TITLE: She's Gone CountryAUTHOR/EDITOR: Jane Porter
INFO: Paperback, Fiction, 384 pages
PUBLISHED: 5 Spot, 2010
HOW'D I GET IT: Received from Hachette Books for review
FROM GOODREADS: 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
HOW TO WIN IT
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.
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