Genre: Adult, Christian, Romance, Western
Publisher: Multnomah Books
Publication date: March 15, 2016
Number of pages: 320
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 into the saddle again.
Colt’s return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick has been Sam’s right-hand man at the ranch for years and isn’t thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch’s contentious relationship with the citizens of Gray’s Glen asks all the Stafford men to examine their hearts about what it truly means to be a neighbor. And as Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district’s wealth and power—or finally the courage to stay in the saddle for good?
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2. Central Washington got picked as the home for the big, sprawling Double S Ranch because the gorgeous broad, lush Kittitas Valley has a history of being one of the best produce and meat producing areas from the time of the early settlements.
3. I’m writing a Christmas historical novella set in the very same location to show what life was like in the valley 120 years before! And it was still gorgeous then!
4. Angelina is one tough cookie, but she’s also all woman, with a heart for children… and we see that throughout the stories, but she does greet Colt with a gun aimed at his back… and unafraid to use it!
5. I used an example here in upstate New York… a philanthropist who is buying up areas of a small town, refurbishing them and tucking businesses into the. Like a whole town facelift… I love that “Teach a Man to Fish” mindset!
6. Isabo has an intuitive sense about people… and about Stafford men. Not much gets by Isabo, ever.
7. We’ve put several of the Double S Ranch recipes over at Yankee Belle Café, the fun, easy-going virtual café I run with Missy Tippens, Mary Jane Hathaway, Cate Nolan, Jan Drexler, and Mindy Obenhaus. Isabo’s Cinnamon Rolls, Angelina’s Cherry Cake and Angelina’s Pulled Beef.
8. One facet of Sam Stafford’s personality was inspired by Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “The Lost Christmas Eve” a poignant CD about a man who lost his wife, the love of his life, and then paid no attention to his child… And that little piece of Sam makes all the difference in learning to love him. The big oaf. J
9. I loved being able to write cowboys and kids and cows and horses and dogs and oh, yes… did I mention cowboys????
10. Gray’s Glen is loosely based on Cle Elum, a great town in Central Washington, and home of the Cle Elum Bakery, with some of the best donuts (doughnuts!) I’ve ever had! Hats off to the staff of the Cle Elum Bakery!
Discussion with Ruthy...
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