Shannon here: Caryl McAdoo shares insight into the heroine from her Historical Romance, Ruth. Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing for an e-book copy. Deadline: May 22nd, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Caryl:
TRUE LOVE . . . What is it?
In my new historical Christian romance novel RUTH—not the Biblical Ruth, just a young woman with the same name—my heroine has made a huge mistake in love. Deceived into believing that a man loved her, she went too far and soon found herself in the family way.
That’s when she found out he was actually married. She’d been so sure he truly loved her, but she’s now on her own. Her plans are to go west. Many folks were talking about it in 1843 . . . the year of the Great Migration, the first huge wagon train from Independence to Oregon.
With God’s help, she made it to the Missouri River, but she’s down to her last coin, broken in spirit, with a three-month-old to care for. All her high plans were for naught until that morning when a goat’s untimely death renews her hope.
A young girl, thirteen-year-old Hannah, comes into the café frantically looking for a freshened goat or cow for sale. Ruth calls her over and finds out the cause of her desperation then volunteers to follow her back to the wagon train where Logan, the girl’s father, pats his bawling, hungry, motherless, two-month-old son’s back.
She nurses the baby and he promptly hires her to go with them to Oregon—God used her ability to feed an infant to her good, to bring her dreams to fruition. He immediately proposes a marriage, but she’s determined to hold out for the true love she hopes to find at trail’s end.
What is true love? It’s physical attraction, emotional bonding, and spiritual oneness, wanting to be with other all the time, twenty-four/seven. It’s touching one another without even thinking about it. It’s long conversations, bearing your innermost thoughts and secrets. It takes God as a third partner in the union.
The sojourners of that wagon train carved the way out for thousands who came behind them. Hudson Bay agents at Fort Hall told the families they should abandon their wagons and continue the last leg of the journey with all their belongings strapped to their pack animals.
But a missionary to the Cayuse Indians Marcus Whitman, returning to Oregon persuaded them to continue with their wagons. God’s servant convinced them that with that many men, they could cut their own ways through the Blue Mountains.
It wasn’t easy—far from it, but Ruth wanted true love and refused to settle for anything less. She wanted a new beginning, and God gave her the desire of her heart. She wouldn’t make a second mistake in love.
About Caryl: Award-winning, Christian author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory. Of her best-selling novels, readers love her historical Christian romance family sagas most, but she also writes Christian contemporary romance, mysteries, Biblical fiction, and also for young adults and mid-grade booklovers. The large majority of reviewers award her stories five-stars and praise Caryl’s characters, counting them as family or very close friends.
The prolific writer loves singing the new songs God gives her almost as much as penning tales—hear a few at YouTube! Married to Ron fifty-three years in June, she shares four children and twenty-one grandsugars with her best friend. The McAdoos live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door. Learn more & connect:
About the Book – Ruth:
The Lord works in mysterious ways.
Fleeing heartache, shame, and betrayal, Ruth finds all her plans are thwarted until the untimely death of a goat that gives her hope! Hired as a wet-nurse for Logan’s motherless son, she rejects his marriage-of-convenience proposal, hoping to find true love at the trail’s end. Going West (in what was later called the Great Migration of 1842) satisfies the widower’s wanderlust, and even though she turns him down, he determines to prove his love is true. Come along on this infamous journey of love and adventure.
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Question for Readers: Have you ever found yourself at the end of your ropes and couldn’t see a way, but God made a way for you? I’ve been there. Would you share with us?
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