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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Book Review and Giveaway --- Lilah Author: Caryl McAdoo on tour with Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Book:  Lilah
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: May 3, 2020
How can death, betrayal, a rash proposal, and revenge lead to romance?
An abusive controller compels reluctant travelers westward. To flee her foul stepfather, Lilah proposes marriage to the wagon train scout, which only leaves Padraig thinking she’s a bit soft in the head. It’s 1855. Come join the journey along the Oregon Trail with Captain Cumby. Wagon Ho!

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About the Author

Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling novels—over fifty published—delight Christian readers around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her—listen to a few at YouTube. Sharing four children and eighteen grandsugars with Ron, her high-school-sweetheart-husband of over fifty years, she lives in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas. The McAdoos wait expectantly for God to open the next door.

More from Caryl

Writing Lilah wasn’t as easy as some of the past stories because of dealing with such an evil man—her uncle then stepfather, forcing himself on her mother after Papa passed. But my young heroine’s courage, spunk, and daunting outspokenness had me grinning in no time.
Straight off the bat, the fifteen-year-old proposes to the first single man she runs into! It almost reminds me of my own romance, when on the second night of our life together (we’d had our first date the evening before) my husband Ron told me, “I know it doesn’t mean much now, but I love you.”
Later I learned he’d told his mother that same night that he’d met the girl he was going to marry. She didn’t share that until after we were an old married couple with two little boys.

We all have our own love stories, and I’d love to hear yours! This is the reason I so love writing romance! And historical romance is even better because I loved the way women were so honored back then. For the most part, they stayed home and reared their own children and worked hard as the helpmate of their husbands.
Plus, I love the research for the era of the novels and once written, a historical is never out of date! Contemporary romance will be outdated almost as soon as it’s written these days due to the technology. In my lifetime—the first twenty years of such is now considered as “history” by the publishing industry!—things have changed extraordinarily!
I don’t know if any generation has seen such advances as my own. My parents’ watched the first televisions, but that can’t begin to compare with computers in every home. I believe we truly are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation—a peculiar people who will show forth the praises of Him Who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light!
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord with me and be blessed!
This Texas author hopes readers will love Lilah as I always am, “Praying my story gives God glory!”

My Thoughts

 First and foremost, I love everything that this author puts out. She always writes God inspired stories that are right from the heart. I got to know the author through facebook parties - and she is always one to interact with her readers. Which makes me love her even more. I love the cover of this book. It is so well down and fits the character to how I imagined her. In this story, you will meet Lilah. She does not have a great home life - and is not a fan of her step dad. She is desperate to get away. So much so that while on a trip westward -- she proposes marriage to Padraig, who is the wagon train scout. This book is set in 1855 - where a woman proposing marriage was not a common thing. I always love how historically accurate the author writes her story - it's like getting a history lesson while I read. This book does touch on rape and kidnapping - but it is done in a VERY tasteful, God centered way. The author has crafted an amazing story - she has written memorable, realistic characters - and this might be my favorite book by the author. 
This book is part of a series, I have not read the other books and I did not have any problems following along. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program -- all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

By The Book, June 9 (Author Interview)
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, June 12 (Author Interview)
Betti Mace, June 13
A Baker’s Perspective, June 15 (Author Interview)
Artistic Nobody, June 17 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
My Devotional Thoughts, June 18 (Author Interview)


To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.