Caryl McAdoo – Romantic Excerpt – Part 3 of 3

Shannon here: Caryl McAdoo shares a romantic excerpt from her latest historical romance, Sins of the Mothers. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing. Winner’s choice print or digital. Deadline June 6th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Caryl:

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Excerpt from Sins of the Mothers, end of Chapter One and beginning of Chapter Two:

Her wedding fell somewhat short, not exactly what she’d envisioned since a little girl. But the ceremony didn’t matter, nor the first awkward night. All that…nothing more than temporary.

What truly held any significance, she’d have for life—his name—Mis’ess Caleb Wheeler. And her love would carry her away on a grand adventure to California by way of New Orleans.

She’d heard so many stories about that town, she could hardly wait to get there and see it for herself. And she had all that buying to do, wouldn’t that be so much fun. The horse trader in her pawed the air and whinnied real loud.

She hated that the judge’s clerk served as her only witness, but being married—that’s what was important.

Who needed a big party with all her family and friends there to celebrate with her and shower her and her new husband with gifts? Her Daddy to give her away? Her new mother, the famous novelist, to give her advice? Not her.

Caleb patted her hand. “What’s wrong, Sweetness?”

She looked at him and smiled. “Nothing, just thinking I needed to get word to Daddy.”

“Want to write him a letter? Jefferson has a post office.”

“No, I was thinking once we reach New Orleans, I’d wire him a telegram.”

“How could you? Where would you send it to?”

“New York, to Mama May’s publisher. I’ve got the address.”

Caleb leaned back, exhaled, then smiled. New York was on the other side of the country. “I thought they had already sailed.”

“No, they were going to see her old home in North Carolina. Sea Side she called it, then spend a few days at her new house on Park Avenue. They don’t leave for another two weeks.”

“Good, that’s great. We’ll be in New Orleans in five days, and…” He shrugged, not enough time for him to get word to Levi Baylor. Last thing Caleb needed would be for the Texas Rangers to come after their little Mary Rachel.

“And what?”

“Well, don’t tell them exactly where we’re going yet. Let’s make sure we want to stay in San Francisco, then you can write them. Maybe they can come visit us in California after they get back.”

She nodded, then matched his smile. “Just now, I saw a bit of fear, didn’t I, husband of mine?”

“No.” Could she really read him so easy? “Well, maybe a little bit. After all, your brother and brother-in-law are two famous Rangers. If your daddy were to sic Levi Baylor and Wallace Rusk on me.”

“He wouldn’t.”

“If he did, I wouldn’t have a prayer of keeping you. Not a chance.”

She put her hand on his arm. “Yes, but you’re family now. We’re married, sweetheart.”

“Yes, we are, and I love you, Baby.”

“I love you too, Caleb. Now when does our ship sail?”

He drained the last of his coffee then stood. “Not for another three hours.” He nodded upstairs. “Want to catch a quick nap?”

About Caryl: Christian, hybrid (Simon & Schuster & Indie) author Caryl McAdoo is currently writing three series from a perspective of faith: her historical Texas Romances; the contemporary Red River Romances; and The Generations, her Biblical fiction. The novelist loves singing new songs the Lord gives her and painting. In 2008, she and her high-school-sweetheart husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-eight years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and fifteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from above. Praying each story gives God glory, she hopes it also ministers His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State.

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About the book – Sins of the Mothers: Persistent faith brings redemption and reconciliation. Blind love propels Mary Rachel to defy her father and elope to California with Caleb Wheeler. The newlyweds partner with his cousin in his San Francisco dry goods business. Unbeknownst to the young bride, her new husband sends his kissing cousin ahead to have both his love and his new wife’s money. Betrayal and murder drive Mary, soon a young mother, to the depths of despair. Is there a man who can love her enough to cover her sins and deliver her out of the horrible pit she’s dug for herself? She travels from frontier Texas to the raw bone boomtown of 1850’s gold rush days, then all the way to genteel New York to find redemption for the sins of her mothers.

I tell you what, folks, this girl can write! I do love this series, and maybe most especially this book Mary Rachel Buckmeyer is smart as a whip. She can out-negotiate the experts, out-guess marketing trends, and out-stubborn a mule. Trouble is, she tends to follow her heart into disaster. She falls in love with Caleb Wheeler, a man her father says is a boy. As she finds out, he’s not only irresponsible, he has a meandering eye, lies like a braided rug, and has all the loyalty of a new-born pup. Mary hops from one frying pan to another until one man shows up who could steady her and get her out of the fixes she gets herself into. But again, trouble is she might throw him away. When will this girl ever learn? Such a great story! I know you’ll love it
–Patricia Baxter Campbell, Author of

I’ve often wondered if the past can repeat itself in a person’s life and Mary Rachel Buckmeyer gave me my answer. Love, betrayal, despair, the sweet faith of little children, and the perseverance of a miner. These all made for a wonderful story of what life was like in San Francisco during the gold rush of the 1850’s. When I finished the last page of Mary’s story, I smiled and thought… I loved this story! But… There had better be another book coming because I want more of these Buckmeyer’s! I’d recommend this story to anyone who enjoys reading a good Christian, historical fiction of the 1800’s.
–Deanna Stevens, Nebraska reader

Question: Is there a city, state, or country you’ve always longed to live in? Why?

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7 Responses to “Caryl McAdoo – Romantic Excerpt – Part 3 of 3”

  • Shelia Hall says:

    always wanted to live in Hawaii because weather stays so nice year round

  • Jackie McNutt says:

    I would love to live in Garden City S. C. it is on the ocean , and not as touristy as Myrtle Beach.
    I lived there for several months as my dad’s caregiver and I have missed the peacefulness of the ocean, and it is not to far for me to come back to Ohio to see my family.
    I am behind in my reading but I love Caryl’s books. she is such an inspiring writer and her love for the Lord always shines through.

  • Melanie Backus says:

    I have visited nearly every a state and a few countries over seas but I am a Texas girl through and through. I will just stay right here!

  • Caryl Kane says:

    I had the pleasure of living in Colorado Springs, CO for a year. I would like to move back to the Dallas area. 🙂

  • Samantha B says:

    Nothing in particular… but I would love to live in a small coastal town. It souns like such a great place to live in 🙂

  • Samantha B says:

    Nothing in particular… but I would love to live in a small coastal town. It sounds like such a great place to live in 🙂

  • stvannatter says:

    I have a winner! Caryl Kane won the drawing. I appreciate Caryl McAdoo for being my guest and everyone else for stopping by.

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