Raised by her father on a Texas ranch, motherless Margaret O'Brien is tall and strong and doesn't fit in with the girls in town. So she pours her heart into the ranch she loves, becoming a good rancher. She's also trying to fill in for her deceased brother and please her father, who just isn't sure a ranch should be left to a girl. When her father decides it's time for his daughter to get married and give him grandchildren, he hires Daniel Cutler to be foreman, leaving Margaret feeling betrayed and angry. In spite of his position, Margaret is drawn to Daniel, but then an overheard conversation makes her suspect that Daniel is somehow connected with bank robberies. When a series of accidents threaten the ranch and Margaret's safety, her heart wants to believe Daniel, but situations seem to indicate he's not worthy of that trust.
Colleen Coble does her usual good job of interweaving mystery and suspense with romance. Her characters are lovable and believable, and the mystery keeps you guessing along with Margaret.
Safe in His Arms is book 2 of the Under Texas Stars series. It was a fascinating stand-alone book, but exciting enough that I'll be looking for Book 1 to see what I missed!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Some things never seem to change. Probably from the very beginning women have compared themselves to other women and found themselves lacking. Such is the case with Margaret O'Brian. She has been raised by her father on their rough and tumble ranch so she tends to shun most feminine ways.
One day Margaret's father Paddy decides it is time that she act more like a woman and find a suitable mate so he can have grandchildren. Without letting Margaret know, Paddy brings in his nephew to inherit the ranch and Daniel Cutler to be the new foreman.
From the beginning Daniel makes it known that he finds Margaret very attractive. But there is something mysterious and possibly even sinister about Daniel. Who is he really and what are his true intentions. The twists and turns that this story takes make for a thrilling tale of discovery. It reminds me of Philippians 4:8, "Whatsoever is true, whatsoever is honorable_think on these things."
This second installment in the Under Texas Stars series is every bit as good as the first. If you read Blue Moon Promise you will enjoy catching up with Nate and Lucy. If you haven't read the first book you will easily enjoy Safe in His Arms as a stand-alone story.
Colleen Coble's latest book, Safe In His Arms, is a historical set in Texas. Maggie O'Brien doesn't fit anyone's image of what a woman should be. Yet Daniel Cutler thinks she's beautiful, something she just can't accept --especially when she's convinced he's a bank thief. This historical romance and mystery winds around the deep truth that God loves us unconditionally, a truth that can transform our lives if we let it.
This book has Coble's trade-mark characterization and a setting that can't be removed from the book without removing a key element of the book. I found myself sucked into the pages -- in a good way!