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Back in the Saddle #1, in the Double S Ranch series, by Ruth Logan Herne
Family and fortunes collide in this tale of a prodigal son’s return. Colt Stafford had left the West for Wall Street. When the stock market fails him, Colt comes home to his roots, where he’s unexpectedly greeted by a gun-toting woman named Angelina, an angry younger brother – Nick – and a town that resents the Stafford’s presence. Will Colt settle down and help mend the fences…or will he make tracks once again for Wall Street?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Double S Ranch
Its been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Grays Glen, Washington. Hes broke, but not broken, and its time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.
He doesnt expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses theres more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and hes determined to find out what shes hiding...and why.
Colts return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick has been Sams right-hand man at the ranch for years and isnt thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranchs contentious relationship with the citizens of Grays Glen asks all the Stafford men to examine their hearts about what it truly means to be a neighbor. And as Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial districts wealth and poweror finally the courage to stay in the saddle for good?
Karen White, New York Times best-selling author
"Heart and hope combine in Ruth Logan Hernes sweet tale of old wounds and ties that bind. Where faith and forgiveness are present, old scars can be healed and new love can bloom. Sometimes, you really can go home again."
Lisa Wingate, national best-selling author of The Story Keeper and The Sea Keepers Daughters
"Not your average cowboy story, Back in the Saddle is the action-packed tale of an emotionally wounded prodigal (from Wall Street, no less!), his familys dysfunctional ranching dynasty, and a unique heroine with a heartbreaking secret and an adorable son. Cowboys and kids, trouble and tragedy, Ruth Logan Herne delivers a tender romance wrapped in a wise, heart-touching blanket of redemption and grace. Highly recommended!"
Linda Goodnight, best-selling, award-winning author of The Memory House and The Rain Sparrow
"From the first pages, readers will be drawn into the community of Grays Glen, the amazing cast of characters, and the lives of the hero and heroine. Angelina and Colt fill the pages of this book with a romance that will have readers wanting to know their past, their future, and the story that intertwines their lives. With Back in the Saddle, Ruth Logan Herne takes us on a journey that we will want to continue!"
Brenda Minton, author of the Martins Crossing series
"Wrapped up in Ruth Logan Hernes heart-touching style, Back in the Saddle delivers an engaging, romantic tale of a spunky heroine with secrets to keep and a sigh-worthy cowboy hero finding his way back home."
Glynna Kaye, award-winning author of the Hearts of Hunter Ridge series
"As always, Ruth Logan Herne shoots straight to the heart with Back in the Saddle…the heart of the story and the reader. This is one cowboy love story youll want to enjoy to the very last page."
Debra Clopton, author of Kissed by a Cowboy
Sarah OCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5an amazing readApril 14, 2017Sarah OCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Colt's life seems to be falling apart and he goes home and to the last place he ever thought he would go home to. His dad is sick and it seems his brother needs help he never expected to come home to having a women running the ranch but will he be able to help his family and get back to NYC or will more secrets keep him on the ranch? Angelina is running the ranch and helping Sam out getting him healing. However she has some secrets that she needs to make some decisions on. She is also now faced with dealing with Sam's oldest when it seems that all is lost she starting to question her choices and weather or not she belongs at the ranch any more. Can she make the best choices for her family?
I LOVED this book. I super enjoyed the fun characters and the banter and the personalities of the young kids they seem to add a whole new element to the story itself. I totally enjoyed the small home feel of the book and how the past can seem to be everywhere good and bad but finding healing in it all seemed to be the key of this story. I really enjoyed the overall story nothing I didn't like. I enjoyed the fact that I got sucked in and couldn't put it down. This book is a clean romance and well worth the read.
