After a lot of thought and prayer, Sister Mary Francis has decided to leave the convent and start a new life. Deciding to travel west to visit her sister and find a job as a teacher, Mary learns that her friend, Ryder McKay, has been sentenced to hang for a crime he didn't commit. When Mary visits him at the jail, she is taken hostage during his daring escape. Soon they are running for their lives through rugged Indian territory.
This is the last book in Goodman's Dennehy Sisters series. I was looking forward to this story because throughout the series we really didn't learn too much about Mary Francis. I have to say I was thoroughly bored with the first 100 pages of this book. The story did finally get more interesting, only to once again leave me bored in the last quarter. Too many descriptions for me. I think a 100 pages could easily been edited out of this story. My rating: 3 Stars.
Jo Goodman (author) indicated that she wrote this last installment of the Dennehy Sisters because readers begged her to write it. It came four years after the previous story. It calls for Sister Mary Francis Dennehy, after considerable soul-searching and prayer, to leave the convent.
Herein lies my only disappointment in this incredibly good book, the author doesnt understand what a cloistered nun means. Cloistered sisters stay in their nunnery and pray for the world; they do not interact with the world on a daily basis.
In previous books, Sister Mary Frances was a cloistered nun; which begs the question, How was she with her family so much of the time? This book, the author indicates that Sister Mary Francis had been working in a hospital. Hmmmm.
The rest of the book is beyond wonderful! The man Mary Frances meets early in the book and meets again, under solemn circumstances, is all one could want for in a person to match her. Ryder McKay has been sentenced to hang for a crime he didn't commit.
All of the sisters and brothers-in-law (along with the Marys parents) partake in this story. This book provided the closure that the story about Skye, ALWAYS IN MY DREAMS, did not. I absolutely loved the book and the series!
Dennehy Sisters Series
1. Wild Sweet Ecstasy (1992) aka More Than a Touch
2. Rogue's Mistress (1993)
3. Forever in My Heart (1994)
4. Always in My Dreams (1995)
5. Only in My Arms (1999)
This was a great read. Although my favorite was Wild Sweet Ectasy (the first in the series), this tied up the loose ends perfectly. I felt Mary needed a special person in her life and Ryder fit the bill. A great romance and storyline between the two. It's hard to beat Jo Goodman's writing.
Torn between devotion and a secret yearning for adventure and fulfillment, Mary Dennehy makes her choice. Shocking her family, she leaves the convent and her cloistered existenec behind and sets out in search of a new life. But for a woman alone, the West can be a hostile and treacherous place. And no one is more dangerous, and irresistible than Ryder McKay.
Faithful to the Apaches who raised him, now sentenced to hang for a crime he didn't commit. Ryder is desperate enough to seize one last chance for freedom. Taking Mary Dennehy hostage, the army scout plots his daring escape...on a breathtaking journey into peril and forbidden passion that will test her faith and challenge both their hearts...
From the back: Torn between devotion and a secret yearning for adventure and fullfillment, Mary Dennehy makes her choice. Shocking her family, she leaves the convent and her cloistered existence behind and sets out in search of a new life. But for a woman alone, the West can be a hostile and treacherous place. And no one is more dangerous and irresistible than Ryder McKay.