Back in the Saddle: A Novel (Double S Ranch) Kindle Edition by Ruth Logan Herne
"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?"
Title: Back in the Saddle
Series: Double S Ranch # 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"Back in the Saddle: A Novel" by Ruth Logan Herne
What a story this one was of the 'Double S Ranch # 1. This author does what she tends to do with all of her Christian reads and that is give the readers something to ponder over long after the read as she does for 'Back in the Saddle' and even giving her readers Bible verses and references to God. I loved the way the author presents themes toward the story ...'redemption, forgiveness and even the prodigal son example of the lost sheep parable.'
The story was indeed a emotional story one that run very deep without there being easy answers. As one sees two people the heroine & hero] who are falling in love again but should they? This was a very interesting process as they are able to get over so many obstacles that they faced. Definitely when it is all said and done there will be no easy answers. The characters [Colt, Angelina, Sam, Nick, Trey, Cheyenne, & Dakota] to name a few and all I can say is that they are really something else being well developed, defined, portrayed and even believable all giving the reader a well written read that will keep your attention throughout the novel.
We find this Stafford family was really like any other families and living 'imperfect lives.' Sam Stafford, who was a father, rancher, is ill and very stubborn but wanting to make amends with his sons. Why was this? But the beautiful thing was that God could come in in any situation and a present 'reconciliation, redemption and oh my even second chances.' However, will Colt want to accept these changes that his father has offered? There will definitely be be some spiritual lessons that will be learned from this wonderful unpredictable story. And will these "Stafford men be able to examine their hearts and truly learn what it means to be a neighbor to be able to save their relationship with the citizens of Gray's Gen?" What was going on with that situation? Now, I know there are many questions that has been asked and all will be answered by the reader picking up this read and seeing for yourself how well it is all brought out so well by this excellent storyteller.
By the end of the read all I can say is that "Back in the Saddle" is a story of 'family, faith, love and second chances' that was truly one wholesome good read. Next in this series is: "Home On The Range."