Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

The Sound of Silver by Rachelle Rea October 29, 2015

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The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One is fighting for faith, the other for honor…

After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.

Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?

My thoughts:

Rachelle’s writing has gotten even better with this book. Her words soar off the page with grace.

Dirk is such a strong character and cares for Gwyn so much he is willing to sacrifice his feelings for her. The way he tries to push back his feelings broke my heart every time.

Gwyn is searching for who God really is. What can she believe? What can she trust? She thought she could trust her uncle and she was hurt by him.

If you enjoyed Rachelle first book you will love catching up with these characters again and joining them on this new journey. However, I do think you could read the second book and figure out what is going without reading the first if you didn’t get around to it.

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Grab your copy at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. 


Write to the Point with Rachelle Rea October 28, 2015

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Today we get write to the point with Rachelle Rea. Her second books has just released. Read on to learn more about her. 

Rachelle Rea plots her novels while driving around the little town she’s lived in all her life in her dream car, a pick-up truck. An Oreo addict, she is also a homeschool graduate and retired gymnast. She wrote the Sound of Silver the summer after her junior year of college.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

Some fun facts: I’ve lived in the same town my whole life, I got my dream car (a silver pick-up truck) at seventeen, and my name is pronounced like Ruh-shell. 😉 I’ve been writing stories since middle school, although I didn’t finish my first full-length novel until my freshman year of high school. The Sound of Diamonds is my first historical novel.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

My mama, who taught us who Jesus is by story and example. J

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

The Sound of Diamonds follows Gwyneth, a girl who wears glasses and believes in the God she’s been told about all her life, through the adventure of the Dutch Revolution and the Protestant Reformation. All she thinks she knows as truth is tested—mostly due to Dirk appearing to rescue her from a convent ablaze. I won’t give the rest away, but my hope is that all who read Gwyneth’s story are inspired to hold to hope no matter what might be crumbling around them.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

Inspiring Daring is my online journal where I like to talk about daring, courage, and going for your dreams. I also blog regularly on the books I’m reading and writing. The common theme is great fiction because I’m a big believer in the power of story

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

Recently I finished The Lost Heiress by my favorite author and one of my editors, Roseanna M. White. I really enjoyed the look into the Downton-era—and how the heroine, Brook, felt like a friend as I read her story.

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

Two years ago I entered a big writing contest, hopeful that my entry would place and that would be how my publishing journey began. Instead, I didn’t even semi-final. I considered quitting writing, but I’m so very glad that instead I started talking to my publisher, WhiteFire. Months later, I signed a contract with them!

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

I just love Isaiah 30:18 because those words remind me that God loves me so much He will rise up off His throne in order to be gracious to me, to show me love, to remind me He is with me, and to inspire me to live my life for His glory.

Where can we find you on the web?

I love social media! J




Instagram: @RachelleDianeRea




Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

Thank you, Melissa, for having me today!

ABOUT The Sound of Silver

The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One is fighting for faith, the other for honor…sound of silver

After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.

Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?

Thanks so much for visiting with my readers today. May God continue to bless your writing journey. 

Readers, come back tomorrow when I will review Rachelle’s book.


God, Please Rewire my MADFATs by James Bar October 27, 2015

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ABOUT THE BOOK (237 pages):  You, my friend, are a unique and wonder-filled creation.

You are valuable beyond your ability to comprehend treasure. In the entire universe, for all eternity, there is, and will always be, only one you. You were designed for, and placed on, planet earth to complete a mission that only you can complete.

Yes, it’s true—you are a unique and wonder-filled creation. Here’s the downside—you don’t believe it.

Do you know why? It has to do with your heritage as a human being—you’re broken.

You are not to blame. It is not your fault.

Ever wonder why you don’t understand your true worth?

Ever wonder where your beliefs about you came from? Ever wonder why you are the way you are? Ever wonder where the Motives that inspire you originated? Or, why certain Affections rule your heart—why your Desires are sometimes darker than you would care to admit—why you experience negative Feelings that regularly bring unwanted grief—why your Actions can, at times, be a source of confusion and loss—and, why you are haunted by negative and persistent Thoughts you wish would just go away?

These are the primary questions God’s system for success addresses in this book.

God will rewire and restore your Motives, Affections, Desires, Feelings, Actions and Thoughts (MADFATs).

