Gone to Texas

Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga, Book One

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Pub Date 09 Jun 2018 | Archive Date 25 Aug 2022

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Can beauty truly come from ashes?

Gone to Texas uncovers a deception that drives seventeen souls to a hard choice: stay on as sharecroppers or heed the lure of free land in the faraway wilderness of a new Republic.

Rife with peril and adversity, three families knit together by blood and friendship through Liberty O’Neal, head out with Corbin Harrell, a widowed man, his daughter, and slave, gambling everything on the prospect of land ownership and working it together.

Two of the young people, Alicia Van Zandt and Flynn O’Neal forge a special bond, but can friendship and puppy-love survive a harrowing covered wagon journey to blossom into a forever love and marriage?

With duress at every turn, the clan stays together to accomplish their goals. See how they do it in Book One of Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection and the Cross Timbers Family Saga series by this best-selling, award-winning author.



2018 Collection One

  • Book 1: GONE TO TEXAS By Caryl McAdoo
  • Book 2: GATEWAY TO THE WEST By Susette Williams
  • Book 3: TRAIL TO CLEAR CREEK By Kit Morgan
  • Book 4: HEART AND HOME By P. Creeden
  • Book 5: NO TURNING BACK By Lynette Sowell
  • Book 6: DAUGHTER OF DEFIANCE By Heather Blanton
  • Book 7: UNMISTAKABLY YOURS By Kristin Holt
  • Book 8: ESTHER’S TEMPTATION By Lena Nelson Dooley

2019 Collection Two

  • Book 9 : THANKFUL FOR THE COWBOY By Mary Connealy
  • Book 10 : TEXAS TEARS By Caryl McAdoo
  • Book 11 : SPRING OF THANKSGIVING By Liz Tolsma
  • Book 12 : THESE GREAT GIFTS By Allison Pittman

2020 Collection Three

  • Book 13 : A PINK LADY THANKSGIVING By Donna Schlachter
  • Book 14 MAGNOLIA'S MEASURE By Kimberly Grist
  • Book 15 : TEXAS TROUBLES By Caryl McAdoo
  • Book 16 : CAROLINA HOMECOMING By Heather Blanton

2021 Collection Four

  • Book 17 : TEXAS TIMBERS By Caryl McAdoo

2022 Collection Five

  • Book 18 : By Karen Gammons
  • Book 19 : By Amy Walsh
  • Book 20 : TEXAS WILDFLOWERS By Caryl McAdoo
  • Book 21 : By Linda Shenton Matchett


  • Book 1: GONE TO TEXAS
  • Book 2: TEXAS MY TEXAS
  • Book 3: TEXAS TEARS
  • Book 6: TEXAS TRAILS

Can beauty truly come from ashes?

Gone to Texas uncovers a deception that drives seventeen souls to a hard choice: stay on as sharecroppers or heed the lure of free land in the faraway wilderness of...

Advance Praise

"I'm a huge fan of westerns (Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour) who's books helped shape my outlook on life. And this book is written with the same level of reality that the great authors are famous for. [It's] SO GOOD that you will find yourself immersed in it to the level of being friends with the people in the book. You will laugh and cry as you experience their joys and sorrows WITH them. The author does not just tell a story, but has written a story that will bring you into it as one of the travelers. You'll want to dance with them and hold them when they cry. One of my new favorite books. Looking forward to enjoying the series. What a GREAT read !!! READ IT !!!!

This story made me sad, happy, angry, content and anxious all rolled into 415 great pages. What more can a reader wish for? You can tell that Caryl McAdoo has poured her heart into this story!

Most of book covers their journey along the trails in wagon trains. There are a lot of lessons that can be learned from this story such as God's timing, joy from our sorrow, forgiveness and mercy. A book that can be read by all ages. Excited to continue to read about this families settling in Texas.

Not only a fabulously written historic story but a wonderful testament to our Lord. I love the characters, far from perfect and some a hard struggle to follow the path He chose for them.

I’ve read many books lately but this one was definitely one of the best. Tears and laughter. I appreciated the easy and practical way scripture was interwoven. Beautiful ending."

"I'm a huge fan of westerns (Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour) who's books helped shape my outlook on life. And this book is written with the same level of reality that the great authors are famous for...

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I really enjoyed this one. The writing set the scene well. The characters were likable and for fans of this genre I think you will definitely enjoy this one.
First time Ive read this author but would read more in the future.

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Book One in the Thanksgiving Books & Blessings Collection is a story so powerfully written, I felt swept back to the late 1800s and joined in the journey as if I was part of the story. I loved the story and how vivid the details were. What stuck in my mind as I read the story was how much it reminded me of my granddad. He traveled by covered wagon in the 1800s to homestead his land in Oklahoma. Much like the people in the story, he had many obstacles to overcome along the way.

I think in those days everyone wanted a place to call their own. I can see how easy it was for the families to trust someone only to find that they had been cheated out of land they worked hard on. Day after day they worked the cotton fields and were exhausted at night. They didn't have fancy machines to pick for them and I could feel their aches and pain as they picked the cotton by hand. It was a shock to learn that three families working side by side would soon lose all they had worked for due to a mean spirited greedy man. It made me so angry to read how he had swindled them. What I really liked was how they all came together to make decisions. I could feel the excitement as they decided that Texas was their new destination.

