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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, brin ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 23rd 2010 by 5 Spot
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Maria
Sep 04, 2010 Maria rated it it was amazing
From the very first page, you will find yourself relating to and loving Shey! She is every woman who has to start a new chapter of her life with her boys now that her husband has found another.

Everytime I look at the cover, I hear Alan Jackson singing:
She's gone country, look at them boots
She's gone country, back to her roots
She's gone country, a new kind of suit
She's gone country, here she comes
I loved her relationship with her mother and her boys. The flow of the dialogue creates a beautiful v
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Emma
Sep 02, 2010 Emma rated it it was amazing
This is possibly the best book I've read this year, and so far I've read 112 books (yes I keep track ;-) so that's saying something.

We meet Shey who was born and bred in central texas then went to Stanford, moved to NYC, had a great model career, 3 boys and a good marriage. Things change when her husband leaves her for another man. Her brother dies and in the months that follow she decides to move back home in Texas with her boys, back to her roots. The latter was actually why I wanted this book
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Miss Kim
Jul 02, 2011 Miss Kim rated it really liked it
Recommended to Miss Kim by: Teryl
Shelves: chick-lit, 2011, e-book
4 1/2 stars

What an emotional read. Shaye is an aging top model, is a mother of three teenage boys, her husband suddenly announces he is gay and leaving her for man after 17 years of marriage...she takes her boys and leaves NCY and moves back home to Texas.

She finds she loves being home, and it's been hard with her sons adjusting the change in lifestyle. She crosses paths with the first love her life that her family kept her away from, and he eventually marries someone else.

This short review does
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Cassie
Nov 26, 2010 Cassie rated it liked it
This was not a bad book, it just seemed to lack depth. There were so many little things going on in the main character, Shey's, life that none of them seemed to get the depth they deserved. It seemed like each little thing could have been touched on more. Each small sub-plot could have made the story more interesting if they had had the chance to develop instead of just scratching the surface. Cody's death. Why Blue and Brick blame Dane. Emily's drinking. Why Brick and Blue didn't want Shey with ...more
April
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 hers ...more
Jan
Sep 03, 2011 Jan rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
Okay, let's be honest here. If you're anything like me, you don't read a book like this because it's a lyrical masterpiece or because you expect to get a lot out of it. You read it for entertainment, and because you like things that wrap up in nice boxes with happy endings. You read it because it's fun. Like candy for the brain.

In this variety of brain candy, model Shey Lynne moves back to her small Texas town with her three sons after her husband announces that he is gay and wants a divorce. Ot
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Teryl
Dec 16, 2010 Teryl rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Porter does such a good job of writing human emotion. She had my stomach doing flip flops, crying, and feeling like my heart was being ripped out. I loved watching Shey regain her old self. The feelings she went through from dealing with the divorce and everything that entails to dealing with her teenage boys. The parental emotions were pretty strong for me since my boys are the same age as 2 of Shey's. At one point when working through something one of the boys was going thro ...more
Andrea Guy
Jan 27, 2011 Andrea Guy rated it really liked it
A lot of readers will recognize Jane's name from the many Harlequin Presents novels she's written over the years. That's why I was a bit wary of reading She's Gone Country at first. It didn't take long for me to change my way of thinking.

Jane's character's are grown up, have "real life troubles" and are for the most part, are people you'd like to call a friend. I can't say that I can relate to a former supermodel with a gay ex-husband, but she felt real, and it was easy to empathize with her and
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Elizabeth  (Thoughts From an Evil Overlord)
Every summer Jane Porter brings us a funny, relevant contemporary romance, and this year's She's Gone Country is no exception. The story of former model Shey Darcy's return to her Texas ranching routes gives readers glimpses into both the worlds of professional ranching and bull riding, as well as high-fashion modeling. Shey's seventeen year marriage has fallen apart, and she has returned to her hometown with her three teenage boys, who are having trouble adjusting from their fast-paced New York ...more
Jennifer
Aug 23, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
From My Blog...[return][return]She’s Gone Country by Jane Porter is filled with drama, romance, and a hint of mystery. Shey Darcy, a model in New York has it all; three sons, a wonderful home and a fabulous marriage, or so she thought until John decided he was in love with another man. Shey and her sons return to her childhood family ranch in Texas to pick up the pieces and Shey is reacquainted with an old love of hers, Dane Kelly, an extremely handsome cowboy. If this sounds like a faintly fami ...more
Christine
Jan 07, 2013 Christine rated it liked it
After her husband of 16 years leaves her for a man, 39 year old former model Shey moves her 3 sons (ages 12, 14 and 15) from their comfortable NYC life to her childhood home in a small Texas town (population less than a 100 people). Shey struggles to understand the demise of her marriage and feelings for an old high school crush while mothering her children who are having trouble adjusting to the many changes in their lives.

