Two For The Price Of One by Caryl McAdoo

Hey, y’all. I’m Christian author, Caryl McAdoo. First, I have to say I’m so thrilled to be here at Petticoats & Pistols! A big thank you to Karen Witemeyer for the invite! Y’all have such a great group of readers here!

While doing research for my Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga, I ran across a very interesting incident that some say was a catalyst to the start of the Civil War, and it happened right there in Dallas, Texas where I lived until age twelve. That’s when we moved to Irving, one of the suburb cities to the west, between Big D and Fort Worth.


I set GONE TO TEXAS, book one in the series, in 1840 along the Delaware Creek that would become Irving. It took me five books in to get to 1860, just before the Civil War began, so that I could use the Dallas incident, but it inspired the title of book five TEXAS TROUBLE that debuted on September first!

The September addition to that series always also  is in the Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection—this year is its third, so Collection Three! Heather Blanton, Donna Schlachter, and Kim Grist wrote CAROLINA HOMECOMING, A PINK LADY’S THANKSGIVING, and MAGNOLIA’S MEASURE, respectively for the stories that all contain a very special Thanksgiving!


It was in one of those extra hot summers where the temperatures burned over a hundred degrees for days on end. I lived through a summer like that in 1980, but back in 1860 they had no air conditioning. Poor people. TEXAS TROUBLES opens with two young friends about to go into a barn dance.

While one of the young ladies had never said it aloud, the other spread the news to anyone who would listen that she loves Aaron Van Zandt, but he’d accepted a new position as a cotton buyer for a company in Richmond, and would be soon leaving the little community.

Cass had to figure out a way to persuade him to marry her before he left, and she hoped for her friend’s assistance!


You see, Josie Jo Worley (born in book one GONE TO TEXAS) happened to be the sister of Aaron’s best friend. But her problem was that she loved the dashing Mister Van Zandt as well—had for as long as she could remember, and she’d grown since birth in his shadow. Cass was a relative new resident there, and while JoJo loved her best friend, she couldn’t bring herself to be any part of marrying him off to anyone else!

So, the second fly in the proverbial ointment is that JoJo’s brother loves Cassandra. It happened so often in those days, that neighbors and friends’ brothers or sisters wed. The distances between folks greatly limited the pool of beaus or beauties. It wasn’t so common, though, that a widower fell in love with his dead wife’s sister . . . What would people think?

In TEXAS TROUBLES readers not only get a wonderful overview of the country’s one war—hardly civil at all—where Americans fought Americans. Reviewers say the story gives an excellent rendering of what it was like for those left behind, and so far, have given it one hundred percent five-star ratings!

It shows how the women kept things going at home. How they drew ever closer to God, praying for their husbands, sons, and sweethearts day after day, knowing nothing. How they poured over the lists printed the newspapers of those fallen, wounded, missing in action, or taken prisoner. Not every man who left the close-knit community would come home.

Aaron ended up signing on with the South. The Confederates’ headquarters centered there in Richmond. His best friend, Richard Worley, more like a brother since they grew up together since birth fought for the Yanks. 

Following most of those in the conservative community, he joined up with the Federalists, putting the almost-brothers on opposite sides of the battlefields.

The costs of war proved high. Four years of civil war drained the American economy in both the North and the South, and the cost of human life . . . more than six hundred thousand perished, and at least that many or more wounded. Limbs lost and horrors seen changed the men’s lives forever, and doctors didn’t know about PTSD then. 

I purposely skirted the horrors of the war, mostly it’s told through letters back and forth from the men and the women who love them. But it’s chock full of history, and I loved the research! One fun thing I learned was that they didn’t manufacture shoes specifically for the right and left foot. Until the Civil War, they were all the same!

Anyone who loves history will enjoy this story and get two romances for the price of one! Readers will live with those left behind. I’ve been so blessed in my life not to have been any part of war. My husband Ron signed up for the navy reserves when we were still in high school and then after we married, but got a honorable dependency discharge when I got pregnant. He would have gone to Vietnam. But God . . .