You will be transformed by the renewing of your mind as you follow the Biblically based and simple system outlined within. You will possess a clearer vision of your purpose and realize your soul’s restoration.

Your heaven-guided, spiritual vision will clear and you will fully discern, grasp and assume the fullness of your unquestioned and royal place in the kingdom of light. 


“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” — Nikki Giovanni That certainly describes James Bars as he came to the end of self-sufficiency. When life became meaningless and desperation consumed him, James began a search for hope, purpose, meaning and wholeness. It is not by any virtue that James Bars has discovered how to help others. Rather his failures are the bedrock upon which God began to reach him and move him to share the hard lessons learned. You are on planet earth. You know many of the same struggles. But do you know the Way up? Do you have a system for success?

My thoughts:

This book hits at the heart (or mind) of a lot of our issues in life. And this was a great book for me to read on the heals of Joyce Meyer’s Mind Connection. It’s like a deeper look into the tricks your mind can play on you.

People who enjoy a more scientific approach to things will like this book especially because the author talked about the brain and the way it functions. I am not a scientific type of person so I did have trouble focusing at times because that’s just not how I learn but that’s okay.

There are a lot of good things in this book. Early on, on page 15, the author writes, “Homeostasis is your system’s tendency and ability to maintain internal stability. Anxiety, worry, fear, resentment and anger, as well as negative motives, affections, desires, feelings, actions and thoughts of any type, contribute to a lack of homeostasis and thus add to your level of stress.” I found that to be extremely interesting.

Later, on the same page, James writes, “Fear cannot be satisfied. Satan knows this and strives to keep you fear-based and stressed, so he can steal, kill and destroy your life.”  Good stuff right there.

The end of the book has worksheets so you can work on rewiring your thought process. If your MADFATS need rewiring (and whose don’t) this might be the book for you.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore,  Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, Deeper Shopping or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 


Review and Giveaway: Vendetta by Lisa Harris October 26, 2015

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“Filled with red herrings and heart-pounding danger, Vendetta will leave readers anxiously awaiting Nikki Boyd’s next adventure.”–Irene Hannon, bestselling author of the Private Justice series

No one needs to push Nikki Boyd to excel on the Tennessee Missing Persons Task Force. The case of her own missing sister, still unsolved after ten years, is the driving force in her work. When a Polaroid photo of a missing girl shows up at a crime scene, Nikki quickly recognizes similarities to the past. The closer she gets to the abductor, the more she feels this case has become personal, and she is not the hunter . . . but the hunted.

With this explosive first book in The Nikki Boyd Files, award-winning author Lisa Harris takes you on a fast-paced pursuit of justice that will have you holding your breath until the heart-stopping finish.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I really enjoyed Lisa’s previous series so I was very excited to read this new one.

I will say the first couple of chapters didn’t really grab me but then…I was hooked and I didn’t want to put the book down.

Chapter after chapter of new twists, turns and dangers. The stakes constantly being raised. And the personal connection Nikki has with the case she is working on will have you sitting at the edge of your seat and up way past your bedtime.

Lisa is a wonderful storyteller and this newest book will not disappoint.

Visit Lisa here. 

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A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. 


A Reason to Stay by Kellie Coates Gilbert October 23, 2015

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Sometimes the thing that keeps us from making the wrong choice is the one thing we can’t control

As an investigative reporter and the host of her own TV talk show, Faith Marin works to expose the truth for her viewers. But in her personal life, she’s anchored her world with firm boundaries in order to hide a family history she’d like to forget. By contrast, her husband Geary’s life is an open book. An easygoing pro bass fisherman, Geary is the ultimate family man–and his overbearing relatives don’t know the meaning of boundaries.

Faith and Geary haven’t been married long when their differences start to derail their tender relationship. Surely love shouldn’t be this hard. While Faith considers whether divorce is the only answer to their issues, tragedy strikes. With her life in the balance, she finds that the one she has been shutting out may be the very one she cannot bear to lose.

Kellie Coates Gilbert takes you on an emotional roller coaster as she weaves together unexpected trial, self-discovery, and forgiveness in this profoundly honest portrait of the tensions that can break a marriage–and the ultimate healing power of love.

