Safe In His Arms, Under Texas Stars Series #2
This is fiction with a purpose. And what a purpose it is.
Meet Margaret O'Brien, daughter of wealthy cattle rancher Paddy O'Brien who can only see her many faults.
Fiercely loyal, prickly, and stubborn (like any true redhead), Margaret must overcome many issues that keep her from believing that God can truly love a misfit such as she.
Margaret struggles with things that many young and more mature women today must face and deal with on a daily basis. We, who are naturally hard on ourselves, often forget that we were created without mistakes by a God who loves us ~ just as we are. It's up to us to embrace His will and plan for us to be truly happy.
This is a heartwarming tale. Fraught with danger and excitement, this book will steal your afternoon. And you may find yourself a better person for it.
My thanks to the publisher who provided me with a copy of this book to review in exchange for my honest opinions. These opinions are my own, and they are exactly what I think.
May 9, 2013
Murder, Bank Robbers, Secrets, Accidents
Margaret runs the ranch for her father but he thinks its time for her to be a "lady" and find a husband. He hires a new foreman. Over heard conversation casts doubts on the new foreman Daniel Cutler. Unexplained accidents, bank robberies, murder and other secrets. Can there be anyway for these two to fall in love with all the doubt and secrets? Colleen's faith, her sense of humor and her love of story telling really shines. For someone that didn't read westerns until last year, this was terrific.
May 2, 2013
Just as good as the first book in this series!
Margaret O'Brien was born and raised on a Texas ranch and lives with her father. Her mother was killed in a stampede and her brother was shot by Texas Rangers. Bank robberies are happening in the surrounding towns when her father hires a new foreman without telling her. This upsets Margaret because she has been the boss of the ranch for many years and has increased the value of it, why would her father do this to her. Not only has he hired Daniel Cutler, a stranger, he brings her cousin Lewis back and has changed his will leaving the ranch to Lewis with a huge amount of money to Margaret. He is also demanding that she start dressing and acting more like a lady, Margaret in a dress, she doesn't like that order at all.
Along with all the changes someone is trying to kill her father and snooping around the ranch. Just who is Daniel Cutler and what is he up to? Bank robberies, attacks on her father and he doesn't seem like a true cowboy, dresses to neat and no callouses, although he does seem to know what he's doing when it comes to ranch work. It seems like every time she turns around there he is, she even over hears conversations he's having with people she doesn't know and from what she's hearing she does not trust him. Is Daniel the one trying to kill her father, is it Calvin, one of the hands who seems to be holding a grudge about something, because surely it couldn't be Lewis or Vincente, Vincent is the maids son and was born and raised on the ranch as was Margaret?
I loved the first book in this series and this one was just as good. I really like Colleen's writing and it doesn't take me long to get through her books. Good, clean, a touch of romante and some old fashioned 'old west' action to boot!
April 18, 2013
An Intense Sequel
Safe in His Arms
Book Description: Sometimes it takes a stranger to see you as you really are.
Under Texas Stars, #2 Born and raised on sprawling Texas land, Margaret OÃ¢ÂÂBrien prides herself on her competence as a rancher. But her father believes sheÃ¢ÂÂs made for more than just dawn-to-dusk work. He wants her to have the love of a good man, to raise children, to build a life. But Margaret gave up such dreams years ago. SheÃ¢ÂÂs convinced no man would have her, that the ranch is her life now. So when MargaretÃ¢ÂÂs father hires Daniel Cutler as a new foreman, sheÃ¢ÂÂs frustrated and suspicious. Then an overheard conversation links him with a gang of bank robbers, and sheÃ¢ÂÂs downright worried. Daniel swears heÃ¢ÂÂs not involved, but MargaretÃ¢ÂÂs not convinced. She knows the man still has secrets. But would a criminal be so kind and talk so convincingly of his faith? As a series of tragic Ã¢ÂÂaccidentsÃ¢ÂÂ threatens all she holds dear, Margaret must decide what to trust: her own ears, her best judgment . . . or what her heart keeps telling her.
Review: I enjoy the story line very much it was well woven into the Blue Moon Promise book. Margaret was great at the start and the end. I had a little trouble with her Ã¢ÂÂI can fix anythingÃ¢ÂÂ even a dangerous band of bank robbers. That seemed unrealistic that she had so little sense. I did like the events that occurred after her attempt to help went way off track. Daniel was everything I thought he was in career and character. The Ã¢ÂÂbad outlawsÃ¢ÂÂ were well written and with them being mostly in the peripheral was much more dramatic. The side mystery was no surprise but the accomplice was a surprise. I found the action at the end to be intense and draining so real that I wanted to rest between suspense filled events!! Looking forward to book 3??!!!
I would like to thank Net Galley and Thomas Nelson for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
April 15, 2013