John David’s Calling by Texas author Caryl McAdoo is Book One in her new series The Revivalist. This is a 342 page Christian romance set in 1960s and 1970s Texas. I was surprised it was classified as historical. It took me one page to get drawn into this delightful story. Author McAdoo does that effortlessly with her God honoring writing.
This is the story of John David Nightingale. His father and grandfather are both revivalist preachers. Now he, too, is hearing that same calling for his life. Both of his parents live in extremely different families. One was mainstream, one was charismatic, and David was caught in the middle. His sweetheart is Hannah, and she is ready for marriage.
Author McAdoo tackles some tough issues head on in this book. She discusses religious differences among Christians, drugs, war, faith, trust, and love. How about trying to make everyone happy? Who hasn’t been in that situation before? John David’s Calling is very inspiring and will encourage readers to think long after they have finished it. Leaning on God is stressed, as is trusting in Him.
The writing style of this author is so pleasing to me. She always provides characters that you do not want to give up. They are well defined and well rounded complete with flaws that they own. Her descriptive text is on point and transported me to that time and place. My emotions were all over the place along side the characters. I was laughing and tearing up within a matter of pages. That is the mark of a good author, giving me a roller coaster ride. I read it fast to see what would happen next but didn’t want it to end! Thankfully there is an entire series coming so I will not need to say farewell to these dear friends.
I highly recommend this lovely, moving book for any and everyone. It would be a great summer book and new series. A book club would benefit from reading and discussing this. There are plenty of issues to chat about here. I gladly, freely give this a 5 out of 5 stars and eagerly await the next installment. A copy was provided by the author but I was not obligated to write a review. The opinions stated are my own, honest ones.