Recap – August 2017

August sure has been fun! I reviewed 10 books, and interviewed 2 authors. We also had a special bonus; A Cover Reveal for Sarah Monzon’s new book “The Esther Paradigm” (which is available for pre-order on amazon).

Join me for a fun look back at August 2017 as we have a quick recap of the books reviewed, and the author interviews that took place in August.

Clicking on any of the titles will take you to that post.

Books Reviewed:

ToWagerHerHeart  To Wager Her Heart 

VowUnbroken  Vow Unbroken

ThePromiseOfBreezeHill  The Promise of Breeze Hill

Freedom's Ring   Freedom’s Ring

MHBISV  My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley

32867786  Embracing Hope

Many Sparrows  Many Sparrows

12DaysAtBleaklyManor 12 Days at Bleakly Manor

TheLastSummer The Last Summer

ChristmasAtCarnton  Christmas at Carnton

Author’s Interviewed:

CarylMcAdoo  Caryl McAdoo

LoriBenton2  Lori Benton

Cover Reveal & Author Interview

TheEstherParadigm The Esther Paradigm


Let’s Connect:

Which of the books reviewed in August are you looking forward to reading?
Maybe you have read one of the books featured in August, which one?

First Line Fridays (8/25/17) Vow Unbroken

I don’t know about you, but for me Friday’s are busy! The good news is that all that by the end of the day on Friday we can hopefully relax and put up our feet for a bit. It kind of makes the weekend all that more enjoyable.

This Friday I’m happy to be featuring a new-to-me (this year) author, Caryl McAdoo. Earlier this month I had the privilege to read ‘Vow Unbroken’. Please make sure to enter the giveaway (click here)!


This book will take you on a journey that you heart won’t soon forget. Filled with sigh-worthy tender moments as well as heart pumping action that will keep you turning pages long into the night. (see full review here)

Ok, so this isn’t the first line, I just had to share another favorite line from this wonderful book. Make sure to see the first line below!

Be sure to check out the author interview with Caryl McAdoo and enter the giveaway!




He took the pinch of cotton Sue offered and rubbed it between his short, pudgy fingers. “I’m truly sorry, Mis’ess Baylor. Two cents is all I can pay.”

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line & then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

 Fiction Aficionado // Reading is my SuperPower // Bibliophile Reviews //
Bookworm Mamma // Robin’s Nest // All the Book Blog Names are Taken //
Faithfully Bookish // Radiant Light // Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen //
With A Joyful Noise // Kathleen Denly // Romances of the Cross // Jane Reads //
Singing Librarian // Moments Dipped In Ink // A Baker’s Perspective //
Lauraine’s Notes // Moments Dipped In Ink // Molly’s Cafinated Reads //
It’s Story Time with Van Daniker // Iola Goulton // The Christian Fiction Girl //
Book Reviews by Tima //


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Carrie at Reading is my SuperPower.


Vow Unbroken by Caryl McAdoo (Review & Giveaway)

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.

My Review:

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.)

Favorite Quote:

“Just believing there is a God isn’t enough. The devil believes that, too.”


About the Author:

CarylMcAdooBorn 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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51kh5E9Sg-L._SL250_  Chief of Sinners (Texas Romance #10)  – release date: Sept. 6, 2017

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Caryl is generously giving away 1 (one) author signed, print copy.

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1.) Leave a blog post comment answering the following question:
“What is your favorite period in history to read about”

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The winner of the giveaway will be contacted via email at the end of the giveaway as well as announced here on this page.


**** The Giveaway Has Ended ****

Winner is: Paula S.