Home on the Range is a great addition to the Double S Ranch series, yet can be read as a stand alone, too. Since the characters are family members who appear in each book, I would personally recommend reading these novels in order, to enhance the reading experience.
This story was packed with emotion. I had to set this book down so many times because of the issues that were being dealt with. There was Elsa and the past trauma she experienced and Nick with the feelings of abandonment and failure that he carried around. Watching the stirrings of romance between these two while they battled their pasts was touching.
The very hard parts to read about for me were when I was reading about Nick’s oldest daughter, Cheyenne. She was so wounded from her mother’s abandonment years earlier. It was hard to read about her behavior and the way she either resented or lashed out toward people. I knew why she reacted the way she did, but it was still tough to see her being rude or bratty to the people who were trying to love her.
This was a very engaging story with a lot of heart. The character growth for Nick, Elsa, and especially Cheyenne felt realistic.
I received a complimentary copy of of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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A cowboy romance with a heart of gold, in Home on the Range author Ruth Logan Herne returns readers to the Double S Ranch where God and family are first, but love is certain to follow the Stafford menfolk. Nick made all the wrong choices for all the wrong reasons. His father had failed at marriage and fatherhood. Nick was determined to show him up. He’d be a better husband, better father and a better ranch manager than Sam Stafford ever hoped to be. But Nick’s wife Whitney hated the ranch and she walked out on Nick and their two beautiful daughters three years ago. For a long time Nick pretended everything was fine and when his stubborn nature is finally challenged by trouble with his young girls, he’s faced with the changes he should have made long ago. Psychologist Dr. Elsa Andreas had a thriving family therapy practice, a school commission, a good life, but tragedy pushes Elsa to walk away from her life. Three years later, she’s tucked herself in the backwoods of Gray’s Glen. When her sister encourages her to help Nick Stafford’s daughters, Elsa takes a chance. But Nick’s ex-wife comes back to town, threatening the girls’ newfound stability. Can Nick find the forgiveness and Else the courage to build their own “Home on the Range”?
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