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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia London delivers another standalone, heartwarming love story in her Pine River series. Curly-haired Libby Tyler never stops smiling…until her beloved boyfriend suddenly forces her out of their home and away from his adoring kids. When she learns he dumped her for his flighty ex-wife, Libby’s sadness turns to fury—and she New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia London delivers another standalone, heartwarming love story in her Pine River series. Curly-haired Libby Tyler never stops smiling…until her beloved boyfriend suddenly forces her out of their home and away from his adoring kids. When she learns he dumped her for his flighty ex-wife, Libby’s sadness turns to fury—and she very publicly smashes his truck with a golf club, earning herself a trip to a mental health center for some “rest.”Handsome, hazel-eyed deputy Sam Winters has been sober for two years. Afraid of backsliding, he lives in the mountains and keeps his distance from people. Yet he never forgot Libby, his former colleague at the sheriff’s office whose charm and cheerfulness always warmed his days.Now Libby’s back, ignoring the townspeople’s whispers (and her ex’s restraining order) while desperately trying to make Homecoming Ranch a successful event destination. She keeps causing trouble for Sam, but he finds her smile more beautiful than ever…and his touch gives her thrills she’s never felt. Could these two lost souls mend each other’s broken hearts?

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia London delivers another standalone, heartwarming love story in her Pine River series. Curly-haired Libby Tyler never stops smiling…until her beloved boyfriend suddenly forces her out of their home and away from his adoring kids. When she learns he dumped her for his flighty ex-wife, Libby’s sadness turns to fury—and she New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia London delivers another standalone, heartwarming love story in her Pine River series. Curly-haired Libby Tyler never stops smiling…until her beloved boyfriend suddenly forces her out of their home and away from his adoring kids. When she learns he dumped her for his flighty ex-wife, Libby’s sadness turns to fury—and she very publicly smashes his truck with a golf club, earning herself a trip to a mental health center for some “rest.”Handsome, hazel-eyed deputy Sam Winters has been sober for two years. Afraid of backsliding, he lives in the mountains and keeps his distance from people. Yet he never forgot Libby, his former colleague at the sheriff’s office whose charm and cheerfulness always warmed his days.Now Libby’s back, ignoring the townspeople’s whispers (and her ex’s restraining order) while desperately trying to make Homecoming Ranch a successful event destination. She keeps causing trouble for Sam, but he finds her smile more beautiful than ever…and his touch gives her thrills she’s never felt. Could these two lost souls mend each other’s broken hearts?

