By Ruth Logan Herne
The Prodigal Is Coming domestic
It’s been many years considering Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for oily long island loafers and a promising occupation on Wall road. but if inventory marketplace manipulations depart him financially strapped, the oldest son of mythical rancher Sam Stafford makes a decision to come back to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington. He’s broke, yet now not damaged, and it’s time to ascertain in along with his sick father, and get his legs again lower than him via hiking into the saddle again.
He doesn’t count on to return domestic to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest— a tricky but appealing lady that Sam employed because the apartment supervisor. Colt senses there’s extra to Angelina Morales than meets the attention and he’s made up our minds to determine what she’s hiding...and why.
Colt’s go back brings new demanding situations. more youthful brother Nick has been Sam’s right-hand guy on the ranch for years and isn’t delighted at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch’s contentious dating with the voters of Gray’s Glen asks all of the Stafford males to envision their hearts approximately what it actually skill to be a neighbor. And as Wall highway recovers, will Colt succumb to the decision of the monetary district’s wealth and power—or eventually the braveness to stick within the saddle for sturdy?
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We have suffered,” I muttered cynically under my breath. ” I was angry at God, too. At times I scoffed at the vain notion of praying to God or, conversely, of cursing God, as if one or the other would make any difference. At other times I cried out to God in utter anguish of soul. “How could you do this to innocent people? To my children? ” Sometimes I turned that anger toward my children, lashing out at a g r a c e d i s g u i s e d 59 them when they disobeyed. Or I turned it toward myself, feeling the guilt of having survived the accident while others, whom I considered more worthy of life than me, had died.
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