About the Book:
Born and raised on a sprawling ranch in Texas, Margaret O’Brien prides herself on her competence as a rancher. She’s convinced she can do as good a job on the ranch as her brother who died in the war. 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 have children, to build a life. But she gave up hope for such dreams years ago. The ranch is her life now.
When Margaret’s father hires Daniel Cutler as a new foreman, she’s frustrated and suspicious. Daniel swears he’s turned over a new leaf and isn’t involved with the thieves he used to run with, but Margaret is unconvinced. When she finds out he’s an undercover Texas Ranger, sparks fly. Can she help Daniel extricate his younger brother who is still involved? And can Daniel convince her he’s the safe haven he’s promised for her heart?
About the Author:
This is the second book in Ms. Coble’s Under the Texas Stars series. I read the first, Blue Moon Promise (see my review HERE) and found it to be a lovely romance and an enjoyable book. I find Safe in His Arms to be even better. While the plot is basic – girl meets boy, girl hates boy, boy is intrigued with girl. Boy and girl start to like each other. CRISIS OF TRUST! Boy and girl break up. DANGER WILL ROBINSON!! Girl/boy saves boy/girl. Happy ending – Ms. Coble manages to imbue her stories with a special touch that takes them above the ordinary.
In this tale our heroine, Margaret does not fit the norms of what passes for society in her town for beauty. She is tall, she wears pants! She has been helping her father run their cattle ranch and doesn’t care about “fancying up.” She thinks that her father respects her abilities and sees her as an equal in the running of the ranch. Then he goes and hires a new foreman without even discussing it with her. AND he brings in her cousin to learn how to run things. He wants her to concentrate on finding a husband and having babies.
She cannot believe he would do this to her.
The new foreman, Daniel seems to know his way around a ranch but Margaret knows there is more to him than meets the eye. His clothes are too new and while he can ride a horse it’s more rich man than ranch man. What is he hiding? She is determined to find out AND to prove to her father that she can keep the ranch going without help.
Bad things start to happen and she soon learns that a little help is sometimes a very good thing. She also learns that sometimes it’s better to trust your heart than your head.
I really liked this couple; they came together slowly and Ms. Coble wrote it perfectly. She made their romance believable to both the time and the characters she had spent time developing. I found myself rooting for them even when it seemed as if they would never find each other. I was very surprised with the bad guys here; they took me for a loop and I really didn’t see them coming. I love it when a book can surprise me like that. I also find that despite what I know about areas of Texas, I want to see the parts written about in this book – they sound beautiful. I thank Ms. Coble for taking me away from the everyday and giving me several hours of romance, excitement and just plain enjoyment.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of Safe in His Arms from Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post.