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Back in the Saddle

(Double S Ranch #1)

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The Prodigal Is Coming Home

It’s been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington. He’s broke,
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by Multnomah
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Hannah
Delightful tale of a man going home to the ranch to face his past and map out his future. It has a considerable Catholic influence, but not in a way that bothered me! It's very sweet seeing the characters reconnect with their faith and each other. (Though if you're looking for an evangelical message...well, it's not an evangelical book!) It has a delightful faith, family, forgiveness theme. I'd definitely recommend this to those who love western or contemporary romances. ...more
Amanda Tero
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Overall, this was a sweet story, kind of a modern parable about the prodigal son (including the jealous brother). I enjoyed reading the progression of Colt's modern, high-budget thinking to more humble, down-to-earth, people-first focus. I really, really liked the cowboy feel. It was an interesting mix of old-fashioned cowboy in a modern world, but it was well done. Colt's heart for the children was so sweet! I loved his relationship with his nieces and Noah.

I wish I could give this boo
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I've always enjoyed the stories of Ruth Logan Herne. She has a certain way of writing her characters that make me feel like it's easy to get to know them. I absolutely loved the setting of the ranch amid the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. It gave a great foundation of peace and beauty for the conflicts and hard work Colt and Angelina endure.The family relationships are shifting throughout the novel as the family transitions and adjusts to changing circumstances. Angelina plays a role in the ...more
Staci
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
This was a wonderful novel about starting over. Main character Colt has been in New York for years working on Wall Street. His career busts and he returns home to the family ranch in Washington state.

In addition to Colt we get exposure to his dad Sam and brothers Nick and Trey. All of them have challenges to work through.

This novel offered a nice blend of action and character development. The writing style was smooth and easy to read.

I look forward to the next in the series which focused on Ni
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Emilee
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really great characters, with depth. Colt had me from page one. Angelina was also a likable character. The rest of the cast fit so well into this story. The story itself was somewhat predictable and some parts were a little slow but overall I really enjoyed this book. I have to mention the cover. It's really well done. Loved seeing it on my table! ...more
Melissa
Super adorable read! This series caught my eye due to the fact I have been reading and LOVING Ruth's Wishing Bridge set. This story was nearly as good as the Wishing Bridge stories. I love the characters on the Double S Ranch, and I can't wait to read the next books in the set. The books I have read of Ruth's are filled, with heart, laughter and sweet stories and I will eagerly be devouring all of hers I can, starting with the rest of the Double S Ranch series. Highly recommend! ...more
Arlena Dean

Title: Back in the Saddle
Author: Ruth Logan Herne
Publisher: Multnomah
Series: Double S Ranch # 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Back in the Saddle: A Novel" by Ruth Logan Herne

My Thoughts....

What a story this one was of the 'Double S Ranch # 1. This author does what she tends to do with all of her Christian reads and that is give the readers something to ponder over long after the read as she does for 'Back in the Saddle' and even giving her readers Bible verses and references to God.
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Alicia
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a nice, easy read and I quite liked it overall. The main story (prodigal son reuniting with his family after being estranged from them for a long time) was sweet, and I liked reading about the changes of heart a lot of the characters go through. And I mean, a LOT of characters for a relatively short book. As a result I felt as if a lot of conflicts or backstories were randomly introduced but not all of them were resolved or discussed further, other than their short cameos. That aside, i ...more
CARLA
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I loved the cover. This book has a lot to offer. A diverse MC, a christian lesson and a great story. This is my second christian romance and I gotta say I am pleasantly surprised I like them. Usually I am very much into graphic sex, but this was a nice change of pace for me.

Colt is smart, responsible and a bit bitter towards his father. With good reason, but I've always found that it takes too much effort to hold that anger inside and for long periods of
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Sarah Ruut
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: western
Children who’ve lost parents. Business gone awry. Relationships destroyed by animosity.

Is there any way to right all the wrongs? Is it possible to hope for healing?

Back in the Saddle begins with very broken people in need of healing. As they work together to solve the problems at hand, they may just solve some underlying problems as well.

