Monday, January 28, 2013

"Safe In His Arms" by Colleen Coble (Review & Giveaway)

ISBN: 9781595549143
Paperback: $15.99
Thomas Nelson Publishers

My thoughts:  Ranch life in the 1800s was not easy for man or woman, married or single.  Opening the pages of Safe In the Arms we find Margaret O'Brien who is helping her father run the ranch.  Margaret's mother died when Margaret was young and she has not had much female influence in her life. Her life has been that of the rough riding ranch hand - but she is the daughter of the owner of the ranch.  She has worked hard to help her father keep the ranch going and building it to enviable status.

Now dad hires a new foreman, Daniel Cutler and Margaret sees him as an intrusive, soft, non-rancher who possibly has a criminal background.  The story has twists and turns around future ownership of the ranch when Dad decides he is going to leave the ranch to a male cousin and settle money on Margaret when she marries.  His goal is to see her settled in the role of wife and mother.  Margaret is headstrong as well as body-strong and she is hurt, befuddled, and very ill at ease with the situation.

Then things really begin to happen and danger lurks.

Author Colleen Coble has written an interesting historical story of the peoples and life on a Texas ranch in the 1800s bringing her characters to life and capturing our interest.  Yes, I figured that the romance would happen and predicted its outcome.  I did not, however, see the outcome of the danger and intrigue portions.  You'll find this an interesting read.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ GIVEAWAY ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
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Begins Jan. 28, 2013 - ENDS February 14  at 12:01 a.m. EST

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The author:  Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers.

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary advance reader copy was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group on behalf of the publisher and author to facilitate my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely mine and I was under no obligation to render a positive review.


  1. The answer to the first question is yes and the second answer is migraines. I too suffer from migraines. Thank you for the giveaway. I would love to win Colleen Coble's Safe In His Arms.
    Katie J.

  2. Migraines.

    BTW- Your tweet was too long so I shortened it when I tweeted it. Hugs! :O)

  3. During a bad storm I can remember needing to be held.

    sonflower277 at gmail

  4. I learned Colleen suffers from migraines, like myself

    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

  5. the answer to the second question is migraines :(

  6. Question #1 - yes.
    And #2 - Fibromyalgia and migraines.
    :)Jeanne Bates Tennant

  7. I have only felt the need to held when listening to the Olivia Newton John song titled, "Have you ever been mellow."

  8. She suffers from migraines but has found a cure from Dr. Lowe

  9. 1) As a single girl I pretty much take care of myself, but there are always times where I could use a good hug, or someone to just be there!

  10. LOve her books; have read all but this one!

    1. Yes, I like to be held at times of grief.
    2. Migraines...I have "eye migraines"

    Thanks for this giveaway!
    Jackie Smith

  11. I have felt the need for someone to hold me many times.

  12. OH Coleen! I'm SO sorry about your Migraines! They are HORRIBLE! The have run in my family also, but praise The Lord it has gotten better down through the generations. I haven't had one in many years, and God willing I never will again! The worse thing is the only thing that will relive the pain is getting sick. My prayers are going to ya!

    Exodus 14:14

    ~Amada (pronounced: Chavez

  13. I'm a person that needs that human touch, so yes I've felt the need to be held many times. :)

  14. I have felt the need to be held by someone, just for comfort.

  15. Yes, I have found hugs to be very therapeutic. Colleen has migraines.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  16. At the time I didn't realize it but in hindsight I realize there were a lot of times when I was little that I did need that. Fortunately now, as an adult, I know God is there for me in my time of need.


  17. Migraines! Oh how I know the suffering she has. I have had them so bad in the past that I've gotten shots for them. I 'inherited' them from my paternal grandfather, back in those days the solution for him was to cut the nerves on one side of his face. Now I have them, all 3 of my kids have them and my 4 granddaughters have them, one was diagnosed with stomach migraines at the age of 2.

  18. I really like Colleen Coble books. The cover on this one is reason enough to read!.. Thanks for the contest!

  19. I have had my husband hold me at times that I am in fear of something. I feel safer that way.

    I am a fellow migraine sufferer. As is most of my family.

    Thank you for the chance to win

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

  20. She has migraines
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  21. Yes during a tornado I wish my husband was there to hold me, but he was away.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com


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