My thoughts:

I loved Kellie’s first two books and couldn’t wait to read this one. A Reason to Stay was another great book by Kellie.

She developed characters and a storyline that will capture your heart and mind.

Faith is a tough cookie. She is very driven by her work and right away I could see the problems that would arise in her relationship to Geary if things didn’t change with her.

Kellie did a great job hiding and revealing Faith’s past. Even though Faith is tough she is still very likeable because you know she is hurt in someway and covering up for that and working way to hard to prove something.

If you haven’t read anything by Kellie yet this is a great one.

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A copy of this book was given to my by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 


The Mind Connection by Joyce Meyer October 20, 2015

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Joyce Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author, explores the power of positive thinking and the undeniable connection between the mind, mouth, moods, and attitudes.
Thoughts can seem random and meaningless, but they impact your life every day. It’s all connected. What you think affects your words, attitude, decisions, and emotions and influences how you relate to yourself, to other people, and to God.

In THE MIND CONNECTION, Joyce Meyer expands on the wisdom of her bestselling books Battlefield of the Mind and Power Thoughts to explain how to improve the quality of your thoughts and your life. She explores the undeniable connection between the mind, mouth, moods, and attitudes, so that you can develop and maintain the right mental position–no matter what challenges you face. Through practical advice and Scriptural insights, Joyce will help you learn to think with purpose, gain greater confidence, and claim the fulfilling life you were meant to lead.

My thoughts:

It’s good to be back with Mama Joyce. I so enjoy all of her books about the mind. She really is the go-to person when it comes to learning to change the way you think.

If you have read her other two books, Battlefield of the Mind, and Power Thoughts, you will love this one. It is a refresher on those two books but also will take you a bit deeper.

For me I have read both of those books but I am not likely to read a book twice but I will read something new so The Mind Connection was great. It reminded me of all the stuff I already knew but easily forget under the craziness of life.

If you are a fan of Joyce’s other books about the mind then this is a must-read for you. It will be like sitting down with a loving mother giving you a reminder of things she taught you once before 🙂

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

An e-copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through in exchange for an honest reivew. 


Promises to Keep by Elizabeth Byler Younts October 19, 2015

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Promise to Keep
Howard Books (October 13, 2015)
Elizabeth Younts


A Word from the Author:

I’m Elizabeth, a blessed child of The King. I’m a middle-born daughter, military officer’s wife, homeschooling mama, writer, closet DIYer, and, dare I say it, Downton Abbey addict. May I also mention that I love both my history and my coffee rich.

I am formerly Amish and my heritage is very dear to me and thankful to be so accepted among my still Amish family. I can still speak PA Dutch, too! You can learn more about my Amish family in my first book Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl.

My three book series with Howard Books (a division of Simon & Schuster) is a dream come true. The series is titled The Promise of Sunrise. In this series you will live through World War 2 from an Amish perspective and experience their unique struggles as conscientious objectors during wartime. What happened if one of their members enlisted? What was it like to serve at the Civilian Public Service Camps for years with almost no compensation? How did Amish women and families cope when a son or father was drafted? I look forward to taking you back into the richness of these years of Amish history through fiction.


World War II Marine Joe Garrison returns home from war longing to be a father to his deaf daughter, Daisy, only to find that she is attached to Esther Detweiler, the Amish woman who has raised her since his wife’s death in this touching historical romance.

Orphaned as a child, Esther Detweiler is used to caring for herself and her ailing grandmother. They made the best out of a hard life and poverty without asking for help. They even take in her shunned cousin’s deaf daughter, Daisy, when her mother dies and her father goes off to war. When Esther’s grandmother dies, Daisy is all she has.

When war veteran Joe Garrison returns, all he can think about is recovering from the horrors of war and building a relationship with his seven-year-old daughter. Daisy, however, is unwilling to leave Esther, whom she loves. Joe and Daisy get to know each other again, but Joe struggles with nightmares and fatherhood is proving to be more difficult than he imagined. Esther loves Daisy and despite her Amish ways, Joe finds himself drawn to her as a woman and not just a caregiver.

As their love blossoms, Joe decides to send Daisy away to a school for the deaf which propels their lives into turmoil and a battle for love and family.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Promise to Keep, go HERE.

