Leisure, Apr 2002, 5.99, 353 pp.
In 1895, hatred and vengeance are the only things keeping Quinn Landry alive after four years with a lifetime to go as a guest of the New Mexico Territorial Prison. Any time he drifts back to the betrayal that led to his current incarceration Quinn feels rage that has no outlet at this time, but his goal of a future escape and retaliation keeps him breathing.
Because of the numerous unaccounted for recent graves at the nearby prison, Father Donovan, Sister Evangeline and Novitiate Hannah Benning go there to learn what is going on. Quinn uses Hannah to escape his detention, but quickly realizes that the nun is no shrinking violet. Instead she is a brave daughter of a con artist. As Hannah saves Quinn's life, they fall in love. However, she relishes the serenity of the convent not a life on the lam while he has anger ripping at his heart. Anything permanent between this couple seems quite unlikely unless a miracle occurs.
At first glance, HANNAH'S VOW uses the trite theme of a “hardened” criminal kidnapping and falling in love with and receiving the love of a novitiate. Even Elvis used that gimmick in one of his movies. What makes Pam Crooks' tale fresh is the capable heroine rescues her abductor several times. Hannah makes the story line work with her strength and independence. Though Quinn over indulges in the angst moaning, fans will still see him as a perfect mate for Hannah who owns this action-packed western romance.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner