Blind to the love in front of you

How blind would you say you are? As blind as the expression “can’t see the wood for the trees?” Well, I’d say that is me. So often in all the chaos, I can’t see the good things in my life, even though they are right in front of me. Instead, all I see are barriers, barbwire, and negativity. All this leads to is frustration, powerlessness, and depression.

Texas my Texas by Caryl McAdoo is a story that incorporates this blindness. But there is a solution, one which is revealed in her book.

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews texas my texas by Caryl McAdoo

My Penny’s Worth

Gabrielle is full of mixed feelings, allowing them to pull her off the path to love. The more bullish she gets, the more she is loved, showing that love is stronger. However, can Gabrielle embrace such love or will she remain blind to it? Her jealousy tinged each day and made me want to say, “Be thankful for what you have.” A lesson I need to learn myself!

I thought all I had to do was break the bands of sadness that held you prisoner.

Is it a page-turner?

Caryl McAdoo carefully constructed her novel keeping me dangling on the fishing line. She teased me making me want to read more. And it wasn’t only Gabrielle; there were many characters who pushed the story on around the campfire. Because I had read the first book in this series, everyone has a place in my heart. I wanted to know what happened to them and their families. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Their smiles all helped her to put more truth into hers.

I enjoyed the lessons this book teaches

There are lessons of forgiveness, trust, overcoming, and love. It gives a flavour of how life on the frontier would have been like for those Americans brave enough to venture forth. And they needed to be brave, and perhaps that is something we lack today. That pioneering spirit that in a way is blind to the full extent of what a ground-breaking move towards total trust is all about. We rely on the world instead of the great power of God.

Isn’t God good?

Was He? Was there really a giant spirit up there in the sky looking out for a fool like him?

I love this book and would like to give it 5 stars.

Thank you, Caryl, for writing Texas my Texas and putting such a strong message into story form. May it open readers eyes and banish their blind sight.

Caryl has a great GIVEAWAY at the bottom of my post, don’t forget to enter.

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*I was given this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

This book review was brought to you by Margaret Kazmierczak author of “How to Make Victoria Sponge” And a contributor to Heart”wings” devotional.

About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews texas my texas by Caryl McAdoo

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

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews texas my texas by Caryl McAdooCaryl 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!

Quick preview of Book One – Gone to Texas

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.

Hot on the heals

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.

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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Finished

Friendship, marriage and love – life on the trail

Have you been blessed with a long friendship? My longest one has lasted since I was eleven and no I am not going to tell you how old I am now! Figure it out if you can. She is seventeen years older than me and into her seventies.  I had the privilege of being her bridesmaid, and she talked me into wearing a dress. Horror of horrors as I only ever wore skirts to school and just under pain of death. Dresses/shirts got in the way of climbing trees, playing football and generally rummaging around.

I reckon I would have been suited to life on the trail with the pilgrims in Caryl McAdoo’s book Gone to Texas.  Knowing how to make and light a fire, change a wheel on my bicycle, make things out of junk. Skills I enjoyed along with improvising. But I never improvised with friendship.

In Gone to Texas seventeen souls “joined by blood and friendship” travel together to the promised land, will their friendship survive? Continue reading below for my review.

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Gone to Texas by Caryl McAdoo - Friendship

My Penny’s Worth

“Wagons roll” a blast from my childhood past that blared out from the television. So different from the history of England with our Kings, Queens and Knights in shining armour. I love the simplicity of the American Wild West. Caryl McAdoo’s book Gone to Texas reminded me of that past era. The pilgrimages made by ordinary people to find the promise land.

The Characters make the book

Throw a few families together add a widower and slave, mix it up with secrets and sins, and you have a journey of revelations, forgiveness and redemption. As the wagons roll friendship, marriage and love vie for centre stage.  I felt each character’s vulnerability at times as well as their great strength.

Yes I chuckled at one point

There is a scene: “The ladies gasped in unison, including Alicia. Uncle Laud spoke up, ‘Shot him dead? Mercy!’ ‘Over politics?’ I had to smile.

