as a catalogue model and reconnects with her two older brothers, the divorce weighs on her mind and two of her boys can't make the transition, particularly 14-year-old Bo, who suffers from depression. Naturally, Shey's return to her old stomping grounds prompts the inevitable reunion with an old flame, former pro bull rider Dane Kelly. Porter's depiction of small town Texas is convincing, but her protagonists are too flawless to be believable, and their happy ending comes after too little conflict. It's a nice diversion that could use a bit more complexity. (Aug.)
Chicago Tribune
"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."
Seattle Times
"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."
Booklist
"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."
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594171126
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/23/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Porter

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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  • Posted January 27, 2011

    I've Gone Country Again!

    I loved this book. For many reasons. Some being that it's a great chic book, it's about a single mom with teenage boys (though mine are teenagers YET, I can relate being a single mom of two boys), it's funny, and probably most importantly, it's about being country. I'm a country girl at heart. While I don't wear wranglers and boots, I do have a love for country. Country music. Country shows. Good ol' Southern Sweet Tea. So, through Jane Porter's words and characters, I was completely captivated by this awesome book!

    Porter's characters are AWESOME. Down home, southern hospitality at it's best as the characters welcome back Shey Darcy, the single mom who's husband doesn't love her anymore (he's actually gay!). In comes hot ex boyfriend Dane. Now THAT is a character I wish could be in EVERY book I read. (Can I insert a *purr* here?) Throw in Shey's over powering Southern Baptist mama and this is one book that I am super glad that I got to read!!

    So, in my review conclusion, DEFINITELY worth HIGH recommendation and 5 star praises. It's upbeat, yet funny, yet deals with lots of issues that woman deal with today. Not to mention it's a very enlightening read for us fellow single mama's out there! So, grab your boots, your wranglers, a mason jar of sweet tea and a copy of Porter's book. If you're not already, you'll be going country right along side Shey Darcy!

    *This book provided for review by Crazy Book Tours*

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2010

    AN AMAZING LOVE STORY!

    SHE'S GONE COUNTRY by Jane Porter is a contemporary romance set in modern day Texas. It is well written with details and depth. It has romance, cowboys, ranch life, divorce, bullying, second chances, major life changes, adolescent issues and betrayal. The characters are strong, determined, likable and interesting. The heroine, Shey, is in the middle of a divorce, just learned her husband of years is in love with someone else, a male. She moves back home to Texas where she learns to reinvent herself, pick up the pieces of her broken life and her uncertain future for her and her sons. One son, is depressed, being bullied at school, one goes back to New York with her father and the other one is training with her ex-boyfriend for bull riding. The hero, Dane, is her ex, whom they loved each other but where separated by Shey's family.He is also a national bull-riding champ, has lost a child, and is newing his love for Shey. This story is a wonderful story of love lost and found again. Of starting over, forgiveness, it shows of one women's struggles to manage three teenage boys, find her hopes,dreams and deal with her overbearing mother, over protective brothers and manage a new life with the love of her life, a new baby, and a new career. I would recommend this book. It is a good ole country story with good ole country goals. This book was received for review from the publisher and details can be found at 5 Spot an imprint of Grand Central Publishing and My Book Addiction and More.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    I would recommend this book and any written by Jane Porter

    She's one of my favorite Authors. Always a good book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    As in any of Jane Porter's books, she write about people who hav

    As in any of Jane Porter's books, she write about people who have a lot in common with other women. This book tops the list as one of my favorites. Very true to life and a wonderful escape to the country to find love. Who wouldn't want their own handsome cowboy?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    Who doesn't love a cowboy?  This book makes you want to move to

    Who doesn't love a cowboy?  This book makes you want to move to Texas and find yourself a sexy cowboy decked out in jeans, flannel and a cowboy hat!  




    Shey Darcy is a successful model who is living the good life with her photographer husband and 3 boys in NYC until he announces that he is in love with someone else.  Shey decides to take her boys and move back to her childhood home in Texas.  She quickly finds out that life on the ranch isn't going to be easy.  To add to the drama of moving back to Texas and uprooting her kids from swanky NYC to a small town in Texas, Shey bumps into her ex, Dane Kelly.  This book packs in so many emotions and makes it hard to put the book down.  You get drawn in right away and don't want the book to end.  I recommend this book.  It is a great read and addition to anyone's bookshelf!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2010

    Takes you home!

    Great book! I really enjoyed this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2010

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    What does a New York Fashion Model have in common with a Pro Rodeo Bull Rider?

    What do you get with a New York fashion model who finds herself recently on the verge of a divorce after finding out her husband of 17 years is gay?

