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About Home on the Range
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?
I have really become invested with author Herne’s characters and their lives on the Double S Ranch. Where Back in the Saddle dealt with the prodigal son, Home on the Range is Nick Stafford’s story; the son who stayed, the one who wanted to outshine his father. Nick is a single dad trying his best to raise his 6 and 8 year old little girls, but they have been having some problems. Cheyenne (the 8 year old) is having the most, as she remembers when her mother walked out of their lives. Cheyenne is failing her grade and getting into trouble, so the school has recommended counseling and summer school for her. Enter Elsa, childhood counselor, who lives deep in the woods is the one most qualified to help her. However, not without personal cost to herself as Elsa has just begun to recover from a tragedy in her own past. We have a group of hurting people coming together helping each other out, and just when new hope and love begins to bud, life throws them a curve ball.
The author definitely knows how to write children into her story, their fragile hope and peace of mind. I really liked how as Nick (the father) looks back on his childhood, oftentimes before with anger, but now as he struggles with his broken little family he is beginning to respect his father and the decisions Sam, his dad, made. Oftentimes in our own lives we do not see our childhood so clearly or our parents until we become parents ourselves. This was a very poignant read and I look forward to youngest brother Trey’s story now.
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
About Ruth Logan Herne
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