Sins of the Mothers, by Caryl McAdoo, is book four in the Texas Romance series, and the first book I’ve read by this author.
The book is identified as Christian Historical Fiction, but I might add that it includes some unsettling subject matter, such as a sexual relationship between cousins, adultery, pregnancy out of wedlock, bar fights, etc. Thankfully the sinful natures don’t include graphic explanations or descriptions. Many of the characters make poor life-choices, and deal with the consequences of not following God’s plan, as well as the joys and comforts of finding forgiveness and redemption.
If you like drama, there is an over-abundance of it in Sins of the Mothers. It displays so many dilemmas and characters that it is sometimes hard to follow. Although Mary is the main character, I found myself more sympathetic to some of the secondary characters. Mary is a stubborn, credulous character who makes rash, regretful decisions, which kept me frustrated with her for much of the story. There are aspects of her spirit that are admirable, though—she is forgiving and caring—which redeems her in some ways.
The main themes of this story are caring for others and the importance of forgiveness—wonderful Biblical teachings.
Pros: The story has a nitty-gritty undertone, making the time period and experiences feel authentic, especially for the 1800s. It also offers a soft, cleansing aftertaste that gives it a restorative glow.
Cons: The author’s word choices and sentence structures were sometimes difficult to follow. Strong, diligent editing would improve the story greatly.
You can get your copy on Amazon.
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
First Line: With everyone on the porch for the clan’s send-off, Mary Rachel decided for sure and for certain and could wait no longer.
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