I loved the characters, who could have been my neighbors or family — real people with real problems. They struggle to determine who and where they are supposed
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Loraine
Colt Stafford has returned home to the Double S cattle ranch after years away. His brother, Nick, is managing the ranch as their dad has been hospitalized and is struggling with liver failure. The last brother Trey, a top Christian singer, is on tour. Sam, their father, who raised them after Colt's mother died and Nick's mother left has been estranged from the boys since they were young and he focused on growing his ranch and drowning in a liquor bottle. Angelina Morales the housekeeper has brou ...more
Dawn
Colt Stafford is coming home. Years ago, he left the family ranch angry with his father. He's made a success of himself in the financial world of Manhattan. But when the stock market leaves him jobless and broke, Colt makes the decision to return to the family ranch and his ailing father. He's broke, but not broken. He's determined to do all that he can to help out on the ranch until the market stabilizes and he can return to New York. He doesn't expect to be greeted by a pretty young woman poin ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, series, 2016
4.5 Stars

BACK IN THE SADDLE was enjoyable from beginning to end! Between the opening scene where the two love interests meet under less-than-favorable circumstances, the the ranch work and cowboys, sweet kids, complex family relationships, believable and inspiring religious elements, and a romance that develops from attraction, friendship, and respect, this story had it all and more. Would definitely recommend to those who enjoy inspiring romance.

I loved these characters! Angelina was full of sp
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Virginia Campbell
“Back in the Saddle” is the first book in author Ruth Logan Herne’s “Double S Ranch Series”. I so enjoyed this story—the writing is perfectly paced, the story line is involving, and the characters all have great appeal. Colt Stafford left his ranching family home in Gray’s Glen, Washington to make his mark in the financial world of Wall Street. Big city life and big business suited him just fine until it crashed, leaving his future uncertain. With his reputation and his own personal finances in ...more
Hallie Szott
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-for-review
This review is also posted on Book by Book.

Readers who love cowboys and romance will not want to miss Ruth Logan Herne’s Back in the Saddle. The start to her new Double S Ranch series, this novel introduces a family and a town desperately in need of redemption, reconciliation, restoration and delivers a story full of heartwarming healing and hope. I loved it.

Colt Stafford and Angelina Morales both escape to the Double S Ranch when the mistakes of their pasts leave them with few options. As they
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Andrea Cox
by Andrea Renee Cox

I've always liked cowboys.

Movies about cowboys. Books about cowboys. Cowboys tipping their hats to me (in person!).

Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne was a great cowboy story that incorporated several great themes. There was the prodigal son angle, and I was surprised to see a fresh look at it. This plot can quickly become tired and overused, but I felt that Ruth really kept me on my toes with it, bringing me back into acquaintance with this storyline in a sweet way that t
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Haley S
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, romance
“The prodigal is coming home.” That sentence alone intrigued me. I was unsure whether I would like this novel because the whole story line is more for adults—not sappy teenagers, like myself. But, I did not start the novel, already thinking that I would not like it. Whenever I start books, I go in with an open mind, which is exactly what I did.
The cover was wonderfully done. Horses are beautiful, and I love it when I cannot see the whole face of the main character on the cover. It allows me to p
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Amy
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Back in the Saddle is book one from the Double S Ranch series by Ruth Logan Herne. Ex cowboy Colt Stafford returns home to his family’s ranch, Double S Ranch, in Gray’s Glen, Washington, after his career on Wall Street in Manhattan does not work out as he had hoped. He finds some new surprises at the ranch upon his return to the ranch – his father, Sam, is not doing well; he meets the new housekeeper, Angeline, who is a beautiful, gun toting and secretive woman; his brother, Nick, is not happy w ...more
Karen
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Easy, relaxing read. Enjoyed the characters and the easy pace of the story.
Bekah Malik
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Colt Stafford works as a successful businessman on Wall Street until he gets caught up with a bad deal leaving him in financial trouble. He returns home to the Double S Ranch to both help out while his sick father is out of commision and wait it out while he gets his finances in order. He doesn’t expect to be attracted to the new house manager, Angelina Morales. Angelina has a past, one that involves tragedy and loss. She’s changed Colt’s father and the entire ranch fo
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Alyssa
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The Prodigal Is Coming Home

It’s been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington. He’s broke, but not broken, and it’s time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing i
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Victor Gentile
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ruth Logan Herne in her new book, “Back In The Saddle” Book One in the Double S Ranch series published by Multnomah Books introduces us to Colt and Angelina.