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The skill of the writer

Caryl McAdoo had me walking alongside the wagons listening into the conversations, holding hands with anticipation. Travelling with these souls as they journeyed onwards to the land of hope. Within the pages, you will find secrets and sins, forgiveness and redemption. These pilgrims walk the path of pain and sorrow while trying to hold onto their friendships.

Yes, there are disasters, it is the 1840’s and travelling by wagon takes months to get to a destination. There are no fast trains to catch back then. Just as I am getting comfortable by the fire with my friends, Ms McAdoo takes the mat from right under my feet.

“The thunder rolled over her heart, and the lightning flashed in her mind, and the rain wet her cheeks every time she found herself alone.”

The life of a pilgrim is tough. And it gets tougher.

“He slumped down to the base of the tree. Her lantern snuffed out, just like his life would be without her. There’d be no light. Tears filled his eyes.”

What are you doing to me?

“He looked skyward. ‘Please, Father, give me the desires of my heart.’”

Does God? My emotions are rung, I want to know what Caryl McAdoo has in store for them all.  But like you dear reader you will have to wait, you to read the book and me for the next in the series.

Does their friendship survive? He he, I can’t tell you 🙂

I am sore from the hardwood of the wagon seat, but I hope you will get on board and read this book.

Thank you, Caryl, for writing this book. I’d like to give it 4****

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

If you liked my book review please comment and don’t forget to enter the giveaway.

This book review was brought to you today by Margaret Kazmierczak author of “How to Make Victoria Sponge” And a contributor to Heart”wings” devotional.

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About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Gone to Texas by Caryl McAdoo - Friendship

Book Title: Gone to Texas

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Historical Romance

Release date: September 6, 2018

Can beauty truly come from ashes?

Deception drives seventeen souls to hard choices. Either stay on the land they thought they’d bought or heed the lure of free land in the faraway wilderness of a new Republic. Rife with peril and hardship, three families knit together by blood and friendship head out with a widowed man, daughter, and his slave, gambling everything they own on the prospect of land ownership and working it together. Does friendship pave a way to marriage? Can puppy-love survive through a harrowing journey to blossom into a forever lover? With duress at every turn, can the clan stay together all the way to Texas and accomplish their goals?

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Gone to Texas by Caryl McAdoo - FriendshipTop priority is God’s glory, and that’s exactly what Caryl McAdoo prays her stories will bring. To entertain and draw readers into a closer walk with Him is next. A quick check of stars and reviews attest to the success of this award-winning, best-selling author—all by the Father’s faithfulness. Besides writing, she loves singing praises, including the new songs He gives her! Visit her YouTube channel. Ron, her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-two years ago, and they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live on thirty-four acres ‘The Peaceable’ in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas and wait expectantly for God to open the next door.

Northeast Texas and wait expectantly for God to open the next door.

Guest Post from Caryl

As much as I hated leaving the Buckmeyers, Baylors, and Nightingales and the Red River Valley, I loved starting this fresh Family Saga series with all new characters! GONE TO TEXAS is Book One of the Cross Timber Romances and features three families—the O’Neals, Van Zandts, and Worleys—joined by blood and friendship through Liberty O’Neal. Laud Worley is her little brother and Mallory Van Zandt, her best friend since school days.

Together, they’d traveled south to settle in Tennessee and were about to harvest their first cotton crop that fall in 1840 when they discovered the deed to their land—the land they’d spent all their pooled savings on—was forged and no-good.

New horizons

The legal owner graciously allows them to stay through harvest, taking his portion of their labor and cottonseed. At the gin, Seve Van Zandt hears rumors of Texas, a new Rebublic out west, offering free land to pioneers willing to tame its wildlands. This first story—book one—is all about their journey to the new country filled with hope and dreams.

