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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Book Review and Giveaway: Kentucky Bride Author: Caryl McAdoo --- On Tour with Celebrate Lit

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About the Book

Book:  Kentucky Bride
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre:  Historical Christian Romance
Release Date: June 9, 2020
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A Country Divided…And so is her heart.

Some might say you can’t be too fussy when almost every unattached young man is off fighting for Southern freedom, but that shouldn’t mean a rebel’s daughter has any business with a Union soldier. Forbidden love never created greater battles than Gigi’s unexpected love for a Union soldier.
A dashing Rebel Soldier. The daughter of a Federal Soldier. How will they overcome the odds and a war to be together? Find out in this twist on Romeo and Juliet.

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About the Author

Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling stories—over fifty published—delight Christian readers around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her; you may listen 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

It thrilled me to be a part of the North and South Collection series, a thirty-seven titles by seventeen authors project headed up by Christine Sterling Bortner. One reason is that my husband and co-writer has always been a Civil War buff, and the other because it’s such a huge undertaking. I’m actually writing two titles, Kentucky in 1861 and Nevada in 1865.
The stories are broken up by the years (1861-1865) and then the years divided into the states or territories (37 in all) as to when its most major event happened. So, if a reader stays with the series, one releases every other week, they will enjoy a chronological overview of the Civil War.
This story, Kentucky Bride is set near Bowling Green where the Confederates first set up their area headquarters. Twenty-thousand men descended on the city of seven hundred. Nearby, General Hindman with fifteen hundred men that included the 8th Calvary Regiment from Texas, a group of Texas Rangers who’d joined the effort. Of course, I had to have a Texan as a hero! 😊
My heroine is eighteen-year-old Gardenia Gladiola Garland who helps her grandfather in the family business as her papa, brother, and uncle were gone. They’d joined the Union Army several weeks before. She hates the flowery name her mother pinned on her almost as much as the war and insists on being called Gigi.

My Texas Ranger hero, Ephraim Edward Kerns is sent to meet a supply wagon and it surprises to find such a lovely young woman muleskinning. He ties his horse to the back of the wagon and takes over for her, falling in love with her intelligence, beauty, and determination practically at first sight.

This Texas author hopes readers will love these two young ones, and I’m always “Praying my story gives God glory!”

My Thoughts

I am a huge fan of this author, I love reading anything that she puts out. In this love story which is set in 1861 Kentucky during the Civil War. This is the 8th book in the North and South Series (which is a multi-author collab)  Kentucky, trying to be neutral - allowing residents of the state to sign up to fight with the Union or Confederacy. The author always has wonderful names for her characters. 18 year old GiGi, has had to see her father, brother, and uncle  off to war with the Union Army. She does not know where they are at the moment.  Ephraim, a Confederate Texas Ranger meets GiGi and it is love at first site. He showers her with compliments, is a Christian and desires to be married. GiGI's mother is concerned since her husband is fighting the Confederacy. Can they seek the Lord's will for their lives? Does it include GiGi marrying a Confederate? 

This is a sweet love story - with great research. The author has done great character development, written a wonderful story that left me smiling. 

While this is part of a series, I have not read all the other books. 

Thank you to the author, and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour. 

Blog Stops

Novels Corner, July 12
Pause for Tales, July 14
Bizwings Blog, July 18
Betti Mace, July 20
KarenSueHadley, July 21
Artistic Nobody, July 22 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)


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.


  1. I really love the sound of this book! I've not read too many "love at first sight" stories, so this would be interesting. :-)

    Thank you for your review and participating in the blog tour for Kentucky Bride!

  2. This sounds like a really good read.

  3. Wonderful review! Caryl is one of my must read authors! Thank you for hosting.