My thoughts:

I have always enjoyed Elizabeth’s books. She has consistently delivers an interesting story line with likable characters. Although, I will say at first I wasn’t a fan of Joe.

There is a lot going on in this story with Esther’s family and some secrets there, as well.

Daisy is a sweet little girl who will capture your heart and you will wish you could hold her and give her some love.

You will easily be drawn into the town of Sunrise and the characters lives in this engaging book.

Visit Elizabeth here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 


God’s Time October 16, 2015

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By Joshua Hibbert

By Joshua Hibbert

Last week I said was beginning a new chapter in my story and I would share today. So here it goes.

A few years ago I wrote this post (click here). It’s very interesting to read now in light of this new chapter.

In that post I shared about my “dream” job and I didn’t get it. I was sad but eventually I realized I was where God wanted me to be.

I came to love my new school district and was sure I had found my landing place. The only downside to the job was it wasn’t full-time  but I hoped someday it would be. I never entertained leaving.

Last year my lifegroup went through a study together and in the study the pastor said God rarely says no to prayers that aren’t selfish or sinful. The answer is almost always yes or wait. I sat with my group and said, “Well, when I wanted that job it wasn’t selfish or sinful and God said no.”

I can only think how God must have been snickering from Heaven at my snotty little comment.

Four years after being turned down for my “dream” job a new position opened up in that district. The first position was working with elementary this new position was middle school and high school.

When I first decided to be a teacher I wanted to teach the older kids but during my student teaching I discovered I was pretty good with the little ones and I also had a professor speak some negativity over me and I believed him and decided maybe I would give up the dream of teaching middle and high school.

Even when I first found out about the job I didn’t think I would apply. I didn’t want to hear another no and I was happy where I was.

But something in me pushed me on. Patrick and I talked and prayed and decided to at least apply and see what happened. I was open with my current school district and told them what was going on. I even got letters of recommendation from them.

I turned in my resume on a Monday the next day I was called for an interview. On Thursday I went for the interview. I left feeling like I totally screwed it up (if you read my other post you might see a theme here). I wasn’t confident at all that I would get this job, even though a lot of people told me they had this feeling it would happen.

My son even said he asked God if I would get it and he only heard the word “yes” echoing in his head.

Still I doubted.

At this point I wanted the job bad, I felt this would be my final career move if I was offered it.

I waited over the weekend and all day Monday. Oh, did I mention the defeat the enemy tried to whisper into my heart on Friday? I so easily gave up hope and believed a bunch of lies.

On Tuesday afternoon, around 2:00, when I would normally be giving piano lessons but they had to cancel at the last minute, I got the call and was offered the job.

I got off the phone and praised God, I worshiped and cried. I knew this was a gift from Him and He deserves all the glory.

His answer four years ago wasn’t “no” it was “wait”, but I didn’t know it. I just find that so amazing.

I could really go on and on about the cool things that happened during all of this, the scriptures God gave to me, the feeling of His kindness waking me up in the middle of the night, this new place of stepping into His freedom.

I haven’t started yet, but will be soon. I had my first class to say good-bye to today. I didn’t want to cry, I didn’t want to make it harder for the kids, but I did. I do love them and I work with wonderful people. But I don’t doubt for a moment that God is moving me to a new place for a reason, for such a time as this.

Now is His perfect time and I can’t wait to see what He has planned for me.

Have you ever had a prayer answered and you thought the answer was no but after a while you realized it was wait? We would love to hear, please share. 


Murder at the Courthouse by A.H. Gabhart October 15, 2015

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Michael Keane’s stressful days as a Columbus police officer are done. He’s ready to relax into his new position as deputy sheriff in his sleepy hometown. Nothing ever happens in Hidden Springs, Kentucky–and that’s just fine with Michael.

Nothing, that is, until a dead body is discovered on the courthouse steps. As Michael works to solve the case, it seems that every nosy resident in town has a theory. When the sheriff insists Michael check out one of these harebrained theories, his surprising discovery sends him on a bewildering search for a mysterious killer that has him questioning everything he has ever believed about life in Hidden Springs.

Bringing with her a knack for creating settings you want to visit and an uncanny ability to bring characters to life, A. H. Gabhart pens a whodunit that will keep you guessing.

