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.
Margaret O’Brien is unlike most of the women living in the small town she calls home in Texas. Rather than dreaming of marriage, Margaret sees her future in the ranch she worked tirelessly to expand alongside her father after her brother’s death. Margaret’s father has other plans for his only living child, however. Paddy wants her to marry and writes her out of the will, leaving the ranch to her cousin; then, he brings Margaret’s cousin and a new foreman to the ranch. Margaret, he believes, should begin acting more womanly.
Daniel Cutler, the new foreman, thinks Margaret is beautiful, and admires her strength. He has a secret though; Daniel is a Texas Ranger, and he is on a dangerous mission. Margaret is attracted to Daniel, but is unsure about a future with him. This is a hard-to-put-down romance skillfully written by Colleen Coble.
Although part of a series, Safe in His Arms can easily be read as a standalone novel. Coble’s writing is detailed and her characters seem alive. This is a great read for a rainy day that will be nearly impossible to put down.
*Reviewed by Kristin*
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