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LATEST BOOK                                                                                                                                              A LITTLE LOWER TAN THE ANGELS                                                                                            BELOW THIS  November 1, 2014 /  Julia Wilson, UK / AmazonUK / Five stars A Little Lower Than The Angels by Caryl McAdoo is the first book in The Generations series. In the novel Caryl McAdoo has taken the Bible story of Adam and Eve, and Cain and Abel and woven it into a beautiful work of fiction, and I was truly blessed to receive a copy. All the Biblical truths remain in the story, but obviously extra fictional details have been added. These do not take away from the Bible story, for me, they added to it. They gave me a deeper understanding of some of the more difficult parts of Genesis. Now when I open my Bible, the story of Cain and Abel is much clearer. I found the part where Adam finds Eve holding the apple truly beautifully described - showing a great bond of love, not only of Adam for Eve, but an even greater love that God has for all His children. The imagery of the lion and the lamb to represent God and Jesus really will take your breath away. There is only one word to describe it...and that is beautiful. The effect of the power of prayer of a righteous man is also emphasised, and this too, had a big impact on me. Whilst most readers will know the Adam and Eve, and Cain and Abel from Genesis, I urge you to pick up a copy of A Little Lower Than The Angels, you will not be disappointed. And whilst being a work of fiction, it will help to add to your understanding. And if you have never read the Genesis story, then it will encourage you to pick up a Bible and delve into it. The novel is so beautifully written, that the reader will be left with a feel good factor. I am really looking forward to the other books in the series. October 20, 2014 / Sally Shupe / Amazon /  Five stars  I enjoyed this Biblical Fiction story! This first story centers on Adam, Eve, Cain, and Abel. Have you ever wondered what it would be like, to live during their times? Caryl McAdoo puts together a story that makes you feel like you are there. At the end of the story is a list of questions and scriptures to see how her fictional story lines up with the Bible. God’s comfort and grace have been with us from the beginning. Travel back in time and see it in operation. Namrel is an angel who watches over Abel after Cain has killed him. Abel has questions and Namrel answers them as he can. I had never thought so much about these characters as I did when I read this story. Adam and Eve living in the Garden of Eden are brought to life as Eve is tempted in the Garden by Satan. Why did God reject Cain’s sacrifice but accept Abel’s? Why did Cain react the way he did? A Little Lower Than the Angels is a wonderful Biblical adventure back in time! I look forward to reading more of these stories, bringing to life the men and women of the Bible while explaining the plan of salvation. October  18, 2014 /  Holly Michael, Kansas City, MO / Amazon / Five stars Well done, good and faithful servant of God was my first thought after reading A Little Lower Than The Angels. This Biblical fiction fleshes out the creation stories. Taking nothing away from scripture’s truth, Cary McAdoo offers an imagined story of what could be. Very well written, the book stirred my soul. My heart soared from its reminders of how the Father loves us; and it refreshed my love of Scripture. Only the Holy Bible has done that for me on such a level, and like it, this small book is one that you will want to pick up again and again. (Longer version) Well done, good and faithful servant of God, Caryl McAdoo: my first thought after reading A Little Lower Than The Angels. This Biblical Fiction fleshes out the creation stories we all know so well and brings God's beloved first couple and their sons to life. A Little Lower than the Angels does not take away from the truth of the Scripture, or add to them (as it is Biblical Fiction), yet it fills in blanks with what could be a possibility. Like Caryl's other works, A little Lower than the Angels is very well written. What this book did for me: Revelations of what could be stirred my soul. My heart soared from its reminders of how the Father loves us, and I raised my heart in praise to The Creator. T refreshes my knowledge and love of Scripture and of angels, too. The only other book that has done that for me on such a level is the Holy Bible, and like the Holy Bible, this small book is one that you will want to pick up again and again. I especially appreciated the end of the book, Search the Scriptures, where Caryl lists a few of the Biblical clues (from the King James Version) that guided her work of fiction. October 15, 2014 /  Debbie Gnomes, Grants Pass, OR / Amazon / Five stars I just finished A Little Lower Than the Angels. It was Amazing. I truly loved everything about the book. I have never read Biblical fiction before and never thought I would enjoy it. I was so happy I read this book. I loved the notes at the end. They were so helpful in understanding your writing and ideas. I must say I was crying or very emotional throughout the whole book. I would love to chat with you sometime on your spiritual insight. 