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Spoiler alert May 15, 2013
Do not read Patricia's review if you don't want to know an important piece about the book and one of the main characters. Just don't want someone to be disappointed like I was in knowing what appears to be important.
Review by Soapboxholland
Intrigue, action, romance and discovery April 2, 2013
I was drawn to this book by the tagline: “Sometimes it takes a stranger to see you as you really are.” Some of my favorite themes for novels rotate around concepts of identity: knowing self and knowing God. I wasn’t disappointed in this novel as these themes danced through the plot. Throughout the story, Margaret slowly and beautifully grows in the discovery of the lies she believes about who she is, what shapes her identity and the God whose unconditional love seems far from believable. These realizations were expertly woven into a story of intrigue, action, romance and several surprising developments. Coble is a masterful storyteller.
A special “Thank You” goes out to Thomas Nelson Publishing who provided me with a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Review by Rachelle
Safe In His Arms February 6, 2013
Margaret O'Brien has been raised in Texas on a ranch of all men with the exception of the woman that has worked for the family long before she was born. In fact the woman had been her mother's personal maid before she married her Margaret's father.
Margaret has been in charge of the ranch for some time and loved every minute of the work. She worked just as hard as any of the top ranch hands.
Margaret thinks herself to be awkward looking and plain therefore not likely to ever marry for love. Her love is the ranch and sees herself in the role of a woman rancher even after her father is dead and buried. But her dream of the future is about to change.
Margaret's father had not told Margaret he had other plans for her future and the ranch was not likely to be part of that future. Until they arrive in town and she finds out her father hired a complete stranger to be foreman on the ranch which position she had already considered to be her job. Then her father tells her she is to become a proper woman and will not be working along side the ranch hands any longer. No matter how much head butting she does with her father he stands by his decision.
Daniel Cutler, the new foreman was not what she had expected, he did not look as if he had ever worked with his hand much less knew anything about ranching. This made her very suspicious of his of his motives. She is thinking he might just be scoping out the ranch or the town as part of a gang of thieves. How can Daniel convince Margaret that he is a safe haven for her without revealing that he is a Texas Ranger undercover. He has faith in God to protect Margaret and bring the gang to justice.
Book two of Under Texas Stars series is just as exciting as book one, Blue Moon Promise. Margaret is accepting Nate and Lucy's love for each other. She now cherishes a friendship with them that has almost healed her heart. Each book works as stand alone but it is nice knowing the story about Nate and Lucy.
Margaret reminds me of the ugly duckling that was unable to see it's own beauty.
The author wrote a story full of mystery, suspense, and an unfolding of love, blossoming into a beautiful romance. Colleen also has a pattern in her writings of empowering the woman in her novels with tenacity and courage. Most importantly the reconciliation with God.
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson/Litfuse Publicity Group for review. I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own opinion.
Review by Patricia
Sometimes it takes a stranger to see you as you really are.
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.
From the author of the best-selling Blue Moon Promise . . . an exciting tale of danger, romance, and faith played out under Texas stars.
“Romantically tense, but with just the right touch of danger, this cowboy love story is surprisingly clever—and pleasingly sweet.” —USAToday.com for Blue Moon Promise
|Series||Under Texas Stars|
|Publication Date||January 29, 2013|