Contemporary Fiction, Review

Home on the Range by Ruth Logan Herne

Can the brother left behind and a woman without hope work together for the good of two precious children?

Home on the Range by Ruth Logan HerneNick 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?

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My Thoughts

The Stafford family took up residence in my reader heart during Back in the Saddle yet Ruth Logan Herne managed to make me love them even more here in Home on the Range! I felt a strong kinship to both main characters in this story and saw many of my own strengths and weaknesses come to life on the pages.

Dr. Elsa Andreas has withdrawn from the world after a tragic experience involving one of her clients. She has embraced a very hermit-like lifestyle and I have to admit it sounds like my kind of escape (seclusion, peaceful surroundings, and plenty of time to read)! Sure, Elsa has training and experience to work with children and families but it’s also clear that she has a natural compassion and wisdom. Family therapy appears to be her gifting and calling but the fear of failure has her hiding in a hole.

Nick Stafford is the loyal “git er done” brother. I imagine his shoulders aching from carrying the weight of the world. The strain of single parenthood and running a large cattle operation would be enough to get a man down but throw in a sick father, selfish ex-wife, and strong-willed daughters and there’s not much time or energy for anything else.

Ruth Logan Herne is a master at creating authentic child characters and Cheyenne and Dakota are my favorite yet! These little girls are perfectly complex and unique with age appropriate behaviors and mannerisms. More often than not, authors focus on adult characters and leave the children to act as fillers or props. Herne stands out and brings entire families to life.

This series is going on my all-time favorites list. It’s fabulous and I highly recommend it!

I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through Blogging for Books. The opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Ruth Logan HerneRuth Logan Herne loves Charlie Brown Christmas trees, rooting for the underdog and people who go the distance while others see the path as too long or broken! She loves God, chocolate, writing, dogs and is blessed by a sprawling family, oodles of grandkids and a sweet old farmhouse in constant need of work. She’s sure that clean rooms are over-rated, snakes and possums should mind their own business and buy their own farm and puppies and kittens and babies are about the cutest things on Earth.

A “pull-up-your-big-girl-panties-and-move-on” kind of gal, she is blessed to be married to her high school sweetheart, work with young families who allow her to exploit their sweet children on blogs, and rock babies on a regular basis. An author for Love Inspired Books and Summerside Press, she lives in upstate New York.

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2 thoughts on “Home on the Range by Ruth Logan Herne”

  1. Beth Erin, thank you so much! What a wonderful review, you’ve just made my day. I love this story so much…. and I used my experiences with family and friends and co-workers to see how difficult a situation Cheyenne and Dakota… well, shoot, this whole family!!!!… found themselves in.

    But the best part was being able to show that as Sam changed (like the Grinch, Sam finally grew a heart!!!), everything around him changed. He had the power to bring grace and light into the shadows by changing the way he treated people…

    Father Jonathan Morris says “Be a light!”

    It’s one of my favorite sayings, along with “Peace begins with a smile” from Mother Teresa.

    Sometimes the simplest answers are the very best.

    Thank you again!



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