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.
"Safe In His Arms" is the second book in Colleen Coble's "Under Texas Stars" series, and it is charming continuation of the stories of the folks of Larson, Texas. In this story, readers get to know Margaret O'Brien, the best friend of Lucy Stanton from the previous book, "Blue Moon Promise."
I loved the character of Margaret. She is a strong, brave woman with opinions and ideas of her own, which was not alway well received back in the 1870s. She has a problem with her self-image - she doesn't feel she is attractive enough to find a husband. But when Daniel Cutler comes into her life, suddenly Margaret doesn't feel quite so plain after all. But can she trust a man who has so many secrets in his life?
I love how Colleen pulls her readers deep into the heart of the story and how she intertwines a lovely romance with a bit of mystery and adds in a message of faith and hope as well. This is a delightful book that fans of historical fiction and inspirational fiction will enjoy.
(I also got a kick out of Colleen's inclusion of one of the character's unseen girlfriend from Wichita Falls - my hometown!)