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Second Chance in Dry Creek (Dry Creek #22)

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Her neighbors in Dry Creek, Montana, think Gracie Stone is rebuilding her life just fine on the family ranch. But Calen Gray knows better. Foreman of nearby Elkton Ranch, Calen has been sweet on Gracie half their lives. But harrowing circumstances kept them apart—and sent Gracie away. Now she's back, barely holding her head up, and refusing to believe she has a second chan ...more
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Published September 18th 2012 by Love Inspired
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Paula
It's nice to see Gracie finally get her story and her second chance at love after spending years in prison for a crime she didn't commit. Calen Gray has loved Gracie Stone for most of his life and he hopes that someday she will return his feelings and learn to trust him. This is a very sweet love story. It's nice to catch up with the whole Stone family, and Calen's granddaughter Tessie is adorable.
Judy
Second Chance in Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad
Dry Creek Series Book 22
Return to Dry Creek Book 4
Gracie Stone has all three of her sons back on the family ranch in Dry Creek and they are all happily married. Now they think that mom should find a good man and give marriage a second chance. After the way her late husband abused her--Gracie isn’t so sure she likes the idea of marriage, of ever trusting another man that way. All thoughts of marriage are interrupted when she suddenly has a late night vi
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Susan
Good book. Gracie is settled back on the family ranch and happy that her sons are all married and settled down. Now they want to see her have a second chance at love. Calen works on the ranch next door and has always been sweet on Gracie. One night there's a knock on the door and it's an injured young woman with a child. The woman turns out to be Calen's daughter and she has her daughter with her, on the run from her abusive husband. As Gracie helps take care of the little girl, Calen is able to ...more
Janine
"Second Chance in Dry Creek" by Janet Tronstad is the type of book I book that I am head over heels for. I always love a good romance but when that romance comes to people in the late 40's I am beyond thrilled, for it shows that romance can be found at any age.

This book is a great stand alone book if anyone hasn't read the prior Stone related Dry Creek books. It has been some tome since I read about the Stones and forgot some but had no problem following along for there was enough back story to
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Janet Marie Dowell
Janet never disappoints her readers! This book is non-stop action
packed. Gracie Stone served time in prison for a crime she did not
committ. She has a hard time believing the people in Dry Creek will be
willing to give her a "Second Chance"..... when she is not willing to
herself one. So many times in life we are our own enemy to the extent
that punish ourselves unneccessarily.
Calen Gray has always loved Gracie, but never admitted it to her
because of the friendship he had with her husband. Af
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Valri Western
Janet has once again given us great characters to fall in love with! Gracie and Calen are older than the usual characters but they have been given a "second chance" at love. Gracie had an abusive first marriage and doesn't think she worthy to try love again. Calen has know her through all of that time and wants to show her that she is. Put them through a mystery and some surprises and as always, some tests, and they will see that they belong together. Gracie's children also want them to be happy ...more
Susan F
Gracie Stone has been a strong personality that has been a presence in three of Janet Tronstad's books which were sweet romances featuring the Stone brothers, her sons. Fans now get to enjoy the Second Chance in Dry Creek where Gracie has a chance at new love and a better life. Calen Gray, foreman for a local ranch, has admired Gracie for over half of their lives. He finds it hard to forgive himself that he didn't do more to save her from her abusive husband years ago and keep her from prison fo ...more
Rhonda
Second Chance in Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad
4 STARS
I like that Gracie was willing to sacrifice her freedom for her sons. Don't agree with her but admire the sacrifice. I wish I had read the other books in this series.
Janet characters are likeable and seam real to me.


Gracie Stone has been home from prison for a while. She is living in the family home on the ranch. Her sons all have houses built on the ranch too.
One night Gracie can not sleep and she sees headlights coming down her road. She figu
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Paula-O
This is one of the Return to Dry Creek books where you get to learn little more about the characters that you have learned to love living there....Just like small town, America folks sometimes leave and then return "Home".