Praise Him!

Has war touched your life?


Brothers are for conflict; and he who finds a wife has found a good thing.

Through the first battle to the end of the Civil war, partners Aaron Van Zandt and Rich Worley fought on opposite sides. The women who loved them lived in prayer and learned to trust God even more to stay sane. While their fellows fought each other, best friends Josie Jo Worley and Cass Andrews battle jealousy, worry, and regret.  Experience the war as one who’s left behind. See how they cope. Readers aren’t able to stop turning the pages. 

GIVEAWAY: I love giving and especially books! To enter for the opportunity to receive a copy of TEXAS TROUBLES, please comment below whether your life was ever touched by war, and whether you’re a new reader to my stories or have enjoyed some before! BLESSINGS!


GAME: And for those of you who love word games, check this one out! So much fun! 

BIO: Award-winning hybrid author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory. Her best-selling novels have garnered over 1000 5-Star reviews, attesting to the Father’s high favor. Readers love her Historical Christian romance family sagas best, but she also writes Christian contemporary romance, Biblical fiction, and for young adults and mid-grade booklovers. They count Caryl’s characters 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 over fifty years, she shares four children and twenty grandsugars. 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. 

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18 thoughts on “Two For The Price Of One by Caryl McAdoo”

  1. My son is being deployed overseas in March 2021 and he has already been overseas 2 other times during war time. He is only 36. My ex was diagnosed with PTSD after going over to Iraq. Thank you for spending time with us all.

  2. My father was in the army, and I was a war baby, born after he returned from fighting. My son was in the Navy. I have enjoyed many of your books already.

  3. My Papa was held in Japanese prison camp for 3 1/2 years and was part of the Baton march.
    He was one of the lucky ones who survive.

  4. My dad served in WWII. Two years ago, I opened a box of letters, hundreds of letters. No one in the family wanted to bother reading them. Buried deep in that box were letters written home about surviving in fox holes while under attack by the Japanese. One letter was so brutal I cried for days. You see, he never mentioned the war. Not once. My dad was a pastor and died in 1982. He served God and country in more ways than I could have imagined.

    Since you are a new author to me, I have not read your books. But from your excerpt here, I can tell you pour your heart into research and writing. Thank you for sharing with us today. It warmed my heart.

  5. Good morning Caryl, I’m sad to say no I haven’t read any of your books but after reading your blog I’m sure I will be. My dad was in the Karen war , when he came home he went on to be a police officer till he retired. My step son also was in the Marines for 8 years, so the men in my life have served their country proudly.

  6. Lots of military service in both my family and my husband’s. My grandfather (paternal) and his brother both served in WWII. Uncle Charlie spent months in a Japanese prison camp. My other grandfather and my husband’s grandfather (paternal)served during Vietnam. My dad was active duty Air Force when I was young and reserves when I was a teen. He was deployed my senior year over Christmas during Operation: Iraqi Freedom to allow active duty members a chance to come home. My sister knew a girl whose father got to be home for Christmas because our dad (and others) volunteered to go.

  7. Hi Caryl! Your books are so good and I enjoy them so much.
    MY dad and husband were in the military and my uncle went to Korea. Thank you for all who serve and have served. God Bless America!

  8. Good Morning My Sister to the North! It’s a joy seeing you here at P&P.

    I’ve several family members that have served in our military. May the Lord continue to protect and bless those that have served and or currently serving.

  9. Two of my uncles served in Vietnam, and it changed them. They were never the same happy, go-lucky boys again. I was so young that I didn’t understand until I was a teenager. Caryl is a wonderful writer!

  10. Welcome Caryl, I have read and reviewed Gone to Texas and sooooo loved it. It is chock full of history also. No I have not ben touched by war. My dad was gong to be drafted but he had five children under the age of 9 yrs so they waived him. I do have a lot of men in my ancestry that have been in wars. That was extremely interesting to read about. What a fun puzzle. Thanks
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  11. Hi, Caryl. I have a number of relatives and ancestors who have served. My father, WWII, my grandfather, WWI, my great-great-grandfather, Civil War from the Commonwealth of Virginia, and ancestors who were Patriots in the War of 1812 and the American Revolution. My sister and I belong to lineage organizations of these past wars and we learned so much during our ancestor research.

