Margaret O'Brien has been raised in Texas on a ranch of all men with the exception of the woman that has worked for the family long before she was born. In fact the woman had been her mother's personal maid before she married her Margaret's father.
Margaret has been in charge of the ranch for some time and loved every minute of the work. She worked just as hard as any of the top ranch hands.
Margaret thinks herself to be awkward looking and plain therefore not likely to ever marry for love. Her love is the ranch and sees herself in the role of a woman rancher even after her father is dead and buried. But her dream of the future is about to change.
Margaret's father had not told Margaret he had other plans for her future and the ranch was not likely to be part of that future. Until they arrive in town and she finds out her father hired a complete stranger to be foreman on the ranch which position she had already considered to be her job. Then her father tells her she is to become a proper woman and will not be working along side the ranch hands any longer. No matter how much head butting she does with her father he stands by his decision.
Daniel Cutler, the new foreman was not what she had expected, he did not look as if he had ever worked with his hand much less knew anything about ranching. This made her very suspicious of his of his motives. She is thinking he might just be scoping out the ranch or the town as part of a gang of thieves. How can Daniel convince Margaret that he is a safe haven for her without revealing that he is a Texas Ranger undercover. He has faith in God to protect Margaret and bring the gang to justice.
Book two of Under Texas Stars series is just as exciting as book one, Blue Moon Promise. Margaret is accepting Nate and Lucy's love for each other. She now cherishes a friendship with them that has almost healed her heart. Each book works as stand alone but it is nice knowing the story about Nate and Lucy.
Margaret reminds me of the ugly duckling that was unable to see it's own beauty.
The author wrote a story full of mystery, suspense, and an unfolding of love, blossoming into a beautiful romance. Colleen also has a pattern in her writings of empowering the woman in her novels with tenacity and courage. Most importantly the reconciliation with God.
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson/Litfuse Publicity Group for review. I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own opinion.
Colleen Coble in her new book "Safe In His Arms" Book Two in the Under Texas Stars series published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Margaret O'Brien.
From the back cover: Sometimes it takes a stranger to see you as you really are.
Born and raised on sprawling Texas land, Margaret O'Brien prides herself on her competence as a rancher. But her father believes she's 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. She's convinced no man would have her, that the ranch is her life now.
So when Margaret's father hires Daniel Cutler as a new foreman, she's frustrated and suspicious. Then an overheard conversation links him with a gang of bank robbers, and she's downright worried. Daniel swears he's not involved, but Margaret's 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 "accidents" threatens all she holds dear, Margaret must decide what to trust: her own ears, her best judgment . . . or what her heart keeps telling her.
Margaret O'Brien is a very interesting character. She has been raised on a ranch, knows how to run it from the ground up but is a very insecure individual who has not been taught how to be ladylike so she is made fun of which contributes to her insecurities. All Margaret really wants to do is run her ranch but her father doesn't wish that for her. Now there is a new foreman who seems to be holding a lot of secrets and there is trouble for the ranch. Can these two survive all these problems? Ms. Coble knows how to write characters that come alive off the page. This is a fast-paced read that will keep you guessing as to what is really going on. When you add in the themes of trust, in each other and in God, as well as God has the control this story has the force of a rocket blast-off. I recommend this book highly!
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Whenever Colleen Coble publishes a new novel, I know I'm in for a treat. I've been looking forward to reading Safe in His Arms since I finished Blue Moon Promise last year, and it was a delightful story!
Margaret was one of the best heroines I've been introduced to this year. She's beautiful inside and out but doesn't realize it. She works hard on her father's ranch to overcome her insecurities and to try to gain her father's approval, never really getting it. When Daniel arrives at the ranch, he immediately recognizes her beauty but Margaret is suspicious of his intentions. As their relationship progresses, I found myself really rooting for them to discover the truth about each other and themselves. And once the romance got going, it was beautiful!
The book was much more suspenseful than I originally expected. Coble kept me guessing for much of the book about Daniel's secrets. And even once I thought I had things figured out, she threw in a few extra surprises and twists. I absolutely loved every minute spent in Larson, Texas with Margaret and Daniel. It was fun to re-connect with characters from Blue Moon Promise as well, and I look forward to another visit (hopefully soon) when the next book in the series releases!!! [4.5 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Safe in His Arms is the second book to Under Texas Stars Series. As an avid reader to western romances, I knew at once that I would enjoy this one. The main character was your tenacious and vibrant red head. She is a strong willed and very different woman. Instead of dresses you'll find her in britches, instead of happily married you'll find her cattle roping. She isn't the woman that men fall for, her beauty is on the inside not necessarily on the outside.
I enjoyed the fact that the main character was not your overly drop dead gorgeous woman. She was your average woman seeking love from her father and her worth in life. She keeps people at arms length, putting fronts to mislead people of her true feelings. She was a dynamic character, with her quirks, her strengths and weaknesses.
The plot was so filled with action. I think a little too much action. I thought the author added way too much action that was inhumanly possible. Just when you thought you could breathe from the suspension another spasm of action would overcome you.
Overall the the plot, characters, and lessons were all very invigorating, and soul edifying. I received an advanced readers copy from Litfuse in exchange for this review.