About the Book
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?
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I’m so glad Caryl McAdoo has started a new series! I love these characters just as much as the others in her books. Here’s the thing about McAdoo’s writing – she writes real, down to earth, faulty characters. They aren’t perfect, they have hardship, and they are easy to connect with. She does not shy away from sharing the message in and throughout her stories either. It comes across so graceful and beautifully woven into the story line that it does not sound preachy, or right in your face. It can be hard for an author to do that – they want to be loud to get their message across. I have not found that to be the case with McAdoo’s books at all, this one included.
The cover to this book certainly grabbed my attention. First of all, the fall is my favorite time of year, so the trees in the bottom really stood out to me. To be honest, the way McAdoo writes, I would have been able to picture the scene just as vividly. But then you see the heroine at the top. She looks strong, composed, determined, and ready to face whatever life throws at her. So based on the cover alone, I was expecting this to be a great story, and it was. The awesome thing was that it wasn’t just about one family, it was about three families. Don’t worry – the amount of characters didn’t overwhelm me one bit, and actually I thought each family was represented in just the right quantities. It added to the richness of the story. I mean when you have this many people traveling a long distance, there is bound to be some turmoil, laughs, love, and most of all togetherness.
I encourage historic fiction readers to pick up this book and start reading! I think you’ll find a new series to fall in love with. 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
Top 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.
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.
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”!
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!!
A Baker’s Perspective, September 11
Captive Dreams Window, September 12
proud to be an autism mom, September 12
Inklings and notions, September 13
Luv’N Lambert Life, September 13
cherylbbookblog, September 14
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, September 14
Locks, Hooks and Books, September 15
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 15
Janices book reviews, September 16
Abba’s prayer warrior princess, September 17
Carpe Diem, September 17
Creating Romance, September 18
Madeline Clark, September 18
Margaret Kazmierczak, September 19
The Mimosa Blossom, September 20
Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, September 20
Back Porch Reads, September 21
Bibliophile Reviews, September 22
Texas Book-aholic, September 23
Godly Book Reviews, September 24
Bigreadersite, September 24
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!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops to earn nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d1a6/gone-to-texas-celebration-tour-giveaway