#TuesdayTea review of Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne!

Welcome to a HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY celebration for Back In the Saddle, by Ruth Logan Herne!!! This is the launch day for this newest book by a favorite author, so we’re celebrating with a tea from my favorite tea shop!

Ruthy’s newest book is a delight…full of handsome cowboys, strong family bonds, and sweet romance. Prepare to swoon as you take a look at this cover.

BACK IN THE SADDLE by Ruth Logan Herne

BACK IN THE SADDLE by Ruth Logan Herne

And the scenery is sigh-worthy, too. Washington is a beautiful state, especially the central valley setting of Back in the Saddle. Peaceful orchards dot the hillsides, amid ranches and small towns, with veggie farms tucked here and there. A very pleasant place to spend some time as you get to know the Stafford family of the Double S Ranch in Gray’s Glen.

BLURB for Back in the Saddle (Double S Ranch Book 1)

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 get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.

He doesn’t expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at this chest–a tough yet beautiful woman Sam has hired as the house manager. Colt senses there’s more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye, and he’s determined to find out what she’s hiding…and why.

Colt’s return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick, who’s long been Sam’s right-hand man, isn’t thrilled when Colt inserts himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch’s contentious relationship with the town’s people forces all the Stafford men to reconsider what it truly means to be a neighbor. As Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district–or stay in the saddle for good?

*****

MY REVIEW: as posted on Goodreads and Amazon.

Back in the SaddleBack in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved every page of this book!

Filled with humor, warm characters, and western wisdom, Back in the Saddle is an uplifting story of strong family bonds and of a couple discovering their relationship within a legacy of hard work and commitment.

Reading Back in the Saddle takes you out West…the West of today, with life around a modern ranch, with small town interactions and community problems, and with real-life cowboys who are dedicated and ruggedly handsome. This is a story about family…..the hurts, the mistakes, the understanding, and the love that weave through the bonds of family. Sam Stafford, the strong-willed patriarch of his family of three sons, is the owner of the Double S Ranch, located in the beautiful central valley area of Washington State. Oldest son, Colt, has returned home after his high-powered New York City financial career faced a major setback. Colt finds a perplexing and outspoken woman, Angelina Morales, running the ranch house and caring for his ailing father.

I loved every page of this book as Colt and Angelina strive to do the right thing for those they care for and as they struggle with their deepening attraction. Forgiveness and faith play a vital role in their decisions, as this prodigal son returns home and finds the place for his heart. Written with just the right pace, from a heart-stopping “click” at the beginning, with continually escalating tension, then building to plenty of excitement towards the end, and finally a tear-inducing last scene…..I truly enjoyed every moment of Back in the Saddle.

*I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book. It is a pleasure to post my honest review.

A FEW FAVORITE QUOTES FROM BACK IN THE SADDLE:

“This is, I think, our juncture. A time of looking back and moving forward. For some reason we are here, at this place, in these moments. God provides and we partake. Or we mess up.”

“Because that’s what neighbors do. They help each other.”

“For the first time in a long time, I had to put my trust in something other than myself.”

Click here for an Amazon link to Back In The Saddle.

 

Angelina's Cherry Cupcakes

Angelina’s Cherry Cupcakes

TEA AND TREATS

Now for a special treat. In Back in the Saddle, Angelina is the house manager, cooking for the family and ranch hands. One of the delights she serves is her own special Cherry Cake. Ruthy puts this recipe in the back of the book and also gave it out during post at the Yankee-Bell Café. She said I may share it with you, my #TuesdayTea readers. Click here for Angelina’s Cherry Cake recipe! Rather than the layer cake topped with whipped cream frosting Angelina uses, I decided to bake the recipe as cupcakes, with a simple sweet glaze, for our #TuesdayTea treat. I hope you enjoy!

#TuesdayTea Cherry Marzipan Tea from Queen Mary Tea Room

#TuesdayTea Cherry Marzipan Tea from Queen Mary Tea Room

Angelina’s mother, Isabo, previously lived in Seattle. I’m sure she enjoyed afternoon tea at the very popular Seattle tea shop, Queen Mary Tea Room. My daughter-in-law introduced me to this charming shop. If you are celebrating an event (birthday, contest entry, book published, job promotion, anything), you’re given a glittering tiara to wear while having tea. And you know how much I like my sparkles! The afternoon tea is amazing…..simply perfect! Click here to visit the Queen Mary Tea Room. For our tea today, I’m serving their Cherry Marzipan green tea….perfect with the cherry cupcakes, don’t you think?

