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Home on the Range #2, in the Double S Ranch series, by Ruth Logan Herne
Nick Stafford is a single dad who stayed in central Washington to work on his family's large ranch after his brothers left to pursue other passions. He is determined to be better at everything is dad wasn't until his daughters start having trouble at school. Dr. Elsa Andreas left her family therapy practice and retreated in the backwoods of Gray's Glen. Her sister is the principal at the school where the Stafford girls attend. She thinks it will help Elsa if she works with the girls. What happens when Nick and Elsa's worlds colide?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Double S Ranch
Nick Stafford stayed in central Washington, working his familys large ranch after his brothers left to pursue other passionsbut his toughest job is being a single dad. As a child he watched his father fail at marriage and parenting, so Nick was determined to show him up. Hed be a better husband, father, and ranch manager than Sam Stafford ever was. Despite that commitment, three years after Nicks wife left him, he has a daughter in trouble at school and both of his girls are facing issues that force him to rethink his stubborn plans.
For Dr. Elsa Andreas, life fell apart when tragedy caused her to abandon her family therapy practice and retreat to the backwoods of Grays Glen. Her school principal sister believes Elsa can guide the Stafford girls and that working with kids will draw Elsa out of her protective bubble.
Summer on the Double S teems with life and adventure. Amid the bounty of God and land, will Nick and Elsa find the courage to build futures based on faith rather than fear?
Mary Connealy, author of No Way Up
"Home on the Range showcases Ruth Logan Hernes ability to write wounded, damaged characters grasping for grace with both hands. My heart ached for Nicks loss, Elsas guilt, and little Cheyennes desperate need. As always, Hernes story is sprinkled with hope and gives the reader glimpses of the One who came to save. A satisfyingly happy ending left me sighing with contentment."
Mary Jane Hathaway, author of The Pepper in the Gumbo
"In Home on the Range, the finely crafted second story in the Double S Ranch trilogy, Nick is caught in a downward spiral of repeating his fathers mistakes and no amount of cowboy gumption is going to fix things. But Elsa, a family therapist who sought refuge in Grays Glen to escape her own tragic past, defies her fears and conventional wisdom to connect with Nick and his daughters, bringing a soothing balm to this hurting cowboys wounds. Ruth Logan Herne explores the darkest recesses of her characters souls and bring light into the shadows, giving hope to the lost and healing to the broken. This latest story is no exception and one of her finest!"
Jan Drexler, award-winning author of Hannahs Choice and Matties Pledge
"A child in crisis, a hunky but clueless single father, and a reclusive therapist with a big secret… Intrigued? I sure was. Home on the Range is a fabulous story of hope, faith, and real-life family drama. Filled with heart-tugging emotion, delightfully sassy bantering, and a cowboy to die forwhats not to love? I loved it so much I quickly ordered the first book in the series. Well done, Ruth Logan Herne!"
Vickie McDonough, best-selling, award-winning author of Sarahs Surrender, book 3 in the Land Rush Dreams series
BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Authentic and encouraging fictionDecember 7, 2016BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Stafford family took up residence in my reader heart during Back in the Saddle yet Ruth Logan Herne managed to make me love them even more here in Home on the Range! I felt a strong kinship to both main characters in this story and saw many of my own strengths and weaknesses come to life on the pages.
Ruth Logan Herne is a master at creating authentic child characters and Cheyenne and Dakota are my favorite yet! These little girls are perfectly complex and unique with age appropriate behaviors and mannerisms. More often than not, authors focus on adult characters and leave the children to act as fillers or props. Herne stands out and brings entire families to life.
This series is going on my all-time favorites list. It's fabulous and I highly recommend it!
I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through Blogging for Books. The opinions expressed are my own.
Trixi5 Stars Out Of 5Emotionally packed family saga!December 5, 2016TrixiQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Take a hard-working cowboy who's doing the best he can to raise his two precarious daughters after his wife left him years ago, throw in a successful cattle ranch, his rugged elderly father trying to change his ways after several decades, an older brother who returned not long ago and soon-to-be married to the best house manager around & a washed up children's therapist and you got yourself the makings of a whooper of a story!
I thoroughly enjoyed returning to the Double S ranch to learn of Nick's story. He likens himself to the brother of the prodigal son who stayed to help his family. The one who feels he has everything to prove with nothing to show for it, except two girls who are so different and test him at every turn. Finally realizing the need to ask for outside help to deal with Cheyenne--the oldest one--he meets Elsa, a child therapist who has a hidden past. These two butt heads at first & she is reluctant to get involved, and that makes for a whole lot of sparks to fly! Eventually she gives in to both her sisters demands and a chance to be free of a painful past. Bolstered by a successful first meet and instant connection with the little girl, thus begins the healing process--not only for her and the girls but maybe just Nick himself too?