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Siv30

    חייה של ליבי נמצאים בכאוס: החבר שלה ב 4 שנים האחרונות, ראיין ספרנגלר נוטש אותה לאחר שבגד בה עם אישתו לשעבר, גוון. הוא מוציא אותה מביתו ומנתק אותה מהילדים שלו שאותם גידלה ב 4 שנים האחרונות. ליבי, חווה התמוטטות נפשית והזעם מוביל אותה להרוס את המכונית שלו בעזרת מחבט בייסבול. כשהיא חוזרת מאישפוז, היא ללא עבודה וללא בית ויש לה רק את החווה שאביה הוריש לה ולאחיותיה. ליבי, עדין רותחת. הגעגועים ךילדים מכרסמים בה וצו ההרחקה שהוציא ראיין לא עוזר. ברקע נמצא הסייר הבודד סם. הוא מגיע בכל פעם שליבי מפשלת ונתפסת ב חייה של ליבי נמצאים בכאוס: החבר שלה ב 4 שנים האחרונות, ראיין ספרנגלר נוטש אותה לאחר שבגד בה עם אישתו לשעבר, גוון. הוא מוציא אותה מביתו ומנתק אותה מהילדים שלו שאותם גידלה ב 4 שנים האחרונות. ליבי, חווה התמוטטות נפשית והזעם מוביל אותה להרוס את המכונית שלו בעזרת מחבט בייסבול. כשהיא חוזרת מאישפוז, היא ללא עבודה וללא בית ויש לה רק את החווה שאביה הוריש לה ולאחיותיה. ליבי, עדין רותחת. הגעגועים ךילדים מכרסמים בה וצו ההרחקה שהוציא ראיין לא עוזר. ברקע נמצא הסייר הבודד סם. הוא מגיע בכל פעם שליבי מפשלת ונתפסת בקירבת ראיין. ליבי תופסת את המציאות בצורה קצת עקומה והפגיעות שלה לא מאפשרת לה לראות שראיין רק ניצל אותה וזרק אותה כנעל שחוקה. סם, שבסתר ליבו מאוהב בליבי, מנסה לעזור לה להתמודד ולהרחיק אותה מצרות ואט ואט ליבי מבחינה בגבר הבודד. גם חייו של סם היו כאוטים. כאלכוהליסט לשעבר הוא איבד את עבודתו במשטרה וכשחזר מהגמילה הוא מתחיל לעבוד כסייר בודד בהרים. הדבר האחרון שהוא צריך היא אישה הפכפכה שתבלגן את חייו. אבל סם מוצא את עצמו מתקשה להתרחק מליבי ומהאור שהנוכחות שלה מביאה לחייו. ליבי חייבת למצוא את המרכז שלה ולשחרר את האהבה שלה לילדים של ראיין. סם חייב להשתחרר מהפחדים והשדים שרודפים אותו לאחר נישואים כושלים. היחסים בינהם הם מתכון לאסון. הדמויות של ליבי וסם כל כך מקסימות. שניהם מלאים ברצון טוב ובנדיבות כלפי אחרים. שניהם ביקורתיים כלפי עצמם וחשדנים כלפי החיים. יש משהו מאוד אנושי בסיפור הזה ולמרות שהוא בהחלט מעצבן בהיבטים של היחסים של ליבי עם ראיין, סם בחור כל כך מתוק וליבי היא התגלמות טוב הלב והחיוביות למרות הקושי שלה להתגבר על המשבר בחיים שלה, שבאמת מגיע להם סוף טוב. גם בספר הזה הדמות של ליאו, אחיו החולה של לוק, מאירה בתובנות משעשעות את הסצנות. לצערי, ובגלל זה הורדתי את הניקוד לספר, הדמויות של לוק ומדליין לא מופיעות ומתפתות בספר הזה. אם הסופרת היתה מעמיקה את היחסים של לוק ומדליין, ואת היחסים בין האחיות זה יכל להיות ספר מושלם.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Waffled between 2.5 & 3 stars. Decided on three, because again, the narrator sells the story. Second in the trilogy about three sisters who inherit a ranch from their father. This one features Libby, only daughter of three who had any sort of relationship with the now deceased father. This book had the same strengths and weaknesses of the first book. Namely, character actions/reactions seems more plot driven than anything else. It just felt like the author had a specific way she needed her ch Waffled between 2.5 & 3 stars. Decided on three, because again, the narrator sells the story. Second in the trilogy about three sisters who inherit a ranch from their father. This one features Libby, only daughter of three who had any sort of relationship with the now deceased father. This book had the same strengths and weaknesses of the first book. Namely, character actions/reactions seems more plot driven than anything else. It just felt like the author had a specific way she needed her characters to act in order to serve plot, but honestly the book doesn't give people enough credit. For instance, the heroine Libby is treated a crazy super violent person who will attack at the drop of a pin by people who have known her all her life because she bashed in the windows of her cheating boyfriend's car once she found out he was cheating on her. The plot needs Libby to be made a bit of an outcast and this was the method the author used. Except this doesn't hold water with me because who wouldn't understand why she did that? especially since most people in the town knew he was cheating on her. Anyway, the high point still remains Leo a small supporting character with a degenerative nerve disease who is given several POV chapters and who uses them to make smart observations about people and to try to cajole people into fundraising for a new van so he can go see a NFL game in person before he dies. There is a third book featuring the third sister but I have no desire to read (or listen to it) as her appearance in this book and the previous one has made her to be one of the least sympathetic characters in the series and I have no desire to read about her.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eskimo Princess Jenkins