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Back in the SaddleApril 10, 2017Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Back in the Saddle is book one from the Double S Ranch series by Ruth Logan Herne. Ex cowboy Colt Stafford returns home to his familys ranch, Double S Ranch, in Grays Glen, Washington, after his career on Wall Street in Manhattan does not work out as he had hoped. He finds some new surprises at the ranch upon his return to the ranch his father, Sam, is not doing well; he meets the new housekeeper, Angeline, who is a beautiful, gun toting and secretive woman; his brother, Nick, is not happy with older brothers return. Will these surprises make him run far away from the ranch or will new promises on Wall Street make him run back to Manhattan.
Back in the Saddle is the first book I have read by Ruth Logan Herne. I kept thinking this book would be what a modern day story by Mary Connealy would be like. I found myself laughing out loud in several scenes, including within the first few pages, which caught my interest instantly. Angeline was probably my favorite character. I just loved her strength as a woman and loved her scenes with Colt. They both needed find themselves and figure out where they belong.
I enjoyed this book and look forward to more by this author and cannot wait to the next installment in the Double S Ranch series.
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Trixi5 Stars Out Of 5Engaging from the start!November 8, 2016TrixiQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Colt Stafford's home! Not by choice, but by circumstances beyond his control. He's got a lot of fences to mend and head-clearing to do, but it's nothing a bit of hard work & determination can't fix! Toss in a fiercely devoted, stubborn & feisty lady house manager with secrets of her own, two precarious nieces vying for his attention, a disgruntled younger brother, a sickly father full of lifetime regrets to make up for and a whole herd of cattle in birthing season to tend to and you got yourself the makings of a hot mess! One thing God is trying to remind Colt of, His timing is eternal and perfect--whether this cowboy turned Wall Street financial wizard can see it or not!
The Stafford family is like any other you'd find today, imperfect people living imperfect lives. Too many regrets and heartache and a lot of love to give! Sam Stafford; father, rancher, stubborn as the day is long, wants to make amends with his sons. Is it too late or will Colt accept the changes he sees? If it's one thing God can do perfectly, is the business of reconciliation, redemption and second chances. I loved seeing hearts change in this story, how God took the hard ground and watered it with His love and made things new again! A deeply rich emotional story that will entangle you from the start, full of characters you can relate to and spiritual lessons to learn. This reminded me of the Prodigal son story in that no matter how far away we are, God will seek us out and bring us home again!
I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment of the Double S Ranch; "Home on the Range" Nick Stafford's story!
SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Very EnjoyableOctober 16, 2016SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've had this book in my 'to read' basket for months. I finally got around to reading it and it is just such a good book. Ruth Logan Herne is a really good Christian Fiction author, creating characters that are very lively, settings that are believable and wonderful wealths of emotions. I enjoyed this one thoroughly.
God sometimes uses circumstances that we don't understand nor like to bring about His perfect plan for our lives, to give us the happiness we long for and healing for our hearts. There's much to learn here as well as an enjoyable book to read. AND the sequel comes out Tuesday!!!
Andrea CoxTexasAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Cowboys? Yes, please!May 16, 2016Andrea CoxTexasAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5by Andrea Renee Cox
I've always liked cowboys.
Movies about cowboys. Books about cowboys. Cowboys tipping their hats to me (in person!).
Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne was a great cowboy story that incorporated several great themes. There was the prodigal son angle, and I was surprised to see a fresh look at it. This plot can quickly become tired and overused, but I felt that Ruth really kept me on my toes with it, bringing me back into acquaintance with this storyline in a sweet way that touched my heart anew.
Another theme in this book was single parents trying their best with what they've got. How true-to-life! I know several single parents, and this book reminded me of them and their daily struggles. Very well written on this front, for sure.
Redemption is always a wonderful theme to weave into Christian fiction novels, and Ruth handled this with such grace. It's slipped into the small scenes, yet in very significant ways: playing cars with a little boy, eating cake at the kitchen counter, and teaching young girls to ride horses.
Can you find those scenes in Back in the Saddle? Better yet, can you discover the redemption and grace offered in those scenes?
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, Blogging for Books!