It’s You by Jane Porter

  • It's You (6:2 Berkley)Title:  It’s You: A novel
  • Author:  Jane Porter
  • Genre:  Women’s Fiction
  • Published:  June 2, 2015 – Berkley Trade
  • Source:  Publisher

My take:  Jane Porter’s new contemporary novel is about Ali, a young woman in the depths of grief more than a year after suffering a terrible loss. Ali is a dentist and lives in Scottsdale, AZ. Soon after the loss her mother unexpectedly died. Her father lives hours away in Napa, CA. When he is injured in a fall Ali goes to help him in any way she can.

Ali’s dad isn’t the easiest guy to be around and even injured he seems not to appreciate her presence. To top it off he seems to want to have his friends at the retirement community around all the time – leaving little time for Ali and him to be alone. One of his friends is an irritable woman in her nineties. Ali doesn’t seem to be able to say or do anything that is taken the right way. Once Ali decides not to take personally the way her father and Edie (the older woman) treat her, things improve. In fact, Ali and Edie strike up a rather stiff friendship.

It turns out Ali can learn a lot from Edie’s life story and possibly find that life has much to offer her. I learned a good deal from Edie’s story. It involves pre and post WWII Germany and the Germans who were part of the Resistance.

Porter’s novel is filled with interesting characters but my favorite was Edie. She had an amazing and inspiring story to share. Recommended to fans of Jane Porter and Women’s Fiction.


About the author:

JanePorter_photo01_1200px_300dpiJane Porter is the USA Today bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Good Wife, The Good Daughter, The Good Woman, She’s Gone Country, Mrs. Perfect, and Flirting with Forty ( the basis for the Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear). Jane lives in Southern California.


Christmas at Copper Mountain by Jane Porter

christmas at copper mountain

  • Title:  Christmas at Copper Mountain
  • Author:  Jane Porter
  • Genre:  Contemporary Romance; Christmas
  • Published:  November 2013 – The Tule Publishing Group
  • Source:  Kindle download

Synopsis:  Since the loss of her family in a plane crash, Harley Diekerhoff has led a quiet life and keeps to herself. Taking the temporary job at the Copper Mountain Ranch as widower Brock Sheenan’s housekeeper seems perfect for her. But her calm cocoon is invaded with the arrival of Brock’s pre-teen twins, Mack and Molly who’ve never experienced a proper Christmas and before she knows it, Harley’s determined to make their holiday perfect. 
Annoyed at first by Harley’s interference, Brock is secretly pleased she’s changed Mack and Molly’s world. It doesn’t hurt that he finds Harley incredibly attractive, fierce, smart and passionate. It’s also an added bonus that she’s not afraid to challenge him and get his blood heated! But when sparks fly and the attractions sizzles between them, Harley’s not so sure she can handle something permanent with this dark, taciturn cowboy who doesn’t know how to let her in. But Brock is determined to hold on to her and praying for a Christmas miracle…   (publisher)

My take:  Christmas at Copper Mountain is a sweet Christmas novella about two people determined to keep going after suffering unimaginable loss years earlier. This is a contemporary romance so there are the usual predictable scenes that seemed to rush the pace a bit – but it’s a novella so I guess that has to happen. That said, I thought the author revealed details about the main characters’ lives at a perfect pace – little by little.

I think a novella works when it makes me wish it was a full length novel. That was the case with this novella. I enjoyed Porter’s writing, the characters and the setting.

Recommended to fans of Christmas romance and Jane Porter.

She’s Gone Country by Jane Porter

She's Gone Country

When Shey Darcy’s marriage ends she takes her kids home to Texas where they’ll be surrounded by her family.  Problems don’t magically disappear with the move and she finds herself facing new issues.  Her oldest son wants to go back to New York and his old school.  Her middle son is fighting depression and her youngest wants to learn how to ride bulls.  And if all that isn’t enough she sees a lot more of Dane – the guy who used to be her crush more than twenty years earlier.

I thought Jane Porter did a good job addressing the usual concerns of a family going through divorce.  While not delving real deep she didn’t gloss over them either.  Her characters are real – they have flaws and struggles.  The supporting characters (Shey’s brothers and mother) have a lot going on in their lives as well.  Porter gives enough glimpse into each that it’s easy to understand their motivation relative to Shey.

I enjoyed the story and the pace.  It was a quick read and an entertaining novel.  This is the first book by Porter that I’ve read and I look forward to reading her backlist.  I recommend She’s Gone Country.   A reading group guide is included.

Review copy from Hachette Book Group