“At Liberty to Love” by Caryl McAdoo


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Obedience is better than sacrifice…and trumps romance, no matter how sweet.

Profound loneliness propels a childless widow west to choose 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?


Not willing to let age deter her from a new beginning, Rebecca leaves the comfort of her home is search of a family to call her own. Along the way she discovers that her heart and her head do not always come to the same conclusion and she decides that she cannot allow her passion to overrule her convictions. Her family comes together in a very non-traditional way, but the love and support from all of them convinces her that the Lord always has her best in store.  I found myself relating to Rebecca, knowing a mother’s heart yearns for her children no matter where her children come from. I love that Marcus isn’t made of money and works hard to earn a living.

This is a wonderful story of second chances, new beginnings and trusting God in every moment. I needed to be reminded that the Lord is Lord of second chances and that  all we need to do is remember His promises to get us through each day. Once again, Caryl weaves a story with beautiful characters and believable settings in a time-gone-by.. And most importantly I enjoy the way she brings in characters from previous books and adds new ones in a way that each story in the series could be a stand-alone book. Thank you, Caryl, for sharing your gift of story-telling with everyone.


About the Author

FireplaceBkgrndCaryl McAdoo is all about loving God! She currently writes four series: the historical Christian ‘Texas Romance’; a contemporary ‘Red River Romance’; The Generations, her Biblical fiction, and the newest Days of Dread Trilogy for mid-grade readers. Known as the Singing Pray-er, she loves praising with new songs the Lord gives her and prays her story gives God glory! In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-plus 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. Besides glorifying Him, she hopes each title 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.

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Obedience Trumps Romance

7 titles At LibertyRebecca, forty-two years young, has never known true love. Oh she’s loved—and had a best friend—but that special made-just-for-her soul mate, she’d never met. She settled, instead, and lived a happy life, even though never blessed with children. Then the unthinkable happened, and she found herself alone, widowed too soon by the Civil War that claimed so many lives.

Rather than throw a pity party, she prayed and formulated a plan for the rest of her life. God gave her a way to turn her mourning into dancing! She’d adopt an needy child to love and fill her lonely days with joy. And her sisters in San Francisco happened to have an orphanage. She’d never traveled by herself, but determined to put the idea into action, she left Clarksville, Texas for a month long journey to California!

This new story is one of my favorites as it extols the goodness of the Lord, how His plans are always so high above mere man’s, and how He moves those who love Him into place to receive His blessings. And Rebecca had loved Him since a little girl. He’d been her father when she was born without one and then when she’d prayed for a daddy, sent Henry Buckmeyer into her life.

And how do we show God we love Him? By our obedience to His Word.

Before, that’d come relatively easy for her, but early on her trip, a man climbs into the stagecoach and makes her uneasy. Glad that Daddy had bought her a Derringer and taught her to use it, she rides in silence, feeling his gaze and sneaking her own peeks from her reading.

With no idea of the test God was about to put her through, when the fellow traveler finally figures out who she is and speaks, Rebecca is taken aback by the surge of totally unexpected attraction. Marcus Ford was handsome, intelligent, and everything she’d looked for in a suitable man back when she’d been courted.

But alas, he almost hates God, blaming Him for the premature deaths of his wife and baby girl during the yellow fever epidemic that plagued New Orleans. If she leaned one thing from her mother, it was not to unequally yoke herself. Besides, her life had been planned. She had a goal and a child to save.  Plus, when her trip took her west, he went east for a job interview.

It was never meant to be. How many times do we make our plans only to be thwarted by circumstances beyond our control? We thought God had been leading us, we’d given Him the glory, and trusted the path to be in His will. So then why—when she at last had her life figured out—had she even met the man? She didn’t need another one, but never experienced what she did in Marcus’ presence.

When confronted with temptation, do we quote God’s Word to the one out to kill us, steal from us, and destroy our lives? Or do we toy with doing exactly what we know we should not? I pray as you read AT LIBERTY TO LOVE, you’ll be encouraged and root for my dear heroine to do what’s right and not give in, not fall into a place God never meant for her to be…or did He?


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I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.  No monetary compensation was received and all views expressed are my own.


10 thoughts on ““At Liberty to Love” by Caryl McAdoo

  1. YAY! You loved it! I’m so glad to hear that. It’s silly, but every new book is like, “Will they like it?” or “Is it as good as the others?” So happy happy happy that you enjoyed the story, Petra, and I pray it gives God glory! 🙂 Thank you for the awesome review!
    goes, away singing, “♥✞ ♪♫•✫I’m so happy! ♥✞♥♪*•♫♪*♪•♥♪*•♫♪ So very happy! ♥✞♪♫I have the Love of Jesus•.♪♫♪♫•✫♥ in my heart! ♫•✫♥ *♪•♫♪♥


    1. I hope all its readers think so, knowing there will be naysayers no matter what I write. Some are offended when my characters sin…but we ALL sin and fall short. I love my characters and want them to be your friends. If they were perfect, where would the conflict be? There are plenty of imperfect examples in Scripture, too…but the way I’ve used imperfect characters to bring glory to God is giving Him that glory when they realize their sin and repent. Just because they’re already saved and Christians doesn’t immune them from sin either. I hope they come across as real as they are to me 🙂


  2. Looking forward to reading this series when I get done reading the book I am reading right now. Thank you for writing books that I know isn’t going to be filled with sex, violence and foul language


    1. Absolutely, Ellen! Me, too! I love reading Christian genre books that are “safe”. Any intimacies in my books will ALWAYS be off scene. And no cursing! Though one reader gave me a one star because she thought I took the Lord’s name in vain having one of my characters say “Bless God” all the time…but I’ve learned that blessing Him in every minute can’t be enough. Not just when things go right, but when they go wrong, too! 🙂 “I” say it all the time and not as slang…as BLESSING Him! 🙂 Thanks for commenting! Hugs!


  3. Great review! Many of us need second chances and everyone deserves the opportunity to begin again. Caryl, thank you for writing books that I am proud to read (and display)!!
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    1. Oh, and thank you for your kond words, Connie! So thrilled that you’re enjoying the series. It may have 30 books before I die because I can’t imagine leaving the company of these characters 🙂 tee hee hee Hugs and blessings!

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  4. Great review I definitely want to read this set. I love it when two broken individuals come together and become whole. And who can beat a series set in wonderful Texas. fishingjan[at]aol[dot]com in sunny West Texas.


  5. Isn’t that just the sweetest, Jan? I do hope you have the opportunity to read the series, starting with book one! Hugs and blessings! Thank you for commenting and saying such sweet things!


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