    Once again we have Leo telling us the story, this time its about Libby (and Sam). I just want to know how Leo knows some of the things he does. Libby had her world turned upside down over the summer, her boyfriend broke up with her then told her that she needed to stay far away from him and the kids. Kids that she had been like a mother to for couple of years, had grown to love like her own, kids that she was with 24/7 except when they were in school. That is a lot for anyone to handle, and the s Once again we have Leo telling us the story, this time its about Libby (and Sam). I just want to know how Leo knows some of the things he does. Libby had her world turned upside down over the summer, her boyfriend broke up with her then told her that she needed to stay far away from him and the kids. Kids that she had been like a mother to for couple of years, had grown to love like her own, kids that she was with 24/7 except when they were in school. That is a lot for anyone to handle, and the stress of Homecoming Ranch added on top of that would make anyone loose their shit, sorry. And yeah, Libby lost it, everyone in town was calling her crazy. Enter Sam. Sam is the local sheriff officer, handsome & quiet. Well, Libby apparently can't abide with the restraining order from her ex, and Sam is too lenient with her. Ask me, and he should have put her butt in jail for a night. It might have woken her up a little sooner. But low and behold, Libby did wake up and figure things out on her own-after getting in trouble more than once and Sam saving her tail. Sam, he should have either spoke up sooner about his feelings for Libby or completely left crazy chit alone. But he is super kind-hearted, not to mention soft-hearted. Madeline, she didn't pay much of a role in this book but when she was mentioned she was annoying. And boom a surprise visit from Emma at the end! Great book, great story and very well written- as usual from Ms. London! I hope we get at least one more book- I'd love to hear about Emma, and of course I need to know what happens to Leo!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karin

    Book Two in the Homecoming Ranch Series. Sam is a recovering alcoholic trying to live a quiet life as a deputy. Libby just had a wake-up call from the man she thought loved her. Both are working through their problems with some successes and other losses. When a snow storm traps them together in Sam's house for a night, the sparks fly. If you're looking for a story of two imperfect people trying to get their lives back on track, this is the book for you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Welcome back... Welcome back to Homecoming Ranch. All the wonderful and relatable characters are back and things have moved forward since book one. This novel is mainly Libby's story. While the beginning is bit slow and her working through her obsessive behavior seems to drag a bit, there are also great mini plot lines and some twists and turns. This is a great addition to the Pine River series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vikki Vaught

    My Musings This is delightful romance with an endearing heroine and a troubled hero. I highly recommend this wonderful story. Happy ☺reading 📚!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Oeth

    Another well written story, loved it!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Holly Price

    This is book 2 in the Pine River series and I didn’t read the first. This book felt like a standalone, so I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything. It is possible that the readers of Pine River #1 were able to become more emotionally connected to the characters, though. This was a very different kind of romance than I generally read and I struggled at times. Libby is our main character, but she is going through a difficult time. She’s spend the last four years living with her boyfriend, Ryan, This is book 2 in the Pine River series and I didn’t read the first. This book felt like a standalone, so I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything. It is possible that the readers of Pine River #1 were able to become more emotionally connected to the characters, though. This was a very different kind of romance than I generally read and I struggled at times. Libby is our main character, but she is going through a difficult time. She’s spend the last four years living with her boyfriend, Ryan, and raising his 2 kids. They act in every way like a family and she adores the kids. Everything changes when Ryan tells her that it’s over and she needs to move out….immediately. When she finds out that he’s been cheating on her with his ex-wife, she loses it and attacks his truck with a golf club. They now have a restraining order against Libby. While Libby wants Ryan to come crawling back to her, the biggest problem is her love and devotion to the kids. She can’t let them go. She loves them and they love her. Even more, who will take care of them if Libby isn’t around? Libby has repeatedly violated her restraining order and Sam, the town sheriff, is the one that puts her in her place. Sam has known Libby for years and what he remembers most is her smile and kindness. Sam is a recovering alcoholic. He’s sober, but he still takes life one day at a time and avoids drama at all costs. He’s doing everything he can to keep the peace and help others. He’s been trying to help Libby ever since her life spiralled out of control. He remembers her as one of the few people who always brought light to his day. That’s not the Libby we see in this story. She drives by Ryan’s house and watches the kids at school. I felt both horrified and sad for Libby. The entire situation was villanous. Ryan was a terrible person and being ripped out of the children’s lives was horrible. The way that Libby responded was just as bad. I visibly winced several times reading this. I can’t sympathize with the stalker persona. Since we got Libby’s POV, her thoughts were provided. When this is the case, I can typically understand a person’s actions. That wasn’t the case here. I was so confused at times. For example, when Ryan catches Libby sitting in her car across the street from his house, she drives away and he follows her to confront her. After the confrontation, Ryan tells Libby he’s sorry. I understood that he meant he was sorry for screwing her over and causing her all of this pain. She understood that he was sorry for leaving her and wanted her back. WHAT??? I wish I could understand the appeal of the situation from Sam’s perspective. Libby is full of drama and obviously not over Ryan. When Libby got involved in the town charity projects and basically gave the other church ladies the finger, I was able to feel more connected to her character. She made a point to harp on how she couldn’t let the anger go and I am not sure if she ever did. Sam pushes Libby away at the end and Libby responds in a pretty healthy way. I guess that is the character progression we get for Libby, but I wanted to be able to tie back to the girl Sam remembered…the happy girl that always smiled. Sam is pretty great, but he isn’t your typical book hero. He takes care of the people in town to the best of his ability (even when they don’t want it). He’s been in a bad place and he doesn’t hide from that. Without even realizing it, he gives new life to Homecoming Ranch. When Sam feels like Libby is causing his life too much drama and pulling him away from his purpose, he pulls away. Can Libby make Sam realize that he’s been avoiding more than drama in life? Like opening himself up and love? Can Libby get over her feelings for Ryan and the kids? Reviewing on behalf of The Book Reading Gals Blog – check us out at http://www.thebookreadinggals.com/. Complimentary copy provided for honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Goddess

