PEACE IN THE VALLEY
Adding the next verse to an unforgettable love song
In spite of their differences, Trey Walker Stafford knows he owes his life to his cowboy and legendary rancher Sam Stafford -- the uncle who rescued him after his parents' death. Trey 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 Sam's life Although Trey's found 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 and 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?
There`s something so heart-stoppingly delicious about a man who is "strong enough to be gentle." (p. 221) And let me tell you, Trey is the poster boy for strong and gentle. Oh my, I think I need to stick my head in the freezer for a sec. I'll be right back. Phew. Better. Now, where was I? Oh yes, hero Trey....oh mercy, just thinking about him has me revving into hyperventilating mode. Trey is so...perfectly imperfect! He loves the Lord and his compassion knows no bounds and he's sneaky about the way he blesses Lucy with gestures both big and small.
Poor Lucy doesn't know what to make of Trey. Well, actually she does -- she doesn't trust any of the Stafford men and would just as soon pretend they didn't exist. But Trey is so charmingly persistent. Great with her kids, as talented with a hammer as he is with a guitar. It's hard to keep him at arm's length and honestly Lucy should be given an award for stubbornness because she kept her distance way longer than I thought was humanly possible! Trey is that irresistible.
But he can be hard on himself and others. Has some preconceived ideas that don't quite mesh with what he knows about grace. He battles some deep internal struggles before he finds it possible to lay those demons down and accept the peace so freely offered. Love the moving faith threads intrinsically intertwined into every fibre of this exceptional story.
And for fans of the series, Herne provides plenty of closure for the entire Stafford clan. All three books are wrapped up beautifully in this stunning conclusion to the Double S Ranch series.
My thanks to the author for gifting me with a copy of this book.
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