Friday, February 12, 2016

Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne

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Oh my, this book defines chick flick in my opinion. Big city, money tycoon, Colt, comes crawling back to his dad's ranch after losing his money in a Ponzi scheme (however you spell that). Of course, he and his dad don't get along, but the dad, Sam, has had a change of heart in part due to ill health and in part due to his housekeeper, Angelina, a former cop who's hiding her family.

He comes crawling back and instantly turns into this wonderful cowboy with a heart for others and wanting to reach out and make a difference and of course the housekeeper and he fall madly in love. Add in a few misunderstandings, accidents, and a fire and you have the story.

But really, I was able to pull some good out of this book as well. Forgiveness and second chances. God extends them to us as long as we are alive and we would do well to accept and move forward a changed person.  After the romance, that is the next prevailing theme of the book and I would give the author much kudos in that regard.

I think the thing that makes the book seem so chick flickish is the fact of how fast Colt changes: almost overnight. He is more accepting of his dad, loves his nieces, and is determined to make the world a better place. I am probably too skeptical, but I say people don't change that drastically, that fast.

I received an ARC copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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