Sunday, September 12, 2010
She's Gone Country by Jane Porter
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. Being teenagers, they are also battling their hormones and fights break out.
Her mother is a very religious woman and although Shey knows that she means well, the two still go head to head many times on their different opinions about various subjects. Her mom, Shey, and her other brothers though are still grieving for the loss of Shey's youngest brother. And several have commented that his tendencies may be showing up in Shey's son.
Then comes Dane Kelly. Shey had a huge crush on him in school, in fact, so bad that her parents sent her off to boarding school. Dane is a famous bull-rider, but he's recovering now from an accident and walks with a limp. Shey still finds her heart thumping like crazy when he is near, but her family tries to curb any thoughts in that direction.
Shey's oldest brother Blue, whom used to be close friends with Dane, has had a falling out. Blue's developing property next to Danes ranch and it's not going well. Shey's youngest wants to learn how to rough ride, and Dane's the closest instructor around. All this close proximity sets the sparks afire. Shey will have to make peace with her past if she wants to move forward into her future.
She's Gone Country is a page-turning story of a woman suffering heartbreak and loss and picking up the pieces and re-inventing herself. Ms. Porter pens a fabulous story that had me quickly turning the pages. Family and love, strength and hope play a large part of the story. I found it to be an extremely satisfying read.