Monday, March 21, 2016

Back in the Saddle- Ruth Logan Herne

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Description: 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 find the courage to stay in the saddle for good?

My Thoughts: Back in the Saddle is an easy read with a sweet romance. It is set at a fairly slow pace, with the characters living life one day at a time and only slightly worried about the future. The conflicts are all relational, with both the consequences and rewards coming in the form of broken or mended relationships. In many ways, this book is one of the more realistic contemporary novels I have read, where the villain is our own choices.

While there was conflict (brothers who didn't get along, a father who needed to make up for past mistakes, a woman trying to do the best thing for her family) and the consequences were real (the estrangement of family, the loss of a parent), there were not many moments of true excitement. For the most part, many of the outside conflicts seemed to be ones that will pay off more in the sequels.

I will probably read the next books because I am interested in what happens with Nick and Trey. The relational tension in this book was enough that I am intrigued by the series and would like to see it to the end. Hopefully their romances will be just as sweet as Colt and Angelina's.

Back in the Saddle is relaxing read, dealing with family struggles and forgiveness. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a book with an uplifting message and strong family dynamics.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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