John David’s Calling by Caryl McAdoo


About the Book


Title: John David’s Calling

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: May, 2018

When much is given, much is required.

Everything comes easy to David Nightingale. The favored son of Cypress Springs comes of age in the Texas Hill Country with one foot in PawPaw’s Church of Christ and the other in Gramp’s Holiness Church. He loves tilling the soil, traipsing the back woods varmint hunting, and most of all Hannah Claire. But the Lord calls him to leave everything. Will he choose to follow or succumb to his love for Hannah? If he stays, can he have it all?



David Nightingale is the son and grandson of revivalist preachers. And as his mentors, David too feels the calling of God. But he is torn between doing the will of God or listening to everyone else, especially the love of his life, Hannah. David and Hannah have been sweethearts since childhood and someday they hope to marry. But will Hannah be willing to follow where the Lord is leading David?
He fun thing about reading this book is that the setting in in the 1960-1970’s and I was a teen during that time. It was fun reading about the culture of that time. I liked David, he was a kind and caring person and I appreciated his willingness to follow God’s leading. Hannah came across to me as a spoiled brat, getting mad and pouting every time she didn’t get her way. Her personality was so wishy-washy, one minute she was mad and fussing at David about his decisions and the next, following along with him. It was difficult to keep up with her. But I kept reminding myself that she was only a young teenager and that’s how they act! The story was a sweet and heartwarming story with characters that played their parts well throughout the story.
This is a light read, one you can just pick up and enjoy where you left off. It’s a great book for a nice summer read. A  copy of this book was provided by Celebration Lit Tours and the author for me to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.
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About the Author


Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll through her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-two years ago, and now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl 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.

Guest Post from Caryl McAdoo

At just one-year-old, David John Prescott sat on the hip of his mother, Sandra Louise Harris Prescott in the end of CHIEF OF SINNERS, book ten (and last) of my Texas Romance Family Saga series. His biological father, Buddy Nightingale walked away from them both, choosing obedience to God over the love of his life and his son.

Staunch Church of Christ believers, his mother’s parents took in the baby while her guilt took her to Dallas and eventually France to oversee the care of her mentally deranged husband Harry Prescott. So David grew up in the Texas Hill Country, well loved and cared for, with his mother visiting as often as she can.

David’s paternal grandfather, Nathaniel Nightingale (from Texas Romance’s book eight and nine COVERING LOVE and MIGHTY TO SAVE)—once a famous tent preacher with a healing ministry—has been close, quitting the road to pastor a nearby Holiness Church. As David grows, he sees him occasionally when his father Buddy visits from Alabama and Gramps always came to watch him play sports.

From a long line of people who love the Lord, I thought to write a trilogy titled THE REVIVALIST. JOHN DAVID’S CALLING is book one.

At fourteen years of age, David stepped in to rescue a little third grader being bullied and instantly became her hero. As Hannah Claire grew, doting on him, making him gifts and cards, swooning, she won him over, and PawPaw allowed him to visit her church one Sunday a month.

The second book in the Trilogy will be HANNAH’S WILDERNESS, and then I’ll wrap up their stories with book three, KING DAVID’S TABERNACLE.

I’ve so enjoyed these characters—the Buckmeyers, Baylors, and Nightingales—I find it hard put them on the shelf. They’re like family. I’ve even got one story started that’s a contemporary called THE KING OF TEXAS, with Patrick Henry the III as hero.

As all are written to stand alone, it’s never necessary for readers to know all the ancestors to enjoy JOHN DAVID’S CALLING or any of the series really—though I’m pretty certain reading the Family Saga in order would be the best! So if you love David’s book, you might want to go back to VOW UNBROKEN, book one and read all ten. I think you’re sure to love them all!

One thing I love about this JOHN DAVID’S CALLING is that it takes place in my days. I graduated high school in 1968, same as David, so he lives through the same times as me! That’s really been fun. But I must say I do resent it being called a historical a little J LOL

As always, I pray my story gives God glory and that its readers will be drawn closer to Him through it. He blesses me and highly favors me daily. I cannot thank or praise Him enough! Thank you for reading my stories!

Blog Stops

A Baker’s Perspective, May 24

cherylbbookblog, May 24

Quiet Quilter, May 25

Bibliophile Reviews, May 26

Texas Book-aholic, May 27

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 28

Simple Harvest Reads, May 28 (Spotlight)

Janices book reviews, May 29

Margaret Kazmierczak, May 30

Maureen’s Musings, May 30


Bigreadersite, May 31

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 1

Connie’s History Classroom, June 2

Christian Author, J.E. Grace, June 3

Splashes of Joy, June 4

Jeanette’s Thoughts, June 4

ansel book blog, June 5

Artistic Nobody, June 5 (Spotlight)

proud to be an autism mom, June 6

Carpe Diem, June 6



To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away

GRAND PRIZE : $50 Amazon Gift Card
1st Prize: THREE Choice-of-Caryl’s Titles (print–US only or ebook)
2nd-4th: ebook of JOHN DAVID’S CALLING
5th-7th: print copy VOW UNBROKEN
8th-10th: $5 Amazon gift cards!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. James Robert
    Jun 04, 2018 @ 05:06:17

    I enjoy these tours and have found some awesome books for my sisters and daughters so thank you so very much. Thanks also for the great giveaway and the opportunity to win.


    • Caryl Lawrence McAdoo
      Jun 04, 2018 @ 18:24:31

      So glad you dropped by today, James It’s so cool that you share your good books with your daughters and sisters! You sound like me, but the opposite. Sounds like you were surrounded by girls your whole life and I was surrounded by males most of mine! 🙂 BLESSINGS!


  2. Diane Craver
    Jun 04, 2018 @ 06:57:20

    Caryl, I love your post and your book looks wonderful. I laughed when I read you graduated in 1968 because I did too, and just had my 50th high school reunion. My book A Gift Forever takes place in 1957. When my publisher put it in historical fiction, I was shocked. My daughter said, “Mom, it wouldn’t be contemporary.” I’ll check out your book. Thanks for sharing about it.


  3. Lori Smanski
    Jun 04, 2018 @ 10:41:27

    what a great post. thanks for your wonderful review. yes that is what most teenagers seem to be like.


    • Caryl Lawrence McAdoo
      Jun 04, 2018 @ 18:26:53

      tee hee hee. She has a lot of me when I was that age, though I was a little more grounded (I think) Praise God that my “David” (aka Ron) put up with my teenage shenanigans and moods! 🙂 Wait. What am I saying? He’s done it for 52 years 🙂 Ah ha ha ha ha! Blessings, Lori! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂


  4. Splashes of Joy
    Jun 04, 2018 @ 18:39:54

    Yeah sometimes it’s a shocker to read how your actions sounded all those years ago. I graduated in 1971 so y’all were a few years ahead of me! I love books written in those days. It’s like a trip back to childhood.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Blessings. Joy


  5. karaleigh2
    Jun 04, 2018 @ 21:33:49

    This sounds really good–I’d love to read it.


  6. NZ Filbruns
    Jun 05, 2018 @ 03:13:29

    This sounds like a good story!


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