by Caryl McAdoo
From Amazon ~
Behold how good and pleasant it is to dwell together in unity.
In Book One of the Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection Two, just as Mexico and the United States both wanted the Republic of Texas, best friends Charity and Arlene want the same man! Which will the Texicans choose? Who will the man? Will Eberhart de Priest, the object of the young ladies’ desires, follow his heart or his mother’s advice? And what of the interloper from New Orleans who knows exactly whom he loves? Can a Christian find happiness with a non-believer? Only the Lord knows the future, but He does give the desires of the heart to those who delight in Him.
My Comments ~
Eberhart de Vecchi, akd Hart
Corbin Harrell—stepfather to Charity
Arlene Van Zandt
In 1845 Texas teeters between being a Republic, or joining the USA. That’s the time frame and setting of Texas Tears by Caryl McAdoo. The opening chapter settles us right into the story in the aftermath of the Texas Statehood convention. As the primary characters return to their homes from said convention, the reader can almost choke on the dusty stagecoach ride, but it’s not until they arrive home that the story really ramps up.
A stranger rides into their lives on a gorgeous black stallion and immediately wins the hearts of the two best friends, Charity O’Neal and Arlene Van Zandt. These two friends find their lifelong relationship strained over his attentions, first flirting with one, then the other. But which one will handsome Eberhart de Vecchi, aka de Priest, choose?
To complicate matters, or maybe solve them, another fellow saunters into the story. What a contrast Landry Humble presents! Where “Hart” swaggers with self-awareness, Landry displays a selflessness nature filled with manly confidence. When he meets Arlene, he falls in love at first sight. He even proposes right off the bat! But his bravado offends her, especially since she only has eyes for Hart. Trouble is, Charity has claimed Hart for her very own Prince Charming!
Will either fellow pick Charity? Who will win Arlene’s heart? I’ll never tell. You’ll have to buy this delightful romp through the Texas countryside to find out. That said, the things I loved best about this story are Caryl’s children, especially the boys. They’re such little boogers, to borrow a word she uses, that this reader fell in love with them. Also loved is her Texas jargon which adds authenticity as well as local flavor. Then too, the fun story line keeps the story moving. It’s truly light, easy reading, not a suspenseful, dire, moment in the whole book…unless you count a broken teenage heart or two, thus the title, Texas Tears.
This full length novel was provided by the author, Caryl McAdoo, for comment in a pre-publication and unedited format. This reviewer is under no obligation to provide a positive review. But how could this reviewer not recommend Caryl McAdoo’s delightful story!