Sunday, August 23, 2020

Book Review with a Giveaway: A Nurse for Jacob by Caryl McAdoo

About the Book

Book: A Nurse for Jacob
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: July 2, 2020

Physician heal thyself.

While physical wounds heal with time, a special balm is needed to heal those sick of soul. In the Civil War aftermath, two such people’s paths cross. Recent graduate of the Harrow School of Nursing first class in May 1868, Lydia Andrews arrives at the Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, hired on Clara Barton’s endorsement. There she meets Doctor Jacob Johnston, and both soon learn that love is the salve to soothe wounded souls.

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My Review

I was very impressed with Lydia's skill as a nurse.  She was hardworking, strong, and competent, with a desire to learn more in order to treat patients well.  She also had a strong moral compass, and she remembered and followed her mother's words of advice.

As for Dr. Johnston, it took me quite a while to be able to trust him.  As Lydia questioned his character, based on comments from coworkers, I did also.  The housekeeper was the saving grace in this situation.  Lydia was able to develop a relationship with Mrs. Banks, and learn more about Jacob Johnston than had been revealed in their courtship.  Lydia also was brave enough to ask the hard questions before taking the relationship to the next level.

Because of the length of the story, I had a hard time connecting with the characters, because I didn't know them well enough.  It was interesting to read about post-Civil War New Orleans, and the many forms of entertainment there, but I wished for more story as the romance progressed.  Also, the romance seemed a little angst-y to me, but I know there are readers who enjoy that.

This novella was a quick read, and I loved the shout outs to Clara Barton and Elizabeth Blackwell.  
Historical romance readers are the target audience for this novella.

I received an ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.
About the Author

Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling stories—over fifty published—delight Christian readers around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her; you may listen at YouTube. Sharing four children and nineteen grandsugars with Ron, her high-school-sweetheart-husband of over fifty years, she lives in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas. The McAdoos wait expectantly for God to open the next door.

More from Caryl

From the get-go, the idea about writing a story with a nurse heroine intrigued me; I haven’t had one before. My niece is a nurse and I have several friends and readers who serve. I believe nursing is a divine calling and admire the many who choose to be a medical servant.

The connection in the multi-author Nursing the Heart Collection is that the first class of nurses recently graduated from the Harrows’s School of Nursing are placed across the country through the friends and acquaintances of Clara Barton, who teaches at the school.

So I joined the project and started my research of medical practices in the post-Civil War years. It was a time where many medical breakthroughs occurred, and older instruments were greatly improved. I so enjoyed learning how healthcare practices have changed.

I think you’ll enjoy all that too, as an integral part of this historical romance. This Texas author hopes readers will love my two medical servants, Lydia Andrews and the older Doctor Jacob Johnston, and I’m always “Praying my story gives God glory!”

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 11
Splashes of Joy, August 11
Texas Book-aholic, August 12
Inklings and notions, August 13
For Him and My Family, August 14
Captive Dreams Window, August 14
Betti Mace, August 15
Locks, Hooks and Books, August 16
Older & Smarter?, August 17
deb’s Book Review, August 18
Artistic Nobody, August 19 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Ashley’s Bookshelf, August 20
Pause for Tales, August 20
Connie’s History Classroom, August 21
KarenSueHadley, August 22
Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, August 22
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 23
Simple Harvest Reads, August 24 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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