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?
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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