About the Book
Book title: Chief of Sinners
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Release date: September 6, 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction
Obedience can overcome ruinous choices, and with repentance of wicked ways, God’s faithful forgiveness and mercies never fail.
Set in the afterglow of the Azusa Street Revival, this epic addition to the Texas Romance family saga sweeps through three decades of triumphs and tragedies—from the Texas Hill Country to the beaches of Normandy and beyond.
The faithful flock to his father’s tent where Buddy Nightingale leads praise and worship, but like King David, the young psalmist battles a generational curse, lust. On his first night back in Marble Falls, Texas—the place he heard the angels sang fifteen years prior—he beholds Sandra Harris, an eighteen-year-old beauty, attending strictly for the entertainment of the Spirit filled meetings. Love strikes both, but her Church of Christ father wants no part of any holy roller.
Sometimes choices we make take us places we never intend to go, but God . . .
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Here’s the thing about Caryl McAdoo’s writing – it is real. She does not sugar coat anything in my opinion. She doesn’t pretend that her characters never sin, and when they do sin, it isn’t some small little sin. They do things like commit adultery. Some people don’t mind reading about that, and some people want their Christian Fiction to be squeaky clean. Let me say this, although this book is about the sin of lust, the scenes specific to that are done tastefully. At no time while I was reading this book did I feel awkward or disgusted. Yes, I knew what the characters were doing was wrong. But you know what? It happens in real life, and therefore once in awhile it really doesn’t bother me to read about it (as long as it is clean and the characters eventually understand the error of their ways).
Aside from this, I found the revival part of the story quite interesting. It made me think about what I might do or think had I come across one of these. Would Buddy’s singing speak to my heart, or make me question the whole thing as being legit? I’ve never been to a tent revival, but I have heard a lot about them. There are so many things that can happen, as shown in this book. I liked seeing Caryl’s take on this.
In the middle of all this was a romance with a “Romeo and Juliet” feel to it. I’m sure we’ve all known someone, was friends with someone, or was someone who tried to date someone their father hated. So for this reason I was quite intrigued by how this would play out. I actually find myself wanting even more from these characters. And while I can’t go into details why because it would give away some of the storyline, but I will just say that I just felt like it didn’t live up to its potential, or at least what I thought it should be. And I understand the reasons – you can figure them out when you read the story – but I was just a little bit disappointed in it.
Overall, I would recommend this book, especially to those who have been following this series. It’s always sad to see a series end, but I cannot wait to see what Caryl has going on next! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Caryl 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-one years ago, 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
Here’s the funnest part of this launch—book ten, the last story of my Texas Romance Family Saga that covers five generations of three families over more than a century—CHIEF OF SINNERS was the “first” one written over twenty-five years ago!
When we wrote CHIEF—yes, “we”; my husband Ron (of 49 years!) and I write everything together, have since the beginning. Neither of us would ever have made it on our own, but together, we had ten books published by five houses, including Howard Books before we went Indie. Why isn’t his name on the covers?
Our Benjamen Cash McAdoo (the fourteen-year-old grandson we reared who came home to our house from being born) asked the same thing and didn’t much like it. One night I was writing at the computer and turned and asked Ron a question about the story. Ben spoke up. “Don’t help her, O’Pa! Your name’s not on the book!”
The answer though is that our New York agent AND the Simon and Schuster editor both said only one name was better and that it should preferably be female. So, we took their advice. It works great for us since he doesn’t like marketing, while that’s a favorite part for me—getting to make so many new friends, bonding with readers from all over the world.
So, back to the CHIEF; when Mary Sue Seymour (God rest her precious soul) told us to write a historical Christian romance set in the 1800s, Ron and I started talking about our heroine and where she’d come from and what her crisis would be. As the premise formed, the Lord gave us the wonderful idea to use the same last names as our characters in CHIEF OF SINNERS.
We figured as we wrote one novel to the next, we would eventually get to 1926 when CHIEF opened with hero Buddy Nightingale and his father Nathaniel pitching their revival tent in the small Texas Hill Country town of Marble Falls.
Twelve in 1926, Buddy is the fourth generation from Rosaleen ‘Sassy’ Fogelsong Nightingale Baylor, heroine of book two in the series HEARTS STOLEN. Buddy’s father is the son of Charley Nightingale—Sassy’s four-year-old who readers fall in love with in her story.
MIGHTY TO SAVE, book nine, 1921-1924, was the one where all the loose ends had to be tied to get us into the 1926 circumstances of CHIEF. Only a few dates and minor details had to be changed editing CHIEF, but things had to happen in MIGHTY to open CHIEF OF SINNERS.
My characters are not perfect people. They sin as we all do.
Some of them have disappointed readers—some also disappointed me. No doubt I did things to disappoint my mother. Every one of us face battles and bad choices we have to live with. What is important for all (us and my characters) is coming to repentance, turning back to God, then walking in obedience from that point forward.
I hate to think CHIEF is the last. I still can’t imagine leaving these families behind. The next story, SON OF PROMISE coming in January, is a story of Travis and Emma Lee Harris Buckmeyer’s life together (readers meet them in CHIEF), so there will be guest appearances by many readers will recognize.
And I—we—have started KING OF TEXAS, a new contemporary romance, with “Patrick” Henry Buckmeyer, named after his great-grandfather my readers know as Henry. So, maybe they will always be with me after all with a new story here and there.
I pray God blesses you and that you enjoy CHIEF OF SINNERS!
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September 18: Jeanette’s Thoughts
To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the following:
Grand Prize: ALL TEN books in the Texas Romance series!
1st Prize: Four first books in four of Caryl’s series
2nd Prize: Ebook of Chief of Sinners
3rd – 7th Prize: Print copy of A Vow Unbroken
8th prize: Ebook of Chief of Sinners!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/bfd5