Wednesday, August 12, 2020

A Nurse for Jacob


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.

My thoughts: This novella is an enjoyable story! I thought that it was fascinating to read more about what it might of been like to be a nurse right after the Civil War. I enjoyed getting to know Lydia as she sought to use her talents for good, as well as encourage Doctor Jacob to give up some nasty habits. Caryl once again does a wonderful job of making history come alive for readers!
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review.

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About the  Author

Caryl McAdooAward-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 to 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.


  1. I enjoyed the description of the book. Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading the book.

    1. Hey there Diane. Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you win something! Have you ever read a book of mine? :) BLESSINGS <3

  2. Wonderful review! Caryl is an exceptional author. I'm looking forward to reading this one. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hello! Caryl! Thank you for your kind words of affirmation! Hugs and blessings! :) <3

  3. This sounds like a really good read.

    1. Hello there, Debbie P :) Appreciate you following the blog tour! Hope you win something! :) Blessings!

  4. This sounds like a wonderful read.

  5. Bea . . . I'm going to have to name a character Bea :) That's a wonderful old-fashioned name! Thanks for coming by. Have you read any of my books yet? BLESSINGS!

  6. Amanda, thank you so much for chooseing to be in my blog tour and read my book! I know there are a lot of good ones out there. I'm so glad you enjoy reading mine! :) Bless you for being a blessing! <3

  7. Stories with nurses are always fun!

  8. I really enjoy Caryl's book, this one included!
    Thanks for sharing.