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Monday, January 21, 2019

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About the Book

texas my texas
Title: Texas my Texas
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release date: February 11, 2019
He who puts his trust in God will possess the land and inherit the blessings.
Scripture tells a husband to love his wife, but what if she loves the memory of a dead man? Lured to the Texas frontier by more free land than they could ever buy, four families struggle to carve a home and a living out of the wilderness. And though love isn’t always easy coming, like bees to sweet flowers, a neighbor and his partner swoop in hoping to steal the hearts of the clan’s two young beauties. Will their infants spoil the ointment? Wild animals, Indians on the warpath, and living hand-to-mouth never make it easy, but my oh my—Texas my Texas! What a land!

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About the Author

Caryl McAdooCaryl 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.

Guest Post from Caryl

It’s always good to give thanks. And I’m thankful for you! I appreciate you stopping by my awesome Celebrate Lit Blog Tour! I’m thankful for each of the bloggers who signed up to participate in the tour for my January release Texas My Texas, book two in my new Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga series! And I’m so thankful the Lord is blessing Celebrate Lit as Sandy Barela blesses so many Christian authors! She is deserving of all God’s best!

In Book One, Gone to Texas, I got seventeen souls to their new home in the Republic. Texas My Texas has all the same pioneers with a few new added as they establish hearth and home in the wooly, untamed Trinity River Bottoms of North Central Texas—which later in history, becomes the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. They’re settling in what now is Irving—my home for fifty-plus years.

Only a few months has passed for my characters, Book One ends in November, Book Two picks up in March, 1841. In real life, it’s been just that long since Book One launched, too! It debuted in September and Book Two launching now is also four months! Isn’t that fun? Originally, I’d planned a different January title but pushed it back a couple of months to release Texas My Texas on the heels of Gone to Texas.

In this new story, the two young women—Gabrielle and Isabel Harrell—elicit the attention of suiters who come calling even in the wild west territory. Thomas Baldwin (a neighbor introduced in Gone To Texas) has an eye for Gabrielle and uses many excuses to visit, including taking his friend Monroe Humble to the clan’s little settlement to meet the lovey, hardworking Isabel.

But Gabrielle is pining hard for her love back home and deals with pretty severe melancholy—what they called depression back in those days. In Texas My Texas, readers will spend time with the characters they came to love in Gone To Texas. As always, I pray my story gives God glory! And that readers will enjoy the new even better than the old! BLESSINGS!


I am always excited when I get to read a book from this author. She has a gift of writing that spreads across the pages with grace and compassion. Her characters are always well developed and she makes you feel part of the story . I love the title but it could be because I am a Texan. Texas is a wonderful place filled with lots of land and people that make you feel at home. This story takes place in March 1841. The author captures the dialect of the time period perfectly. 

Gabrielle is so sure the man she loves is coming back to her. Poor thing doesn't realize he may have run scared and abandoned her. My heart went  out to her as days went by and she still held out hope for a man that may never return.  There is little time to think as Gabrielle has a son to care for and chores that never end. It was so hard to keep herself together each day and I began to wonder if she would give up hope. She is a very unhappy person , just longing for the man she loves. It hurts when your loved one is gone. Can Gabrielle find happiness?

Isabel is a wonderful character and kind of reminds me of a spitfire. She has a baby to care for . Now where did the father of the baby get off to? Isabel has her eyes on someone and she better be careful that she doesn't get ahead of herself.  Isabel catches herself day dreaming about a certain young man and her thoughts are starting to overtake her. She steps up to help Gabrielle when she notices how unhappy Gabrielle is. 

I loved reading about the dangers around the clan  with wild animals and how hard they worked everyday to keep the crops growing and enough food for everyone. I wasn't familiar with some of the things they ate but it did make me want to know more about the food they had back in the 1840s. We have it so easy today. If we are hungry, we go to the store or fast food place and there is food choices galore. As I read the story I really started to appreciate all the food and shelter that God provides for us.

I loved how the author said , " A person can waller like a hog in self-pity and regret til they make themselves sick, or they can choose to put the past behind them and look forwards instead." It made me think how much we wallow in our own misery and forget to call out to God for help. 

 The story is filled with adventure, heartache and danger.  I loved following each character and reading about how their lives took different turns.  The hero in my eyes is Thomas in this story. He is a true gentleman with kindness and patience. I realized that Thomas made me think of my husband. He is kind, gentle and oh so patient with me.  The author has given readers a  glimpse into long ago days with beauty, faith, adventure and most of all the importance of God and family.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

The Mimosa Blossom, January 12
Inklings and notionsJanuary 13
Moments, January 16
Robin is Bookish, January 17
BigreadersiteJanuary 19
Bibliophile Reviews, January 20
Texas Book-aholic, January 21
Janices book reviewsJanuary 22
Carpe Diem, January 24


To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away
Grand Prize – $50 Gift Amazon Card,
1st Prize – Signed, Paperback copy of CHOICE of all my books,
2nd Prize – Signed copy of Texas my Texas,
3rd Prize – eBook copy of Texas My Texas,
4th Prize – eBook copy of CHOICE of all my books,
5th Prize $5 Amazon Gift Card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Wow, it surprises me that there are just a few months in between the books! That must be a tough timeline for the author to keep up with.

    1. I love to write, Dianna! It's one of mine and my husband's favorite past times! Yes, we write together. :) It was my Simon & Schuster editor and NY agent who both said only one name should be on the book and it should be a female's :) He didn't care. We've been together since we were 16 (fifty two years--only married 50), so he knows I won't abscond with all the $$ :)

      This year, I'm releasing eight new titles counting Texas My Texas :) Our goal last year was to write 50K words and we wrote a few more :) A 300+ page novel has like 90-110K, and a novella anywhere from 35 to 50K for 150-200 pages. We write most days as we're retired and have been empty-nesters for the last two years :) Reared our four then four more grandsons (brothers we got at age 52 when they were 6, 4, 3, and newborn straight home from the hospital! How'd we do that? Only by God's grace and with His daily help!

      BLESSINGS! Oh and book three is coming in September!

    2. Deana, thank you for all your kind words! Your review gave me waves of glory bumps. I'm always so humbled at such great reviews like yours . . . I KNOW that the glory goes all to God, but that He would give those stories to me because He loves me so much just makes my eyes tear and my heart to overflow.

      I'm glad you enjoyed Texas My Texas! You are such a blessing to me, Deana! I'm so glad God gave you to me :) Thank you for participating in my Celebrate Lit Blog Tour! You're the best! HUGS and BLESSINGS!

  2. This book sounds like a really fantastic read.

  3. This book sounds GREAT! I cannot wait to read it!

  4. Thank you for sharing your book with us and for the giveaway as well.

  5. This sounds like an amazing book to read


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