Book: The Final Vow (Hearts of Hays Book 2) by Barbara Gosscategories: Book, Western, Christian, Nuns, Kansas, Kidnapping, Historical Romance
Barbara Gossabout this book: Sister Mary Clare, aka Laura MacDonald is traveling to a mission in Texas when her train is robbed and she is taken as a hostage. Her rescuer, Jesse, not knowing what to do with her, takes her home to his mother and sister. Her habit is ruined so Jesse's sister Cassie lends her some dresses. She has never in her life been a part of a family or worn pretty dresses. She becomes concerned that she is enjoying her life with this family too much and now is questioning her decision to take her final vows as a nun. To make her decision even harder, she falls in love with Jesse.
The book is not without dangers though, as one of the bandits finds them and demands his "booty" which is still in the saddle bag of the horse that is now Laura's and Jesse's life is threatened. Another adversary is a woman in Hays who has had her sites set on Jesse since grade school. Jesse and Laura have to fight these obstacles to each find what they are looking for in life, and meanwhile, a long lost father seeks to find his daughter in an unusual way.
I remember seeing a western once about a nun, and always wanted to do a cowboy/nun story. So this is where I got the idea. This story shows by Laura's actions that what is good for some is not always good for everyone. Individuals need different things in life to be happy and fulfilled. Laura has to find hers.
The hardest part of writing this book was finding everything I could about the Catholic orders and how the nuns were trained and took vows. It seemed that every diocese was different. It was difficult trying to discover what type of habits the novice nuns wore then as well.
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