Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Prodigal Lives by Carol McClain

Book: Prodigal Lives

Author: Carol McClain

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Release date: April 1, 2022

Life keeps piling problems on Meredith Jaynes. She loses her second foster child—one she was scheduled to adopt. Then Parker Snow refuses to marry her. With only her goats and artisan soap to support her, life will get no better.

If she is honest, though, she still has Crystal. Her funny, happy, loveable toddler makes the sun shine and reminds her of the never-failing love of God.

Pearl Solomon loves her life with her grandfather Guy, but every one of her triumphs is overshadowed by her sisters’ lives. With Mama Meredith, they live a life she envies. Because of her jealousy, she refuses to contact them.

Years later, life for both families twist down paths they do not wish to travel. Pearl knows she’s lost what was most precious in life but has no means of fixing things. Left to her own devices, she spirals out of control.

Meredith finds it harder to mask the despair infertility has brought to her life.

Both families believe they must reconcile themselves to their fates as reality shatters their dreams unless they dig deep for the promise of love.


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 I really enjoy reading books that are a part of a series.  Prodigal Lives by Carol McClain is Book 2 in the Treasure Lives series. I had the pleasure of reading Book 1 in this series and I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this book. 

Meredith Jaynes is a foster mom and being a Foster Parent comes with ups and downs and heartbreak. Meredith recently lost one of her Foster Children that she was hoping to adopt and she is devasted. She is rejoicing she still has Crystal, a handicapped toddler. She continues to work on her Soap Business and with her goats as means of supporting herself. Meredith is hopeful that Parker Snow will marry her one day. Pearl Solomon is one of Meredith's former Foster Children. Pearl loves living with Grandpa Guy, but is jealous of the life her 2 younger sisters have with Meredith. Years later, Meredith and Pearl cross paths and things are not looking good for Pearl as her father returns to her life. Will Meredith be able to help Pearl get her life back together? Will Meredith and Parker ever marry? 

WOW, this series keeps getting better. I really enjoyed the first book, but the second book is even better. I started reading this book and could not put it down. Meredith has a focus and is determined to continue being a Foster Parent and she truly loves all her Foster Children. Foster Parenting is a tough thing, but a very rewarding task also. Pearl has a hardened heart but with LOVE and nurturing she makes some changes.  The author tackles some sensitive topics including Drug Addiction, Trust and Acceptance in an eloquent manner. I truly enjoyed this book. GREAT BOOK!

Carol McClain is the award-winning author of four novels dealing with real people facing real problems. She is a consummate encourager, and no matter what your faith might look like, you will find compassion, humor and wisdom in her complexly layered, but ultimately readable work.

Aside from writing, she’s a skilled stained-glass artist, a budding potter and photographer. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband and growing farm. Inspired by Meredith Jaynes, she owns two goats. One will kid soon.

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More from Carol

Have you ever thought you’ve seen yourself in a novel?


If you know an author, you probably have.


For years I worked with recovering addicts and those helping them in organizations like Celebrate Recovery, a Christian-styled support group like AA. If I read the events of these people’s lives in a novel, I would say, “Too fake to believe.”


Their lives are tragic, funny, heartbreaking, heartwarming.


Many of their stories made it into my latest novel Prodigal Lives (modified, disguised, and novelized).


I not only incorporate others into my work, but I live through my characters’ lives (Please don’t suggest a sky diving protagonist).


In Prodigal Lives one of my main characters owns goats. For years, I begged my husband too let me have a goat or two. He promised. Then, he wimped out, so I created Meredith Jaynes a successful artisan specializing in goat soap and raising Nubians.


Prodigal Lives is a sequel but can stand alone (reading both books amplifies your enjoyment, of course). This book follows the loss Pearl and Meredith feel as Pearl is adopted by her grandfather. Pearl becomes jealous of her sisters who stay with Mama Meredith, and they lose touch. Although they hear nothing from each other, neither is forgotten.


I believe in redemption. All my work illustrates that no matter how far you fall, a loving Father is going to make a way to redeem you. He’s done it for me, and I was an impossibly problematic child of the King.


I hope you enjoy Prodigal Lives. Sign up for my newsletter and blog and never miss a new release, my Biblical thoughts or an appearance I’m making. Believe me, I wouldn’t live, my blog and newsletter are fascinating.

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To celebrate her tour, Carol is giving away the grand prize of a $50 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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marisela zuniga said... Best Blogger Tips

The book sounds good, thank you for sharing

Debbie P said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like an excellent book.

Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing your review of Prodigal Lives, this sounds like an excellent book and series and I am looking forward to reading all of the stories

Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations on your recent release of Prodigal Lives, Carol, I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your book, which sounds like a captivating book that I will really enjoy! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks for bringing Prodigal Lives to my attention!

Thanks, Happily Managing a Household of Boys, for sharing your review!

Have a sunshiny day!

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