Title: Back in the Saddle
Author: Ruth Logan Herne
Release Date: March 15, 2017
Description from Goodreads: “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 check in with his ailing father, and 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 that Sam 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 has been Sam’s right-hand man at the ranch for years and isn’t thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch’s contentious relationship with the citizens of Gray’s 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 district’s wealth and power—or finally the courage to stay in the saddle for good?”
Review: This book is truly amazing. I fell in love from the beginning and was not ready for this story to end. I am glad there are at least two other books in this series, otherwise my book hangover would last far longer.
The romance was wonderfully written and I loved watching them fall for each other even though they were both trying so hard to fight it. I loved the way faith was an iatrical part of this story but it, along with the romance was weaved through organically and beautifully. There wasn’t ever a time when either one felt cheesy or forced, they just flowed.
I was able to easily relate to the characters and I love that they are all down on their luck and trying their best to be better. Their steady improvement and the way they begin to forgive, makes this not only an interesting read, but inspiring as well. We could all use a reminder of the importance of forgiveness once in a while.
The children brought about an interesting and wonderfully innocent perspective on this story. We don’t often notice the pain we cause children by holding grudges and being selfish, but this story brought it all out and shone a bright light on it. You can see the damage done to each of these sweet little one’s by the different problems their parents had.
The setting for this book was fabulous, I love the thought of living on a ranch out west and this book allowed me to visit, even if it was for too short of a time. The small town life also drew me in and the way these people cared about each other, or at least began to again. I’m such a sucker for small town books, but they leave me feeling so warm and fuzzy.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone who loves romances, small towns, ranches with cute cowboys, or Christian fiction. This wonderful book has them all!
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*