CrossReaders Book Review: Vow Unbroken: A Novel (A Texas Romance Book 1) by Caryl McAdoo

Title: Vow Unbroken: A Novel (A Texas Romance Book 1)

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

A spunky young widow hires a farmhand with a bad reputation to help her get her cotton to Jefferson to meet the wagon train, and sparks fly—but can she love a man who doesn’t love the Lord?

Susannah Abbot Baylor reluctantly hires Henry Buckmeyer to help her along the Jefferson Trace, the hard stretch of land between her Texas farm and the cotton market, where she is determined to get a fair price for her crop. It’s been a rough year, and she’s in danger of losing the land her husband left to her and the children, but she’ll need help getting both of her wagons to Jefferson safely. She knows Henry’s reputation as a layabout and is prepared for his insolence, but she is not expecting his irresistible good looks or his gentle manner. Soon they are entwined in a romantic relationship that only gets more complicated when Susannah learns that Henry doesn’t know God the way she does. Dangers arise on the road—but none as difficult as the trial her heart is going through.

Will Susannah and Henry’s love overcome their differences? And will she get her crop safely to the cotton market with enough money to save the farm? In this heartening and adventurous tale, a young woman’s fortitude, faith, and heart are put to the ultimate test.

Review

I enjoyed this story of the widow, Susannah Abbot Baylor, and Patrick Henry Buckmeyer. The story has so many emotions, sorrow, joy, heartache, forgiveness, acceptance and love. I found Henry to be a man of very strong morals, and to be and act more a Christian, than most Christians. He truly proved over and over to be a man of Godly character, even if he hadn’t accepted Christ yet. He was a brave, honest and hard working man, even if the so-called Christian busy-body gossips in town had decided he was nothing more than a heathen. Lesson here, “Judge not less ye be judged!” Sue is a strong woman who is a bit misguided by what she believes as punishment from God. Yes, she married against her father’s wishes, but God did not kill her husband and brother-in-law because of it, even Christians can have accidents and die. The storyline was captivating as they journey from home to Jefferson to take the labor of their hard work to deliver the cotton to market. Henry proves over and over he is a strong and extremely intelligent man with more patients than most people. Sue has to learn so many lessons in life the hard way. Overall, Christians (and yes I am a born again Christian) cannot push or force someone to come to God’s saving grace, it is the Holy Spirit that convicts. I am so glad that Henry was not turned off by Sue’s attitude, and he did find Salvation. I look forward to reading book two, Hearts Stolen.

This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

CrossReaders Book Review: Gambled Away Christian Romance Victorian by Teresa Lilly

Title: Gambled Away Christian Romance Victorian

Author: Teresa Lilly

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

When Bonnie Wurthington’s Step brother gambles her away to “Lord Blackstorm” and she is sent to his estate to work the fields, Bonnie is confussed and worried. But she believes that this is part of God’s plan for her life so she agrees to go.

When Lord Rutherford discovers that the Bonnie he won in a late night card game is a lovely and Godly woman and not the “Mule” he thought he had won, he realizes that to salvage her reputation he must marry her, but he knows that he isn’t the man of God that Bonnie needs.

Will love help them both to find out what God’s plan for their lives are?

Review

GOD WORKS ALL THINGS TO THE GOOD OF THOSE THAT LOVE HIM

What a beautiful story of love and forgiveness. Bonnie Wurthington has loved the Lord and tried her best to live a Christian life, truly letting God’s love shine through her in everything she does. Her step-brother, Con, is so jealous of her that from the time she came to live in his father’s home at the age of five, he has tormented her and called her ugly. Lord Garett Rutherford has earned the name Lord Black Storm and he is known for his gambling and winnings. Con’s cockiness and believing he can beat Garett in a card game places Bonnie in the pot, along with everything else he has already gambled away, and loses. What a shock later on when Garett finds out that Bonnie is a woman and not a mule he has sent to the family country estate. The plot was captivating and the dialogue was heartwarming. Sometimes we plant the seeds of God’s Salvation and they are reaped later on. Bonnie never lost faith that God had a special plan for her life.

This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

Book Blast: Discerning Truth in a World Filled with Lies by Ron Leonard

Book Blast: Discerning Truth in a World Filled with Lies by Ron Leonard

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Discerning Truth in a World Filled with Lies
By Ron Leonard

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About the Book:

Are you tired of being lied to? Not sure you can trust anyone outside your immediate family (and you’re even keeping a close eye on them)? Do you hate it when you discover that you’ve fallen for a lie? Then you’re in the right place. This book is dedicated to the belief that the truth can be found and is worth any price. The author shares insights and anecdotes from his various adventures in spotting lies everywhere from our culture to our co-workers.
Whether the lies come to you from advertisers, journalists, politicians, economists, friends, or even the church pulpit, this book will teach you how to question and counter the avalanche of lies you experience every day.
Additional case studies are presented that tie together the various concepts in easily understood vignettes. A bonus section shares insights on truths learned from counseling with real-live individuals and couples. Key points are highlighted by personal stories from the author’s life. Available on Amazon, Kindle, and Smashwords or signed copies are available at www.truthorcounseling.com.