A quick, easy read, this book was okay. Shey's modeling background was
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Nely
Aug 31, 2010 Nely rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Shey Darcy, at 39, has lived the life many of us can only dream of. She is a former top model that has graced the covers of Vogue and Sport Illustrated, lives in New York City with her husband and three boys. Life is perfect, or at least it was, when her husband of 17 years decides to finally come out of the closet and confesses to liking men.

Shey decides that moving back to her hometown of Parkfield, Texas is the best thing for her and her three boys. But packing up and heading back home to her
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Kristi
Apr 21, 2011 Kristi rated it liked it
Jane Porter has written 5 novels focusing on a group of women friends who are all in their late-30's to just hitting 40, and she proves without a doubt that sometimes starting over when you're "middle-aged" is sometimes the best thing to happen.

Shey Darcy has watched her friends rebuild their lives and find love over the past few years. Now she's in a situation where she too has to figure out where her life is headed now that she's reaching 40. Shey's husband of 17 years has revealed that not o
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Trisha W.
Aug 17, 2010 Trisha W. rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books, read2010
I almost didn't finish this book, but I am glad that I kept reading. The beginning of the book was kind of boring for me. It seemed that all the the main character, Shey wanted to do was complain about her mom and her husband who left her for another man. But after a couple of chapters the book really took off and I am so happy that I kept reading because this was my kind of book. A little suspense, and lots of romance. And who doesn't get all hot and bothered by a rough and tough cowboy? These ...more
Cheryl
Aug 22, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Shey Darcy has just become a single mother of three boys. Her husband of seventeen years has decided to quit beating around the bush and finally declare that he likes men. Shey packs up her and her three sons and moves back to Parkfield, Texas. Population sixty seven. As if Shey doesn’t have enough to worry about trying to raise her sons, she now has to deal with her mother. Plus, Shey is constantly arguing with her sons.

Like they always say…trouble usually comes in threes. Don’t know what that
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Leah Braemel
Oct 11, 2010 Leah Braemel rated it it was amazing
She's Gone Country by Jane Porter is firmly entrenched on my keeper shelf. I liked that the heroine, Shey, is in her late 30s (I'm tiring of heroines who are my children's ages. It's me, it's not them, but early 20 somethings still have so much to experience before they turn into the wise-souls some authors make them. .

Shey's dealing with the aftermath of a divorce after her husband has come out of the closet. She's taken her three sons back to her hometown in Texas and is struggling to provide
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Destina
Apr 12, 2012 Destina rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This is the second book I've read by this author. The first one, was Flirting with Forty, which I stumbled upon by accident while browsing through our condo's small common library. This author is my first foray into the chick lit genre. Normally, I prefer the straight up contemporary romance novels with the long love scenes that happen very early on in the book.

But I have to say that I enjoyed this book. I developed an appreciation for the delayed gratification and subtle pleasures of milder, br
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Karen
Aug 07, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The characters and storyline was very relatable and Dane is my favorite Jane Porter male character. I love how she introduced familiar characters in this book. Worth reading
Donnajo
Mar 02, 2011 Donnajo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
NL's book crawl for TX. Great book I gave it a 10 rating. Started out I thought I wouldn't like it but it grabbed me right away after the first few pages. I'm looking forward to trying her other books. One of her books was made into a lifetime movie and it's one of my favorite. Flirting with Forty. Also have that book which I haven't read yet.
This is a story about a ex model whose husband suddenly tell her after 17 years together that he's gay. So she moves back to her family ranch in TX closer
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Lindsey Moran
Oct 20, 2010 Lindsey Moran rated it really liked it
I've been in a bit of a "book funk" lately. I, for some reason, have not been able to finish a book in a few months. So I saw this book at Wal-Mart and the cover caught my eye. I thought I'd read something light hearted and quick to get me out of my funk and it worked. AND, I surprisingly really liked the book. It's a little on the predictable side but there were a LOT of themes in it that I totally can identify with. Not to mention the extraordinarily hot cowboy, Dane Kelly. Whew! He alone was ...more
Becky Holland
Sep 20, 2015 Becky Holland rated it really liked it
She's Gone Country" by Jane Porter

Jane Porter pens the tale of Shey Darcy - a former top model for some of the top magazines - with vigor and a deep honesty that would make any girl wish this was the story of her life.

