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She's Gone Country

(Bellevue Wives #4)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,349 ratings  ·  184 reviews
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, 382 pages
Published August 23rd 2010 by 5 Spot
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Sep 04, 2010 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
Miss Kim
Dec 16, 2010 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
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
Nov 20, 2010 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
Sep 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
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
Sep 02, 2010 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
Aug 22, 2010 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
Jun 28, 2010 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
Jan 07, 2013 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
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
Andrea Guy
Jan 27, 2011 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
Aug 21, 2010 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
Aug 22, 2010 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
Leah Braemel
Oct 11, 2010 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
Apr 11, 2012 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
Heroine has moved back home in the midst of a rough divorce with her 3 teenaged sons, back to Texas (Mineral Wells/Weatherford area) from New York. Her soon-to-be ex has just realized/admitted he's gay and has moved in with a lover. Heroine goes back to ranch to lick her wounds. She grew up on the ranch with her brothers, but has been in New York City for years, living the sophisticate life.

Then her high school heartthrob shows up. And he's a little battered, physically, from the bull-riding (ch
Lindsey Moran
Oct 20, 2010 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
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 26, 2012 rated it liked it
The book was good and likable but at the same time debatable and the ending was so rushed it wasn't even funny. The book had some over the top fucked up moments that made me wanna dive under the covers for the rest of my adult life. The ends were NOT all tied in a neatly wrapped bow, which pissed me off to no end but other than that, the book was readable and even likable on some parts.
Aug 03, 2015 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
Laura Kaye
Jul 03, 2011 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!
Anne Lee
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Another great read by Jane Porter.
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Shey, a model who’s being replaced by new, younger faces, has to deal with divorce from a husband who cheated, with men. So she packs up her 3 teenage boys and leaves NYC for Texas and her hometown. There she has an overbearing mother and 2 pushy brothers. And kids who don’t want to be there, bullying, depression, and the return of her teenage crush. But I think the bullying and the depression should have been dealt with more. And the break-in, why was it even there sin ...more
Donna Seger kilroy
Another awesome story

This was a great book. About troubles with family life. How things can be difficult, but also how they work themselves out. It's about love of family, and how family is there to help out each other during hard times and also when things are not so hard. This book was a great read and I'm so glad I read it..
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a perfect beach vacation read. It was just enough romance with a sweet story going on to keep it interesting. This was not just a "return to first love" story, but also one of a woman approaching a new phase in her life while dealing with the aftermath from the last phase.
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Her books are quick and easy and a fun read.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meh. Of the four books in this series I liked this the least. Characters felt stale, story was uninspiring, no surprises at all. You knew exactly where this one was going in the first 30 pages.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was light and fun, with likable characters, but there were some major plot holes (some things just didn't add up).
Alice Shaw
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
reminded me of home
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Easy read, keeps you interested.
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