This author knows her stuff when it comes to writing family sagas. The emotional depth she portrays through each of her true-to-life characters not only connects me to them, but makes them literally leap off the pages! I enjoyed not only getting to know Nick more, but reconnecting with his father Sam; his older brother Colt & his bride-to-be Angela; Angela's mother & son, Isabo and Noah; and a smattering of ranch hands. There were quite a few surprising twists and turns that I had no idea how the family would react to each one, but the author handled each with the grace I've come to expect from her. She knows how to take the reader from the highest heights and lowest valleys emotionally wise. And her spiritual wisdom comes straight from Father God's heart! I loved seeing the characters grow in their faith, bolstering each other in reminding them of various times when God was there for each of them or just stating a well-placed scripture or two. And the love story between Nick and Elsa?? Absolutely exquisite!! They both have past hurts and trust issues & I loved seeing them work together through them, so a sweet & poignant--it melted this readers heart! There are so many facets and layers between the lines of this book, some of them took my breath away or made me sigh with contentment. I've come to love this authors writing and her way of handling life's messes with grace, mercy and love. Her faith shines through and refreshes my spirit, reminding me of God's infinite love for me! I absolutely can't wait for the next installment of this wonderfully powerful and emotional series "Peace in the Valley"--youngest brother Trey's story. I can't recommend this book or series enough, especially if you love stories of redemption, love, faith and with all the emotional depth you can handle!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books. I was not required to leave a favorable review and all opinions expressed here are strictly my own*
Sarah OCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing read,November 21, 2016Sarah OCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Nick has done everything right in his life, or at least has tried. He's at a point in his life now that he needs to do whats right for his girls, even with the world around him seems to be falling apart. When his family pushes him to take his girls to a therapist he is non to happy but he knows he needs to do right by them. Will he be able to convince Elsa this is whats best for his family and get her to help?
Elsa is facing some demons from the past and she is not happy that her sister keeps pushing for her to things that are just out of her comfort zone. Will she be able to face the past and find a future that she always wanted?
I really, really loved this book. I felt like I was catching up with friends not reading a book. I really loved how the characters felt like the situations were very much real and could happen in life and not just fiction. The storyline is well written and gets to the heart of the matter. I loved how life is not perfect, and the author didn't try to make it that, no matter how much you try and protect the children its not always that way and that came across in this book. This book will not disappoint and is the perfect read and reminds you that at the end of the day Family is whats most important. This book will not disappoint and you can't go wrong, totally worth the read.
SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Absolutely Amazing!November 21, 2016SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love to read. It is, quite simply, my most favorite thing in all the world to do. There are those times when you open a book to begin reading and you are drawn so far into the story, (from the first paragraph!) that you just don't want to leave it for long. This was such a book. This is Ruth Logan Herne's second book in her Double S Ranch series and just her best ever, in my opinion. I loved everything about it.
Herne has that unique ability to make her readers *feel* everything that is happening in her books. Her characters are so well fleshed out that they feel real, making the reader feel like they are in the room with them, watching all the action from their position as a fly on the wall. Even the secondary characters seem real!
The first book in this series was wonderful, but this one is even better. And, what's even MORE better is that we see all those characters from the first book in great quantity here, too.
Herne deals with a very difficult subject here: abandonment of her children by their mother. Tough subject. Very tough. Children are hurt, sometimes forever, by such a thing. The mother/child bond is the most powerful here on earth, in my opinion. Children long for their mother's approval and love. There is so much hurt here, but Herne handles it with such a deft hand that the reader is amazed.
Truly, this was a most excellent novel and as I read the excerpt from Book # 3 in the series, I wept. I really did. I enjoyed every single minute of this book and now I'm so sad it's over. Sometimes you don't know whether to read slowly and prolong the pleasure or read faster to find out what's happened. I'm going to be living with these characters a while. I guarantee you that. I absolutely am longing for book # 3! I can't read it soon enough. I love the Stafford family. I highly recommend this book.
Tings MomArkansasAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A series that keeps getting betterNovember 15, 2016Tings MomArkansasAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0You know it's a good book when it leaves tears in your eyes. I believe I said that about the first book in this series, but the same is true for this one. A beautiful story of hurt and healing, letting go and forgiveness. And ranch style cowboys don't hurt either. *I received a copy of this book*