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June 19, 2017

Peace in the Valley {Ruth Logan Herne}

peace in the valley ruth logan herne
In spite of their differences, Trey Walker Stafford knows he owes his life to cowboy and legendary rancher Sam Stafford--the uncle who rescued him after his parents' death. Trey had left the Double S Ranch to pursue music against Sam's wishes, but returns to central Washington when he learns he's the best match for a procedure that could save Sam's life. Although Trey's found country music fame and success, he's also endured the tragic loss of his wife. He croons about love, but struggles with a yawning emptiness he can't explain. 

Overwhelmed by a growing list of challenges, but mistrustful of Stafford men, single mother Lucy Carlton reluctantly accepts Trey's help to revive her crumbling farm when Sam instructs him to repay the overdue debt to her family. 

As the two grow closer, Trey slowly begins to open his heart to this beautiful woman and strives to let go of the grief he's held for years. Lucy has a complicated history of her own. Can Trey accept her as she is, learn to forgive the past, and find the elusive peace he's sought for so long?

My Thoughts:
My love for the Stafford family runs deep and I have been looking forward to finding out if Trey would ever find his way back home. In the first two books in this series, we watched Nick and Colt find their peace in life and with their family, and find the woman to make their lives complete, but I wondered if Trey would ever really give that kind of life a chance.

It is his father's failing health that finally brings Trey home as he commits to a life-threatening surgery that will give Sam a better quality of life. Once home Trey quickly runs into Lucy, the neighbor with the failing ranch, and he makes up his mind to help her get her life back in order.

It was beautiful to see both Trey and Lucy work through the darkness from their past and trust God to bring them through to a place they could really find peace. Seeing that transformation is an example of how big God's love and kindness really is.

This book can be read as a stand-alone, but it is so much greater to meet the family in earlier books in this series and get to follow them through the years this series covers.

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