I am a city girl, but I felt at home on the Stafford Ranch. Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne introduces us to Cole Stafford, Sam Stafford and Angelina Morales. Cole Stafford did not feel the ranch was his home so he left many years ago. He became successful at a Wall Street investment firm instead of the cowboy he was raised to be. Cole is the son of Sam Stafford who has made the Double S ranch successful. Their relationship is strained to say the least. The last thing Cole wants to do is go back to the ranch when he has financial trouble.
When Cole returns, he discovers that his dad is different. It takes time for Cole to understand that Sam Stafford has changed for the better. Sam's housekeeper, Angelina, reminded him what is most important and that the Lord should be first. Angelina is so much more than a housekeeper. She is tough and sweet and is hiding from her past. Cole and Angelina are attracted to each other, but their budding romance is challenged by their past and what the future might hold for the both of them.
Cole's return is like the story of The Prodigal Son as described on the back cover of this book. Another story also came to mind while reading Back in the Saddle. I was reminded of the Christmas Carol because Sam Stafford was like Ebenezer Scrooge. He did not treat people right as he climbed the ladder of success. After he started following God, he was trying to figure out how to make amends with his family and the community.
I enjoyed this story, the characters, the romance and the ranch. Yes, even the ranch seemed inviting to me. The long days and the hard work does not sound that exciting, but it was real and wholesome. The romance was sweet and learning how to trust in the Lord by everyone was honest. A better definition of success was realized by Cole. It is not measured by the amount of money you make, but by loving others and committing to their success. I am definitely reading the second book about Cole's brother, Nick.
You can read more about the author, Ruth Logan Herne on her website.
Rating: 3 stars
I received this book from Blogging for Books for a review.
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