A hired widower who with his daughter and slave helped harvest the clan’s cotton asked to join them on their journey, and so, on that faithful September morn, seventeen souls set out after they hung a hand painted sign on one of the cabins they left behind. “Gone to Texas”!

A book amongst books

Another very special thing about this novel, one hundred twelve thousand words—about three hundred fifty pages, is that it is also book one in a brand new collection! The Thanksgiving Books and Blessings Collection that includes stories from eight other authors besides me: Lena Nelson Dooly, Heather Blanton, Kristin Holt, Kit Morgan, Suzette Williams, Pauline Creeden, George McVey, and Lynette Sowell!

All nine books will have Thanksgiving Dinner with family around the table, giving thanks to God for all his blessings. I’ve noticed many series launched in December, but Thanksgiving is my favorite. I love giving thanks to the Lord!

And as always, I pray my story gives God glory, and that its readers will be drawn closer to Him through it. He blesses and highly favors me daily. I cannot thank or praise Him enough!

Thank you, too, for reading my stories, reviewing my stories, and participating in the most AWESOME CELEBRATE LIT‘s Blog Tour!!

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How to listen to God when He speaks.

Listen - Margaret Kazmierczak reviews John David's Calling by Caryl McAdoo
Listen

So many people have told me that God doesn’t listen, let alone speak to us. Well, I beg to differ. God is alive and trying to make His voice heard above the chatter. I missed His message not so long ago to my detriment.

Recently I needed a new car, and with instinct and common sense, I looked over one that seemed to fit the bill, at least from the advert. On the way to the person selling the car, I heard DON’T BUY IT. I stayed quiet and dismissed the warning. After viewing the vehicle and going for a spin in it, all seemed fine. We did a deal, and a few days later I picked the car up.

The car drove well all the way up to my son’s, and there I handed over the keys to him. A week later the car broke down, one of many such incidents to come. Each time it was the turbo and caused my son hours of cold waits on the hard shoulder of the motorway. He became more dissatisfied with my buy, and I embarrassed that I had bought a lemon. I ought to have listened to the voice, but I didn’t. Instead, I tested it thinking I knew better. What a fool I was not to listen.

Proverbs 18:2 (NLT)

Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.

John David’s Calling by Caryl McAdoo is full of wisdom as the main character turns to listen to the Lord for His answers.

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews John David's Calling by Caryl McAdoo

My Penny’s Worth

How to listen to God when He speaks

John David’s Calling is a satisfying story of how to listen to God when He speaks. This young man of twenty, Caryl McAdoo’s strong central character, portrays the dilemma’s of a young man desperately trying to live a Godly life while courting his sweetheart. His love for his girl, however, is nothing compared to his love of God. He too heard God speak, but he listened unlike me!

What I liked

The story portrays the obedience God requires of his people in a relatable way. It deals with a personal faith that involves the Holy Spirit, miracles and revival. John David strives to listen to God’s promptings but has to convince his young lady that it is the right journey for the both of them. The action is like a pendulum, swinging from John David to Sandy. From the wise to the spoilt child. There were times when I wanted to take Sandy to one side and tell her she was unreasonable. It took me time to warm to this young lady; a credit to the writing which aroused such feelings.

The admirable portrayal of what Hannah wants and God’s will for John David is woven throughout the storyline.  A struggle that is known to us all. We are called to do God’s bidding but do we have the courage to do so? It requires faith, trust and dependence. Does John David have these qualities? You will have to read the book to find out!

The sentence I loved

I loved Caryl McAdoo’s description of the rising sun. “The rising sun splashed the sky with so many colours and shades that if an artist painted it exactly as it was, viewers would claim it didn’t look real.” I want to see that painting!

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And there is more?

Thankfully this is the beginning of a new series, and I am looking forward to travelling with John David and Hannah to their next destination. I feel the apparent slowness (which is just a personal opinion) of this first book at times, will be superceded by a great tale as the couple take up their first challenge. I am really looking forward to book two.

Would I recommend John David’s calling?