Cherry Marzipan Tea from Queen Mary Tea Room, Seattle, Washington

Cherry Marzipan Tea from Queen Mary Tea Room, Seattle, Washington

BIBLE VERSE

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32 (KJV)

PRAYER

Dear Lord,

You know Ruthy so well and have blessed her with gifts beyond measure. Please continue to place the perfect words on her heart to reach others with Your Word as she writes of forgiveness and redemption. Thank you for giving her the spirit to inspire and encourage others….in so many ways. We ask for her continuing success as an author and as a generous faith-filled servant. Please bless all Christian writers as they spread the hopeful message of Your Word.

We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

SOME EXCITING NEWS: There will be two more Double S Ranch books featuring the other brothers. The next will be middle son Nick’s story and the last will be about Trey, the youngest, a country and western music star. Fun to anticipate! I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know the Stafford family and the Gray’s Glen area of Washington as much as I did.

Thank you for joining me for #TuesdayTea. May you be blessed with an abundance of God’s treasured blessings!

BACK IN THE SADDLE by Ruth Logan Herne

BACK IN THE SADDLE by Ruth Logan Herne

 

 

 

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14 Responses to “#TuesdayTea review of Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne!”

  1. Tina Radcliffe Says:

    I am so jealous that you already read this. And those cupcakes look AMAZING!!

  2. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Hi Tina!

    Yes, great book and yummy cupcakes….with COWBOYS….perfect! Thanks for stopping by for tea!

    Blessings!

  3. Sandra Leesmith Says:

    Wow another great Ruthy book and another terrific review from Sherida. Thank you Sherida. I love how you pull quotes out of the book to share. And thanks for sharing the recipe also. Cherry cupcakes with tea sounds marvelous. Now to get the book and curl up for a wonderful morning of tea and romance. smile

  4. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Thank you, Sandra!

    Adding just a few quotes gives a flavor of the book, so I like to include those in my blog post.

    I have Chocolate Velvet coffee brewing for you…..amazing with the cherry cake!

  5. Ruthy Says:

    What a great tea party, with Angelina’s cherry cupcakes and all!!! Cue the lights, bring up the music, let’s dance… probably a country line dance, at that!

    Yee Haw!

    I’m so excited that this launch is here!!!! Sherida, thank you so much for being an early reader, for being an amazing and wonderful influencer, but mostly just for being you!

    I am so blessed to know you!!!

    Happy dancing!

  6. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Big, big, BIG CONGRATULATIONS to you Ruthy on the launch of this beautiful book! Your amazing talents …in all areas…are so appreciated! Thank you for stopping by!

  7. Patricia Ullmann Says:

    Loking forward to reading this book and trying the recipe. I love to read and bake.

  8. Sherida Stewart Says:

    So glad you stopped by, Patricia! This is a great book! The recipe can be baked as a layer cake or cupcakes…..and it’s easy….I love easy! Thank you so much for having tea with us! Blessings!

  9. Myra Johnson Says:

    You hosts the loveliest tea parties, Sherida! Excited about Ruthy’s new book, too! What’s not to love about that horse and cowboy on the cover!!!

  10. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Exactly, Myra! I know you’ll love all the Staffords….an emotionally rich family….plus they have horses on their ranch. 🙂 If you haven’t read Back in the Saddle yet, I hope you get a chance to read it soon.

    Thank you for visiting here and celebrating with us!

  11. Ruthy Says:

    Patricia, I hope you love it!!! I love that they let me have some fun fixing this male-dominated-needs-some-common-sense-women-to-help-them story/stories!

    And the cherry cake is a crowd pleaser here and at the Double S!

  12. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Ruthy, hubby liked the cupcakes with fudge frosting, too. He prefers layer cakes, but is always happy to sample the tea treats. 🙂 Next time I’ll make it as a layer cake…..just for him. <3

    Thanks for all you do! Blessings for your busy week...and this new book! Happy book birthday!

  13. Donna Says:

    Sherida, I really enjoyed reading Back in the Saddle! Nick’s story is going to be fantastic! I can hardly wait! Those cupcakes look yummy!

  14. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Hi Donna! So good to see you!

    I love Colt’s story….and know Nick’s will be good. He has some things to work out….and Ruthy will find his happy ever after. Then we’ll be ready for Trey’s story. I liked all the brothers for different reasons, so it will be good to get to know them better.

    Thanks so much for visiting! Blessings!

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