Kentucky Bride, North and South by Caryl McAdoo Celebrate Lit Tour

My Thoughts

Award-winning, best-selling author Caryl McAdoo has written a delightful historical Civil War Christian romance entitled Kentucky Bride.  It is easy to see why she is so well loved.  Author McAdoo is a gifted storyteller that gives God glory in her books.  Each one is better than the last.

This is the tale of eighteen-year-old Gardenia Gladiola Garland or Gigi as she likes to be called.  She assists her grandfather in the family store near Bowling Green, Kentucky.  They sell and deliver supplies to both Union and Rebel soldiers even though the other men In the family have joined the Union army.

As Gigi is delivering the supplies she is met by Rebel Texas Ranger Ephraim Kerns.  Immediately Gigi is intrigued by the handsome soldier and sparks begin to fly between the two of them.  He finagles a way to spend a lot more time with her and their story begins.

With the gifted pen of author McAdoo the characters come to life on the pages.  The conversations were quaint and sounded authentic.  Bowling Green is not very far from my home so it was easy to picture everything with the descriptions.  McAdoo obviously did her research and it was rewarded in this lovely take on Romeo and Juliet.

I appreciate that even though much of the subject matter dealing with the Civil War is horrendous that this book is a nice, light read.  I tend to shy away from “war” stories because of the heartbreak and bloodshed.  This one manages to just give a nod to all of that without delving into details.  More than once I found myself chuckling as I read.  I appreciate McAdoo’s sense of humor, dedication to God, and gift of story-telling.

I highly recommend this Christian historical romance. If you like Civil War stories, romance, or historical Christian, you will be pleased with this book.  A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but these were my honest words.  It gets a 4 star from me.

About the Book


Book: Kentucky Bride

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Release Date: June 9, 2020

A Country Divided…And so is her heart.

Some might say you can’t be too fussy when almost every unattached young man is off fighting for Southern freedom, but that shouldn’t mean a rebel’s daughter has any business with a Union soldier. Forbidden love never created greater battles than Gigi’s unexpected love for a Union soldier.

A dashing Rebel Soldier. The daughter of a Federal Soldier. How will they overcome the odds and a war to be together? Find out in this twist on Romeo and Juliet.


Click HERE to get your copy!


About the Author


Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling stories—over fifty published—delight Christian readers around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her; you may listen at YouTube. Sharing four children and eighteen grandsugars with Ron, her high-school-sweetheart-husband of over fifty years, she lives in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas. The McAdoos wait expectantly for God to open the next door.





More from Caryl

It thrilled me to be a part of the North and South Collection series, a thirty-seven titles by seventeen authors project headed up by Christine Sterling Bortner. One reason is that my husband and co-writer has always been a Civil War buff, and the other because it’s such a huge undertaking. I’m actually writing two titles, Kentucky in 1861 and Nevada in 1865.

The stories are broken up by the years (1861-1865) and then the years divided into the states or territories (37 in all) as to when its most major event happened. So, if a reader stays with the series, one releases every other week, they will enjoy a chronological overview of the Civil War.

This story, Kentucky Bride is set near Bowling Green where the Confederates first set up their area headquarters. Twenty-thousand men descended on the city of seven hundred. Nearby, General Hindman with fifteen hundred men that included the 8th Calvary Regiment from Texas, a group of Texas Rangers who’d joined the effort. Of course, I had to have a Texan as a hero! 😊

My heroine is eighteen-year-old Gardenia Gladiola Garland who helps her grandfather in the family business as her papa, brother, and uncle were gone. They’d joined the Union Army several weeks before. She hates the flowery name her mother pinned on her almost as much as the war and insists on being called Gigi.

My Texas Ranger hero, Ephraim Edward Kerns is sent to meet a supply wagon and it surprises to find such a lovely young woman muleskinning. He ties his horse to the back of the wagon and takes over for her, falling in love with her intelligence, beauty, and determination practically at first sight.

This Texas author hopes readers will love these two young ones, and I’m always “Praying my story gives God glory!”


Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, July 10

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 10

Inklings and notions, July 11

For Him and My Family, July 12

Novels Corner, July 12

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 13

For the Love of Literature, July 14

Pause for Tales, July 14

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, July 15

Older & Smarter?, July 16

She Lives To Read, July 17

deb’s Book Review, July 18

Bizwings Blog, July 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 19

Betti Mace, July 20

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, July 20

KarenSueHadley, July 21

Artistic Nobody, July 22 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Connie’s History Classroom, July 23




To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

9 thoughts on “Kentucky Bride, North and South by Caryl McAdoo Celebrate Lit Tour

    1. Hey there, Debbie P. I’m so thrilled with Nyla Kay’s review! She does makes it sound good, doesn’t she? I hope you like it just as much! 🙂 Blessings


    1. Hey! There’s a Carol with her name spelled like mine! I need to meet this lady! I thank you for commenting! ❤ Blessings!


    1. Hello Emma, thank you for stopping by. I hope you’ll agree with Nyla Kay when you have the chance to read KENTUCKY BRIDE! Blessings!


    1. I am in agreement, Trixi in thanking Nyla Kay! She wrote an awesome review! Hope you get to read it soon and enjoy it as much!! Blessings


  1. Nyla Kay! Thank you so much for choosing to read KENTUCKY BRIDE on its Celebrate Lit Blog Tour. You must have hundreds of choices! I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much! Love and hugs and Blessings!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s