Find a Book Friday: I AM My Beloved by Caryl McAdoo

Do you enjoy reading biblical fiction?  You know, stories about things written in the Bible?  Today on Find a Book Friday that is what I have found for you.  A biblical novel about people from the Old Testament.  Is it any good, you ask?  Well, I read it all in one setting!
Author Caryl McAdoo has written a biblical fiction entitled “I AM My Beloved”.  This 178 page book was easily devoured by me in one setting.  I was immediately drawn into the interesting story and could not put it down.  It is normal for author McAdoo’s to grab my attention and not let go.
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Author McAdoo’s writing style is graceful and flows smoothly.  Her characters are well defined and well rounded with attributes and flaws.  The descriptive writing style took me back to ancient days and places.  I felt like a visitor.
This is the tale of Solomon and Abishag.  She was a chaste wife married to King David and still a virgin after his death. Then she is summoned to be with the new King Solomon.  The book kept my attention but it is no action, adventure, big romance book. There are bedroom scenes when Abishag is sent in to be King David’s blanket by warming up a King whose failing heart cannot do the job.  However, there is nothing sexual about it. This is a sweet book that will help you grow in your journey with God.
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Abishag runs through a wide range and depth of emotions. The writing was so well done that I was taken with her, too.  My heart broke for Abishag often and then I was able to laugh and rejoice. It was interesting reading the story of Song of Solomon acted out in a novel. Author McAdoo is so creative, fun, and emotional in her writing of this story.  It gives it a breath of fresh air, although I did not agree with how everything was portrayed. It was captivating and hard to put down.
Definitely this book gets my recommendation.  If you like biblical fiction you will not want to miss this.  It is sweet yet gives you things to reflect upon during and after reading it.  Get a group together because this would be a nice book club selection.  I received a copy of this book from the author. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars.  The opinions and review are my own, honest ones.

Read a Book Monday: John David’s Calling by Caryl McAdoo

     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.  3DF577C3-ADA3-418B-8FBE-83D9EF7A27ACShe 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.
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