Friday, July 21, 2017

Home on the Range by Ruth Logan Herne

Can the brother left behind and a woman without hope work together for the good of two precious children?

Nick Stafford stayed in central Washington, working his family’s large ranch after his brothers left to pursue other passions—but 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. He’d be a better husband, father, and ranch manager than Sam Stafford ever was. Despite that commitment, three years after Nick’s 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
Gray’s 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?

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Ruth has more than a million books in print, including eighteen Love Inspired contemporary novels and Back in the Saddle, Book 1 in the Double S Ranch series. Ruth is a founding member of Seekerville, a popular writing-collective blog. A country girl who loves the big city, Ruth and her husband live on a farm in upstate New York.

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My Take:
I totally enjoyed this little book. I read the first one just a month or so ago, (Read my review HERE) and was eager to follow up on the story. The first book mostly about the oldest Stafford son - Colt. After reading his story, I looked forward to reading Nick's - the middle brother in the Stafford family.

Ruth did not disappoint. I loved how she weaved their stories around heartache, faith, family, love, forgiveness, and healing. The people she brought into their lives were so perfect for them. I really enjoyed watching the characters interact and grow in their relationships. I also enjoy reading about ranch life. The patriarch of the family Sam, was also an encouragement to read about. Once a hard, tough man, with little time for anything other than running his ranch, making money, and a name for himself. His family relationships a total wreck are now healing since he has become a new creation in Christ. Finding faith has changed him and his outlook on life, but with his health failing, how much time will he have left?

I don't think there is much I didn't like about this book. Of course there is that one character that shows up to rock the boat a bit, who is not the most pleasant to be around and makes the story a little more dramatic. I enjoyed this book as much or more than the first and am looking forward to reading the last book in the series soon.

I received this book free from Waterbrook and Blogging for Books to read. All opinions are my own and I was not asked to write a positive review. 

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