Book Review: She’s Gone Country – Jane Porter

Title: She’s Gone Country
Author: Jane Porter
ISBN: 978-0446509411
Pages: 400
Release Date: August 23, 2010
Publisher: 5 Spot
Genre: Chick Lit
Source: Publicist
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Summary:

Shey Darcy has returned to Texas with her three sons after living in luxury in New York for most of her adult life.  Her husband, John, has left her for someone else, and Shey is left to pick up the pieces.  She finds solace in returning to Texas, in being near her family, but it’s a huge adjustment for her boys.  And, if things weren’t complicated enough, there’s Dane Kelly, the man that Shey’s been in love with since sixteen.  Will Shey be able to let go of the past and find her place, or will she always be haunted by “what if’s”?

Review:

I’ve really enjoyed Jane Porter’s previous chick lit novels, so when life was getting too busy and I wanted a light, easy read, I immediately turned to She’s Gone Country.  I was excited to kick back and relax with an author who has proven herself to be a pro at writing believable and sympathetic female characters

I enjoyed getting to know Shey and seeing how she dealt with the hardships life had thrown at her.  Her boys were definitely acting out, confused by their father’s behavior and unable to find comfort in their new and strange surroundings.  Shey did her best to help them through the rough times, and though she definitely indulged her sons, I felt like she was a devoted and caring mom.  Though I wasn’t intrigued by her professional career as a model, the book didn’t focus on that so it wasn’t really an issue.  I did love Shey’s activism towards the end of the book, and wish that revelation had come much sooner – I would have appreciated more development of that topic.

I can’t say that I loved the relationship in She’s Gone Country as much as I thought I would.  Dane was certainly a good man, and it was easy to understand the attraction between him and Shey.  But the way it was written, the style and the steps through which it progressed, made it seem like much more of a romance novel, rather than chick lit.  In some cases, there is a fine line between romance and chick lit, and this is one of those books where it’s difficult to tell.  While I do like chick lit, romance isn’t generally a genre of interest for me, and as a result, the relationship didn’t really work.  I found myself skimming those pages, and as the Shey/Dane romance is one of the main storylines, the book left me dissatisfied.

She’s Gone Country was still enjoyable, and if Porter chooses to write a sequel (the open end seems to invite one), I will definitely pick it up.  I did really like Shey and would love to revisit her character and see what the future brings her.

Comments

  1. This sounds similar to that movie, Hope Floats, with Sandra Bullock.

  2. This sounds similar to that movie, Hope Floats, with Sandra Bullock.

  3. Since this book leans a little more towards the romance genre, instead of the chick-lit genre, I am not sure if it would be for me, but I am glad that you ultimately enjoyed it and would continue on with it! Very nice review! You listed the pros and cons quite well!

  4. Since this book leans a little more towards the romance genre, instead of the chick-lit genre, I am not sure if it would be for me, but I am glad that you ultimately enjoyed it and would continue on with it! Very nice review! You listed the pros and cons quite well!

  5. I too am not sure it would be a good match for me.

  6. I too am not sure it would be a good match for me.

  7. Oh, I hope I don’t find it more like a romance novel. I enjoy Porter’s work, so I hope she doesn’t stray in that direction too much.

  8. Oh, I hope I don’t find it more like a romance novel. I enjoy Porter’s work, so I hope she doesn’t stray in that direction too much.

  9. I’m with you: there’s definitely a fine line between chick lit and romance — and I love the former, while only occasionally enjoying the latter. I’d give this one a try, though, based on the premise!

  10. I’m with you: there’s definitely a fine line between chick lit and romance — and I love the former, while only occasionally enjoying the latter. I’d give this one a try, though, based on the premise!

  11. I would definitely try this author. I am in a mood for a good chick lit book 🙂

  12. I would definitely try this author. I am in a mood for a good chick lit book 🙂

  13. This is the second review I have read that mentions the lean towards romance. I enjoyed her other chick lit books but now am hesitating to pick this one up!

  14. This is the second review I have read that mentions the lean towards romance. I enjoyed her other chick lit books but now am hesitating to pick this one up!

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