Friday, August 7, 2015

Book Review: Hope Reborn by Caryl McAdoo

Hope Reborn (Texas Romance Series Book 3)
 By Caryl McAdoo
Publisher: Caryl McAdoo
Published: Dec. 20, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

New York dime novelist May Meriwether decides a heroic Texas Ranger will make a great love interest for her new heroine. Bored to tears and loving adventure, she sets out to the Lone Star State with her constant companion and confidant Chester in tow. 

Dreams for a husband and children are relegated to the recesses of her heart, the self-confessed old maid deems it too late. But the near-perfect widower resurrects a smidgen of hope. Only his impenetrable, superstitious religious beliefs stand in the path to her falling head over heels, those and his love for his dead wife. Would there ever be room for her in his heart? And would he give up his fanaticism for God? 

An unexpected romance surprises both. Hope is reborn in God’s unfailing love and grace. Can a life built on lies find the Way to confession, forgiveness, and true joy? In a day when the church offers the only stability on the 1850 Texas prairie, these unlikely players find one another and fall in love. But will it be enough?

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 My Thoughts:

Third book in the Texas Romance Series, Hope Reborn continues to follow the Buckmeyer family in Texas. This time they meet May Meriweather, famous romance novelist who has come to Texas to interview Major Baylor and Captain Rusk to fictionalize some of their exploits.

Once in Texas however, she meets Henry Buckmeyer and his family and his daughters talk her into starting at the beginning of the love story which begins with Henry and his now-deceased wife Sue.

I liked the twists and turns that drew Henry and May together in friendship and romantic attraction and separated them as well. There were some very suspenseful moments with life hanging in the balance.

I loved that Henry used the resources that God gave him (his money) to purchase slaves and then grant them their freedom. I think it speaks to the equal value of all humans no matter their colour or race.

God once again shows His mercy and grace in taking care of the characters past histories and sins and we also see Him bestow His blessings on various members of the Buckmeyer clan.

I appreciated May’s inability to understand why Henry refused to let things go very far between them given their difference in faith. I loved how different she felt once she understood that his faith was not in an imaginary being, but a true and living God.

Hope Reborn was an engaging clean historical romance novel to read. It moved along at a good pace and had enough suspense, danger and intrigue in it to hold the interest of most readers. I thought it was a great addition to this series, and I gave it a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book 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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