Back in the Saddle

Back in the SaddleBack in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne
Series: Double S Ranch
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western
Published by Multnomah on March 15, 2016
Pages: 320
Also by this author: Refuge of the Heart, More than a Promise

 

About Back in the Saddle (from the back cover):
The prodigal is coming home.  It’s 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 Gray’s Glen, Washington.  He’s broke, but not broken, and it’s time to get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.

He doesn’t expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest – a tough yet beautiful woman Sam has hired as the house manager.  Colt senses there’s more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye, and he’s determined to find out what she’s hiding…and why.

Colt’s return brings new challenges.  Younger brother Nick, who’s long been Sam’s right-hand man, isn’t thrilled when Colt inserts himself into Double S affairs.  And the ranch’s contentious relationship with the town’s people forces all of the Stafford men to reconsider what it truly means to be a neighbor.  As Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district – or stay in the saddle for good?

Back in the Saddle grabs your attention on the very first page and never lets go!  It is an emotional story, with plenty of laughs and tears; yet, at the same time, it is packed with action. If you enjoy romance that is pure and clean, then you will enjoy this book.

The author did a fine job of developing her characters into real people.

The author did a fine job of developing her characters into real people.  You will cheer for Colt as he remembers his roots and his courage.  You will yearn for Angelina to let go of her past and embrace the future that God is bringing to her.  You will weep for the children who are being hurt by their parents’ selfishness.  And you will laugh at the antics of the crusty old ranchers.  The cast is one you will love to love and not soon forget.

By God’s grace and with His help, we’ve all received a second chance somewhere along the way.  And it will not hurt us to offer that blessing to others we meet each day.

The central theme of the book is second chances, and Ms. Herne does a fantastic job of bringing that out in the plot, as well as in several subplots.  All of these will encourage your heart and remind you that it’s never too late to try again.  By God’s grace and with His help, we’ve all received a second chance somewhere along the way.  And it will not hurt us to offer that blessing to others we meet each day.

One aspect of the book that stood out to me the most was Angelina’s constant return to Scripture to guide her through the choices she was forced to make.

One aspect of the book that stood out to me the most was Angelina’s constant return to Scripture to guide her through the choices she was forced to make.  Big or small, she turned each choice into an opportunity to trust God and watch Him work.  That’s a trait that I think all of us could learn from.

If you’re looking for a great summer read, Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne is a terrific choice!

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