Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Peace in the Valley

GIVEAWAY

HERNE, RUTH LOGAN
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?

My Review:

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.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Peace in the Valley leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you leave your email address in a comment please remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and .to . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please be sure to add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 7 2017. Offer open to International readers. Good luck.

54 comments:

  1. I've had this on pre-order for MONTHS...how did you get a hold of a copy before me??? :-p

    Anyway, I'm certainly looking forward to my copy arriving in my mail box as soon as Amazon releases it!! I'm putting ALL other review books on hold once that happens because I know Trey will glare at me until I pick him...er, the book, up...haha!! And come on, who can resist a Walker brother ;-) I've been dying to meet him!

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    1. I got so befuddled....I meant to say Stafford brother...OY!

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    2. oops, thanks for reminding me. I got a copy from the author and I forgot to note that. Phew, lucky I read this before posting reviews all over the place. LOL

      It comes out on Thursday, Trixi, so you don't have long to wait. But I'm kinda jealous cause you're still basking in the anticipation.

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  2. I love Ruthie's books! Thanks for sharing your thoughts- I'm really looking forward to this one!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. Aren't her books fantabulous?! Good luck, Heidi!

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  3. Great review Kav! I just started reading my copy of Peace in the Valley and I see what you mean about Trey...he is definitely swoon worthy.

    I love Ruthy's books and can hardly wait to finish this book, yet I hate to see the series end as I loved all of the Stafford brothers.

    No need to put me in your drawing. I just wanted to state that if anyone hasn't read this series they really need to. It has been such a joy and pleasure reading about the Stafford brothers. Ruthy makes characters come to life on the written page so you start believing they are real.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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    1. Sigh -- you're still reading. Enjoy every blessed minute of those Stafford men!

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  4. I cannot wait for this one!! LattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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  5. Hey Kav!
    I see we've both posted our reviews over on Amazon. I did HINT that I would love to see more Stafford stories about the younger generation coming up. Are you listening Ruthy?!
    Good thing Ruthy is such a prolific writer, if not a Stafford book, we can be sure she'll have something good out to enjoy soon!

    Happy Tuesday reading all!

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    1. Hmm...I don't think I want to wait for those Stafford youngun's to grow up. Maybe Ruthy could locate some long lost relatives. :-)

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  6. Or there's always 14 year old Ashley, full of teenage angst, lol.
    I just want to get updated on some of those babies getting born and the progress of the love stories.
    Or I'll take the long lost relatives, just don't want to have to move out of Grey's Glen!
    I'm happy there!

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    1. Yes, the long lost relatives would have to move in. Or what if the brothers had an unknown sister who comes looking for them?! That could work.

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  7. I have given the other two in the series top marks on Goodreads, and it sounds as though this last book in the series will be excellent, too. I am looking forward to becoming again immersed in the family/setting and also learning some things as I go along, in many respects, as I have from the discussions in the other two. Thanks! dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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    1. This is the grand finale! You will love it!!!! Good luck, CC.

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  8. Nice review. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. I can't wait to get my copy....I think it's in the mail. The excitement here is so fun!
    Ruthy's books are always fantastic!

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    1. Ruthy books are the stuff that cause a reader's anticipation to fly into overload. :-) Hope your book arrives soon.

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  10. Thanks for the review! Have been eyeing this book for awhile now.

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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  11. Looking forward to this one. Thank you!
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. You'll love it, Lucy. Good luck!

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  12. what a great review. This sounds like a fantastic read.
    quilting(dash)lady(at)Comcast(dot)net

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  13. I have read Ruth's books before. I need to start this series; would love to win this one. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet Thanks!

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    1. It's an awesome series, Paula. You really need to read it! Good luck!

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  14. I have book one in this series, but haven't read it yet. This makes me excited and want to get reading this series!
    Elly -Indiana-

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    1. Oh, you must start in on it. Fantastic series. Good luck, Elly.

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  15. Another series to add to my ever growing-by-leaps-and-bounds TBR list, Kav. Thanks for the stunning review!

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. Can't have to many want-to-read books, Diane. Good luck!

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  16. LOL at sticking your head in the freezer You could put a bag of frozen peas on your head while you read. Or actually it's a good excuse to eat popsicles as Adults :) LOL
    Thanks for the chance to win it sounds Hot! iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Now there's a clever idea, Linda! And then I could cook the peas for dinner. LOL And then back to reading with popsicles for dessert. :-) Good luck, Linda.

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    2. Whatever gives you the best excuse LOL Thanks

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  17. I've been wanting to read one of Ruth's books for a long time and this one sounds wonderful! Thanks for the chance. :)
    mbaaij at hetnet dot nl

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    1. Oh, goodness, you haven't read a Ruthy book yet???? You're in for a treat, Marian! Good luck.

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  18. Just looking at the cover makes me feel peaceful. Love the feeling.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. This series has wonderful cover art. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  19. Ruthy is a gem and her books are winners! Thank you for sharing, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Totally agree. Good luck, Melanie.

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  20. I need to catch up! I haven't read any of this series yet. Trey sounds charming and irresistible! I'll have to remember the freezer trick. Thanks for the review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. Definitely irresistible!!! And with summer heat waves coming up the freezer trick will stand you in good stead. LOL Good luck, Donna.

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  21. I loved the first book in this series. Hoping for a win!!!
    kathrynlvossATgmailDOTcom

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  22. Great review, KAV! I've not yet read Ruthy's books. Thank you for the chance.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. Gasp! You must try a Ruthy book soon, Caryl! Good luck!

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  23. I really need to get this series :D
    Once again a great review! Thanks for the chance ^_^

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    1. Oops, forgot my email

      samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    2. Yes you really do! Good luck, Samantha.

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  24. So many of us are Ruthy-lovers and this series is true Ruthy form. My only disappointment in this third book is that it is only sold in mass market paperback vs. trade paperback like the previous two. Now, my bookshelf is going to be all mismatched. #OCDBookHoarder :-) ------ tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. When I originally pre-ordered this, I had the paperback. When it arrived the other day, it shrunk :-( I really, really, really, love the bigger paperback and was disappointed that it wasn't what I paid for. Amazon should give us a choice like most other books you can buy! Especially after I PAID. Upside, I do have Trey now.

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    2. Trixi, I was going to preorder it back in September, but noticed it was a mass market PB, so I thought I would wait and see if they came out with a trade as well. Regardless, I'm not complaining about having another book by Ruth Logan Herne to read. :)

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    3. I agree with you both but, alas, it won't be published in the larger format. The good news is that it's marketing strategy by the publisher to get the book more readily available and hopefully, that means more readers. So it's available in stores like Walmart which is good coverage for the author. But like Trixi, I'm not liking my lopsided bookshelf.

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