09 September 2014

Caryl McAdoo's Hearts Stolen - Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Hearts Stolen by Caryl McAdoo

Spunky 15-year-old newlywed, "Sassy" Nightengale,  finds herself stolen by Comanche Indians and forced to become the wife of the chief. But her friend's brother, a Texas Ranger, has never given up looking for the young woman. When the US government makes a treaty, five years later, returning captives to their homes, she and her young son are taken back, facing immense dangers as they journey home.

Levi Baylor has won himself a reputation bigger than life and is a wonderful hero in this story. Very nice secondary romance between his sidekick and another young woman who'd been adducted.

Although it is problematic to think of a married woman falling in love with another man, Caryl does a great job of addressing the reasons why and provides a satisfying resolution to the problem. I knew she would, wondered how she did it, and she delivered a great HEA (happily ever after!) for the couple.

We're reintroduced to some stellar characters from the first book in this series, published by Howard Books in 2014.


SPOILER ALERT!!!  Stop here if you don't like spoilers!

I was disappointed by the death of a very special character. My advice: When you are finished reading about the nice ending for the hero and heroine, stop reading. Then before you read Caryl's next book, read that section! However, I'm pretty much a big wimp when it comes to things like this because I get so attached to special characters.

Caryl McAdoo's first book "A Vow Unbroken" in the series is on my Best of 2014 list! If you haven't already read it, I suggest you pick this novel up first before you read book two because it will help you understand the previous storyline. I do think this could be read as a standalone but it would be best to read them in order.


Giveaway: We're giving away a copy of either of the books in this series this week! Leave a comment.

32 comments:

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    1. Hope you'll like it Anne! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. I remember seeing A Vow Fulfilled as it made the rounds of the blogs and thinking it sounded goo, but haven't read either book yet. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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    1. Hi Patty! VOW UNBROKEN debuted last March and not HEARTS STOLEN this month. HOPE REBORN is coming in January, and SINS OF THE MOTHER in May! Hope you'll get to read VOW soon! Blessings!

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  3. Thank you for the chance to win one of these books, they are on my 'to buy' list so it would be great to win.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Good Wednesday, Wendy! I hope you'll enjoy both books! VOW UNBROKEN - I'm so very honored that it'll be on Carrie's Best of 2014 List! - and HEARTS STOLEN, which all but a few are liking better than VOW, but not everyone :) I made a hard decision, and everyone won't like it... (not the book, my decision! :) I think everyone will love the book! :) Both of them, but I'm biased, so... :) Blessings from Texas!

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  4. Hi Carrie and Caryl! Great review, Carrie, Thank you! I loved Vow Unbroken and would love to have Hearts Stolen. I know it will be a great read too. Thank you for the opportunity.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hello Melanie! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :) Hugs and Blessings!

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  5. Such a fascinating story line.

    I read the spoiler. I should have heeded your warning.

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    1. Sorry Mary :( Now you'll know before you get there

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  6. I would love to read that....the cover caught my eye....its beautiful
    ......suehippchen@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you Sue, I LOVED the cover, also. It goes perfectly with book one VOW UNBROKEN! A Christian graphic designer in Colorado created it especially for me!

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  7. sounds very interesting! Shelia Hall sheliarha64@yahoo.com

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    1. Hello Sheila! Thanks for coming by OWG and hope you'll get to read HEARTS STOLEN soon - on Amazon it's up to 7 five stars and it's only five days old! :) Blessings from Texas!

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  8. Sounds so interesting and like really fun books too read. oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. Hey, Danie! I think the character who steals every scene he's in is four-year-old Charley! He's Sassy's son by her white husband, but born while she's in captivity. He's grown up the chief's son, and Comanche don't discipline their children, so he is quite the little wild man! :) I think he's a part of what makes HEARTS STOLEN lots of fun! :)

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  9. Sounds really interesting Caryl!! It's definitely going on my TBR list!

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    1. Looks like you're up early, Noela! I know it's the time zones though :) Thanks so much, hope you enjoy HEARTS STOLEN soon :)

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  10. stolen by Comanche Indians going to be quite the story!

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    1. Right off the bat, Deanna! :) Hope you enjoy HEARTS STOLEN! :)

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  11. I have to say that this cover is awesome ! I loved this review and so look forward to reading this one day soon.
    Very tired but wanted to come say I have added this to my TBR pile for the very near future.
    Blessings
    LInda Finn
    Faithful Acres Books
    http://www.faithfulacres.net

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    1. Hello from Texas, Linda! I am so blessed that God gifted my graphic designer to create me such a striking cover. He is absolutely awesome - Kirk DouPonce DogEareddesign (dot) com :)Proud to be on your TBR list :) (on the 1800s, 'proud' meant glad' :)

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  12. Hi Caryl. I love books like this and I am sure hoping I might be the lucky winner. I haven't been able to get Vow Unbroken either but someday. Thanks for the give-away. Carrie, thanks for the review. (((Hugs))) to all of my OWG girls.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Hi Maxie :) I'm so glad you like reading Texas setting in the 1800s! Hope you get to read both back to back! Blessings from Texas!

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  13. Hi Carrie and Caryl! I am excited about the release of Hearts Stolen and eager to read this new story! Wishing you much success, Caryl!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey, Britney - I notice Texas Aggs, are you still in the deep south east? I'm an author at the Pulpwood Queens' Girl Friends' Weekend in Nacogdoches in January! And in Tyler this coming weekend at the East Texas Book Festival! held Sat at TJC! Love to meet you! And THANK you for the kind words! :)

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  14. I have to say this sounds very good. It will have to go in my wish list! Thanks for sharing!
    Nancycooks4u ( at ) gmail ( dot ) com

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    1. Hello Nancy! Carrie has a way with those reviews, doesn't she? I always want to read whatever she tells me about - and the other OWG ladies, too. I love coming to OWG - love all the posts, but my pocketbook squeals at times - my reader self says, 'Pipe down. It's another good 'un!' :) Blessings from Texas!

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  15. Thanks for the wonderful review, Carrie!! I'm a "wimp" too when it comes to those special characters, (LOL) Carrie!! I loved the comment you made to Laura Frantz online re: Lael being with you on your deathbed - the characters I fall in love with remain in my heart also!!

    I'm falling more in love with the story line of "Hearts Stolen" every time I read something about it and am even more attracted to it because I am the descendant of a man captured by the Shawnee Indians. I haven't read any of Caryl's books and after reading all the wonderful comments about "Vow Unbroken", it is on my TBR list also. I won a copy of "Hearts Stolen" at Caryl's launch party and am so excited at having the opportunity to read it!!

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    1. Hello Bonnie! And blessings again! I'm so flattered that Carrie considers my character 'beloved'! Hearts Stolen turns ONE WEEK OLD tomorrow! Hugs from Texas!

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  16. Wonderful interview! I am going to have so many books to read this Fall and Winter. I love it. Thank you for a chance to win! ~ Blessings ~ lisastifler(at)yahoo(dot) com

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  17. We already have the first book in the series in the church library. I would love to win, "Hearts Stolen" to add to our collection.
    Thanks!
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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