A spunky young widow hires a farmhand with a bad reputation to help her get her cotton to Jefferson to meet the wagon train, and sparks fly—but can she love a man who doesn’t love the Lord?
Susannah Abbot Baylor reluctantly hires Henry Buckmeyer to help her along the Jefferson Trace, the hard stretch of land between her Texas farm and the cotton market, where she is determined to get a fair price for her crop. It’s been a rough year, and she’s in danger of losing the land her husband left to her and the children, but she’ll need help getting both of her wagons to Jefferson safely. She knows Henry’s reputation as a layabout and is prepared for his insolence, but she is not expecting his irresistible good looks or his gentle manner. Soon they are entwined in a romantic relationship that only gets more complicated when Susannah learns that Henry doesn’t know God the way she does. Dangers arise on the road—but none as difficult as the trial her heart is going through.
Will Susannah and Henry’s love overcome their differences? And will she get her crop safely to the cotton market with enough money to save the farm? In this heartening and adventurous tale, a young woman’s fortitude, faith, and heart are put to the ultimate test.
Come along for a page-turning adventure! With a strong independent heroine and an exceptionally patient hero, the sparks will fly. You are sure to fall in love with this delightful story.
Susannah isn’t about to sell her cotton crop for less than it’s worth, after all, she labored hard for this crop along with her nephew and daughter. Susanna is depending on the money from the sale to get her and her family through another year. When the man who agreed to purchase her crop tries to undersell, Susannah decides she will take the cotton to market herself. Her best friend talks her into hiring Henry to help her. Susannah’s battle with pride at times is a bit wearing, yet, it did make her more realistic. I was pleased to see that over time she began to realize this personal flaw and I could see her improvement. It’s always refreshing to see character growth.
Henry has secretly admired Susannah for some time, and when approached to help her take her cotton to market, he agrees under one condition. He has seeds and furs to sell and wants to take them as well. Henry is quite the charming hero, his every action, of kindness and putting others first mirrors the love of God.
An engaging, historical story one that will be sure to not simply entertain you, but also remind you of our Savior’s love. I would happily recommend this story to anyone who enjoys historical Christian fiction with spunky characters. I look forward to reading more books from Caryl McAdoo.
(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
“Just believing there is a God isn’t enough. The devil believes that, too.”
About the Author:
Born in California, Caryl McAdoo got to Texas in time to celebrate her first birthday. As a Dallas seventh grader, she remembers a homework essay on ‘What will you be doing in 2000?’ Looking into the future, Caryl saw herself as an inter-galactically famous author, streaking from planet to planet signing books. She laughs, “But I didn’t start writing again until the late ’80s, then was so blessed to find the DFW Writers’ Workshop in ’93.”
Her first book debuted ’99, then for the next nine years, she averaged a title a year from four presses: two non-fiction, four novels, and three mid-grade chapter books. In March 2014, her first historical Christian romance VOW UNBROKEN
debuted from Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In April, she re-released LADY LUCK’S A LOSER (formerly The Apple Orchard Bed and Breakfast) with a new chapter. In September HEARTS STOLEN, book two in the historical romance series, and in November A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS, her first Biblical fiction series The Generations. So four titles in 2014
Book three of the historicals HOPE REBORN debuted in January to start off a whale of a new year with eleven new titles planned–God willing. THE PREACHER’S FAITH comes in February, Caryl’s first contemporary in Red River Romance series. THEN THE DELUGE COMES, volume two of The Generations, follows in March.
Also known as Grami, she loves fourteen grandsugars, and she and O’Pa—her high school sweetheart and husband of forty-five years—have been rearing four of the grandsons for the past twelve years sending two off to college in 2014. She’s dedicated to advancing God’s Kingdom through her novels, praise and worship—He frequently gives her new songs—prayers, and her testimony.
She believes all good things are from Him and that her books will minister His love, mercy, and grace to her readers. Irving, Texas remained her life long home until 2008 when she and Ron followed God’s leading to Red River County in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State.
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