Happy Monday my friends! Next week the Prairie Roses Collection comes out, a group of stories by some talented authors. Each day this week I’ll put the spotlight on one of the books in the collection. Today we’re learning more about Caryl McAdoo’s story Remi.
About the Book
It isn’t within man to guide his own steps—or a woman.
Caught between a wagon train and the deep blue sea, Agnes Remington Dalrumple–Remi for short–chooses the overland journey west over crossing the Atlantic with her mother and step-father. Though she’s never been on her own, she decides to go to California and try to find the father she’s never known. Thwarted at every turn, almost every effort is dashed until a widower’s thirteen-year-old daughter intervenes on her behalf. How can the headstrong woman place herself under the responsibility of the young girl’s father, a perfect stranger? But if she doesn’t, her journey ends right there in Saint Joseph, Missouri. On the Oregon/California Trail, will her pride and independence deter her from the destiny God has prepared?
Asher Adams, a widower with two daughters and a desire to start anew has sold everything he owns and is headed to California with his recently wed sister and her husband. She and his girls conspire every step of the way, hoping he will find someone to be a companion and friend. Remi fits the bill as far as all the women in his life are concerned, but is it too soon?
REMI is book two in the Prairie Roses Collection and debuts on May 3rd, Caryl’s birthday! It’s available for Pre-order now for delivery on May 3rd!
Book Sale Link: https://www.amazon.com/Remi-Prairie-Roses-Collection-Book-ebook/dp/B07NYVRN8S
Interview with Main Character Remi
Hello Jessica, I’m Remi . . . well, that’s what I go by since I don’t care for my whole full name, Agnes Remington Dalrumple. Remington was Mother’s maiden name, you see.
And though I carry his name, I’ve never met Mister Dalrumple. Anyway, I’m the heroine and title character of Caryl McAdoo’s new Prairie Roses Collection contribution. I mean, really, can you imagine her naming her book Agnus? I don’t know what Mother was thinking.
Anyway, Caryl asked me to stop by, so I thank her for setting up me being your guest at A Baker’s Perspective, Jessica. I thank you as well and truly appreciate this opportunity.
Thank you Remi for talking with me today! I’ve heard many families spend their life savings to go west. But you’re so young. How do you make a living, Remi?
Umm, that’s an interesting question. Uh . . . well, you see . . . I’ve been living with my mother and her newest husband. I mean, I’m only twenty-three—not that young—and uh . . . Mama’s husband is wealthy. That’s why he’s taking her to France. I-ee-uh . . . was invited but didn’t want to go with them. But I don’t have a job really.
As to who’s paying for my trip, uh, my latest stepfather Donovan provided the funds, probably what my ticket to France would have cost . . . or perhaps a little more.
I see. You’re very blessed. You mentioned you’d never met your father. I imagine that’s been hard. And now, if I’m understanding, you’re going west to find him. Isn’t that like looking for a needle in a haystack?
Umm, I thought it would be a lark to go to California and find him, live with him for a while, and get to know him. Donovan not only slipped me enough cash for the trip, but enough to purchase the contract of a bondwoman to help me. Her name is Edwina. She’s English.
That certainly was kind of him. Tell me the most interesting thing about you, Remi.
Well, I’m very well read. I love reading more than about anything, so I’ve learned a lot through my books. Things about history, faraway places, romance . . . you name it, I know something about it.
I’m sure that will come in handy. What’s something that shocked you before your journey began?
I suppose I should have read more books regarding traveling in a covered wagon to be certain. I think the biggest surprise were the oxen! Have you ever seen an open? Their huge! And I never dreamed I’d have to have a team and care for the beasts or for that matter, learn how to make them mind me! They are just wonderful though . . . after I got used to them.
But I didn’t know what to feed them—or how much. I’ve never even had a bird or a cat before. Then suddenly I was the owner of Mull and Berry. They turned out to be great animals though. And Edwina, of course; she was afraid of them too at first—but turned out to be such a help with the boys.
Other than Edwina then, you were on your own and responsible for yourself for the first time in your life. Is that right? Has it been hard for you?
Oh, yes, ma’am. Absolutely. I never dreamed it would be so hard. And then the wagon master refused to take me to California! Did you know that? Just because I’m not married—after I’d traveled across the whole country to Saint Joseph, bought a schooner and the oxen to pull it!
That had to be about the most terrible thing that ever happened to me. Captain Albright telling me I couldn’t go . . . it devastated me. What was I supposed to do?
I can see how awful that must have been. What did you do?
Actually, a young girl came to my rescue and volunteered her father and uncle. She assured the wagon master the men would be responsible for me for the duration of our way west. It was a miracle.
I don’t know what I would have done if Mister Adams and Mister Cord had refused, but they came through for Edwina and me.
I’m sure you were thankful, Remi. I’m sorry to say our time is about over. I’ve really enjoyed talking with you.
Oh thank you so much for inviting me to come, Miss Jessica. And let me tell you a little about Caryl! She’s a wonderful Christian author and I’m so honored she wrote my story. Here’s a little about her:
Caryl 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.
Caryl’s Website http://www.CarylMcAdoo.com
Caryl’s Amazon Author’s Page https://www.amazon.com/Caryl-McAdoo/e/B00E963CFG
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