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. “Homecoming Ranch” is the second book in Julia London’s trilogy. Grant Tyler is the absentee father to three grown women; Madeline, Libby, & Emma - the ‘temporary’ owners of the Homecoming Ranch. “Return to Homecoming Ranch” is Libby’s story. After four years of basically being a babysitter to her boyfriend’s two small children, he dumps her to get back with his ex-wife. When Libby finds out the truth of her dumping she takes a golf club to his truck and spends a week in a behavioral health “Homecoming Ranch” is the second book in Julia London’s trilogy. Grant Tyler is the absentee father to three grown women; Madeline, Libby, & Emma - the ‘temporary’ owners of the Homecoming Ranch. “Return to Homecoming Ranch” is Libby’s story. After four years of basically being a babysitter to her boyfriend’s two small children, he dumps her to get back with his ex-wife. When Libby finds out the truth of her dumping she takes a golf club to his truck and spends a week in a behavioral health treatment facility. To keep Libby away from her ex-boyfriend, Ryan, and family, he files a restraining order against her that Libby violates again and again. Sam Winters is the deputy who gets called to enforce the restraining order, but ends up letting her go with warnings again and again. I had problems getting through this book – towards the middle, Libby was starting to get on my nerves. I admire London for dealing with two complex characters/issues: Libby and her stint at the behavioral health facility and Sam, a recovering alcoholic, but Libby’s constant immature behavior was not a likeable quality. I wonder why Libby, who the whole town liked and admired before she went pro with a golf club, is now the town pariah. Small town folks don’t forget a person’s character and why would they turn against her when everyone knew her ex-boyfriend was a cheater? Why didn’t her ex-boyfriend ever suffer like Libby did? I admired London’s description of Sam and his everyday battle with alcoholism. She made him and his addiction come alive to me. Towards the end, I knew there had to be final confrontation between Libby and Ryan’s ex-wife, Gwen. You just knew that’s what had to happen – it was inevitable. Yes, Gwen does freak out when she suspects Libby of kidnapping her children. Ryan does confess to Libby that all he wanted was a babysitter…so, why the eff is Gwen still with him? Ryan and Gwen as villains in this story seemed two-dimensional. They were so easy to despise because of Gwen’s abandonment and Ryan’s cheating. The minor characters saved this book for me. I continue to love Leo, Luke’s (Hero#1) younger brother, with motor neuron disease and Tony, a war veteran with a prosthetic leg and alcohol/drug problem. This book taught me how important pacing and balance is – I figured that most of my annoyance over Libby stems from the middle being too long. Libby’s and Sam’s character growth seemed to have been stunted until the last 20% of the novel, which made the ending seem rushed to me. All of a sudden, Libby is training for the 5K and Sam runs after her? London glosses over the results of the 5K fundraiser, when I thought this plot point was one of the ways readers were supposed to know that Libby was going to be okay. As a reader, I needed to know what happened at the 5K to help with Libby’s closure. I’m glad London focused on Libby’s idea of adapting the “Homecoming Ranch” as a veteran retreat. I also would have been more satisfied (as a reader) if Gwen ate some crow, but I’m petty like that.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary K

