From the moment I met my heroine, town marshal Danna Carpenter, I knew she was different from the typical gal you meet in most western romances. For one thing, she wears a badge, totes a gun, and can outshoot most of her male acquaintances.
She wears trousers, and a Stetson instead of a bonnet. She’s tough, resilient, independent… But there’s one way she’s just like me.
She can’t cook.
Now, I’m much better than I used to be nine years ago when I first got married. My poor husband suffered through burnt cookies, un-baked potatoes, undercooked casseroles, chunky gravy, and more.
Between a family recipe book, some lessons from my husband’s lovely grandmother, and a lot of practice, I’m happy to say I am much improved. I still don’t cook as much as I should (too busy!).
But back to Danna.
When she realizes she’s falling for the hero, Chas O’Grady, all the things she sees as her faults (like not being able to cook) suddenly matter a whole lot more. She wonders if he wishes she was more like a “regular” lady—someone who wears dresses and can cook. She’s not sure if she could really make him happy by being who she is. On the other hand, being town marshal is all she knows how to do, AND she’s good at it. If she changes who she really is, could she still be happy?
Hmm. Maybe she’s more like me than I originally thought. When Luke and I first got married, I tried to be the “perfect” wife based on everything I *thought* he wanted. And while there is some give-and-take necessary to make a marriage work, transforming myself into a different person than the one he fell in love with in the first place wasn’t the answer. Being someone I wasn’t couldn’t make either of us happy. It took several months for me to realize that Luke wanted me to be myself. And of course, I wanted to learn to cook for myself so we wouldn’t starve! Nowadays, I might not cook as much as I should, but I spend time doing things that make me happy (like writing books!).
I don’t want to spoil the ending of the book, so you’ll have to read it to find out if Danna came to the same conclusion I did and whether Chas was able to accept her as herself, badge and all.
What about you? Is there any time that you’ve tried to be something you weren’t? What did you learn from the experience?
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A little more about our guest . . .
Lacy Williams is a wife and mom from Oklahoma. Her debut novel won ACFW’s Genesis award before being published. She promises readers happily-ever-afters guaranteed.
Lacy combines her love of dogs with her passion for literacy by volunteering with her therapy dog Mr. Bingley in a local Kids Reading to Dogs program.
Lacy loves to hear from readers at firstname.lastname@example.org. She posts short stories and giveaways at her website www.lacywilliams.net and can be found on social media at www.facebook.com/lacywilliamsbooks and www.twitter.com/lacy_williams .