by Ruth Logan Herne
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 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?
About the author:
Ruth Logan Herne has more than half a million books in print, including fifteen Love Inspired contemporary novels. Back in the Saddle is the first book in her new western romance 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.
Children who’ve lost parents. Business gone awry. Relationships destroyed by animosity.
Is there any way to right all the wrongs? Is it possible to hope for healing?
Back in the Saddle begins with very broken people in need of healing. As they work together to solve the problems at hand, they may just solve some underlying problems as well.
I loved the characters, who could have been my neighbors or family — real people with real problems. They struggle to determine who and where they are supposed to be, a struggle most people could probably relate to in some way.
Back in the Saddle is not a story you’ll want to set down, and once you’ve finished, its warmth and hope will likely linger on in your heart. This is definitely a story you won’t want to miss! My copy is finding a cozy spot on my keeper shelf… 😉
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)