    You do what Shey Lynn Darcy does, you take your three teenage boys and leave New York for the comforts of moving in to your old ranch house in Texas and figure things out. Here you have the love and comfort of your older brothers Brick and Blue who want nothing more than to help you out and make sure that you are well taken care of.

    However what complicates things even more besides trying to raise three teenage boys on her own, is the fact that the one man she has loved her entire life, has moved back to town, now recently divorced and looking far better than he does at 45 than when you were 16.

    Twenty two years have passed since Shey and Dane Kelly have seen one another. When she does happen to run into him at the local diner, this one rugged three time championship bull rider, now walks with a limp and a cane after a horrible accident in the ring one night ends his career as a pro bull rider on the circuit.

    Yet despite his injury, Shey still has the passion once more to realize that even though so much time has passed her feelings for Dane have grown more stronger in their absence. The only thing preventing her from falling for him once again, is the fact that her brothers Blue and Brick are feuding with Dane since the death of their younger brother Cody, whom they feel Dane is to blame in his death.

    Will Shey be able to handle working out the differences with her brothers and Dane? Will she fall for Dane again even after all these years? Will her ex husband John Darcy take sole custody of her kids unless she moves back to New York?

    The answer to these questions and even more are found within the pages of a great new romance story by Jane Porter called She's Gone Country. I received this book compliments of Hachette Book Group for my honest review and being a country girl at heart, I fell in love with all the characters of the book from Shey to even her sister's in law.

    This book rates a solid 5 out of 5 stars and makes you realize that love isn't really gone if you are willing to give it a second chance. This book is available in paperback and eBook formats.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Great

    This is a great story and I wish there was another book with these characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Ridley Raven(8:47) I dont know if it's not loading again or if y

    Ridley Raven(8:47)
    I dont know if it's not loading again or if you just havent responded yet but i only see your response from 5:56 so next book iscowboys do it best by elieen Wilks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Ridley Raven(7;02) ) Sooooo i just noticed that i've been spell

    Ridley Raven(7;02)
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    Sooooo i just noticed that i've been spelling your name wrong this whole time lol thanks for letting me know :P ... And the way you explained earlier makes sense and it does make it sound alot more exciting im happy that your so patient with me. And i keep remembering what you said about it when you said its just a bonus which also makes me happy because we got so much more than just the physical.. Just talked to my dad and he said it was okay for me to take you and that i have to take my sister with us as well, i also remebered my car is a two seater so I'll figure it out some how.. also asked him about calling your mom and he STILL keeps saying he's too tired and like emotionally drained and needs a break so I'll try and ask my mom to.. im going to leave him her number so hopefully tomorrow he'll call.. I love you so much and cant wait until tomorrow I'll figure all this out and it'll still be fun :) I love you and just incase you dont get to respond good night sleep tight sugar britches!!!

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Ridely Raven (5;38) Still waiting on my dad to wake up -_- he's

    Ridely Raven (5;38)
    Still waiting on my dad to wake up -_- he's like snoozing away i just want to get this over with

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Tasc ranger

    4:14 hey..out selling cookies and finding new wifi spots :) i responded on that cowboy book..and i thought about telling you that you were spelling it wrong but that wouldnt make it as fun now would it? :p

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

    I owned this book for a year before finally reading it, and then

    I owned this book for a year before finally reading it, and then I thought to myself why in the heck didn't you read in sooner. I think I was thinking it was a typical country book, probably has a cowboy, etc...... Well I couldn't have been more wrong, sort of, there is a cowboy/rodeo star, but there was nothing typical about it. Porter always seems to amaze me with the depth she puts into her characters. She's Gone Country is a great book that takes you through Shay's life that has been turned upside down and she has gone back to her roots to start over, but she is not the same person that left all those years ago and she has to find that new balance for her and her sons. Then you throw in the handsome first love, that she wants to not want but can't seem to help herself. It is a great read.

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  • Posted December 30, 2012

    Of Jane Porter's trio of friends (Tiana, Shey, and Marta), Shey

    Of Jane Porter's trio of friends (Tiana, Shey, and Marta), Shey has got to be my favorite. I loved her story--and once again, Jane managed to make an intimidating character all too human. Shey grabbed my heart, and I struggled along with her as she made the transition from life in NY to Texas, back with her family, back on the farm, and bringing her boys with her. I enjoyed the romance and Shey's plucky determination to make a life for herself. All in all, this is one of my favorite Jane Porter books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Same in a good way

    If you want the older and wiser woman learns to let go and enjoyblife and maybe find love story that this authir does so well then purchase and enjoy. For me this was one of her less challenging books in terms of what the characters go through but i still enjoyed it a lot. She is always consistanly enjoyable.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    This story proved to be a light, breezy, quick read, and exactly

    This story proved to be a light, breezy, quick read, and exactly what I needed when I picked it up, as I finished it before another book I received as part of a Goodreads giveaway. The voice immediately jumped out at me, and I found myself flipping pages with as much dexterity as a cook making flapjacks. This book won’t cause you to ponder the meaning of life, or have all the answers to the universe, but it certainly knows how to go for entertainment value.

