Daughters of the Heart 

Daughters of the Heart, by Caryl McAdoo, is a 271 page novel in the Historical Christian Texas Romance genre.  It is the fifth book in The Texas Romance series.  It can be read alone, but it’s recommended that each story be read in order to get to know the characters better.  This novel was published by the author.  It was released on September 1, 2015.


God’s perfect plan is sometimes so hard to determine.
Gwendolyn, Cecelia, and the youngest, Bonnie, make a pact never to break their father’s heart like their big sister did. Then their determination is sorely tried when suitors show up, and he gets so pigheaded with his rules.
Will Henry survive his daughters coming of age? Will they endure and keep their promises to each other?
From one man asking to court her—who Daddy sends packing—Gwen goes to three! How can she ever decide? Cecelia knows exactly who she wants, but she’s still a year away from Daddy’s acceptable courting age. What if her beau doesn’t know or won’t wait? And Bonnie hates being the baby and wants to be grown-up more than just about anything…except her man. She is for sure and for certain in love.
In his life, Henry Buckmeyer has never been so beside himself. His little girls are so young, just babies, too young. He hates the whole idea of men coming to take them away and is inclined to shoot every one of them, but praise God for a level-headed, loving wife and step-mother! She helps keep him sane amidst the female chaos. Packed with fun, romance, deception, action, heartbreak and tears, this delightful Christian novel keeps the twists and turns coming.
Will the Buckmeyer home ever be settled and peaceful again? Will any of his daughters find true love…a man he’ll approve and to whom he can give his blessing?

My Viewpoint

Daughters of the Heart is a delightful story that is set between 1853 – 1854.  It relays a time when young men were required to ask for a young lady’s hand in marriage.  The two were never allowed to be alone without a chaperone.  There were morals in daily living and the utmost respect toward elders.

The story zones in on two daughters who feel that they are ready for marriage.  One is almost 19 and the other is almost 18.  Their older sister had run away without getting permission from their father to marry, so Henry Buckmeyer, their father, has made it very clear that the two young ladies will not be able to marry until they are of age – 18.

The story brings forth romance that blossoms ever so quickly making each young lady ready to marry.  Although romance is the main subject, there are snagholes that bring surprise into the story.  The characters are very likeable and reveal an honesty that has long been forogtten.  It is a story worth reading!!

I give Daughters of the Heart a 4 out of 5 stars.  It was well-written and enjoyable. Words and phrases used were based on the time period, which was exciting to read.

About the Author

Caryl, praying her story gives God glory, loves writing for Christian genres–historical and contemporary romance, Biblical fiction, and mid-grade especially. In 2014, Simon and Schuster debuted VOW UNBROKEN, a historical Christian romance set in 1832 Texas, and Caryl followed with three additional novels. In April, LADY LUCK’S A LOSER (contemporary, mature, inspirational romance); September’s debut, HEARTS STOLEN (set in 1839-1844), book two of her historical Christian Texas Romances–a #1 Amazon Best-seller; and in November, A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS, volume one of her new Biblical fiction series, The Generations–also an Amazon #1 Best-seller.

For every good blessing – including ten children (four by birth, six by marriage) and sixteen grandsugars – she gives God the glory. Caryl lives a country-life with Ron, her high school sweetheart husband of forty-seven years and two grandsons, in the woods a few miles south of Clarksville, Red River County seat, located in far Northeast Texas with two grandsons Christian (16) and Benjamen (13).

Visit Caryl’s website – http://www.CarylMcAdoo.com or her blog – http://www.CarylMcAdoo.blogspot.com

Thank you to Celebrate Lit for allowing me a free copy of this story in exchange for my honest opinion.  No monetary compensation was received and all opinions are my own.