Wagons West by talented author Caryl McAdoo is a Christian historical novel. It is the first book of the New Beginnings Family Saga. Set in 1849 this is the story of a group of adventurous people on a wagon train heading west.
I love books by this author because I know they will include Christian values and lessons. This one does not disappoint. The characters are realistic and very well developed. It is evident that the author has done extensive research on this because of the many historical details and facts that she included. With her deft pen she takes readers along the trail on the wagon train.
In this novel, we meet widow Blaire Beechy. She has sold just about everything and taken her children, daughters Adeline and Beatrice, and son Tucker, to join a wagon train heading west. There are many Christian people in the group as well as a number of unsavory characters. There are various storyline and twists in this rugged story.
I found this book captivating. It is filled with adventure, danger, hope, challenges, friendship, and romance. It made me wonder if I would have had the stamina and fortitude to travel and begin a new life like the characters in the novel. Sadly, I don’t think I could have made such a trip.
Readers will learn, be encouraged, and be entertained while reading this masterpiece by author McAdoo. It will challenge you to become a better person and give you hope for your own battles. I highly recommend this extraordinary historical
tale. It would make a lively book club choice even though there are no discussion questions. Members will be able to find a lot to discuss. It receives a 5 star rating from me. A copy of this book was provided by Celebrate Lit, but these words are my honest opinion.
About the Book
Book: Wagons West
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Release date: November 22, 2022
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.
Besides the God-fearing, decent folks seeking new beginnings, adventurers, miners, risk-takers, fugitives, perverts, and runaways alike—even royals—comprise a few of the characters in book one of the ‘New Beginnings Family Saga’ titled WAGONS WEST. The two-thousand-mile journey is wrought with danger, trials, troubles and tragedies, deprivations, and of course, romance, but the lure of gold and a fresh start urges the sojourners on to the Promised Land!
Blaire Beechy, a widow with two almost grown daughters, Adeline and Beatrice, and a twelve-year-old son Tucker sells everything to go for the gold only to discover the rules of wagon master Ambrose Lee forbids them to join his wagon train, but the widow is determined. Though the disgruntled and handsome widow turns his head, the man deals with troubles of his own. His train isn’t full, he has yet to hire a scout, and his integrity thrusts him into saving a troubled young woman called Birdie. The journey is an arduous undertaking, but he’s done it before and is up to the task.
This story was first published in episodes at Kindle Vella, Season One, by the same name. Season two SETTLERS & TOFFS continues the story and episodes are now being published and are available at Kindle Vella.
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About the Author
Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling stories—over sixty published now—delight readers around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her; you may listen to a few on YouTube. Sharing four children and twenty-four grandsugars (six are greats), Caryl and her high-school-sweetheart-husband of fifty-four years Ron live 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.
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What a fun, new adventure writing WAGONS WEST! Ron and I stepped up to try a new program Amazon offered authors called Kindle Vella where we’d write episodes rather than chapters. In a year’s time, WAGONS WEST had thirty-five episodes and was over one hundred thousand words, about four hundred pages.
We continue to write Season Two of the “New Beginnings Family Saga” SETTLERS & TOFFS, with the same characters going into the following year, 1850, scattering into three settings: those from Season One’s wagon train who decide to settle Auburn, California, those just starting the sojourn west with Emmerson Pierce, scout in Season One, now wagon master, and we sail the Atlantic to England when the son of the Earl of Farnsworth receives word of his older brother’s death.
The characters in WAGONS WEST made it so special for me, and I believe you’re sure to love them as well. Robert E. Lee’s older brother Ambrose is our wagon master and the story’s main hero. As all my heroes (thanks to Ron’s part of our collaboration) he is strong but flawed.
Our matriarchal heroine Blaire Beechy, recently widowed, has sold everything and uprooted her three children—two almost grown daughters Adeline and Beatrice and their twelve-year-old brother Tucker—only to discover Captain Lee’s idiotic rules forbid an unmarried woman from traveling in his wagon train. Why must there be a man at the head of each family?
WAGONS WEST offers readers adventures with a colorful cast of characters who support, cause trouble, act a bit crazy, and play ball to make the story one you just can’t put down. All along the way, God is questioned, given praise, denied, and surrendered to, saving sojourners again and again—not only in the spiritual realm.
It’s a story I’ve certainly enjoyed writing, and I’m hoping you’ll enjoy reading WAGONS WEST as much!
As always, I’m ‘Praying my story gives God glory!’ Hallelujah! There is no one like Him! He alone is the Great King over all the earth! Not a man that He could lie, but worthy to receive all glory and all praise!
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9 thoughts on “Wagons West by Caryl McAdoo”
Sounds like a book I will enjoy.
Hope you will, Rita! Blessings! ❤
This sounds really good! I like historical fiction.
Hi Emma! I surely do love the research for historical stories, romance or history! Blessings!
This sounds like a great story.
Hey Debbie P! I hope you have the opportunity to read it! ❤ Blessings!
Thank you for sharing your lovely review of Wagons West, this sounds like a wonderful story and I am looking forward to reading it and any other stories that follow in the series
Blessings, Beatrice! I hope you enjoy it as much as Nyla! ❤ Blessings!
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