About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Kentucky Bride by Caryl McAdoo: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Book:  Kentucky Bride
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre:  Historical Christian Romance
Release Date: June 9, 2020

A Country Divided…And so is her heart.

Some might say you can’t be too fussy when almost every unattached young man is off fighting for Southern freedom, but that shouldn’t mean a rebel’s daughter has any business with a Union soldier. Forbidden love never created greater battles than Gigi’s unexpected love for a Union soldier.

A dashing Rebel Soldier. The daughter of a Federal Soldier. How will they overcome the odds and a war to be together? Find out in this twist on Romeo and Juliet.

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The Civil War was known for dividing our country but we Kentuckians know that this war also divided families. Kentucky was a neutral state so its men fought on both sides. One brother might choose the Union while the other chose the Confederacy and fathers often were pitted against their own sons. But what would happen if a daughter of a Union soldier found herself falling in love with someone fighting for the South? This is the premise of Kentucky Bride and author Caryl McAdoo has written a wonderful tale of love, loyalty, and trying to do the right thing. Gardenie Gladiolia Garland and Ephraim Edward Kerns are immediately drawn to each other but the deadly war and their divided loyalties are certainly a hindrance to their romance. Will their differences prevent them from being together? Can Bowling Green, Kentucky survive the Confederate troops that have invaded their small town? Will this Romeo and Juliet find happiness once the war is over?

McAdoo has created an enjoyable story filled with memorable characters, historical detail, and a message of God and faith. I recommend Kentucky Bride to fans of historical fiction and Christian romance.

I received a digital copy of this book from the author via Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Author

Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling stories—over fifty published—delight Christian readers around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her; you may listen at YouTube. Sharing four children and eighteen grandsugars with Ron, her high-school-sweetheart-husband of over fifty years, she lives in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas. The McAdoos wait expectantly for God to open the next door.

More from Caryl

It thrilled me to be a part of the North and South Collection series, a thirty-seven titles by seventeen authors project headed up by Christine Sterling Bortner. One reason is that my husband and co-writer has always been a Civil War buff, and the other because it’s such a huge undertaking. I’m actually writing two titles, Kentucky in 1861 and Nevada in 1865.

The stories are broken up by the years (1861-1865) and then the years divided into the states or territories (37 in all) as to when its most major event happened. So, if a reader stays with the series, one releases every other week, they will enjoy a chronological overview of the Civil War.

This story, Kentucky Bride is set near Bowling Green where the Confederates first set up their area headquarters. Twenty-thousand men descended on the city of seven hundred. Nearby, General Hindman with fifteen hundred men that included the 8th Calvary Regiment from Texas, a group of Texas Rangers who’d joined the effort. Of course, I had to have a Texan as a hero! 😊

My heroine is eighteen-year-old Gardenia Gladiola Garland who helps her grandfather in the family business as her papa, brother, and uncle were gone. They’d joined the Union Army several weeks before. She hates the flowery name her mother pinned on her almost as much as the war and insists on being called Gigi.

My Texas Ranger hero, Ephraim Edward Kerns is sent to meet a supply wagon and it surprises to find such a lovely young woman muleskinning. He ties his horse to the back of the wagon and takes over for her, falling in love with her intelligence, beauty, and determination practically at first sight.

This Texas author hopes readers will love these two young ones, and I’m always “Praying my story gives God glory!”

Blog Stops

Novels Corner, July 12
Pause for Tales, July 14
Bizwings Blog, July 18
Betti Mace, July 20
KarenSueHadley, July 21
Artistic Nobody, July 22 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)


To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. This sounds like a good book from your review! Falling in love with the "wrong man" would certainly bring conflict to the relationship.

    Thank you for sharing about "Kentucky Bride" and participating in the blog tour!

    1. Hello Trixi! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings

  2. Sounds like a book I will enjoy.

    1. I'm sure you will, Rita! It's gotten great reviews all the way around :) <3 Blessings

  3. Wonderful review, Connie! Caryl is an exceptional author. I'm looking forward to reading the "Kentucky Bride".

    1. Aww! Thank you for the kind endorsement, Caryl. I LOVE the way your mother spelled your name! BLESSINGS

  4. This sounds like a really good read.

    1. SO far all the readers think so according to the reviews! I am so grateful for the stories Gof gives me! :) I hopr you enjoy it, Debbie!

  5. Connie, thank you so much for choosing to read KENTUCKY BRIDE for its Celebrate Lit Blog Tour! I know there are so many to choose from. Hugs and Blessings! I do appreciate you! Glad you enjoyed the story! <3