    I have not read any of your books — yet! So I am very much interested in reading your Gone to Texas and Texas Troubles.

  12. I am a newcomer to your stories. They all sound wonderful. The Civil War is such a fascinating time to read about anyway. Sad but oh so interesting.

    We are a military family. My husband wasn’t drafted to go to Vietnam but he enlisted in the Air Force a few years after the war wound down and spent 20 years in service. Our son served in the Navy, one grandson in the Marines and a grandson-in-law in the Army. He went to Afghanistan twice (so far).

  13. Hi Caryl, my life has not been touched by war, but I have Great Respect and Thank all the men and women that have protected our Country , God Bless them and their families. I have read a couple of your books and I have loved them. The last one of yours I read is A Nurse For Jacob and I loved it, I still have to write a review for it, and I will very soon. Your book covers are Beautiful. Have a Great weekend and stay safe my Beautiful friend and fellow Texan. God Bless you and your family.

  14. When i was little, my favorite uncle joined the army at 18 and became a medic. On the eve of my birthday, i had a nightmare of him in battle being killed. I woke on my 5th birthday, and told my parents. I was punished for upsetting everyone. That afternoon my grandparents got the telegram notifying them he had been killed in battle when and how I saw it.

    Many years later, Vietnam was at war and I was touched as well. My fiancé was on a B-52 crew and was sent over. We had to postpone our wedding because they extended him a few weeks on that first tour. Five weeks after we got married, he was sent back over. While he was gone I miscarried and he asked me to come over and join him on Guam for Thanksgiving. I went and found it harder. At home, I knew he was flying missions over Vietnam. When I was on Guam, I knew when he left and when he was due back. Much harder to deal with and easier to worry. He was to be home for Christmas, so I was flying out Dec. 16. While getting ready for dinner and for him to take me to the airport, he was notified that all crews were to report to the base where they would be restricted to quarters. No dinner and someone else had to take me to the airport. It was a big secret why, but it wasn’t hard to guess they would be bombing the North. The next morning Linebacker 2 kicked off and they started bombing Hanoi. The first B-52 was shot down the next day. The missions were 18 hours long so it was a long time before he could call me to say he was OK. Every day B-52’s were shot down and every day I waited in fear I would not get his call. He eventually got home in January. He went over for two more tours, but by then the bombing part of the war was basically over. I am thankful every day he came home safely. I am also thankful he wasn’t on the ground for the war. Those in the thick of it in the jungles and rice patties had terrible experiences and many are still haunted today.

  15. Good morning! Love your blog! I’ve never read one of your books and a giveaway is an awesome way to find a new author to add to my go to authors list! I’m very interested in this Texas based series too! I can’t imagine having family members or friends fighting on opposite side of the Civil War. Such a terrible time in American history. I live in hot and humid East Texas. We spent about 4 days (maybe more I can’t remember now) in 2011 when we were in one of those heat waves of 100°+ days for over 2 weeks. Along the way our substation caught fire because another close by town started pulling off our substation to supplement their electrical output. By time they had a temporary substation up and running and the heatwave continued by central air gave up. I’m on disabilty income and did not have the money to even think about having central air conditioning fixed. I finally thought to call the department of aged and disabled. I also thought to tell them my girls were staying at my mother so CPS wouldn’t become part of my life. Then the same day a man out of Tyler Texas that was helping me via phone, showed up did the paperwork, went to town to buy me two window units and ended up calling his supervisor and convincing him we needed 3. What a blessing because from an 8 am phone call to about 3 in the afternoon from a man based 50 miles away coming to my house, driving 30 miles both ways to buy the units I had a/c! Long story, sorry, my point is I can’t even fathom not having a/c but then again we are conditioned to what we have but still!…

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