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.
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