I believe this is a great book for showing how God can work in our lives when we listen to His word and utterings. Miracles do happen in the way they are described in the book. They are not just stories. I am glad that Caryl McAdoo has written this story and hope that others will find it an eye-opener in what God can do in our life when we put Him first.

So what should I award this book, well I would like to give it ***** stars

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

Don’t forget Caryl’s GIVEAWAY at the end of this article and to read her guest post that tells more about this new series. It’s well worth reading. 🙂

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Book

 

Listen - Margaret Kazmierczak reviews John David's Calling by Caryl McAdooTitle: John David’s Calling

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: May, 2018

 

When much is given, much is required.

Everything comes easy to David Nightingale. The favored son of Cypress Springs comes of age in the Texas Hill Country with one foot in PawPaw’s Church of Christ and the other in Gramp’s Holiness Church. He loves tilling the soil, traipsing the back woods varmint hunting, and most of all Hannah Claire. But the Lord calls him to leave everything. Will he choose to follow or succumb to his love for Hannah? If he stays, can he have it all?

About the Author

Listen - Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Caryl McAdoo's book John David's CallingCaryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll through her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-two years ago, and now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl 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 McAdoo

At just one-year-old, David John Prescott sat on the hip of his mother, Sandra Louise Harris Prescott in the end of CHIEF OF SINNERS, book ten (and last) of my Texas Romance Family Saga series. His biological father, Buddy Nightingale walked away from them both, choosing obedience to God over the love of his life and his son.

Staunch Church of Christ believers, his mother’s parents took in the baby while her guilt took her to Dallas and eventually France to oversee the care of her mentally deranged husband Harry Prescott. So David grew up in the Texas Hill Country, well loved and cared for, with his mother visiting as often as she can.

Nathaniel Nightingale

David’s paternal grandfather, Nathaniel Nightingale (from Texas Romance’s book eight and nine COVERING LOVE and MIGHTY TO SAVE)—once a famous tent preacher with a healing ministry—has been close, quitting the road to pastor a nearby Holiness Church. As David grows, he sees him occasionally when his father Buddy visits from Alabama and Gramps always came to watch him play sports.

Book One

From a long line of people who love the Lord, I thought to write a trilogy titled THE REVIVALIST. JOHN DAVID’S CALLING is book one.

At fourteen years of age, David stepped in to rescue a little third grader being bullied and instantly became her hero. As Hannah Claire grew, doting on him, making him gifts and cards, swooning, she won him over, and PawPaw allowed him to visit her church one Sunday a month.

Second Book & Third Book

The second book in the Trilogy will be HANNAH’S WILDERNESS, and then I’ll wrap up their stories with book three, KING DAVID’S TABERNACLE.

I’ve so enjoyed these characters—the Buckmeyers, Baylors, and Nightingales—I find it hard put them on the shelf. They’re like family. I’ve even got one story started that’s a contemporary called THE KING OF TEXAS, with Patrick Henry the III as hero.

As all are written to stand alone, it’s never necessary for readers to know all the ancestors to enjoy JOHN DAVID’S CALLING or any of the series really—though I’m pretty certain reading the Family Saga in order would be the best! So if you love David’s book, you might want to go back to VOW UNBROKEN, book one and read all ten. I think you’re sure to love them all!

We have something in common

One thing I love about this JOHN DAVID’S CALLING is that it takes place in my days. I graduated high school in 1968, same as David, so he lives through the same times as me! That’s really been fun. But I must say I do resent it being called a historical a little J LOL

As always, I pray my story gives God glory and that its readers will be drawn closer to Him through it. He blesses me and highly favors me daily. I cannot thank or praise Him enough! Thank you for reading my stories!

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away

GRAND PRIZE : $50 Amazon Gift Card
1st Prize: THREE Choice-of-Caryl’s Titles (print–US only or ebook)
2nd-4th: ebook of JOHN DAVID’S CALLING
5th-7th: print copy VOW UNBROKEN
8th-10th: $5 Amazon gift cards!!