Welcome to the Celebrate Lit “Texas My Texas” Book Tour and Giveaway. On today’s stop you will see my review of the book, get some information about it and the author, Caryl McAdoo, see which blogs are hosting the other stops, and get a chance to enter the giveaway. Okay, let’s begin with my thoughts on the book.
A lovely, faith-filled novel, “Texas My Texas” is Book Two in Caryl McAdoo’s Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga series. Set in 1840’s Texas, this book is packed with history, inspirational messages, turmoil, humor, and twists. A lot of the subject matter is for mature readers in this one.
The author has an unique style of writing. It is down to earth. She writes with authenticity as if she had been there. Her vivid descriptions and lively conversations make it easy to picture her story. This one is home to many characters, and characters they were! Some were moody, spoiled and irritating. Others were sweet and lovable. All were well described and relatable.
It did not take me long to become invested in this second installment of her saga. I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. Mention of God, faith, and prayer in plentiful throughout as this. That is one of my must haves in a Christian novel. I gleaned a few tidbits about Texas life in the 1800’s. The second thing I want in a novel is for it to teach me something. Not only was I entertained by this story, but I learned something, too. Check mark on both points.
On the down side, the author’s proof team let her down. I found a handful of typographical errors and grammatical mistakes. I make them frequently myself thanks to my buddy autocorrect. Also, there are not any discussion questions. Those make it so much easier for a reading club or small group to learn the lessons the author intended.
I highly recommend this delightful book. As I mentioned earlier, due to some of the adult themes I would say it is for older, more mature readers. If you are a fan of romantic historical Christian fiction you will be so happy to read this book. Even though it is Book 2, it can easily be read as a stand alone. My rating is a 5 out of 5 stars.
A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but I was under no obligation to write a review. These are my own, honest thoughts.
About the Book
Title: Texas My Texas
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release date: February 11, 2019
He who puts his trust in God will possess the land and inherit the blessings.
Scripture tells a husband to love his wife, but what if she loves the memory of a dead man? Lured to the Texas frontier by more free land than they could ever buy, four families struggle to carve a home and a living out of the wilderness. And though love isn’t always easy coming, like bees to sweet flowers, a neighbor and his partner swoop in hoping to steal the hearts of the clan’s two young beauties. Will their infants spoil the ointment? Wild animals, Indians on the warpath, and living hand-to-mouth never make it easy, but my oh my—Texas my Texas! What a land!
About the Author
Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory which is what she lives to do. Her award-winning, best-selling novels enjoy a lion’s share of 5-Star ratings from Christian readers around the world. With thirty-eight titles, it’s obvious she loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs the Lord gives her—listen to a few at YouTube. She and high school sweetheart Ron celebrated fifty years of marriage in June 2018; they share four children and eighteen grandsugars. The McAdoos live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.
Guest Post from Caryl
It’s always good to give thanks. And I’m thankful for you! I appreciate you stopping by my awesome Celebrate Lit Blog Tour! I’m thankful for each of the bloggers who signed up to participate in the tour for my January release Texas My Texas, book two in my new Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga series! And I’m so thankful the Lord is blessing Celebrate Lit as Sandy Barela blesses so many Christian authors! She is deserving of all God’s best!
In Book One, Gone to Texas, I got seventeen souls to their new home in the Republic. Texas My Texas has all the same pioneers with a few new added as they establish hearth and home in the wooly, untamed Trinity River Bottoms of North Central Texas—which later in history, becomes the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. They’re settling in what now is Irving—my home for fifty-plus years.
Only a few months has passed for my characters, Book One ends in November, Book Two picks up in March, 1841. In real life, it’s been just that long since Book One launched, too! It debuted in September and Book Two launching now is also four months! Isn’t that fun? Originally, I’d planned a different January title but pushed it back a couple of months to release Texas My Texas on the heels of Gone to Texas.
In this new story, the two young women—Gabrielle and Isabel Harrell—elicit the attention of suiters who come calling even in the wild west territory. Thomas Baldwin (a neighbor introduced in Gone To Texas) has an eye for Gabrielle and uses many excuses to visit, including taking his friend Monroe Humble to the clan’s little settlement to meet the lovey, hardworking Isabel.
But Gabrielle is pining hard for her love back home and deals with pretty severe melancholy—what they called depression back in those days. In Texas My Texas, readers will spend time with the characters they came to love in Gone To Texas. As always, I pray my story gives God glory! And that readers will enjoy the new even better than the old! BLESSINGS!
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To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away. . .