Double S Ranch #2
By Ruth Logan Herne
Nick Stafford is the brother who remained to help run the ranch. His life should have been perfect - a beautiful wife, two precious daughters. He's a better husband and father than his own father was.
But something went wrong - his wife left him years ago and his daughters are suffering from this lack. Nick needs help but he's determined to make it on his own.
But when his daughter Cheyenne is order to get counseling or be removed from school Nick is forced to take action he never wanted for himself or his girls. Can Doctor Elsa Andreas truly work a change in Cheyenne and help Nick keep Dakota from following her older sister's path?
But Elsa has a secret that has kept her in the shadows for the last year - an event that she feels personally responsible for has kept her from helping others. Elsa needs to heal and helping the Staffords just might allow her to see beyond her past and have a hope for tomorrow.
Before any healing can take place though Nick must come to terms with his past - both his childhood and his marriage. And his past is about to make a reappearance in a big way and all of Gray's Glen is about to witness it. Nick's biggest issue is he's trying to one-up his father and in so doing is making decisions that are not the best for him or his family.
Home on the Range takes up shortly after the events of Back in the Saddle. The Stafford brothers along with their ailing father - Sam are hoping to heal the rifts that they have caused over the years as Sam built up the Double S Ranch. Their efforts to help rebuild the sections of Gray's Glen that were destroyed by fire are underway.
I enjoyed this second book in the series and have to say I'm looking forward to Trey's story of which there is a short sneak peek at the end of the book. This story is complete in itself in telling Nick's story. The first book was Colt's story and it would be worth your time to read Back in the Saddle as some of the back story for this book was revealed there.
I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a review positive or otherwise - all opinions expressed are my own.
About the Book:
Can the brother left behind and
a woman without hope work together
for the good of two precious children?
Nick Stafford stayed in central Washington, working his family’s large ranch after his brothers left to pursue other passions—but his toughest job is being a single dad. As a child he watched his father fail at marriage and parenting, so Nick was determined to show him up. He’d be a better husband, father, and ranch manager than Sam Stafford ever was. Despite that commitment, three years after Nick’s wife left him, he has a daughter in trouble at school and both of his girls are facing issues that force him to rethink his stubborn plans.
For Dr. Elsa Andreas, life fell apart when tragedy caused her to abandon her family therapy practice and retreat to the backwoods of Gray’s Glen. Her school principal sister believes Elsa can guide the Stafford girls and that working with kids will draw Elsa out of her protective bubble.
Summer on the Double S teems with life and adventure. Amid the bounty of God and land, will Nick and Elsa find the courage to build futures based on faith rather than fear?