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Vow Unbroken: A Novel

By Caryl McAdoo


Susannah Baylor, a spunky young widow with a young daughter and teenage nephew in her care, raises cotton on a small farm in northeast Texas. When a local buyer reneges on his offer to purchase her crop, she finds herself with only one option: cart her cotton to market in Jefferson herself. Convinced she cannot make the journey alone, Sue employs Henry Buckmeyer to accompany her and the children. The town gossips have labeled him a ne'er-do-well, but, with all other potential hands already four days out on the wagon train, Sue is forced to take a chance on him. Facing the elements and other dangers, the foursome starts out with the common goal of getting their goods to market. That joint purpose must be strong enough to overcome differing opinions on God and religion, as well as conflicts of personality.

Book Takeaway:

Obedience is better than sacrifice. If you trust in the Lord, He will never leave you or forsake you. Don't embrace guilt when God has forgiven you, forgive yourself. Be not afraid, for He is with you always. In everything give thanks and pray without ceasing. God is the God of reconciliation. And regarding dogs, never pay big bucks for an animal you can get for free. : )


Year Title Description
2014 The Cascade Award First Place in Published Historical Fiction

Why the author wrote this book:

Mary Sue Seymour told me to. She said if I'd write it, she'd sell it. So I did, and she did, too!


"I loved reading this book. It is a great start to a wonderful series. I liked getting to know Sue and Henry and go with them on their journey to sell her cotton. I loved the characters and Ms. McAdoo"
- Susan on August 25, 2016

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