Sins of the Mothers by Caryl McAdoo

8959111Sins of the Mothers is book 4 in A Texas Romance series written by Caryl McAdoo. Mary Rachel informs her father that she cannot go to Europe as she cannot be away from Caleb for seven months. After her family leaves for their trip, she takes money from her father’s safe and meets up with Caleb. They get married and she uses the money to purchase items for the mercantile that Caleb and his cousin John own.

Caleb is using Mary to get what he wants, but he claims to truly love his cousin Lanelle. Mary and Lanelle become pregnant by Caleb and he chooses to stay with Mary. When Lanelle’s baby is born, she is not able to care for him and turns to Mary.

After Caleb’s death, men in the area seek out Mary. She questions God, “Men! Why did You make them so pigheaded and hard to deal with? And why do women want to be loved by one so desperately?”

This is a very good historical fiction based in San Francisco in the gold rush days of the 1850’s. We see Mary’s strength to take care of the store as well and others. We see her forgiveness when she cares for Caleb and Lanelle’s child. But we also see her struggles as she wonders if she is repeating the mistakes her mother made as well as when she does not hear from her family.

Not everyone who enjoys historical fiction will enjoy this book. The subject of cousins have a relationship could be troubling for some. The story also contains a lot of character that are not well introduced but many of them only appear in the story for a short time. The story shows the struggles the characters go through as well as their happiness. I especially enjoyed the character of Francy, she speaks what is on her mind.

To learn more about Caryl McAdoo visit her website at

I received a free copy of this Ebook to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

Series: Texas Romance

E-book – 286 pages

ISBN-10: 1503197549

ISBN-13: 9781503197541

Publisher: CreateSpace

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