A Vow Unbroken by Caryl McAdoo
Howard Books (2014)
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.
Bibliotherapy elements: Widowhood, single parenting, serving as a parent to a child who isn't your own, dealing with teenagers, learning to trust again, hard-headedness (in this case Sue Baylor had no idea what she was getting into and Caryl does a great job of showing how Henry saves her from herself!)
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.
***Thanks To Howard Books and NetGalley for providing me a copy
of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.***
Giveaway: We're giving away two copies of this stellar book this week!