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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
DanniAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great bookMay 9, 2017DanniAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5How have I gone this long and not discovered Ruth Logan Herne? Her new book Home of the Range is a near perfect example of quality Christian contemporary fiction.
Now Home on the Range is the second book in the Double S Ranch Series and its ok if you start here like I did. (Although I will be going back to devour the first very soon). These are stand alone novels that can be read separately.
I found Nick to be an absolutely wonderful main character with such a mix of strength and gentleness that is rarely seen today. Elsa was such a surprise as well. I love her depth and character development through the whole book. This book was raw, real, and something that I could completely relate too. (Despite the lack of cowboy in my life)
This was truly a book about second chances. Herne did such a wonderful job blending faith into real life situations. Because not everything is simple and that reminder of God being with you through the hard stuff is definitely needed.
I truly enjoyed this book and can't wait to dig into the rest of the series.
I received this book from the publisher for my honest review
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5The son who stayed homeMay 6, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have really become invested with author Herne's characters and their lives on the Double S Ranch. Where Back in the Saddle dealt with the prodigal son, Home on the Range is Nick Stafford's story; the son who stayed, the one who wanted to outshine his father. Nick is a single dad trying his best to raise his 6 and 8 year old little girls, but they have been having some problems. Cheyenne (the 8 year old) is having the most, as she remembers when her mother walked out of their lives. Cheyenne is failing her grade and getting into trouble, so the school has recommended counseling and summer school for her. Enter Elsa, childhood counselor, who lives deep in the woods is the one most qualified to help her. However, not without personal cost to herself as Elsa has just begun to recover from a tragedy in her own past. We have a group of hurting people coming together helping each other out, and just when new hope and love begins to bud, life throws them a curve ball.
The author definitely knows how to write children into her story, their fragile hope and peace of mind. I really liked how as Nick (the father) looks back on his childhood, oftentimes before with anger, but now as he struggles with his broken little family he is beginning to respect his father and the decisions Sam, his dad, made. Oftentimes in our own lives we do not see our childhood so clearly or our parents until we become parents ourselves. This was a very poignant read and I look forward to youngest brother Trey's story now.
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Home On the RangeMay 2, 2017Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Home On the Range is the second book from Ruth Logan Herne's series, Double S Ranch. This installment involves Colt Stafford's brother, Nick. He is still dealing with his ex-wife, Whitney, leaving their family three years earlier. Struggling being a single dad to his two little girls, he gets the help he needs from psychologist Dr. Elsa Andreas. Elsa, too, had her own struggles in the past and has to learn to trust herself and live again. Just when things were coming together, Whitney shows up, turning everyone's world upside down.
I absolutely love the first book of the series, Back in the Saddle, and could not wait to continue the series. Home On the Range did not disappoint! I was not sure if I really cared for Nick when I first was introduced to him and Back in the Saddle. He sure did grow on me! I sure love his sweet little girls. My heart just ache for them not having their mother, but admired Nick's courage and determination to be a good dad to them. They were so cute with Elsa and love the authors comedic references to the Disney movie, Frozen.
I truly enjoyed everything about this story. It is beautiful, tender, well written with some laugh out loud moments, and more importantly, a wonderful reminder it is never too late to forgive and move forward. Looking forward to the third book of the series.
I received this book from Blogging for Books program. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
SSeal5 Stars Out Of 5Home on the RangeFebruary 14, 2017SSealQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0really good book
joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5GOD is the true COUNCELORFebruary 5, 2017joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is such an emotional heart touching book - it reaches so many places in your heart you are surprised - you find yourself laughing, crying - and I am being so totally honest on that people - heart crying - you feel so deeply for these characters - they are YOUR characters if you know what I mean - you get so involved in their lives - the author did an incredible job bringing you into the lives of the characters and gets you permanently part of their family, so when they hurt you hurt and when they laugh you laugh. Nick has two daughters of his own but they are not adjusted well, abandonment issues, which brings him to Elsa(a shrink) - who is dealing with her own problems as well. They all start seeing each other to get help and as things go love of GOD flows through all things and when GOD gets involved love just flows and flows and flows and restores hearts from the girls all the way up to the adults and then the adults can then heal and learn to trust and love again - or - can they? This book really touched so many feelings in me I haven't felt reading in a long time - this was wonderful. I received this book to read from Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.