Second Chance in Dry Creek is written by Janet Tronstad


Gracie Stone has spent time in prison for a crime she didnt commit, now returned to Dry Creek to start living again. She has three sons that have always loved her, Jake-Wade & Tyler who are thinking their Mom needs a ma
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Hsiau Wei
This book tell the story of Gracie who is just back with her childrens after time spent in the prison for things that she did not do; killing her husband and Calen, who have feeling for her since their school days but have to hide his feeling in view that her husband is his best friend. Gracie is still very low in her self esteem after her imprisonment and tend to keep to herself. Things change when she found Renee, Calen's daughter at her door step wounded who turned out to be a suspect of a st ...more
Mary
Happy Endings make for happy readers, right? Yes! It has been enjoyable to get more involved in this series with the lives of people living in Dry Creek, Montana. When I read about Gracie Stone's house, I remembered the way the bedroom had looked, the furniture had worn, and then I continued to learn about the colors and choices that she never go to make. It was encouraging to see Gracie's character develop from a wife of a hard-nosed rancher that was accused of something she didn't do, to a lad ...more
Tracy
I enjoyed this book up until the last page (p. 278) when the author called the new love (Calen) her mean dead husband's (Buck) name. Gracie and Calen are at Buck's grave having a conversation and it says, "Buck nodded. "They're smart boys." If Buck got out of his grave and nodded, that would be creepy. For me, it really detracted from the book. I knew it was a typo and tried to correct it in my mind, but it was a terrible mistake.
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
Second Chance in Dry Creek is all about Gracie Stone trying to rebuild her life in the town she once lived in before she was arrested. This Christian novel is all about second chances and starting over again. Gracie has to decide if she can learn to trust again....her neighbors, her friends, and most of all her heart. I have not read the other books in this series and it was easy to understand what the book was about. The author explains enough about what happened before this book that I didn't ...more
IrenesBookReviews
This book follows a woman who goes through a hard time in a relationship. She decided to rebuild her life, thinking she could never be truly happy. As you get to know the main character of Gracie you can’t help but cheer her on! As she begins to have feelings for an old friend you wonder if she will give in or give up! I gave this book 5/5 stars. I thought the characters were likable and their conversations flowed. The setting did not really help the story and in reality I felt like it could hav ...more
Kathy
In the previous books in the Return to Dry Creek Series, Gracie has watched her sons find the loves of their lives, marry, and settle down on the family's ranch. In Second Chance in Dry Creek, Gracie still struggles with feeling accepted in the town where she grew up and raised her sons. But she also must recover from the affects of her abusive marriage and its drastic end. Gracie proves that she is a loving and kind woman, caring for neighbor Calen's new-found granddaughter. But learning to tru ...more
Janelle
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Janis Kay
This was a really sweet story about two people who should have found each other much sooner, but they had to take a detour first. It was great seeing them both realize that shedding themselves from their pasts was the only way for them to be truly happy with themselves and each other. The ending -though cliche- was very sweet in the sense that [without spoiling the ending] they, in part, opted to start over... where they should have long ago. Goes to show that second chances are ready for the ta ...more
Connie
I really liked this book. The man in this book Calen reminded me of a guy in a recent cowboy movie.
Gracie Stone is a mother that lives on a ranch in Montana. She had three boys with her first husband. She was released from prison after killing her husband in self defense. After all her boys have married and had kids, they are looking for her to find someone. Calen Gray was her husband's best friend in high school and he is a foreman of a nearby ranch. Circumstances bring them back together after
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Kimberly
I was so glad to see that Gracie got her own story. She sacrificed herself confessing to the murder of her husband to protect her sons. This story starts out with her rebuilding her life in Dry Creek. Calen works on a neighboring ranch and he's had a crush on Gracie since high school, only she choose the man she ended up marrying. Bring in a bit of Calen's past and the two of them end up working together to keep his granddaughter safe.
Janet Tronstad is one of my go to authors- she never lets me
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Barbara
This is a marvelous, sweet, inspirational romance set in one of my favorite fictional small towns, Dry Creek, Montana. Janet Tronstad takes the story further, though, adding elements of suspense, misconceptions of the reactions of others because of insecurity, and the lingering effects of abuse and how hard forgiveness might be. Gracie Stone has been one of my favorite characters, and it was wonderful to hear more of her story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a story that will ...more
Melissa
I enjoyed this book about Calen and Gracie. She is suprised when Calens daughter, Renee needs their help ( and also brings her daughter ) to Dry Creek.
Gracie has always been fond of Calen, but she is not sure that she is ready for a romantic relationship.
However, Calen is sure of his feelings towards Gracie, but dosent want to pressure her until she is ready.

I loved the characters in this book and the "small town" feeling in this series!
Nina
Second chance in Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad

If things can go wrong, then they sure did for Gracie, the heroine of the story. After returning home to begin her life again, things start to happen, but her sons and some one that knows she is a great, beautiful person comes to her rescue and now she has a second change at happiness and love.

I loved the book, it’s a clean well written and beautiful love story, Great read.


Melissa
Second chances are about love, forgiveness, and trust and Janet does a great job of showing the power of each through Gracie's story. Like all the Dry Creek books, every character has an interesting story that connects them to the community even when they don't realize it. Wonderful book to cozy up with and remind us how lucky we are to have those who love us and how much potential there is in the harder relationships.
June
Dry Creek is an amazing place and the people who live there have come to be dear to my heart. Mrs. Cosgrove and Charley (along with a few others) made their appearance in this novel, along with the main characters, Gracie Stone and Calen Gray. This is a story about trust. It was good to see Gracie get her happy ending after seeing all of her sons get theirs in the previous books. What's next for the town of Dry Creek?
Betti
Lovely story that makes one really believe in second chances. Everyone has something that they would prefer remains hidden. The heroine does not have that privilege. How she dealt with the public knowledge of her past, is an example to all of us. Good things DO happen, even if you have shadows in your history. Learning to lean on the Lord, is something we all need to do.
Cathy
This is such a great book very warm and heart felt. Janet Tronstad has such a gift for bringing you into the Dry Creek Series and making the charactors come alive. A definate must read I highly recommend this book.
Lisa Clark
Jun 08, 2013 Lisa Clark marked it as to-read


The book was pretty predictable, but yet it was positive, and not very sappy.
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Janet grew up in the wide open spaces of rural Montana and now lives in the urban spaces of Pasadena, California. She's used both of these locations in her books. Her Dry Creek, Montana series numbers over twenty novels now and her Pasadena books, The Sisterhood of the Dropped Stitches, number four.
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