Thursday, February 14, 2013

Book Review: Safe in His Arms by Colleen Coble

About the Book: 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 Thoughts: Colleen Coble is one of my favourite authors and this western historical romantic mystery (can we fit any more genres in there?!) is one more reason why.

I love both of the main characters in this novel.  Margaret is a strong and competent woman yet is plagued by insecurities and wrestling with her faith. Daniel is more complex as he is definitely hiding something yet also seems to be a man of integrity in word and deed, and talks as though he has a strong faith.  Both characters are so real - with a combination of strengths and weaknesses, inner beauty but with some flaws.

And of course, Coble draws you in with a mystery on top of it all.  Overall, a great read!

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for organizing this tour and providing me with my complimentary review copy.

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