I’ve gone country! Grab me a pair of boots, some faded jeans, and don’t forget the cowboy (definitely don’t leave him out) because I’m ready to head to Texas and live on a ranch. But did I mention said ranch must come equipped with a sexy bull-riding man like Dane Kelly (even his name is hot) in Jane Porter’s upcoming novel, She’s Gone Country

 

I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of She’s Gone Country, the story of former top model Shey Darcy who moves her three boys back home to Texas after her husband announces he’s fallen for someone else. From the moment I picked it up and started reading it, I couldn’t put it down (love when that happens!). Through Shey's fabulous writing and attention to detail, Porter transported me into a rural world that, as a city girl, I would’ve never thought I’d find as appealing as I did. She’s Gone Country is out this August. You can pre-order it here. Trust me, you’ll love it… and you'll be planning a trip to the country (or, at the very least, fantasizing about it) before you know it. 

 

While you’re waiting for that book to be released (it’s not that long) Flirting with Forty is another fabulous Porter novel about picking up the pieces after divorce. It’s the story of Jackie Laurens who, after discovering her husband’s affair and getting a divorce, heads to Hawaii to face the big 4-0. And when Jackie least expects it, she falls for her much younger and very sexy (this must be a theme!) surfing instructor. But despite the budding romance, she struggles with the judgment she receives from disapproving friends over their age difference and the guilt she feels trying to juggle the relationship while being a single mother to her children. You might recall it was made into a Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear and Robert Buckley (remember he also played “boy toy” Kirby in Lipstick Jungle?! Which, btw, should never have been cancelled!) 

 

Odd Mom Out is another of Porter’s novels that you should read if you haven’t already. It’s about single mom Marta Zinsser, who moves back home to the Seattle suburbs when her mother becomes ill. Marta had fled those same suburbs ten years before and headed to New York where she lived a very independent life (she chose to have a baby without a man). But her life choices have never been questioned—until she enrolls her daughter in the local school and comes face-to-face with moms that are nothing like her and don’t exactly welcome her with open arms. Suddenly, she feels like the odd mom out. Oh, and don’t worry, there’s a sexy man in this one too…


 

Which Jane Porter novel is your favorite?

 

 

 

Lisa Steinke, along with her best friend Liz Fenton, co-authored the chick lit novel I’ll Have Who She’s Having and co-created the popular Chick Lit blog, Chick Lit is Not Dead.

 

Comments
by ChicadelaPlaya on ‎06-08-2010 08:12 PM

Ooooh!  These novels all sound absolutely divine ... especially for a good summer poolside/beach read!  Can't wait to check each of them out & get lost in the lives of such colorful characters! I'm just days away from the Big 4 - 0 myself, so I will HAVE to read Flirting with Forty ASAP!  But, I must say, She's Gone Country ~ and sexy mister Dane Kelly ~ sounds like something that could completely two-step its way right on into the heart of this here "closet country girl"!!  : )

by AlexandraSCG on ‎06-08-2010 08:40 PM

I loved Odd Mom Out because I could so relate.  I am looking forward to reading Shey's story.  I love Jane's books!

by WriterCrys on ‎06-08-2010 10:40 PM

I love Jane Porter and can't wait to read She's Gone Country - thank you!!

by eema2boys on ‎06-08-2010 11:42 PM

I love Jane Porter too!

http://chicklitcentraltheblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/not-so-plain-jane.html

 

I liked Odd Mom Out and Mrs. Perfect equally. They played off each other well.

by LizFenton on ‎06-09-2010 12:24 AM

I LOVE Jane Porter!!!  Great post!

by MaureenE on ‎06-09-2010 05:41 AM

I've Gone Country looks like a book I would really enjoy and I have to add that her previous book Easy on the Eyes was very good too as it dealt with a woman in the entertainment industry and how she deals with aging and her self image.

by Susieqz68 on ‎06-09-2010 06:18 AM

I loved Flirting With Forty! The book AND the movie! Can't wait to read "She's Gone Country".