Shey had the right life. She was rich. She had a handsome husband and children. Her life was in New York and surrounded by beautiful clothes, food and people.

Until, that fateful day when Shey's husband decides he is in love with someone else. Shey picks up her sons and heads home t
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Celia Kennedy
Jun 03, 2014 Celia Kennedy rated it really liked it
I first read, SHE'S GONE COUNTRY, when it was first published in 2010. I loved it, and then read everything else that Jane Porter had written immediately afterwards. Recently I read her Brennan Sister Series, and decided to re-read this book, because there was something haunting about it.

While I read this time, it was purposeful, I wanted to find the passages that held this book in my mind for four years. When it came time to write the review, I read a handful of other reviews. One used the phra
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mandyfujita
Jul 20, 2015 mandyfujita rated it liked it
This is the first book that I have read of Jane Porter. I didn't particularly care for her writing nor the story. I think because the characters were really believable and the dialogue seemed far fetched. The main character is a former model whose marriage of 17 years has fallen apart. Her husband left her for someone else.

She leaves New York and takes her 3 teenage kids with her. She is from a small town in Texas. Her brother passed away recently so she went there for the funeral and thought
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Laura Kaye
Jul 03, 2011 Laura Kaye rated it it was amazing
This book hooked me so hard I ended up missing sessions of the RWA Nationals conference to read it! I loved the voice, the characters, the realness of it. I'm a Jane Porter fan after this!
Bethany
Aug 29, 2014 Bethany rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.....Rating books is so hard and really is about SO much more than can be conveyed by a star rating. I look at this against another of my recent three star ratings, The Basic Eight, and it's just so not a true comparison of anything as TBE was a million times more well written and just in an entirely different league. I guess ultimately it's really about mood, and then in that case, it's all relative..... That being said, this 3-star rating was like mildly enjoyable country fried cheese ...more
Karen
Jul 14, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: generl-fiction
I have just started this..on page 27 to be exact but I really like what I've read so far....its quirky, humorous and with a touch of "what every parent goes through with their kids" regardless of whether its a parenting team or a single parent...

cannot wait to see where the story takes me...

I absolutely LOVED this book....Its about marriages/divorces, single parenting, making choices good or bad; falling in love and dealing with teen angst!!!

What a GREAT piece of literature!!! Thank You Jane Por
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Anne Lee
Jan 03, 2015 Anne Lee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Another great read by Jane Porter.
Daphne
May 06, 2013 Daphne rated it it was amazing
Read it on Gone Pecan

Shey Darcy is a former internatational supermodel and now a full time mom, separated from her husband of 17 years and recently relocated from New York to her hometown in Texas. In Texas, she has her mom, though they don’t really see eye to eye, her brothers and sisters-in-law, and Dane Kelly, her first love. And looking at Dane still gets her heart racing and her mind wondering what it could have been like if she had never been shipped off to boarding school when she was 16.
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Christine Bode
Jun 01, 2011 Christine Bode rated it liked it
Publisher: 5 Spot
Released: August 23, 2010
Pages: 400
ISBN-10: 0446509418
ISBN-13: 978-0446509411
Stars: 3.5

It’s Jane Porter month for me. I’m a lucky woman because I have had the privilege of reading a galley copy of Jane’s newest contemporary fiction novel, She’s Gone Country, which won’t be released nationally until next month, and it only took me 4 days to finish it!

She’s Gone Country is the story of 39-year-old Shey Lynne Callen Darcy, best friend of Tiana Tomlinson from Easy On The Eyes and Ma
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Wendy Hines
Jun 26, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
Shey Darcy is a glamorous New York Model and mother of three rambunctious boys. When her husband of seventeen years decides he is gay, Shey's world is turned inside out. Not knowing what to do, she takes the boys and heads home to a small town in Texas.

There, she starts to pick up the pieces of her life, but it is hard. Her youngest son, Cooper, seems to take to country life like a duck to water. But her other sons hate it there. They are used to their friends and private school in New York. Bei
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