A. H. Gabhart is Ann H. Gabhart, bestselling author of many novels, including Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Love Comes Home, and several popular Shaker novels such as The Outsider, The Believer, and The Innocent. Ann grew up in a small rural town in Kentucky much like Hidden Springs, but she is happy to report nobody was ever murdered on her hometown’s courthouse steps. Ann and her husband still live on a farm near that same little town in Kentucky. Learn more at


My thoughts:

Readers of Ann H. Gabhart will be pleasantly pleased with this new release that is very different, yet in many ways the same, as her other books.

True to Ann’s writing she creates a small town that you will easily adore. So many interesting characters with a lot of personality.

I love that she is tackling a new genre and bringing her unique voice to a mystery.

Michael is a wonderful character. I enjoyed his point of view as we uncover the mystery of the murder. As stated earlier there are many other characters that will make you smile and roll your eyes.

If you enjoy Ann’s writing I think you will want to give this book a try.

Visit A.H. Gabhart here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 


Write to the Point with Caryl McAdoo (Part 6) October 14, 2015

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01 Front - DaughtersAn interview with Elijah Eversole from Daughters Of The Heart, book five in the historical Christian Texas Romance series of author Caryl McAdoo

Hello sir, excuse me. Are you Mister Eversole? Mister Elijah Eversole?

Yes, ma’am. That’d be me.

Oh, good! It’s such an honor to have this opportunity, Mister Eversole. I’m with the Clarksville Standard, and while I’ve read plenty of stories about California and all the gold out there,  I’ve never ever even met anyone who’s actually been there before. Is it as beautiful as they say?

Plenty soothing on the eyes, ma’am. The sun setting over the Pacific…well, it can sure take your breath. And the mountains… Yes, Ma’am, it’s beautiful alright. If you’ll excuse me…

I only have a few questions. I’d really like to write an article for the paper, and you’re so interesting. So you own a goldmine? I mean you don’t look like it. No one would ever think you were rich by looking–no offense intended.

None taken, ma’am. Sorry, I can hardly keep from grinning. Wouldn’t want you to think I’m laughing at you or anything you said…it’s just, I’ve heard tell about the rumor mongering goes on in Red River County, and your information is way off from the Truth. I do own a small percentage in the very successful Jones and Risen Mining operation. God sure blessed me the day Moses Jones walked into my shop.

So you were in another business. What was that?

Well, you could say I was a smithy, but I prefer machinist. After the gold bug bit my pa, he and Ma left. I was still in my teens and took over his business to keep bread on the table. My love is making machines though, figuring out how to help a man do his job easier. Maybe more efficiently.

Wow. How admirable is that? So you must be so intelligent. Is there a Mis’ess Eversole, or a special girl back in San Francisco, Elijah?

No, ma’am, no mis’ess. There is a very special young woman in California, but you probably know her. Mary Rachel Buckmeyer…Wheeler…er, uh Risen.

Well of course I do! Mary Rachel and I went to the same church. Growing up, I spent a lot of time with her and Gwendolyn both. Do you know Gwen, too? Or Cecelia? Because if you don’t, I’d be happy to show you around Red River County. I could pack a picnic dinner and show you the Red….

That’s nice of you, ma’am.

Oh, please, you’ve just got to call me Ronnie, well, or Veronica if you prefer. Daddy wanted a boy I guess—I’m the oldest–and he hung that nickname on me ’fore I could walk.

Yes, ma’am, I mean Miss Veronica. Haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Mary’s sisters, but I’ve come to build a steam engine for their pa, so suppose I will. If they’re anything like their older sister, I was hoping…. Anyway, I best be on my journey, Miss Veronica. I understand the Buckmeyer place is about five miles south? Is that right?

Yessir, and a few more east. I could show you where they live, ride out there with you. You going GreenspedssoftUntitledto rent a rig? I could bring it back to town for you. Wouldn’t be any trouble. None at all.

I do appreciate your kindness, ma’am, but I’m thinking I might as well buy me a horse and buggy since I’ll be here a while. Could you be so kind as to point me to a livery?

Oh, yes! I’ll do better than that. Come on. I’ll walk you right over to Duck’s. Ain’t far, and he’s got the best deals in town.     


Daughters of the Heart



God’s perfect plan is oft so hard to determine.

