Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Review + GIVEAWAY - She's Gone Country by Jane Porter


TITLE:    She's Gone Country
AUTHOR/EDITOR:    Jane Porter
INFO:    Paperback, Fiction, 384 pages
PUBLISHED:   5 Spot, 2010
ISBN#:   978-0-4465-0941-1
HOW'D I GET IT:   Received from Hachette Books for review

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 bull riding 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 pretty much knew I'd enjoy this book right from the start.  I've enjoyed Jane Porter's books before and this one has some elements that I'm familiar with in my own life, including growing up on a ranch.  I was very impressed by her treatment of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders).  I know several people who are involved both behind the chutes and in the arena and feel that she did a great job of portraying this life.

The fact that Shey isn't a dewy-eyed little girl is another positive for me.  She's an experienced woman who's been around the world and has to literally take her life by the horns to wrestle back control.  I like strong female characters and Shey fits this description well.

A delightful read that most anyone will consider a favorite.  (Of course, you gotta love them cowboys! I do..)
MY RATING:    4/5

WHERE TO BUY IT:    She's Gone Country

She's Gone Country won't be released until August 23rd.  You can pre-order it HERE or you can put your name in the hat to try and win a copy.  Hachette Books has generously offered one of my readers their very own copy of She's Gone Country.

Just leave a comment on this post and let me know if you knew what PBR was before you read this post. 

This contest is only open to US and Canadian residents who are FOLLOWERS of this blog.  No PO Boxes please as the publisher will ship the book directly to the winner.  Contest will end at midnight PST on August 22nd with the winner to be announced on August 23rd, the big debut day of She's Gone Country!

Thanks for stopping by and GOOD LUCK.

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  1. I am not eligible because I am from Australia but I wanted to say thank you for the wonderful review. I would pay shipping if I was allowed to enter BTW.
    Great blog, i am a huuuuge book fan.

  2. I do know what PBR are, I did before this post. But not long before this post. :) There is a little girl at my gymnastics school that was named after one that died. (haha, her parents are really into that stuff)

    Thanks for the contest! rexreadingrobot at gmail dot com

  3. I did not know what PBR are until I just read this post . . . you learn something new every day!! This book sounds fantastic. I have read one Jane Porter book (Odd Mom Out) and would love to read some more.

    I am a new follower.



  4. Sounds just like the kind of book that will be fun to read. I'd love a copy to read and review.
    Mike Draper

  5. I did not know what pbr stood for before reading!

    elkmeese at yahoo dot com

  6. I did not know what it meant.
    The storyline sounds really good.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  7. I'd not heard of PBR. Thanks for enlightening me.

    I'm a new GFC Follower. Please include me in this giveaway.

    Many thanks.


  8. I did not know what PBR was before this reading your post....you learn something new every day!
    I would love to win this book! I am a new follower! hotvernon@hotmail.com

  9. I did know what PBR was before reading this post. Rodeo is popular where I live. This sounds like a great book!


  10. Hi, yes I knew what PBR meant before reading this. My first husband rode bulls for 10 years and won enough to pay the bills. But that was the "old" days when we all ran around with Larry Mahan and Jim Shoulders. I would love to win this book, read it and also review it on my blog. Your blog is the greatest, I am a follower now so I can keep up with you. Take care.

  11. I knew what PBR was before I read your post.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  12. I had never read of PBR before,thank for the info. I would love to read this book.


  13. I would love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

    I didnt know what the PBR was!!!

    jeffintennessee at gmail dot com


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