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Safe In His Arms

(Life Unexpected #1)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  1,029 ratings  ·  121 reviews
She's determined to escape her past. He's looking to build a future . . . with her. Will she open her heart and let him help, or keep on running alone?

Anna Henderson is guilty of one thing: trusting the wrong man. Now she’s running for her life from an ex-boyfriend who will stop at nothing to find her. The little town of Quintin, Texas seems like the perfect place to lay l
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Published September 2020 by Dallionz Media, LLC (first published May 21st 2016)
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Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this story. Girl runs from abusive ex-boyfriend who wants her dead, meets gorgeous guy who wants her safe, and has a big crazy dog!!! This was a page turner. One of my friends shared this book on Facebook and it's another of those awesome ways to find new authors. I'll be looking to read more from this author. Great story that I would recommend to anyone who loves good, clean entertainment. Had a great suspense theme to it too. ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
This is a quick read that has a little depth to it. It's Christian romance but not preachy. I was working on a puzzle and wanted to listen to something but it needed to be a book I wouldn't worry about my kids hearing anything objectionable, this fit the bill.

Content: Clean
Apr 04, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
🎁 FREE on Amazon today (4/4/2019)! 🎁

When a beautiful woman walks into his diner asking for a job, Joel Ash can't bring himself to say no. The more he gets to know Anna, the more he's convinced she's hiding something. Intrigued and drawn to protect her, he prays he can ensure her safety and guard her heart. Even if it means risking his own in the process.

Anna Henderson is on the run. In a new town, she wants nothing more than to trust Joel and the family offering her a fresh beginning. She
Dee/ bookworm
Good, but the relationship blossomed rather quickly. Inside of a week they were more than co workers and why do they have to be "dating an employee" when they specifically say they weren't going to do that. Why can't they meet in a different situation where they don't have to sacrifice their morals or standards? ...more
Kirsty Pearce
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second time proved to be the charm with this book; first time I started reading it, I had a bit of a hard time getting into it, but this second time I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading Chess & Brooke's story next! ...more
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Jul 14, 2017 marked it as on-kindle-to-read  ·  review of another edition
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7/14/17 Ammy freebie
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such an adorable book!!

I really liked this book and the combination of a sweet romance with a little action is always a favorite. Both protagonists come from difficult backgrounds and I loved seeing how each handled what was dealt to them. Their romance was so gentle and sweet and I also liked the Christian elements. A very cute book!
Kathy Davie
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First in the Life Unexpected Christian cozy romance series and revolving around three people who have come together in Quintin, Texas. The couple focus is on the terrified Anna Henderson and the successful Joel Ash.

Go pick this up now while Safe in His Arms is still free!

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It's all about survival and the family you make. I love that Joel, Chess, and Brooke are so close and so supportive of each other. Pulling together and living in their own home. Approaching a new stage of growth.

We learn
Tracy Sylvester
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anna's story has you on the edge of your seat the entire read. Strength, deep faith, and a desire to be truly loved..this story has it all. This story covers takes you through the difficult childhoods each has had to face. Their ability to overcome great odds, and an adorable pet named Epic. All things come together to make an incredible, intriguing story. You can't go wrong with Joel and Anna's story. ...more
This was a quick and easy read with a nicer story to go with it. Anastasia is fleeing Utah to escape her ex, who tried to hurt her and is just a terrible person. She arrived is Texas and applies at Joel's diner. The romance was a little instantaneous, but it was sweet too and I loved how he showed her how a good man treats a woman. The ending wrapped everything up well. ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

What a wonderful story, I literally could not put it down. This is my first book by this author but it will not be my last.
Julie Jobe
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Safe In His Arms was an enjoyable read. It took me a little bit to get into the story and the characters, but once I did, I enjoyed the book. Anna has been through some rough events in her life and she struggles to trust others and to accept help from them. At first, she rejects Joel’s attempts to help her which was a little frustrating, but after learning more about her backstory, I understood better her difficulty in accepting help from others. Still, I was very glad to see her finally recogni ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an easy read that I got for free on my kindle. This is not the first girl in danger from an ex-boyfriend who finds a new love interest while on the run of some sort that I have read. Safe in His Arms had the potential to be pretty good.

For me this book just didn't quite get to where I wanted it to. The story developed too fast with out feeling like we really got to know the characters. I wanted more of being shown why the characters liked each other. And I definitely wanted more of the
Crystal Walton
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clean-fiction
It was great to see Melanie spin together a fresh new set of characters in this opening to a new series. True to her style, she paints a family-centered atmosphere where the characters' camaraderie and support draw you into their circle as one of their own. SIHA also weaves in a hint of suspense that leaves you rooting for the characters from the first scene. Add a lovable and protective dog to the mix, and you've got a fun story of friendship, faith, and love. If you've enjoyed Melanie's Love's ...more
Jennifer Lara
Aug 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Safe in His Arms by Melanie D. Snitker is the first book in the Life Unexpected series. Anna Henderson is running, running for her life. Her ex-boyfriend will stop at nothing to find her. She’s determined to leave her past behind her and put as much distance as she can between them. She comes to the little town of Quinton, Texas and she believes it is the perfect place to lay low as she figures out her next move. She walks into the local diner looking for a job. Joel Ash, the diner’s owner, is i ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved everything about this book. From the characters, to the setting; more than once I wanted to pack up my things and move to Quintin.

Joel was sweet and protective, and I loved how he looked out for his chosen family to the best of his ability. Anastasia, I wanted to hug her so many times and tell her that she wasn't alone or that she didn't have to carry her secret to the grave like she'd planned, but I think she figured that out for herself in the end. Brooke and Chess were great secondary
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a good book this is! It’s so easy to relate to all the main characters. They never give up, even when the odds are against them. You feel the emotion and struggles from the first chapter and thus keep turning the pages.