by gincam on ‎06-09-2010 09:02 AM

I am so excited about the release of "She's Gone Country". Jane Porter writes wonderful contemporary romance tales featuring strong female characters and interesting story lines. It's hard for me to choose a favorite, but I am partial to "Flirting with Forty". The heroine faces a variety of personal issues, and she is pulled in many different directions. Being divorced, starting a new life, and finding unexpected love with a younger man are all in store for Jackie, who encounters numerous obstacles all along the way. How she evolves and grows through this process is very involving, and most women will recoginze themselves at some point in Jackie's journey to self-awareness and happiness.

by CrystalGB on ‎06-09-2010 09:13 AM

Great review. I love Jane's books. She is such a talented writer.

by ruthing73 on ‎06-09-2010 11:43 AM

Flirting with Forty was super, saw the movie several times too and could actually see it again.  I am anxious to read  I've Gone Country...all Jane's work is fantastic.

by QuiltLadyGH on ‎06-09-2010 11:52 AM

Oh I want to read this book so bad! I just read Flirting with Forty and also watched the movie when it was out. The book was better then the movie! I can't wait to read She's Gone Country!

by Sandy014 on ‎06-09-2010 11:52 AM

Thank you for posting this review.  I love all of Jane's books.  Flirting with Forty or Mrs. Perfect are probably my favorites.  I am excited to read this new one coming out in August!

by MommylucySS on ‎06-09-2010 01:17 PM

Shey's story is going to grab you and not let go!  Dane Kelly is nothing but smoking hot in his own, cowboy casual way.  There's plenty of time to read a few of Jane's great reads before Shey's story hits the shelves.  Enjoy!!

by runner10 on ‎06-09-2010 02:24 PM

Great review.  When I read a Jane Porter book, I know that it is going to be a keeper.  I can't wait to read She's Gone Country.

by petite14 on ‎06-09-2010 03:10 PM

Jane Porter writes memorable, beautiful and unique stories which grip the heart and are meaningful. What a wonderful review.

by Kathryn1313 on ‎06-09-2010 03:21 PM

I have loved, loved, loved this series of books by Jane Porter (Odd Mom Out, Mrs. Perfect and Easy on the Eyes) and am anxiously awaiting She's Gone Country.  Jane's characters are real and believable with great inner strength.

 

Flirting with Forty was the first Jane Porter novel I ever read and I think she has got better and better with each book.... She's Gone Country will be a wonderful read, I'm sure!

by BookAddict2 on ‎06-09-2010 04:18 PM

Jane is such an amazing and talented author...her books are great, easy reads. I always find a little bit of myself in each of her characters! It's amazing to read a story and think from the start that you are nothing like that character and at the end of the book, you find that you have more in common than you think. Jane has a knack for giving an expose to the human soul of her characters!!

 

I cannot wait to read She's Gone Country! I know it will be every bit as amazing as her other books!! I have to say, I believe Frog Prince has been my favorite one so far!

by Blogger LisaSteinke on ‎06-09-2010 04:46 PM

ChicadelaPlaya-

You'll love Flirting with Forty (as well as all the others)! I also recommend watching the movie--if only for the hunky actor in it!  Thanks for your comment!

by Blogger LisaSteinke on ‎06-09-2010 04:47 PM

AlexandraSCG-

 

I think this is one of her best- if not her best! Thanks for commenting!

by Blogger LisaSteinke on ‎06-09-2010 04:48 PM

eema2boys -

 

Thanks for including the link to your post! And for reminding me about Jane's blog. I'll have to check that out!

by Blogger LisaSteinke on ‎06-09-2010 04:49 PM

MaureenE-

 

You'll love it. I'll have to check out Easy on the Eyes. I haven't read that yet.

by Blogger LisaSteinke on ‎06-09-2010 04:50 PM

Susieqz68

 

Thanks so much for the comment! Good luck!

by Blogger LisaSteinke on ‎06-09-2010 04:51 PM

gincam-

 

I couldn't have said it better myself! Thanks for commenting!

by Blogger LisaSteinke on ‎06-09-2010 04:52 PM

CrystalGB

 

Thanks! Good luck!

by Blogger LisaSteinke on ‎06-09-2010 04:54 PM

ruthing73--

 

Just a correction that the book is called She's Gone Country.  Thanks for commenting!

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