Spotlight on 'Reclaiming Hope in Wishing Bridge' by Ruth Logan Herne


I am so excited to be sharing an excerpt from the newest release from Ruth Logan Herne, Reclaiming Hope in Wishing Bridge.

Reclaiming Hope JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Reclaiming Hope in Wishing Bridge by Ruth Logan Herne, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Reclaiming Hope in Wishing Bridge Title: Reclaiming Hope in Wishing Bridge 
Series: Wishing Bridge #5 
Author: Ruth Logan Herne 
Publisher: Independently Published 
Release Date: October 22, 2022 
Genre: Women's Fiction with (clean) romantic elements 

She swore she'd never come back to Wishing Bridge. 

She needed nothing. No family. No links to a past that broke her heart. Heather Johnstone was successful in her own right, by her own actions. She'd built a pristine life and gave no one the right or opportunity to disrupt it, but then her father called... the one person who'd loved her. Who'd cared. 

And there was no other choice, it seemed. 

She'd go back and face a past that was now tragically changed and fairly unimportant, but that's the thing about growing up. You don't always know what's important until it's too late. 

Hank Reynolds had spent over a decade trying to inspire change. Change in a shrinking town adjacent to Wishing Bridge, and a school district that serviced several towns. Hank took his teaching and coaching seriously. Seriously enough to help no small number of kids find their way to success, but when a tragic flood takes a major toll on the little town of Hopewell, the aftermath stuns the surrounding communities with the loss of life and livelihood. Who can help? Who can help them re-establish the good old days in a place that had lost their grip on good a long time ago? 

Hank knows what the school needs the minute he sees Heather. Northeast Wyoming Central needs an administrator that puts kids first, all the time. Not just when it looks good for a photo op. And when his phone calls bring back more of their high school football teammates, Hank knows something else is happening... Coming back to Wishing Bridge isn't just good for the town and the schools... It's good for the prodigals. 

Because whoever said you can't go home again was wrong and Hank Reynolds intends to prove it, but when Heather's life takes a sudden turn, he realizes something else: sacrificial love means putting others first. Even if it's the person you love more than anyone else on the planet. 

Grab a cup of coffee, a Coke or a spot of tea and join the folks of Wishing Bridge, NY as they gather folks in to help, to love, to fix, to nurture... Welcome back to Wishing Bridge... where prayers and wishes mingle to make dreams come true.

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“We begin where we always begin.” He faced her and braced his hands on her shoulders. “At the beginning. We don’t look back, we don’t peer over our shoulders. We move forward.”

“You were always good at doing that, Hank.” She whispered the words before lifting her gaze to his. “You set a course of action and went with it. Always. No matter how tough your life was when you were little. You trudged along, looking ahead.”

“You make me sound like a turtle.”

A tiny smile softened her mouth. Her very pretty mouth. “Then I’m the hare in flight. But we both know who won that race.”

“Is it a race, Heather?”

She wrinkled her nose like she’d done a long time ago. “Isn’t it always? At least to me. Why is that? Why do I have to show people how much I can do, how good I am, all the time?”

He knew why. They all knew why. “Because you had to work so hard to be noticed. You tried to be the best at everything and generally succeeded. Alicia won by default because she was Fee’s flesh and blood. You weren’t.”

Her eyes went narrow. She gazed out, then looked at him. “Alicia explained that to the kids. Did you know that?”

He shook his head.

“She told them that Fee wasn’t nice to me, and that they should forgive her for that, but they should realize that it was a mean thing to do.”

“Sounds like Alicia.”

“Well, how do I compete with that?” Heather grumbled. She moved to the fence rail, propped her elbows and put her chin in her hands. “I’m not the nice one. I’m not one bit forgiving. And I don’t even go to church, so how am I supposed to turn myself around in order to help these children?”

“Nothing like a major bend in the road to instigate change. In us. In our surroundings.” He bent and tipped her chin up, just a little. Just enough to see her eyes darken and widen. To see the spark of interest she tried to hide. “If you go back to Mount Haven, you’ll have to do more than change you.” He indicated the Bronson house with a thrust of his chin. “You have to change them. And the dog.” He paused a micro-second to let that sink in. “Whereas if you stay here, you only have to change you. Something to think about.”

She held his gaze for what seemed like forever, only it wasn’t. Because forever would be too much to wish for, and there was too much to do.



Ruth Logan Herne

Multi-published, award-winning and bestselling inspirational author Ruth Logan Herne has worked with multiple publishers and has published over seventy novels and novellas: Basically, Ruthy is living her dream of being a published author and having a great deal of fun doing it! With words to warm the heart and ease the soul, Ruthy takes her readers on the journeys of some unforgettable characters and situations, but in the spirit of being a true Pollyanna at heart, she loves a happy ending! She has a heart for women as overcomers and that spirit of faith and strength shines through every one of her stories. A mother of six with a seventh "daughter of her heart", Ruthy has fourteen grandkids, runs a busy big pumpkin farm with her husband Farmer Dave, and has an absolute love for God, Jesus, her family, country, dogs, chocolate and coffee....

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(1) winner will receive a lovely book bundle from Ruthy including several books, chocolate, and a $20 Amazon Gift Card... cozy just got a little bit better.

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  1. I really enjoyed the excerpt and Reclaiming Hope in Wishing Bridge sounds like a book that I won't want to put down!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a sunshiny day!

  2. This is a great excerpt from the book, thanks for sharing


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