In his life, Henry Buckmeyer has never been so beside himself. His little girls are so young, just babies, too young. He hates the whole idea of men coming to take them away and is inclined to shoot every one of them, but praise God for a level-headed, loving wife and step-mother! She helps keep him sane amidst the female chaos. Packed with fun, romance, deception, action, heartbreak and tears, this delightful Christian novel keeps the twists and turns coming.

Gwendolyn, Cecelia, and the youngest, Bonnie, make a pact never to break their father’s heart like their big sister did. Then their determination is sorely tried when suitors show up, and he gets so pigheaded with his rules.

Will Henry survive his daughters coming of age? Will they endure and keep their promises to each other?

From one man asking to court her—who Daddy sends packing—Gwen goes to three! How can she ever decide? Cecelia knows exactly who she wants, but she’s still a year away from Daddy’s acceptable courting age. What if her beau doesn’t know or won’t wait? And Bonnie hates being the baby and wants to be grown-up more than just about anything…except her man. She is for sure and for certain in love.

Will the Buckmeyer home ever be settled and peaceful again? Will any of his daughters find true love…a man he’ll approve and to whom he can give his blessing?


Oh those teenagers! Raging hormones, sibling rivalry, heads that are empty of anything except the cutest boy on the ranch, rebellion against parental control, full of themselves, conniving, conspiring to get their way . . . on and on it goes. Teenagers! To think, all of us were teenagers once upon a time back in medieval ages . . . at least that’s what teens think about their parents. Everyone knows Mom and Dad are so out of touch and old fashioned!

Judging from Daughters of the Heart, nothing has changed today from the 1850s. Caryl Lawrence McAdoo has penned a book to tickle the funny bone and warm the heart. Her characterizations are spot on, her plot believable and her writing compels the reader to turn the page. With a villain or two who give rise to a span of time when the reader’s heart leaps into their throat and three teenage daughters whose common sense has been doused by a healthy dose of hormones, not to mention, two parents who are kept on their toes from the antics of their brood, for sure, Daughters of the Heart will take you hostage and keep you up well past your bedtime.

This reviewer loved Daughters of the Heart. I do believe it is Caryl McAdoo’s best book yet. Now up for pre-order, the reader would be well advised to reserve their copy. Can hardly wait to see what comes next from Mrs. McAdoo’s rich imagination and gifted pen.

–Cass Wessel, multi-published author of devotionals


A fun packed Christian romance novel with plenty of action, heartbreak, tears, deception, twists, and turns. Henry’s daughters, Gwendolyn and Cecelia are coming of age. His oldest daughter, Mary, had broken his heart when she eloped. Therefore they along with their younger sister, Bonnie, made a pact never to break their father’s heart like their big sister had, but when suitors show up, it’s hard for them to stay determined to keep their promises to each other. Will they ever know God’s will for their life? Will they find true love? Will Dad accept a suitor for them and give his blessings? Their loving stepmom helps them by helping their dad to see they are growing up, and he can’t hold them back. Will they realize that stepmom, May, loves them as daughters of her heart?

–Joy Gibson, a Tennessee reader and pastor’s wife



“Pa is going to be mad.”

Cecelia shot her little sister the look. The one that seemed to work less and less of late. “No, he is not.”

Bonnie leaned back on the surrey’s seat and crossed her arms over her budding chest. “Well, ten cents isn’t enough.”

“Bonnie Claire Buckmeyer! We made a deal. You know how Daddy feels about welching. You gave your word.”

“But I’m not talking about today. If you ever want me to chaperone you again, I want a quarter.”

“Mercy, girl! A dime is too much. Two bits is highway robbery.”

“Don’t care. I didn’t know we were going to just sit here and watch them work. It’s so boring. Why do you want to? Let’s just leave it.”

“They’ll break for dinner soon enough. I did not come all this way to just drop off the basket and hightail it back home.”

“Fine. Fifteen cents, and that’s my best offer.”



Award winning author Caryl McAdoo currently writes four series: the historical Christian ‘Texas Romance’; a contemporary ‘Red River Romance’; The Generations, her Biblical fiction and a mid-grade The King’s Highway. The prolific, bestselling 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+ years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying her story gives God glory, she hopes each one will also minister 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 with two grandsons, Christian and Benjamen.



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