    Once again we visit Pine River and Homecoming Ranch, this time we learn the story of Libby Tyler. She lost herself when her fiancée, Ryan Spangler, broke their engagement with such cruelty. Libby suffered a breakdown. To find herself she needs to turn away from her dreams and from Ryan's two children that she loves with all her heart. That's easier said than done. Sam Winters, a deputy sheriff who she's known for years, tries to help as a recovering alcoholic he understands the obsession. Can th Once again we visit Pine River and Homecoming Ranch, this time we learn the story of Libby Tyler. She lost herself when her fiancée, Ryan Spangler, broke their engagement with such cruelty. Libby suffered a breakdown. To find herself she needs to turn away from her dreams and from Ryan's two children that she loves with all her heart. That's easier said than done. Sam Winters, a deputy sheriff who she's known for years, tries to help as a recovering alcoholic he understands the obsession. Can they both find peace and a future? Julia London writes with such deep emotion and such realism as she tells the story of Libby and Sam. This story pulls at your heartstrings. The pain, fears and loss pack such a powerful pull that I was unable to put this book down. Return To Homecoming Ranch is filled with stellar characters and a captivating plot. I liked Leo doing the narrative. He's such an amazing character. This book is a keeper. As always this author deals with difficult topics with skill, insight and understanding. Julia London is a must buy for me. I was gifted a copy by the author in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    This was probably my favorite of the series. There were some awkward moments which I usually don't like but the story was fun.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Renee Mcintyre

    I really tried to like Libby. But I've just wanted to shake her since the first book. I felt for Sam but couldn't really connect with him. I was an OK story to me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This book was terrible. I tried it because I have liked other books by Julia London, but this one did not even make sense. Libby takes a golf club to her cheating ex's truck windows and pays for it for the rest of the book. The town she lives in just won't let it go. Her family offers her no emotional support and it's just negativity piled on stupid choices. It really makes me crazy. And no one ever mentions her ex's ex-wife just up and taking off for four years with no contact with her children This book was terrible. I tried it because I have liked other books by Julia London, but this one did not even make sense. Libby takes a golf club to her cheating ex's truck windows and pays for it for the rest of the book. The town she lives in just won't let it go. Her family offers her no emotional support and it's just negativity piled on stupid choices. It really makes me crazy. And no one ever mentions her ex's ex-wife just up and taking off for four years with no contact with her children. Over and over people tell Libby how the kids she has been mothering were never hers, well poo on that. You care for a child for the majority of his or her life thus far, they are yours. But no. The 'real' mother waltzes back in and Libby is out and everyone just tells her to move on. Oh, and these people are equally as unforgiving of alcoholism and ptsd. No one is willing to give 'damaged' neighbors a break. I made it most of the way through the book and just couldn't take it anymore. I got to the cusp of Libby making a really stupid decision and had to quit. This book is just too depressing.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Julia London continues the saga of Homecoming Ranch with this second book in the series. In this book Libby Tyler (one of the owners)and Sam Winters (local deputy) are two definitely damaged people. Libby had a breakdown after her live in boyfriend tossed her out. She had been raising his kids while he had been fooling around with his ex-wife behind Libby's back. When Libby took a golf club to his truck, she was hospitalized and a restraining order was issued. Sam was the one who kept her out of Julia London continues the saga of Homecoming Ranch with this second book in the series. In this book Libby Tyler (one of the owners)and Sam Winters (local deputy) are two definitely damaged people. Libby had a breakdown after her live in boyfriend tossed her out. She had been raising his kids while he had been fooling around with his ex-wife behind Libby's back. When Libby took a golf club to his truck, she was hospitalized and a restraining order was issued. Sam was the one who kept her out of jail but giving her warnings when she got too close. Sam is an alcoholic who is managing to stay dry but tries to avoid any drama - Libby is all drama. Still they are drawn together like magnets. Watching these two struggle with their individual demons makes you want to see them find the happiness they deserve, if they could just get out of their own way. Ms London does a great job a getting to the bottom of their problems and helping them start fresh and find a Happily Ever After.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Pitchforth

