Friday, December 9, 2016

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Pursuing Gold (Elk Lake, October 2016)
With his father dead and his business partner incapacitated, Peter Chandler inherits the leadership of a bank in economic crisis.
With only a newly-minted college degree and little experience, Peter joins his partner's daughter, Mary Beth Roper, in a struggle to keep C&R Bank afloat while the Civil War rages around Chattanooga. Political pressure for unsecured loans of gold to the government stirs up trouble as tempers and prices rise. Their problems multiply when Mary Beth discovers counterfeit money with Peter's forged signature. Can they find the forger before the bank fails? The two friends must pursue gold on behalf of their business, as they learn to pursue their heavenly Father to find hope and peace.

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About the author:

Cynthia L Simmons and her husband, Ray, have five children and reside in Atlanta. She has taught for over thirty years as a homeschool mother and Bible teacher. She's a columnist forLeading Hearts Magazine and she directs Atlanta Christian Writing Conference. Cyndi has a heart for encouraging women in today's crazy, upside-down world. She loves history and peppers her speaking and teaching with fascinating vignettes from the past. Her first book, Struggles and Triumphs, was nominated for 2008 Georgia Author of the Year. She co-founded Homeschool Answers and hosts Heart of the Matter Radio.


This was a new author to me, so I was interested in how the story would be. I have found myself liking historical books more than I thought possible. In school, history was my least favorite subject. It's funny as I have gotten older, I have realized how valuable history is. It is part of our heritage and I love to learn new things about past wars. The historical facts were good and kept the story interesting. I appreciate the authors diligence in putting historical facts in the storyline which I could vividly see with the smooth stroke of words.

Mary Beth and Peter are the main characters in the book. They are very well developed characters and I found myself intrigued with them. The story is rooted during the Civil War. Slavery was intense but there  were some who didn't want to be part of that. I wonder how hard it was during that time to be against something that most supported? Peter and Mary Beth had to  be careful of their feelings about slavery .  It was difficult at times not to let their beliefs be  known. I did enjoy the budding romance between them and was anxious to see if they would become a couple.

The story is a good portrayal of the Civil War and the struggles that many faced during that time. The author did a good job of adding mystery and intrigue to the story to keep readers glued to the book. Did Peter have a difficult time running a bank during the time of uncertainty in the world? It seemed like he had a lot of responsibilities and a heavy burden to carry at times. I especially liked the relationship growth that both characters experienced with their faith. During hard times do you find yourself pursuing your faith more?

Overall the book was well written and I enjoyed the historical aspect of it. Be sure you get a copy and enjoy the story filled with challenges, a little romance, mystery and faith.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from LitFuse . The review is my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.

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