Monday, January 28, 2013

Safe in His Arms by Colleen Coble

Thanks to Litfuse, I was able to review book 2 in Colleen Coble's Under Texas Stars series: Safe in His Arms.

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.

I really liked Margaret. I loved that she wasn't the typical female lead...I thought she was normal! Or, at least, I felt she typified the average woman in terms of her self-esteem. Margaret can run her ranch and business as well as any man, but when Daniel shows a romantic interest in her, she just doesn't believe it. Margaret knows she's smart and competent...but she doesn't believe she's beautiful and only looks with suspicion at Daniel's motives.

I think most women are like Margaret -- no matter how many people tell us we're beautiful or smart or talented or important, we're filled with self-doubt. I love that Margaret had to learn that God sees her as beautiful no matter what!

I don't want to spoil the story, but Safe in His Arms surprised me with more than one secret! More than one 'bad guy.'

Once again, Colleen has delivered romance with a twist...or two...or three! A great rainy day read!

That's what I thought! Click HERE to see what other Litfuse reviewers are saying!

Thank you to Colleen, Litfuse, and Netgalley for sending me a copy to read and review!

Also reviewed on Amazon and Christianbook.

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