    I read Pine River #1 some time ago, and it wasn't my favorite Julia London book, so I missed the release of this book. I enjoyed, "Return to Homecoming Ranch," much more than, "Homecoming Ranch." I felt like there was much more depth to this book than the first. Many similar books are very predictable, but I am not ashamed to say that I did not predict most of the twists, turns, and valleys of this one. If I were to list the biggest disappointment of the book, it would be the lack of description I read Pine River #1 some time ago, and it wasn't my favorite Julia London book, so I missed the release of this book. I enjoyed, "Return to Homecoming Ranch," much more than, "Homecoming Ranch." I felt like there was much more depth to this book than the first. Many similar books are very predictable, but I am not ashamed to say that I did not predict most of the twists, turns, and valleys of this one. If I were to list the biggest disappointment of the book, it would be the lack of description for the ***Spoiler Alert*** Turkey Trot. I also missed further development of Marisol's character, but loved the additional insight into Danny.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ed Davis

    This is my second book in Homecoming Ranch series. If you like a simple romance with some problems then these books are for you. The weakest character for me was Libby. Unfortunately, she’s the main character. I had a hard time relating to the craziness she pulled on her former boyfriend. The supporting characters saved the book for me. Sam and Leo were people I found myself wanting to succeed. Of course these books always have a happy ending. (I wouldn’t have it any other way.) By the end I had This is my second book in Homecoming Ranch series. If you like a simple romance with some problems then these books are for you. The weakest character for me was Libby. Unfortunately, she’s the main character. I had a hard time relating to the craziness she pulled on her former boyfriend. The supporting characters saved the book for me. Sam and Leo were people I found myself wanting to succeed. Of course these books always have a happy ending. (I wouldn’t have it any other way.) By the end I had forgiven Libby and wished her the best as well.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lavern Lindberg

    A Story of Redemption This story was so realistic. A love story and human interest story. Each character is different with varied personalities living life in a small town, under a microscope. Sam and Libby have lots of issues to overcome and until the very end, it seems like they are going to be too stubborn to reconcile their differences. I love Leo, too; the way he doesn't let his circumstances get him down; his larger than life personality.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I enjoyed book two as much as the first book. Libby and Sam mafe a nice couple but the misunderstandings of Sam's mistrust got a little too out of hand at times. Libby had a witness of why she took the kids back to the house to get the dress for the play. Then when she returns, there are questions around it. But I am enjoying the series and the path of Homecoming Ranch and look forward to Book 3.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joy zabel

    Decent Read I was disappointed this book was not as good as the first. The book was well written, however the two main characters Libby & Sam had their own issues that were frustrating and seemingly slow going to overcome. I will still read the last book in this series, and I hope that it will be as good as the first.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cherye Elliott

    Book 2 Leo is still my hero. If I was a part of the story, he is my Man. We read these romance books but seem to forget women love with their hearts first. Don't get me wrong, we love to ogle a good looking man. But we love with minds first and foremost.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Francesnoelraol.Com

    Another great read! Loved the characters! So much heart to this story. So real in their personal struggles.. Loved the first book. Love this second book and now ill read the last in this series!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura Boyd

    Emotional Emotional. This book was good but took it out of me. Maybe it hit too close to home with my own family demons but it was a worthwhile read. Cannot say I enjoyed it but it has merit.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ronald B.

    Libby is an interesting character ...but frustrating to all around her. The book is a good story on people who have demons from the past to overcome and how messy and rewarding it can be. Not as good to me as book 1 in the series but worth reading.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marlene S. Luchenbill

    Real people story This is a real people story and how hard they have to work on their problems. I gave the rating cause I liked the story so much.

  25. 5 out of 5

    lena dowdy

    I love this book. I love this book and the other two books thank you for writing them and I will try your other books

  26. 4 out of 5

    Annette Meier

    Great contemporary story & series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Returning to Homecoming Ranch Two hopelessly flawed people collide when Sam shows up to arrest Libby for ignoring a restraining order filed against her by her ex-boyfriend.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Mackin

    Better than most romance novels At least there were some real lessons to be learned in this. Although still a little simplistic. Could have done so much more though.