5 star book again and 10 hankies at least    HEARTS STOLEN                                                                                                                              BELOW THIS      VOW UNBROKEN                                                                                                                         BELOW THIS  February 18, 2014 / Carrie Pagels, VA / Amazon /  Five stars Loved this story! Fresh strong voice from Caryl McAdoo, who, herself has personality aplenty like her heroine Susannah "Sue" Baylor. The feisty widow, mother of a nine year old girl, and custodial aunt to a teen boy, is one of the most memorable characters I've encountered in some time! Sparks fly as soon as she meets with "supposed" ne'er do well Henry Buckmeyer, who turns out to be a perfect match for her strong-willed character. I especially loved Blue Dog, who was a true hero. Our own labrador retriever was named Blue Dog because his fur was so black it looked blue. Sue's daughter, Rebecca, is personality plus, too. And Levi, her nephew, is also a well-developed character. Caryl had the dialogue down pat. This entire crew perfectly fits the well plotted and nicely paced story. The writing has a sparse feel to it. I don't mind that, in fact I sometimes write similarly. There's a Louis L'Amour and All-American feel to Caryl's writing. It's hard to find stories that are for women yet have this clean feel to them, and are rustic. Beautiful romance, one of the nicest I've seen in a while. I'm expecting this book to make it onto my best of 2014 list Dec.23, 2013 Publisher’s Weekly
In McAdoo's inspirational novel, widow Susannah Baylor, with a young daughter and teenage nephew in her care, raises cotton on a small farm in northwest Texas left her by her husband. When a local buyer reneges on his offer to purchase her crop, she finds herself with only one option: cart her cotton to Jefferson herself. Convinced she cannot make the journey alone, Sue employs Henry Buckmeyer to accompany her and the children. The town gossips have labeled him a ne'er-do-well, but, with all other potential hands already four days out on the cotton train, Susannah is forced to take a chance on him. Facing the elements and other dangers, the foursome starts out with the common goal of getting their goods to market. That joint purpose must be strong enough to overcome differing opinions on God and religion, as well as conflicts of personality. With an intriguing plot line and well-developed characters, McAdoo, who's written nonfiction and children's fiction, delivers an engaging read for her first adult historical romance. Agent: Mary Sue Seymour, Seymour Agency. (Mar.)
Sept 29, 2013 Margaret Endicott / Goodreads / 5 stars
Susannah's journey in Vow Unbroken had an unexpected stow-a-way. Me. I got so caught up in the author’s knowledge of Northeast Texas History and folklore, I couldn't stop reading for fear they may leave me behind. The details were so true to life, I was really impressed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading a Christian book that was historical and enjoyable. I would be thrilled to have Lifetime or Hallmark to make a series of Christian movies. This book is perfect. By the way you are in danger of falling in love with Henry.
Sept 26, 2013 Sharon Stephens / Goodreads / 5 stars
Loved the story and was also impressed with the accuracy of the Northeast Texas historical setting.
Saturday, December 15, 2012 Margaret E -
Congrats and may God bless you with many many more. I love love love the book. I am hooked. The book is so true to character, and I love the research you put into it. Euphemisms you used. I'm hooked. I am so proud of you . I cant tell you. That is putting it mild. Im 5 chapters in, and I know and feel these characters. I have read hundreds of these books and few are this good.
Tuesday, October 8th Mawbye, this is Jessica Lavonne.
Just finished VOW UNBROKEN. A beautiful, entertaining, purposeful story. I smiled, got tears in my eyes, got ‘annoyed’ with Sue and even convicted to examine my own heart. Thank you for putting pen to paper! Well done! Love you!