Thursday, January 16, 2014

Safe in His Arms by Colleen Coble

 I have been on a reading SPREE! I can't believe how many books I've been able to read so far this year! I'm pretty excited about it, though! Here's the latest!

Safe in His Arms (Under Texas Stars, #2) Overview: 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.

From the author of the best-selling Blue Moon Promise . . . an exciting tale of danger, romance, and faith played out under Texas stars.

My Review: I devoured this book, much like I did the first one! Margaret O'Brien is a character any female can relate to. She is full of insecurities and doubts. To cover those insecurities, she's thrown herself into ranch work and earned the respect of the townspeople by her hard work and competence. She doesn't think anyone can have serious intentions towards her, not even the God she loves so much. Can Margaret overcome her insecurities to accept God's unconditional love? Daniel Cutler is the new foreman on the Triple T Ranch, much to Margaret's dismay. He stirs feelings in her that she doesn't understand because of his compassion, kindness, and loyalty. But he has secrets that he can't share with anyone. Can he do what he set out to do without destroying the woman he's fallen for?

The plot will grab your attention from the beginning. As soon as Daniel shows up on the ranch, strange "incidents" start happening. These incidents threaten all Margaret has worked so hard for and she is determined to get to the bottom of it, starting with Daniel's connection. Daniel is dismayed that he's brought danger to the ranch. As his feelings for Margaret grow, he becomes more determined to finish what he started so he can move on with his life, hopefully with the red-headed beauty. There are plot twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end and I loved every minute of it!

The message of the book begins and ends with learning to accept God's unconditional love. That's a hard message to get across in a society where love is conditional. Colleen Coble does an excellent job of weaving the message throughout the book, as she always does. She helps Margaret and the reader realize that you are safe in the loving arms of God, our father.

Overall, this was a fantastic book and I look forward to reading more from this fantastic author!

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