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From Kathleen D. Bailey's Westward Hope

Where do you live, and why do you choose to live there?
I have no home; I travel with the wagon train as scout for Pace Williams. At the time of this book I'm on the run from two thugs from my native Ireland, so I have to keep moving. I'm evading punishment for a murder I didn't commit.
What is a quirk of your personality that people don't know?
My superficial, silver-tongued charm hides a need to be loved — and forgiven.
Who chronicled your story, and why do you think he/she picked you?
Kathleen D. Bailey wrote this book and I think she chose me to write about because she wanted to show how God's redemption can come to everyone, even a stubborn Irishman on the run.
What obstacles did you overcome in order to reach your happily-ever-after?
I left Caroline in Summer Pasture, Ohio, because I didn't want her mixed up in my running from the thugs. I didn't know that she carried our child, and that my best friend Daniel married her to keep her from shame. I never forgot her, and when she showed up as cook on our wagon train, it opened all kinds of memories, good and bad. She had to forgive me, and I had to accept her forgiveness and God's, before we settled in the Oregon Country and made our home.
Tell us about your special lady. What makes her so special?
Caroline Pierce O'Leary Moriarty is beautiful inside and out. When I saw her again on the wagon train, she had a new radiance, the radiance that comes from Christ alone. I resisted for a while, thinking, what would God want with the likes of me? But her forgiveness showed me that God would forgive me too. Her example led me Home.
The first time you saw your special person, what did you think? Was it love at first sight or did she have to grow on you?
I first saw Caroline at the schoolhouse dance back in Summer Pasture. My best friend Dan and I went to the dance to welcome the new school teacher. I don't know if I loved her, I was too young and shallow to love anyone, but she was mine from the first dance. We became lovers. I was her first, she was the first one who mattered. But I got nervous about the men on my trail, and left before she had a chance to tell me about our child. She eventually married my best friend, who led her to the Lord.

 

 

 

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