At Liberty to Love
Obedience is better than sacrifice…and trumps romance, no matter how sweet.
Profound loneliness propels a childless widow west with the idea of choosing an orphan to share her life. On the way, a fellow traveler takes her by surprise. She never dreams, is unprepared, doesn’t need another man, but can’t get him out of her head…or heart. He’s so perfect—every bit the one she’d searched for as a young woman—except his mistrust of God has erected a wall she cannot breach.
Marcus Ford blames God and struggles for peace after losing his wife and baby. Not once has he considered another woman could be the answer, but the widow is like none other he’s ever met. He falls hard, but plans are taking him east. Hope dashed sends two hearts into the pit. If only Ford could forgive God or the widow ease up on her adamant resolve.
Will God’s mercy shine a beacon in the fog of despair and prove sufficient to heal their souls?
Caryl, praying her story gives God glory, loves writing for Christian genres--historical and contemporary romance, Biblical fiction, and mid-grade especially. Born in California, Caryl got to Texas in time to celebrate her first birthday. As a Dallas seventh grader, she remembers a homework essay on ‘What will you be doing in 2000?’ Looking into the future, Caryl saw herself as an inter-galactically famous author, streaking from planet to planet signing books. She laughs, “But I didn’t start writing again until the late ’80s, then was so blessed to find the DFW Writers’ Workshop in ’93.”
For every good blessing - including ten children (four by birth, six by marriage) and sixteen grandsugars - she gives God the glory. Caryl lives a country-life with Ron, her high school sweetheart husband of forty-seven years and two grandsons, in the woods a few miles south of Clarksville, Red River County seat, located in far Northeast Texas with two grandsons Christian (16) and Benjamen (13).
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Book Review by Bree Herron
At Liberty To Love, was the first book I had the privilege to read by Caryl McAdoo. I found myself swept away into Post Civil-War Texas and also the western expansion into California. I immediately felt a kinship with Rebecca, a strong,faith minded widow. Rebecca believes deeply in her faith in the Lord and her ability to achieve her dreams, traveling as a single woman across the frontier to adopt her child(ren). Knowing that she is facing an unusual circumstance with adopting, Rebecca keeps her prayers flowing. Within the first four chapters Rebecca meets Marcus and is instantly in love.At Liberty to Love by @carylmcadoo on tour now with @celebrate_lit. Lots of #giveaways. Follow now! Click To TweetLove can be as instant as a stare, and though they struggled to be polite or even on the same ground, love is certainly a point that McAdoo stresses between these two characters. Marcus however, is not a man of faith. After the loss of his family, he struggles to see how a God can be good. This is the wrench in their relationship, that at times seemed steamy enough in imagery to make you think bout would change for one another.
I found myself relating to Rebecca, no I am not a widow, though as a woman with a faith I do believe that the man I end up with should have a faith and fellowship as well. McAdoo, speaks so freely of faith and the joy of worshiping with love in this book that it made my heart burst. I enjoyed meeting the characters in this series, each one held a personality or trait that made the book unforgettable. I did at times get distracted by the other characters’ relationships, and have hopes to see them played out. Marcus was an awe inspiring character. He finds faith in a moment of darkness, and I would have loved to have read more on his start in the faith.
I certainly recommend this historical Christian fiction book to any reader that wants a solid faith finding and romantic driven book. Need a strong woman character? A Man that is down on his luck? Want a happy ending that opens your eyes? Then READ this book! I hope one day to have a bond that these two characters built and I look forward to many more books by McAdoo.
I was honored to receive an advanced copy of this book from Caryl McAdoo and Celebrate Lit fora fair and honest review.
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