Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Book Review: Vow Unbroken by Caryl McAdoo

Vow Unbroken
By Caryl McAdoo
Publisher: Howard Books
Published: Mar. 4, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

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.

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My Thoughts:

Vow Unbroken is a delightful historical fiction novel with clean romance of life in the 1800’s where Susannah, young widow raising two children – her nephew and her daughter, needs to sell her cotton. But when the man who promised to buy her cotton reneges on the promised price, Susannah decides to set out and take her cotton to Jefferson herself. Needing help to get both her wagons safely to town, she is forced to hire the only man available, who is rumoured to be slothful. Nevertheless, she is determined to get her cotton sold, or she will lose her farm.

We follow the small family and the hired man Henry along the trace as they make their way to Jefferson. The plot is filled with many of the difficulties that might have befallen those who would’ve undertaken such journeys in those days and the Ms. McAdoo does a splendid job of developing the characters of the stubborn, feisty Susannah and the gentle, forgiving Henry.

Susannah has been a widow for about 10 years, since her husband Adam died in an accident. She has vowed that she will not marry a man who is not a believer in Christ. As she begins to develop feelings for Henry, she struggles with her feelings because she knows he is not a believer. Not only that, but she feels exceedingly guilty since when she can stand back and look on her own behaviour, she can see that there are times when Henry, the unbeliever, behaves more like a Christian than she does. How can she win him over to the Lord like this? I loved this truth in this book. No Christian is perfect and yes, sometimes we don’t behave as we should. I think it’s a great reminder not to beat ourselves up, but to keep striving to do what is right.

Caryl McAdoo has done a splendid job of putting together an interesting plot with excellent pacing about characters you can really care about. What woman wouldn’t fall in love with a man like Henry?

If you enjoy historical romance, you are going to love debut author Caryl McAdoo. I highly recommend Vow Unbroken! 5 stars out of 5!

Thank you to Howard Books for providing a review copy through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Caryl has always loved to write, and she's excited with her first historical Christian romance VOW UNBROKEN, debuting March 2014 from Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. For every good blessing - including 10 children (4 by birth, 6 by marriage) and 14 grandchildren - she gives God the glory. Caryl lives a country-life with Ron, her husband of forty-five years and four grandsons, outside Clarksville, Red River County Seat, located in far Northeast Texas

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1 comment :

  1. Thank you so much, Kathryn. I'm SO glad and humbled by your awesome review. I keep getting teary eyes and can't finish reading these five star reviews. I know God gave me a great story, and He certainly deserves ALL the glory, but that He allowed my name on this book - - - that so many people are enjoying - - - it is overwhelmingly schweet! Hugs and blessings from Texas!