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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Book Review and Giveaway --- A Nurse for Jacob by Caryl McAdoo On Tour with Celebrate Lit

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About the Book

Book:  A Nurse for Jacob

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre:  Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: July 2, 2020

A Nurse for Jacob

Physician heal thyself
While physical wounds heal with time, a special balm is needed to heal those sick of soul. In the Civil War aftermath, two such people’s paths cross. Recent graduate of the Harrow School of Nursing first class in May 1868, Lydia Andrews arrives at the Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, hired on Clara Barton’s endorsement. There she meets Doctor Jacob Johnston, and both soon learn that love is the salve to soothe wounded souls.


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About the  Author

Caryl McAdoo

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 nineteen 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.




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From the get-go, the idea about writing a story with a nurse heroine intrigued me; I haven’t had one before. My niece is a nurse and I have several friends and readers who serve. I believe nursing is a divine calling and admire the many who choose to be a medical servant.

The connection in the multi-author Nursing the Heart Collection is that the first class of nurses recently graduated from the Harrows’s School of Nursing are placed across the country through the friends and acquaintances of Clara Barton, who teaches at the school.

So I joined the project and started my research of medical practices in the post-Civil War years. It was a time where many medical breakthroughs occurred, and older instruments were greatly improved. I so enjoyed learning how healthcare practices have changed.

I think you’ll enjoy all that to as an integral part of this historical romance. This Texas author hopes readers will love my two medical servants, Lydia Andrews and the older Doctor Jacob Johnston, and I’m always “Praying my story gives God glory!”

My Thoughts

I took this book with me when my husband and I went to the beach. I started reading it on my first trip out of the water - and did not want to stop. Set in Lousiana post Civil War it was the perfect beach read. 
This book is part of a series - and I have read one other book (A Nurse for Niall) and I love the theme of this series. Both books have been unique and original. In this book, we meet Lydia is fresh out of nursing school. Clara Barton has helped get her a position in New Orleans. Lydia also has a gift. She served as a nurse during the Civil War. She learned how to stitch up people and do more then nurses were doing at this time. Because of this gift, she catches the attention of Dr. Jacob Johnston. Dr. Johnston admires her work, and her. Jacob is a drinker - but when he meets Lydia - he wants to change. 
This book does touch on premarital sex, a pregnancy and a miscarriage - but Caryl does it with grace and tact. 
This book was such a fun read - original characters and storyline - and I loved learning about the characters. I have read several of Caryl's books - and I always love them. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Blogging Program. All thoughts are my own, 

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 11

Splashes of Joy, August 11

Texas Book-aholic, August 12

Inklings and notions, August 13

For Him and My Family, August 14

Captive Dreams Window, August 14

Betti Mace, August 15

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 16

Older & Smarter?, August 17

deb’s Book Review, August 18

Artistic Nobody, August 19 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Ashley’s Bookshelf, August 20

Pause for Tales, August 20

Connie’s History Classroom, August 21

KarenSueHadley, August 22

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, August 22

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 23

Simple Harvest Reads, August 24 (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. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review and the book and author details, this sounds like a must read for me.