Monday, September 16, 2013

Safe in His Arms by Colleen Coble

cover of Safe in His Arms by Colleen Coble Safe in His Arms by Colleen Coble. ThomasNelson, 2013. 320p. (9781595549143) Series: Under Texas Stars, #2

Last year I read book one in this series, Blue Moon Promise, and while I didn’t love book one, I did enjoy it enough to want to find out what happens to other characters in the story.

Goodreads Summary:
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.

My Review:
Interesting observation: the girl on the book cover on the Barnes & Noble site has different color hair than on any other site.

B&N cover of Safe in His Arms by Colleen CobleFirst off I need to confess that I read this book back in March and I still haven’t written the review. I know, I’m sure you’re thinking what a terrible prompt reviewer I am. But I guess I just didn’t love this book as much as I was hoping or expecting too and thus just put it off. I did manage to give it 3 stars on Goodreads though.

Which makes it really hard to go back and write the review now. [Takes a break to go skim most of book.] Ok, I’ve read with a tad of skimming 33% and I’ve got to admit I’m hooked again. I remember how some things turn out but can’t remember the details. Guess I’ll be up late tonight reading the rest of it after I post this. :-)

The story draws you in and it’s easy to picture Margaret’s ire with Daniel. The characters are well rounded and biblical truths are gently woven in.

The author is known for suspenseful fiction and this is no exception. There are several mysteries that are waiting to be figured out and most of them swirl around Daniel. It’s nice having his point of view as well. Though that just adds to the mystery.

If you suspenseful, historical, Christian romance then this book and most of the author’s other books are worth checking out.
3 stars - It's a fluff book - no real substance, but a fun read
3.5 stars
4 stars - worth the read and the re-read

Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission.
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