Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: Kentucky Bride by Caryl Mcadoo

About the Book

Book:  Kentucky Bride
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre:  Historical Christian Romance
Release Date: June 9, 2020

A Country Divided…And so is her heart.

Some might say you can’t be too fussy when almost every unattached young man is off fighting for Southern freedom, but that shouldn’t mean a rebel’s daughter has any business with a Union soldier. Forbidden love never created greater battles than Gigi’s unexpected love for a Union soldier.

A dashing Rebel Soldier. The daughter of a Federal Soldier. How will they overcome the odds and a war to be together? Find out in this twist on Romeo and Juliet.

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My Thoughts:

Love cannot be stopped even if there is a war on. Kentucky Bride is just such a story that shows that young love can overcome the many obstacles in it's way.

Gigi is 18 and is already living with the brutality of war as her father and brothers have left to fight on the Union side when she serendipitously meets Ephraim, a Texas Ranger who is fighting with the Confederates. In a perfect world theirs is a love match made in heaven, but this is not a perfect world and their backdrop is war.

This focused more on the relationship of Gigi and Ephraim, along with some of their closest friends and confidants. It is a whirlwind romance of two people who are on opposite sides of the war yet are willing to put all that aside to have a life after peace has come. A little bit more of a happier Romeo and Juliet story.

I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling stories—over fifty published—delight Christian readers around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her; you may listen at YouTube. Sharing four children and eighteen grandsugars with Ron, her high-school-sweetheart-husband of over fifty years, she lives in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas. The McAdoos wait expectantly for God to open the next door.

More from Caryl

It thrilled me to be a part of the North and South Collection series, a thirty-seven titles by seventeen authors project headed up by Christine Sterling Bortner. One reason is that my husband and co-writer has always been a Civil War buff, and the other because it’s such a huge undertaking. I’m actually writing two titles, Kentucky in 1861 and Nevada in 1865.

The stories are broken up by the years (1861-1865) and then the years divided into the states or territories (37 in all) as to when its most major event happened. So, if a reader stays with the series, one releases every other week, they will enjoy a chronological overview of the Civil War.

This story, Kentucky Bride is set near Bowling Green where the Confederates first set up their area headquarters. Twenty-thousand men descended on the city of seven hundred. Nearby, General Hindman with fifteen hundred men that included the 8th Calvary Regiment from Texas, a group of Texas Rangers who’d joined the effort. Of course, I had to have a Texan as a hero! 😊

My heroine is eighteen-year-old Gardenia Gladiola Garland who helps her grandfather in the family business as her papa, brother, and uncle were gone. They’d joined the Union Army several weeks before. She hates the flowery name her mother pinned on her almost as much as the war and insists on being called Gigi.

My Texas Ranger hero, Ephraim Edward Kerns is sent to meet a supply wagon and it surprises to find such a lovely young woman muleskinning. He ties his horse to the back of the wagon and takes over for her, falling in love with her intelligence, beauty, and determination practically at first sight.

This Texas author hopes readers will love these two young ones, and I’m always “Praying my story gives God glory!”

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To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!
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  1. I'm looking forward to reading the book.

    1. Yay, Rita! I hope you'll enjoy it as much as the reviewers have so far! Blessings and thanks for popping by!

  2. Wonderful review! Caryl is an exceptional author.

    1. There's Caryl whose mother was so creative with that Y in her name! Hoping to meet you soon, Caryl! Thanks for your sweet endorsement! Blessings!

  3. This sounds like a good book :-)

    Thank you for sharing about "Kentucky Bride" and participating in the blog tour!

    1. Trixi! I'm glad you like the premise of KENTUCKY BRIDE and hope you'll get to read it soon! Blessings!

  4. Kentucky Bride sounds like wonderful love story, and I dearly hope the ending is much happier than that of Romeo and Juliet.

    1. Indeed happier ending than Romeo and Juliet, Roxanne! Thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings!

  5. This sounds like a really good read.

    1. Hey, Debbie! I hope you'll love it when you have the opportunity to read it! Blessings!

  6. Thank you to the mother, son, and or daughter who chose to participate in the Celebrate Lit Blog Tour of KENTUCKY BRIDE! I appreciate you choosing to read my novella! I know you had lots of choices! And let me know when you have a new release! I host a multi-author Launch Celebration for each month! Blessings!