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About the Book

Book: Remi
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: May 3, 2019
Remi CoverIt 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. She decides to go to California and try to fine the father she’s never known though she’s never been on her own. 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 for her?

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About the Author

Caryl McAdooFor research in December, Caryl McAdoo hit the trail—literally, the Oregon / California Trail—beginning in St. Jo, Missouri with the Napa Valley being her destiny. No wonder readers enjoy her novels so well! She prays her story brings God glory, and He blesses the award-winning, best-selling novels with a lion’s share of 5-Star ratings! With forty-three titles (thirty-three in the last four-and-a-half years), it’s obvious she loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs the Lord gives her. (Listen to a few at YouTube.) Celebrating fifty years being married to Ron, her high school sweetheart, she counts their four children and eighteen grandsugars life’s best blessings. 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.

More from Caryl

Remi, my May ‘Prairie Roses Collection’ story, picks up where Uniquely Common, my April ‘Lockets and Lace Collection’ story ends! Well, actually it backs up a bit to Remi’s decision to go west! In Uniquely Common, you meet her after she’s already in Saint Jo, trying to join the wagon train.
I fell in love with this semi-introvert, lover of literature, highly intelligent young lady, and felt the cover captured her exactly! (Thank you, Chautona Having, my new amazing cover designer! I am so blessed!)
Remi, short for Remington—her middle name as she hates her first name Agnus—is an only child reared by a single mother. Her father left years ago; she’s never met him and decides to go to California where his last letter was postmarked to do just that. It’s a long way from New York City, but better than sailing across the Atlantic.
And she can’t stay there with nowhere to live since her newest stepfather is whisking her mother overseas to his villa in Southern France. They invite her of course, but she hates boats and gets frightfully seasick! It seems the perfect time to go west and meet her Daddy. Riding in a prairie schooner would be a lark!
Researching for the covered wagons heading west led my dear husband to ask if I wanted to drive the Oregon / California Trail. Yes, yes, yes, I assured him! What could be better than seeing the rivers my wagon train had to cross, the amazing sights my characters would experience, and the terrain they navigated for ourselves?
What an opportunity God put before me!
Two weeks and forty-three hundred-plus miles later, we got back home to Clarksville, enthralled with our journey. That trip has made this story so much better for me! I hope it will make it all the better for you, too! I praise and give glory to the Lord for His many blessings and high favor.
I’m so grateful for the stories He gives us, His divine appointments—like with Sandy Barela, the founder of Celebrate Lit, all her amazing bloggers and reviewers—the doors He opens, my new cover designer Chautona Havig and all the fictional characters He introduces me to and allows me to share with you!
♫♪*`•. I’m just so excited.•*♪¨*about what the Lord is doing!•♪♫*`•. I’m just so excited Lord!! ♪♫•*¨♪ for what I know♪♫¸¸.•*♪ He will do!!*•.¸ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ¸♫♪*`•. I’m just so excited!!•.¸.• ✿And He is delighted ღ(̆̃̃ڿڰۣ✿♫♪*with my anticipation ♪♫•* ♫♪ of what I know He will do. •*♪♫•!♪♫¸•*♪ And I get to be a part ♫♪*`of what the Lord is doing!•♪♫*`•. I get to be a part! ♫•*♪¨♥ •♪♫ of what I know♪♫¸.•*♪ He will do!!*•.♫♪ I get to be a part ♫♪*♫•*♥ and He has a good plan!♪*•.✿♫♪*`•. He’s called me for His purpose!.•*♪¨ ✿♫♪*`• I have a role to play! ♪♫•*¨♪ (hear this new song on YouTube! )


Can you hear the wagon wheels as they slowly go over rough terrain? Is that dust up ahead whipping in the wind? Will the wagons be safe as they travel to their destination? Those questions are answered in this adventure as we travel along with Remi. Oh how I liked this character so much. She decides to go to California to meet her father for the first time and leaves her old life behind.. I don't think she will be missed by her mother or step-father when they say they are going to be gone for a very long time. I admired Demi for being so strong and making arrangements for her own wagon and oxen. 

I loved reading about the places Remi traveled through and how vivid the descriptions were. The author really did her research on this story as she traveled the Oregon/California trail herself which makes this story so special. Her heart is in this story as she experienced what it must have been like riding through rain and mud. I was very intrigued by the information about oxen. You don't hear much about these animals, but in the frontier they were in much demand. Their strength and endurance helped Demi as she steered them along the trail. I can't imagine what it would be like to travel by wagon for months with only what you have packed to survive on. 

There is one point in the story where Remi has to navigate her wagon through a very dangerous slope. I held my breath as she looked over the path to plot her strategy. It is so easy to get drawn into the story because the writing makes you feel like you are beside Remi in the wagon.  The story is full of surprises and emotional moments. Meeting Asher in the story was refreshing.  An honest to goodness gentleman who has a heart of gold. I loved the obvious attraction Remi and Asher have for each other. It will take some time to see where this relationship goes as both have some emotional baggage to deal with. I loved how the author shares God throughout the story and how important it was for the characters to trust Him to keep them safe.

I really enjoyed the story and how much it reminded me of my granddad. He traveled by covered wagon from Kansas to Oklahoma to homestead his land. His stories are very similar to what Remi experienced on her travels. One of the best things about this author is that she makes her characters come alive with poetic words. She brings her readers into the story and gives them a front row seat as the adventure plays out right before their eyes. I didn't want the story to end because I was enjoying my journey on the trails and feeling like I was part of the amazing adventure. I can't wait to read the next book in this adventure.

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

Blog Stops

KarenSueHadley , May 26
Emily Yager, May 29
Bigreadersite, May 30


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 Remi
3rd Prize – eBook copy of Remi
4th Prize – eBook copy of CHOICE of all my books!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. What a great review, I really enjoyed it! I can't wait to read Remi!

  2. This sounds good! I wouldn't want to live the way they do, but it's always fun to read about.

  3. This book sounds like a fascinating read.

  4. Deana, Thank you for the wonderful review! I enjoy Caryl's books!