Peace In the Valley

shalayne arata

4 Stars

May 16, 2017

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?

The third book in the Double S Ranch series, Peace in the Valley, brings life in the Kittaras Valley to a heart-warming and satisfying conclusion. It is another example of Ruth Logan Herne's outstanding writing. Trey and Lucy are both interesting characters, and Lucy's children are all charming. They both have past secrets, and many hurts, but they are meant for love and happiness, and watching them struggle find it is both gut wrenching but also heart-warming, in the fact that it feels just so real. They struggle like many do, and it makes them more relocatable. I also like the incorporation of scripture.