David, Kay, Safe in His Arms, (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2007).
Title: Safe in His Arms
Author: Kay David
Issues: Bereavement; Grief; Murder
Ninety percent of what every cop hears is a lie. And Daniel Bishop knows it. Which is why he’s surprised to realize he wants the beautiful Anise Borden to be telling the truth. Anise’s soon-to-be ex was shot as she hugged him goodbye. And that makes Anise the prime suspect. If she’s guilty, it’s Bishop’s job to put her away. But as he starts building his case, another body turns up. Is Anise a coldhearted killer? Or a potential victim? He has to find out before it’s too late for Anise… and his heart.
In Safe in His Arms, Anise Borden has two havens of safety – her friendship with Sarah Levy and her work. Anise was raised by Sarah’s parents following the tragic loss of her mother in a house fire. The two girls share a relationship that is special to them both. As an adult, Anise finds peace by dedicating herself to her artistic creations, the shadow boxes she sells through Sarah’s art gallery. When she is troubled or confused, she turns to these two outlets, sometimes consciously, sometimes not, for comfort and reassurance.
I believe everyone needs a place where they can go and feel safe, a refuge they can retreat to when the world becomes too difficult. For some, that haven may be a physical location: a quiet maze, the beach in winter, a church caught in the ritual of Sunday morning. For others, it may be a state of mind. They lose themselves in a good book or a movie. Sometimes a daydream will suffice. The luckiest of us have found this shelter in the arms of our loving families.
These sanctuaries aren’t just for adults, either. Have you ever seen a toddler curled up and asleep under the dining-room table after a chaotic family feast? They’re looking for a quiet place in the midst of confusion. Even animals seek places of security. My cats will sometimes hide under the bed when the doorbell rings. They aren’t sure who’s coming, but they do know where they’ll be safe.
In our ever hectic, ever chaotic life, these sanctuaries, be they imaginary or real, are more and more necessary. They keep us sane and balanced. I hope you Anise’s journey to that realization in Safe in His Arms, then go on to find your own special place.