  29. 5 out of 5

    April Jessee

    Liked this book much more than the first in the series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Book Reading Gals

    Title: Return to Homecoming Ranch Series: Pine River #2 Author: Julia London Genre: Contemporary Romance Blurb: Curly-haired Libby Tyler never stops smiling…until her beloved boyfriend suddenly forces her out of their home and away from his adoring kids. When she learns he dumped her for his flighty ex-wife, Libby’s sadness turns to fury—and she very publicly smashes his truck with a golf club, earning herself a trip to a mental health center for some “rest.” Handsome, hazel-eyed deputy Sam Winters h Title: Return to Homecoming Ranch Series: Pine River #2 Author: Julia London Genre: Contemporary Romance Blurb: Curly-haired Libby Tyler never stops smiling…until her beloved boyfriend suddenly forces her out of their home and away from his adoring kids. When she learns he dumped her for his flighty ex-wife, Libby’s sadness turns to fury—and she very publicly smashes his truck with a golf club, earning herself a trip to a mental health center for some “rest.” Handsome, hazel-eyed deputy Sam Winters has been sober for two years. Afraid of backsliding, he lives in the mountains and keeps his distance from people. Yet he never forgot Libby, his former colleague at the sheriff’s office whose charm and cheerfulness always warmed his days. Now Libby’s back, ignoring the townspeople’s whispers (and her ex’s restraining order) while desperately trying to make Homecoming Ranch a successful event destination. She keeps causing trouble for Sam, but he finds her smile more beautiful than ever…and his touch gives her thrills she’s never felt. Could these two lost souls mend each other’s broken hearts? Thoughts: This is book 2 in the Pine River series and I didn't read the first. This book felt like a standalone, so I didn't feel like I missed out on anything. It is possible that the readers of Pine River #1 were able to become more emotionally connected to the characters, though. This was a very different kind of romance than I generally read and I struggled at times. Libby is our main character, but she is going through a difficult time. She's spend the last four years living with her boyfriend, Ryan, and raising his 2 kids. They act in every way like a family and she adores the kids. Everything changes when Ryan tells her that it's over and she needs to move out....immediately. When she finds out that he's been cheating on her with his ex-wife, she loses it and attacks his truck with a golf club. They now have a restraining order against Libby. While Libby wants Ryan to come crawling back to her, the biggest problem is her love and devotion to the kids. She can't let them go. She loves them and they love her. Even more, who will take care of them if Libby isn't around? Libby has repeatedly violated her restraining order and Sam, the town sheriff, is the one that puts her in her place. Sam has known Libby for years and what he remembers most is her smile and kindness. Sam is a recovering alcoholic. He's sober, but he still takes life one day at a time and avoids drama at all costs. He's doing everything he can to keep the peace and help others. He's been trying to help Libby ever since her life spiralled out of control. He remembers her as one of the few people who always brought light to his day. That's not the Libby we see in this story. She drives by Ryan's house and watches the kids at school. I felt both horrified and sad for Libby. The entire situation was villanous. Ryan was a terrible person and being ripped out of the children's lives was horrible. The way that Libby responded was just as bad. I visibly winced several times reading this. I can't sympathize with the stalker persona. Since we got Libby's POV, her thoughts were provided. When this is the case, I can typically understand a person's actions. That wasn't the case here. I was so confused at times. For example, when Ryan catches Libby sitting in her car across the street from his house, she drives away and he follows her to confront her. After the confrontation, Ryan tells Libby he's sorry. I understood that he meant he was sorry for screwing her over and causing her all of this pain. She understood that he was sorry for leaving her and wanted her back. WHAT??? I wish I could understand the appeal of the situation from Sam's perspective. Libby is full of drama and obviously not over Ryan. When Libby got involved in the town charity projects and basically gave the other church ladies the finger, I was able to feel more connected to her character. She made a point to harp on how she couldn't let the anger go and I am not sure if she ever did. Sam pushes Libby away at the end and Libby responds in a pretty healthy way. I guess that is the character progression we get for Libby, but I wanted to be able to tie back to the girl Sam remembered...the happy girl who always smiled. Sam is pretty great, but he isn't your typical book hero. He takes care of the people in town to the best of his ability (even when they don't want it). He's been in a bad place and he doesn't hide from that. Without even realizing it, he gives new life to Homecoming Ranch. When Sam feels like Libby is causing his life too much drama and pulling him away from his purpose, he pulls away. Can Libby make Sam realize that he's been avoiding more than drama in life? Like opening himself up and love? Can Libby get over her feelings for Ryan and the kids? Grade: B- Review by: Holly http://www.thebookreadinggals.com

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