The year is 1864. Sister Thomas Josephine, an innocent Visitantine nun from St Louis, Missouri, is making her way west to the promise of a new life in Sacramento, California. When an attack on her wagon train leaves her stranded in Wyoming, Thomas Josephine finds her faith tested and her heart torn between Lt. Theodore F. Carthy, a man too beautiful to be true, and the mysterious grifter Abraham C. Muir.
Falsely accused of murder she goes on the run, all the while being hunted by a man who has become dangerously obsessed with her. Her journey will take her from the most forbidding mountain peaks to the hottest, most hostile desert on earth, from Nevada to Mexico to Texas, and her faith will be tested in ways she could never imagine.
Nunslinger is the true tale of Sister Thomas Josephine, a woman whose desire to do good in the world leads her on an incredible adventure that pits her faith, her feelings and her very life against inhospitable elements, the armies of the North and South, and the most dangerous creature of all: man.
We have a weird and wonderful Western introducing one of the most interesting characters I have read about this year – Sister Thomas Josephine, a young nun from Missouri in the 1860’s.
Nunslinger depending on your reading habits could be approached as either a 600 plus page epic, or in easier bite-sized chunks, as 12 separate 50-60 page episodes. I had a vested interest in choosing the second route as it offered me the opportunity to flesh out the reading statistics by 12 books, as opposed to one! Whatever the approach I’m sure it will provide great entertainment.
Setting, place, character, action, thrills, suspense and romance all meshed together.
Nuns, convents, army, civil war, kidnapping, horses, wagons, wilderness, mountains, snow, pursuit, Mexicans, Union soldiers, a handsome but dangerous and syphilitically-infected admirer, Indians, Federales, preachers, outlaws, bounty hunters, newspapermen, gallows, rivers, oceans, steamers, lifeboats, fires, explosions, family, children, orphanages, double-crossing, Marshalls, wanted posters, massacres, railways, saloons, gut-rot whiskey, jilted fiancée rosary beads, mistrust, duplicity, uneasy alliances, friendships, devotion to faith, guns, death, obsession, revenge, retribution, justice, a loss of innocence, love…..
In the interests of completion, I’ll list the individual episodes and links to my thoughts as I meandered through the series.
Stark Holborn is an enigma, shrouded in mystery and double wrapped in a cloak with a fake-ID to boot. Male or female – don’t know. Where he or she hails from – no idea. I’ll be interested in seeing what comes next from the author though.
4 from 5 overall
Originally sourced through Net Galley, but I let my link expire, so ending up borrowing and renewing about 8 times from my local library.