Thanks for stopping by Celebrate Lit’s book Tour and Giveaway for Remi by Author Caryl McAdoo. For you today there is information on the book and author, my review, information on the other tour stops and the giveaway. Be sure to read all the way down and enter.
The first thing I noticed about “Remi” was the beautiful cover. The whimsical expression on her face was just perfect. I first met Remi in an earlier book so I was thrilled to see she had her own now. This is a Christian historical romance about two young women traveling from a Missouri to California via wagon train. Oh the things they see and do on this trip!
Caryl McAdoo is a masterful storyteller. It is easy to see that she researches her stories well, and that they are well planned, organized, and expertly written. This was one such book. Remi didn’t ask to be read. It demanded not to be put down until I had finished it. This is a page turning, quick read.
I was immediately invested in the life of this young woman. From page one I was engaged in the story and with the characters. I felt the turmoil Remi felt. Later I became acquainted with another character and the same thing happened. The writing took me to a place where I could imagine and relate with the people in the book.
Author McAdoo gives us characters that are quirky, lovable, and memorable. Using vivid descriptions she brings them to life and they become our new friends. Well, most of them. She knows how to conjure up a rascal, too. Remi’s mother was no Proverbs 31 woman. Edwina, the bondswoman, was a delightful, unique gal. I really enjoyed her.
The book flowed along at a fast pace. Author McAdoo has certainly done her research. As I read about their journey west, I felt like I was traveling with them. The descriptions were spot on. It was evident the author had done her research on this well planned and well organized book. It was not an easy trip to say the least. The Oregon Trail was full of unknown trials and struggles. I felt sorry for those traveling and the hardships they endured. It made me realize just how easy our life is today.
As in all of this author’s books, I did not need to wonder if this was a Christian fiction. It is plain by reading it that it is. There are plenty of inspirational messages in this Christian, historical, romantic fiction. Humor has been sprinkled into and I actually giggled while I read some parts – “I never dreamed oxen wore shoes.”
I loved the authentic dialog and even learned a new word or two. “….I have this balky tooth.” Not only was it the period but also Edwina was from England that kept the language different in this “lovely” book. Parts of the book did have some modern tones to them, but overall it sounded as though I was back in time.
This book is another gem in author McAdoo’s crown of achievements. It taught me about the Oregon Trail, being on a schooner, and even oxen. I love it when a book I am reading for fun teaches me things! There are life and inspirational lessons on faith, love, trust, guidance, hope, and forgiveness. Relationships between friends, family, and suitors are examples of good and bad and the author offers solutions.
I highly recommend this for anyone that enjoys historical fiction. It is an easy to read, sweet book. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but I was under no obligation to write a review.
About the Book
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: May 3, 2019
It isn’t within man to guide his own steps—or a woman. Caught between a wagon train and the deep blue sea, Agnes Remington Dalrumple, Remi for short, chooses the overland journey west over crossing the Atlantic with her mother and step-father. She decides to go to California and try to fine the father she’s never known though she’s never been on her own. Thwarted at every turn, almost every effort is dashed until a widower’s thirteen-year-old daughter intervenes on her behalf. How can the headstrong woman place herself under the responsibility of the young girl’s father, a perfect stranger? But if she doesn’t, her journey ends right there in Saint Joseph, Missouri. On the Oregon/California trail, will her pride and independence deter her from the destiny God has prepared for her?
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About the Author
For research in December, Caryl McAdoo hit the trail—literally, the Oregon / California Trail—beginning in St. Jo, Missouri with the Napa Valley being her destiny. No wonder readers enjoy her novels so well! She prays her story brings God glory, and He blesses the award-winning, best-selling novels with a lion’s share of 5-Star ratings! With forty-three titles (thirty-three in the last four-and-a-half years), it’s obvious she loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs the Lord gives her. (Listen to a few at YouTube.) Celebrating fifty years being married to Ron, her high school sweetheart, she counts their four children and eighteen grandsugars life’s best blessings. 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.
More from Caryl
Remi, my May ‘Prairie Roses Collection’ story, picks up where Uniquely Common, my April ‘Lockets and Lace Collection’ story ends! Well, actually it backs up a bit to Remi’s decision to go west! In Uniquely Common, you meet her after she’s already in Saint Jo, trying to join the wagon train.
I fell in love with this semi-introvert, lover of literature, highly intelligent young lady, and felt the cover captured her exactly! (Thank you, Chautona Having, my new amazing cover designer! I am so blessed!)
Remi, short for Remington—her middle name as she hates her first name Agnus—is an only child reared by a single mother. Her father left years ago; she’s never met him and decides to go to California where his last letter was postmarked to do just that. It’s a long way from New York City, but better than sailing across the Atlantic.
And she can’t stay there with nowhere to live since her newest stepfather is whisking her mother overseas to his villa in Southern France. They invite her of course, but she hates boats and gets frightfully seasick! It seems the perfect time to go west and meet her Daddy. Riding in a prairie schooner would be a lark!
Researching for the covered wagons heading west led my dear husband to ask if I wanted to drive the Oregon / California Trail. Yes, yes, yes, I assured him! What could be better than seeing the rivers my wagon train had to cross, the amazing sights my characters would experience, and the terrain they navigated for ourselves?
What an opportunity God put before me!
Two weeks and forty-three hundred-plus miles later, we got back home to Clarksville, enthralled with our journey. That trip has made this story so much better for me! I hope it will make it all the better for you, too! I praise and give glory to the Lord for His many blessings and high favor.
I’m so grateful for the stories He gives us, His divine appointments—like with Sandy Barela, the founder of Celebrate Lit, all her amazing bloggers and reviewers—the doors He opens, my new cover designer Chautona Havig and all the fictional characters He introduces me to and allows me to share with you!
♫♪*`•. I’m just so excited.•*♪¨*about what the Lord is doing!•♪♫*`•. I’m just so excited Lord!! ♪♫•*¨♪ for what I know♪♫¸¸.•*♪ He will do!!*•.¸ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ¸♫♪*`•. I’m just so excited!!•.¸.• ✿And He is delighted ღ(̆̃̃ڿڰۣ✿♫♪*with my anticipation ♪♫•* ♫♪ of what I know He will do. •*♪♫•!♪♫¸•*♪ And I get to be a part ♫♪*`of what the Lord is doing!•♪♫*`•. I get to be a part! ♫•*♪¨♥ •♪♫ of what I know♪♫¸.•*♪ He will do!!*•.♫♪ I get to be a part ♫♪*♫•*♥ and He has a good plan!♪*•.✿♫♪*`•. He’s called me for His purpose!.•*♪¨ ✿♫♪*`• I have a role to play! ♪♫•*¨♪ (hear this new song on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKnU8JWXRlU )
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Quiet Workings, May 21
Retrospective Spines, May 22
For HIm and My Family, May 22
Maureen’s Musiings, May 23
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 25
KarenSueHadley , May 26
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, May 26
Christian Author, J.E. Grace, May 27
Through the Fire Blogs, May 28
Emily Yager, May 29
Inklings and notions, May 29
Bigreadersite, May 30
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 30
janicesbookreviews, May 31
Texas Book-aholic, June 1
A Reader’s Brain, June 2
To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away
Grand Prize – $50 Gift Amazon Card
1st Prize – Signed, Paperback copy of CHOICE of all my books
2nd Prize – Signed copy of Remi
3rd Prize – eBook copy of Remi
4th Prize – eBook copy of CHOICE of all my books!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e516/remi-celebration-tour-giveaway