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The author is a Christian therapist, MBA, and Mensa member. He has been married 25 years and has two, yes two, teenagers. After spending four years writing this book he swore not to think about writing another one for many years. Three months later, he has the rough outlines of a fiction book with two heroes, one of whom has schizophrenia.

 

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Meet Me at the River by B. J. Robinson

Meet Me at the River by B. J. Robinson

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. -Revelation 22:1-2

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words. Thessalonians 4:16-18

I lost my mother to cancer March 4, 1998, and February 23 is her birthday, so I found myself thinking of her and of seeing her again. This March, she will have been in Jesus’ arms seventeen years. They say time heals all wounds, but my heart still misses her as much as ever. Only Jesus saves and heals. Since her death, I also lost my youngest sister, and loved ones and friends have lost those they love as well. It is my hope that through this devotional and God’s Word, others who have lost loved ones will continue to keep faith and hope alive.

After Mother’s loss, I heard The Kingdom Heirs sing “Good News From the Graveyard,” and the song helped, but Robert Lowry wrote a hymn in 1864, “Shall We Gather at the River?” which eased my heart even more.

These songs and the above-captioned scriptures helped me in my time of need. God sent His Comforter and though I still miss my mother dearly, I know she’s no longer in pain, and I will see her again when we gather at the river. As Robert Lowry wrote, “Yes, we’ll gather at the river, The beautiful, the beautiful river, Gather with the saints at the river That flows by the throne of God.”

I pray you will be comforted by the Bible verses and hymns as I was, but most of all, I pray you will accept Jesus and let Him heal your heart and save you if you have not already, so you will meet your loved ones at that beautiful, flowing, crystal river and see them again. Friends and loved ones, I hope to see you there one day. Meet me at the river.

Copyright B. J. Robinson 2015

About the Author

Barbara Robinson

Bio: B. J. Robinson writes Amazon best-selling Christian and inspirational romance. She is a retired teacher with five children and twelve grandchildren as well as three dogs and a cat. Since she enjoys writing in various genres, there are numerous selections readers may choose from among romantic suspense, historical romance, mystery, and sweet contemporary romance. Robinson is an avid reader and passionate writer whose hope is to entertain her readers by taking them on a continuous journey to other worlds.

B. J. Robinson 
RIVER OAKS PLANTATION, December 2013 
Inspirational Historical & Inspirational Romantic Suspense, 
Multi-published, Award-Winning Author

CrossReaders Book Review: Hearts Stolen (A Texas Romance Book 2) by Caryl McAdoo

Title: Hearts Stolen (A Texas Romance Book 2)

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Unbeknownst to loved ones, a headstrong young wife is snatched off the prairie by two Comanche braves, carried north of the Red River, and traded to their war chief for ponies. After five years, a small detail of Texas Rangers rides into camp, and she determines that day will bring freedom or death. She’ll remain captive no more. Sassy Nightengale almost gives up hope until a company of Texas Rangers rides into Bold Eagle’s peace camp. She learns they’ve come for the negotiated exchange of stolen white women, except her name isn’t on their list. Purposing in her heart to escape captivity with her blue eyed, four- year-old that day, she does everything she can to be noticed. Famed Texas Ranger Levi Baylor spots the red headed beauty and agrees to the war chief’s price adding his personal horse and weapon to the Republic agents’ offerings. The trade propels the couple on a trail of joy and sorrow. Sweet love blossoms but must be denied. His integrity and her faith in God keep them at arm’s length, not allowing even a kiss. Sassy’s still married to her son’s father, and Levi’s honor bound to deliver her home—to her husband. Can their forbidden love be made holy? God hates divorce. Is it wrong to hope, expect Nightengale to relinquish his wife and son? Will Sassy and Levi find the redemption they seek for their troubled souls?

Review

I enjoyed this story of the widow, Susannah Abbot Baylor, and Patrick Henry Buckmeyer. The story has so many emotions, sorrow, joy, heartache, forgiveness, acceptance and love. I found Henry to be a man of very strong morals, and to be and act more a Christian, than most Christians. He truly proved over and over to be a man of Godly character, even if he hadn’t accepted Christ yet. He was a brave, honest and hard working man, even if the so-called Christian busy-body gossips in town had decided he was nothing more than a heathen. Lesson here, “Judge not less ye be judged!” Sue is a strong woman who is a bit misguided by what she believes as punishment from God. Yes, she married against her father’s wishes, but God did not kill her husband and brother-in-law because of it, even Christians can have accidents and die. The storyline was captivating as they journey from home to Jefferson to take the labor of their hard work to deliver the cotton to market. Henry proves over and over he is a strong and extremely intelligent man with more patients than most people. Sue has to learn so many lessons in life the hard way. Overall, Christians (and yes I am a born again Christian) cannot push or force someone to come to God’s saving grace, it is the Holy Spirit that convicts. I am so glad that Henry was not turned off by Sue’s attitude, and he did find Salvation. I look forward to reading book two, Hearts Stolen.

This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts