Saturday, January 27, 2018

Son of Promise by Caryl McAdoo (Celebrate Lit Blog Tour) & Giveaway

About the Book:

Genre: Women's Fiction
Released: January 15, 2018
311 pages
Be it known, your sins will find you out, but God’s mercy endureth forever!

Can a wife find the grace to forgive when her husband’s withheld the truth?

Travis Buckmeyer has a secret son, and the morning’s come to tell his sweet wife. He hates breaking Emma Lee’s heart. She promised him one ten years ago, but hasn’t been blessed to carry a baby to term. Every miscarriage made the telling harder, but now his clock’s run out. He’s going for his son, praying he won’t lose her.


My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟   (3 stars)

To start I want to say the message of forgiveness, love and reconciliation was strong and presented well in this story. Emma was an impressive character, the way she supported Travis, showered Cody with love, and cared for Winnie was a wonderful representation of how we are to share God’s love in all circumstances. I enjoyed witnessing Cody go from a troubled teen to learning about God and becoming thankful for the love Travis and Emma were giving him. As much as I enjoyed the message of the story I found the story move pretty slow and at times I found it hard to follow. One part that really bothered me were the scenes that came from the point of view of the coyote, this just felt so strange to me that it really put me off. I think this affected my experience the rest of the way through.

(I received a copy of this book from CelebrateLit; opinions expressed
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

Guest Post from Caryl McAdoo
SON OF PROMISE—a companion story to my Texas Romance Family Saga’s book ten CHIEF OF SINNERS—features Travis and Emma Lee Buckmeyer, who readers first meet in CHIEF. She’s the sister of its heroine Sandy Harris, and he is a friend of its hero Buddy Nightingale; he’s also the son of Crockett Buckmeyer (from book eight COVERING LOVE) and grandson of Patrick Henry Buckmeyer (hero of book one VOW UNBROKEN).

A standalone, it isn’t necessary for readers to know all these ancestors to enjoy SON OF PROMISE, but those who do will surely love it all the more. What I know is that this couple won a chunk of my heart. Their faith is outstanding and their love inspiring. In the ’40s, Emma Lee didn’t have the fertility options young women do today, and miscarriage after miscarriage left her hurting. That’s why he hadn’t told her.

He didn’t want to hurt her, but circumstances had changed, and time was up. She had to be told that morning he already had a son born from a one night liaison thirteen years before because he was leaving to claim his Cody from a reform school and bring him home.

The boy had never known real love, but I loved him from the first. Forced to grow up way too fast—lying, stealing, and participating in most any other rebellious act—he’s missed so much. He’s overwhelmed with Travis and Emma Lee—their home, their partnership and love for each other, and their generosity toward him.

He planned to light out from the start, but days piled on top each other, and he never pulled the trigger.

In VOW UNBROKEN, there was an awesome canine named Blue Dog, and I went into his POV (Point Of View—got into his head) a couple of times. My Simon & Schuster editor ‘requested’ that I lose those segments, and so I did. But in this novel, I get into a canine’s head again . . . I’m hoping readers will find that fun.

In years past, I owned, managed, and milked a herd of eighty-plus dwarf goats and loved their Great Pyrenees guardians, so it was fun to include them in the story. I love how Emma Lee was able to sell her paintings for exorbitant prices, but remained so humble and unassuming. And that she and Travis opened their home (they’re so much like my husband and me) to total strangers. We’ve had so many people live with us over the years, to help them, be blessings—the hands and feet of God in the earth.

I pray my story gives God glory and that its readers will be drawn closer to Him through it. He blesses me and highly favors me daily. I can’t thank or praise Him enough!

Tour Schedule:
January 26: Quiet Quilter / Carpe Diem


To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away
GRAND PRIZE: $50 Amazon Gift Card
1st Prize: Choice-of-Caryl's Titles (print or ebook)
2nd-4th: ebook of SON OF PROMISE

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    1. Hey, Caryl! Glad you're following my celebration blog tour for Son of Promise! Hugs and blessings!

  2. thank you for your post. I love how she feels about how she hope her stories effect us.
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    1. Hello Lori! I sure hope you get the opportunity to read SON OF PROMISE! Blessings!

  3. C Jane (my sister-in-law is Carol Jane McAdoo! I call her CJ ;) It's always a little confusing with two Caryl McAdoos (though she spells it the regular way) Our mama-in-law started with the initials, and I was CL for middle name Lavonne :) I want to thank you for participating in my Celebrate Lit SON OF PROMACE release Blog Tour! I'm sorry that you didn't like being in the Point of View of the dog and that it put you off so badly. I do love doing things readers don't expect sometimes . . . that make them go WOAH! But of course, never mean them to offend :)

    In book one of the Texas Romance Family Saga series (10 novels in all) I'd gotten into the dog's head (but he was a good dog) and Simon and Schuster editor made me take it out. Anyway, I apologize those few paragraphs kept you from loving the book. Other than our children's series THE RIVER BOTTOM PANCH STORIES and DAYS OF DREAD trilogy, I don't think we get in any animal's heads! :) So you may read others with no fear of ruination! :) Thank you for your review! Everyone counts, and I understand not every story is for every reader. Blessings!