Beneath the Texas Sky
Rosita Hernandez lost her mother, but found a father. After her mother's death, she wants to deepen her relationship with her father by leaving Mexico to head north to Texas. Rosita doesn't count on a developing relationship with a handsome ranch hand. The cowboy instantly ropes her heart. Appearing to be a gentle soul, Billy Gant is implicated when mishaps occur around the ranch. Is Billy really trying to do harm to the ranch and its inhabitants? If not Billy, then who might be seeking to harm the owners and crew? Realizing he is falling for Rosita, Billy knows she's out of his league, socially. Her faith clashes with Billy's anger at God for allowing his father to die. Does this relationship stand a chance? Join the cast of characters from the Lazy M as they attempt to solve the mystery plaguing the ranch.
“Maybe the Lazy M is small in comparison to Hacienda Tejada, but it’s profitable and has earned a number of awards.”
Rosita smiled. “You don’t have to get so defensive. I wasn’t insulting the ranch. I like it.”
Billy sat down and leaned back against a tree, and Rosita sat down on the grass in front of him. “It’s pretty out here,” she said as she glanced around.
Billy nodded. “Yeah, one of my favorite spots.”
“So what did you do today?”
Billy took off his hat and twirled it in his hands. “Fed the horses, then went into town and had lunch with my mother. You?”
“I went to church with Dad and Addie.” She plucked a tiny purple wildflower from the grass and studied it, careful not to gaze at Billy. “I really enjoy their small church. The people are so friendly, but I’m sure you know that.”
After clearing his throat, Billy said, “Yeah, I know several of the people who go there; they’re very nice.”
Billy’s voice sounded pinched. Rosita picked at the petals of the tiny flower.
“So you don’t go to church there?”
“I don’t know what it is with you but you seem to have a way of taking a conversation to a personal level before a fellow knows what’s hit him.”
This time Rosita looked directly at Billy. “You think where a person goes to church is personal?”
Billy stood and stretched his back. “I think how a person believes is his own personal business.”