From the back cover: The Prodigal Is Coming Home

It’s been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Dou
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Lisa Johnson
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Back in the Saddle (A Double S Novel #1)
Author: Ruth Logan Herne
Pages: 320
Year: 2016
Publisher: Multnomah
My rating is 5 stars.
First, let me say that the next book in this series will be released October 2016 titled, Home on the Range. Now, to the story set in book one, Back in the Saddle. Readers are introduced to a ranch named the Double S and the Stafford family. Sam is the patriarch who is widowed and battling a liver problem and some injuries given to him by a cow. Angelina is the hous
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Fiction Aficionado
Apr 04, 2016 rated it liked it
This was my first novel by Ruth Logan Herne, and I have to confess it didn’t do much for me. The opening scene was great and led me to expect that the rest of the book would be of the same calibre (and if you’ve read the first scene, there’s no pun intended here!) but it quickly fizzled away into ho-hum.

The biggest disappointment for me was that we never got to see Colt and Angelina spending time getting to know one another. Yes, they had scenes together, and they thought about or noticed each o
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Just Commonly
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Perfect title and gorgeous cover for this book about the prodigal cowboy that needs to find his way home, but first, let's get pass the beautiful girl pointing a gun at him! Yep! That's how this Western cowboy story starts. Colt comes home to a loaded gun pointed at him from a gorgeous girl, who happens to be his father's new house manager. Divine! Ruth Logan Herne's Back in the Saddle is a modern-day story of the lost son parable, but unlike the Biblical story, both the father and the sons have ...more
Tima
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Colt left his ranch home years ago with a very strained connection to his father. Now he's returning with his tail between his legs due to some stock market upsets. His father is ill and Colt feels like it's time to come home. But he's positive that there won't be any fence mending. His father is too hard for that. But it isn't his father that meets him at the door of his childhood home. It's a beautiful woman holding a gun. Angelina is the house manager and hasn't met Colt, but she has heard of ...more
Kav
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fresh new series from a best selling author known for her accurate portrayal of family life. Realism abounds -- both good and bad, as Herne explores the complications that come from living in relationship both at home and in the broader community.

The Stafford men are a force to be reckoned with. Rough around the edges, decent, hardworking, stubborn to the core. But each grapples with deep wounds from their past. Patriarch Sam Stafford is finally ready to face the part he played in his broken
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Tima
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Colt left his ranch home years ago with a very strained connection to his father. Now he's returning with his tail between his legs due to some stock market upsets. His father is ill and Colt feels like it's time to come home. But he's positive that there won't be any fence mending. His father is too hard for that. But it isn't his father that meets him at the door of his childhood home. It's a beautiful woman holding a gun. Angelina is the house manager and hasn't met Colt, but she has heard o ...more
Kella
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
When Colt Stafford exchanges Armani suits for cowboy garb, you know things are about to get downright interesting. After a major financial debacle, Colt leaves the fast-paced world of Wall Street and makes his way back home to the family’s ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington – a place he void never to return to again. But the longer he stays at the ranch, the more it gets under his skin and Colt begins to enjoy the quiet pace of steering cattle, mending fences, renewing strained relationships, and ...more
Mary Beth
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hiding her family from retaliation by criminals who killed her father, Angelina Morales takes a job as a house manager and cook for Sam Stafford, a sick man who hopes to repair his relationships with his estranged sons. For two years, Angelina works to get Sam to admit to his feelings of grief for the loss of his wife, the wrong he has done to his sons and the townspeople, and establish a relationship with God.

Colt Stafford left the ranch nine years ago to prove to his father that he could make
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