    Jane Porter understands families, and to her credit, southern families, even though she lives in Seattle. She’s either done her homework, or she’s lived in the south. And to place the story in Texas, she really lets her love of the state shine through.

    Shey proves to be a rather interesting and intriguing character with a strong heart, strong will, and strong love of family. The minor characters were fleshed out as well, and other than Shey’s ex-husband, all were likable. If you enjoy women’s fiction, especially with a southern charm, then you’ll probably enjoy this book.

    Robert Downs
    Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

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  • Posted August 27, 2010

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    A great summer read!

    I love a story that lets me escape to the country. Handsome cowboys, ranch life, and a simpler life style ... away from the hustle and bustle of the city. She's Gone Country is just that kind of book.

    Shey is devastated by the end of her marriage, and moves home with her three boys to the ranch where she grew up. I loved the description of her mother, a strong Baptist woman who still likes to tell her daughter what to do (even though Shey is now 39). Shey's two brothers live nearby, so she often feels like she has no freedom to make her own choices.

    And then along comes her old high school sweetheart Dane ... and Shey is immediately transported back to a happier time, and all her teenage dreams surface as though the past 25 years never happened. There are some very serious issues in this book as well, it is much more than a simple romance story.

    All in all, a very enjoyable book ... and a great summer read!

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  • Posted August 25, 2010

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    this is an entertaining contemporary second chance at love tale

    In New York City, as she nears forty, former model Shey Darcy believes she lives a terrific life with her photographer husband and their three teen sons. However, her idyll family ends when her spouse announce he loves someone else and leaves her and the kids for this man.

    Shey takes her distraught adolescent children back to the Texas ranch she grew up on. Her controlling siblings welcome her and the boys though each want to protect their sister and their nephews. Soon after coming home, Shey finds work as a catalogue model. However, her mom demands the quartet scrub sinful Manhattan from their souls as she is a strict Southern Baptist who expects others to be as pious as she is. Her offspring struggle with adjusting to going country and the betrayal each perceives of their father; especially depressed is Bo. Finally, her first love former pro bull rider Dane Kelly wants back in her life.

    Although She's Gone Country lacks the emotional intricacy of the previous thirty-something tale (see Easy on the Eyes), this is an entertaining contemporary second chance at love tale. Shey is a wonderful lead with her can do attitude, which includes tying up in knots the former bull rider and ignoring her mother and siblings. Though much of the cast especially her family is stereotyped detracting from the potential interrelation poignant strife, fans will enjoy Shey's coming home.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

    Fantastic!!

    Jane Porter has written another fantastic book!!
    She's Gone Country gives Shey her own book. Shey is a 39-year old model who has recently separated from her husband and decides to move back to her hometown. She has three teenage boys who have to adapt to moving from New York City to a small town in Texas. Shey has to cope with some major changes in her life and how her boys will handle it. This includes dealing with her soon-to-be ex-husband and her first love, Dane Kelly.

    Porter is a master at relating current issues in her book. She delves into issues that many women face such as balancing work, children's demands and personal needs. She captures the true emotions of women during good and bad times.
    I find myself anxiously awaiting her next book!! Thanks Jane for writing a book that brought such pleasure.

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  • Posted August 16, 2010

    Another winner from Jane!

    Jane knocks it out of the park with this one. I could really tell this is another written straight from her heart. This is Shey's story. Her life has been turned upside-down by her husband of 15+ years and she retreats to her home state of Texas to be surrounded by what's familiar and safe to regroup and revive herself. Shey is left to deal with three boys who have been betrayed by their father while trying to fit in back home and make a life for herself. Her husband's betrayal has left her doubting herself in every way as no woman should: is she attractive and desirable? is she good enough and smart enough to make it without him? is she too old to have "it" again?

    She deals with most conflicts head-on (with her mother, brothers, sons and even her ex). One exception being running into her first true love (or crush as she feels it might be); she's afraid to face what might or might not still be there in her romance with the sexy, stable and safe cowboy Dane.

    Shey's story will keep you turning pages until you get til the very end. You won't be disappointed. Jane writes from her heart, she writes for women and she writes easy to read (and love) stories. This story even deals with very relevant and timely topics that affect her boys (don't want to spoil anything here). Jane really hits the mark with all of it.

    Thank you Jane for another wonderful story to enjoy over and over. Keep them coming!!

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