Anna … strong yet weak, brave yet scared, fragile yet unbreakable

Joel … kind with a heart full of love

Chess … a heart of gold underneath the protective armor he wears

Brooke … couldn’t ask for a better friend

Liam … he was his own worst enemy, he who laughs first, laughs last
Safe in His Arms is a great romantic suspense story. Anastasia is running from a controlling and abusive ex-boyfriend (there are no details – this is not a violent story). Thinking she covered her tracks, she ends up in a small town looking for work in Joel’s diner. Joel is an orphan who lived in foster homes a good portion of his life.

The balance between romance and suspense was very well done. The pace of the story was steady and appropriate. And the characters were endearing, especially Epic,
Alex Criddle
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a sweet, clean Christian romance mixed with just the right amount of suspense. The characters were likable and the writing was engaging. Anna and Joel's attraction to one another was described well and their relationship progressed in a timely manner. It was a surprise and also interesting to read snippets from the antagonist's point of view; it definitely added to the suspense of the story. I was invested in finding out what would happen and found it difficult to put this novel down. I ...more
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book, really love the way the characters rely on God through all. One of the amazing gifts of God in this novel was the dog, Epic. Judging by how Anastasia got to get acquainted with the dog and the fact that one one showed up to claim the dog, showed that it wasn't a coincidence. I believe God placed Epic in Anna's path for her well being in future.
This clearly shows that sometimes what seems like mere coincidences are chips of God's plan for your well-being and safety later in future.
Rebekah Morris
While I didn't like the physical side of this book (how someone smelled, how their skin felt when it brushed the other person's hand, etc) I did like the characters. I was pulled into the story of Anna and wanted her safe. And her dog was a fun "character." There was some prayer and mention of God, but there were a few places I wished it was stronger. I was glad that they characters weren't "stupid" about the bad guy and actually handled things the right way.
Overall, though I did enjoy the story
Debbie West
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Best Christian romance ever!

I haven't read this great of a book in a very long time! The characters were a little young for ME, but not for most readers of romance, I'm sure. The plot, though, was ageless & very good! I couldn't figure out what Liam would do, yet I knew all would come right in the end. The trust in God was shown throughout the book, but not so much that the plot was lost. So nice to read a CLEAN (or sweet, as they're calling them) romance! Kudos, high 5, & thumbs up to this auth
Cat Brown
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Safe In His Arms was my first book by Melanie D. Snitker and it was a wonderful read, I could not put it down once I started! She did an amazing job of making the story of Anna and Joel come to life. The story had in itself a great christian viewpoint/plot with a level of suspense, romance, and mystery. This will not be my last read by Melanie! I can't wait to find out what happens in the rest of the series and also with her other books! I definitely recommend this book ! ...more
Linda  Johnston

It was a sweet story. Anna ran away from her exboss and boyfriend when he tried to burn his business when she was in the building. Anna takes Herr dog trade vichile and move from Utah to Texas running away to hide. She meets Joel and works in a diner for him. They fall in love , he finds her. She gets hit in the had, Joel gets shot in the shoulder to save her. The dog jumps over the fence to save Anna and attacks Iiam the exboss.
Sweet Romance

Anna is a young woman running away from a criminal boyfriend. She has her large dog , Epic with her and is living in her van until she finds a town to settle down in. In Quintin, TX she finds a job and much more. Lovely story.
The Christian element is quite light. There is a nice simplicity in style here. Joel, Chess and Brooke (former foster kids who have built their own strong family) are the other main characters. Bad guy is Liam.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm enjoying this new (to me) author, and she did not disappoint with this book! A sweet clean romance with a twist of suspense about "family" made up of non-blood related friends who help and support each other unconditionally. Despite difficult pasts, self-doubt and other issues, our H and h meet, fall in love, and add to the "family". I also enjoyed the Great Pyrenes dog who's a sweetheart and saves the day! I highly recommend this book. ...more
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engrossing story, Great characters.

This is my first book by this author, I really enjoyed it. Well paced, moving, relatable characters, intriguing story, sincere not over the top romance. The end feels like a bit of a cliffhanger but I have a feeling the characters will be followed into book #2. I adored Epic the dog as well, what a hero he was. I hope to read more about them all soon! I will be looking for it! Definitely recommend this book.
Dorothy Roller
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great romance and suspense thriller that I was pulled right into. It’s also a story about kids in the foster care system that were friends and formed a family to watch over and help each other. Also a story of making mistakes and friendships with total understanding of each other and their own mistakes and family saving family. Great characters, great scenes, an awesome story I couldn’t put down as you get get sucked right into the pages and it only lets go at the last page.
Karen Malley
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a beautifully written story. I enjoyed every minute of it, and read it when I should have been doing other things, since I couldn't put it down. The characters are wonderful and believable, and people I would want to spend time with in real life. I loved that the main characters all had difficult things to overcome from their pasts, but grew became strong, good-hearted people. I also enjoyed the antics of the heroine's wonderful dog! ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast moving, this book moved along with the relationship a bit too quickly for me, but overall was very enjoyable.
Running from her abusive boyfriend, things quickly fall into place for Ana as she recovers from the past. I found the dog a very cute addition as well to the story, but wished it was just a tad bit longer.
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Melanie D. Snitker is a USA Today bestselling author who writes clean and inspirational romance novels.

She has enjoyed writing fiction for as long as she can remember. She started out writing episodes of cartoon shows that she wanted to see as a child and her love of writing grew from there.

She and her husband live in the beautiful Texas Hill Country with their two children, who keep their lives

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