The story is well written and depicts the old west beautifully. Riding in wagons for long periods of time was hard and miserable. Can you image what it was like in a wagon with the sun beaming down on you as you trudge along on terrain that was rough? I was so impressed with the way the author told the story of these seventeen people and how much faith they had in God providing them a new place to settle. A lot of the story at the beginning features Alicia. She has her heart set on marrying Flynn. She sure does pester him a lot about becoming husband and wife. At times she got on my nerves because she almost seemed selfish. What I came to realize was this young girl so much wanted to be loved and her heart was hurting to be loved by Flynn. There are some good talks between Flynn and Alicia's father that really showed how much Flynn respected Alicia. Will they get married before they reach Texas?

Another character I really liked was Gabby. She was the outcast at times and seemed to have a somewhat shady past. Gabby wanted to have a best friend but Alicia didn't really trust her. I loved the theme in the story about trust and forgiveness. Several characters have secrets and feel ashamed. Gabby is one of those who has been hurt in the past, and done some things that she can't forgive herself for. Alicia has a chance to forgive Gabby for something, but will she give her mercy or turn her back on her?

As I read the story I could see the struggles the families endured and how easy it was to become jealous of another. They experience loss that will affect everyone as they travel to Texas. It is a realistic account of how the settlers find their new home and the trials they encountered along the way. Except surprises, mistrust, doubt and a story rich in faith. There is a part in the story that had me crying as I witnessed miracles and redemption. I have always loved the authors gifted way of writing that captures the characters deep emotions. This is one story you won't be able to put down. Be sure and grab a copy and get ready for an adventure on the open range with characters that will feel like family at the end of the story.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

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This is the first book in the Cross Timbers romance family Saga by Karol Macado and it could definitely be broken up into three different novels, but it’s so interesting Time just flies by as you read it. The first main plot is Alicia and she is in love with Flynn their families have been friends since before they were born in their moms play they would eventually get married and Alicia wants to make that prayer come true but does Flynn? He isn’t Alicia‘s only problem though because even if he does love her he will first have to convince her dad savvy at at the moment savvy and the to all the families have even more problems. The land they thought they bought wasn’t the sellers land to sell and although he was saying for his deceitful crimes it’s still leaves the three families with the decision to make. Should they stay in the Carolinas or go west to the republic of Texas? The families decide to go west after the harvest and as they take turns bringing the cotton in to be sold on one of these trips Alicia and her dad meet a man his daughter in the slave and when he exes Xavi they could work for them until after harvest he says he asked to talk to the clan first. The families decide to bring them a board even though Alicia and Flynn‘s mamas don’t like that he owns a slave and once they come they like it even less when they say she is expecting a child because they assume it is The man carbons baby and why does his teenage daughter keep gazing at Flynn like she is in love when she knows he is Alicia‘s bow. There is yet another plot in this saga, but I will put it in my review as it would be a big-time spoiler just know this is a great book to curl up on the weekend with and read until your hearts content I cannot wait to get started on the second book in this Siri‘s. I love and admire Carol Macado‘s writing and the fact that her books are always faith filled and are so authentic and her writing style seems to be so natural. As I said this is a very long book but OMG is it worth reading I absolutely loved it and gave it five stars only because that is the most you can give a book. I received this book from netGally and the author and I am leaving this review voluntarily please forgive any mistakes as I am blind and dictate my review , But all opinions are definitely my own.

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Take a faith based journey west to the new Republic of Texas with author Caryl McAdoo and her and the first of her Texas saga. What a tour-de-force! We are introduced to an extended family and their immediate friends who have been cheated on a land deal in Tennessee and now must seek greener pastures. The new Republic's land offerings seem like a reasonable way for the group to get a new start. I cannot imagine a better introduction to the vicissitudes of pioneering then this warm and loving drama. Put this at the top of your must read books!

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There is so much I enjoyed about this book! The story was great! The characters were realistic and loveable! I loved the way Caryl enhanced conversation between the characters with the southern drawl and terms of endearment between them. A very inspirational read that touched on every emotion! Though this was my first read by this author, it will not be my last! I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Netgalley for an honest review. My opinions are my own.

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As 17 people embark on a journey in the 1800’s riding in covered wagons to their new destination, they endure struggles and hardships that causes them to draw on their faith and forgiveness. I always enjoy reading Carol McAdoo’s books because they are always inspiring, clean and filled with scriptures that cause me to reflect on her characters and how they handle the situations they are put in.

All words and opinions are my own. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review.

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I really enjoyed every minute of Gone to Texas: Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga, Book One by Caryl McAdoo. The story was very well crafted and kept my attention throughout. The historical aspect of this novel demonstrates the author’s understanding of the era and the characters were simply unforgettable.

This is the kind of book that really begs to be read in one sitting, even if it is 432 pages long – who needs sleep anyway?!

I highly recommend this novel and I will certainly be adding the rest of the series to my ever growing to-read list!

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I fell in love with this uplifting and heartwarming novel. It tells a wonderful story, and the reader is left with hope and gratitude at the conclusion. I will be seeking more of this series.

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Gone to Texas by Caryl McAdoo is a well written saga of three families trying to reach the Western US by wagon train. The characters are interesting and the problems that they face are realistic. I love historical fiction especially those including pioneers and the West.

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