Thursday, December 8, 2016

Blog Tour Review: Pursuing Gold by Cynthia L. Simmons

About the book: 

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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My Review:

This was a simple read with romance and mystery along with the serious setting of the Civil War era.  I liked Peter's character and how he stood firm in his bank dealings.   Also, how he cares for Mary Beth and promises her father he will take care of her.  Mary Beth is a great daughter and together with Peter, they grow in character as the story goes along.  I also liked the component of faith and how they learn to trust and put their faith in God.

Although there was a depth of historical facts and the setting of Chattanooga, TN made it interesting, I still found this Civil War book hard to get into.  The way the chapters were titled with times of day and locations was a little distracting and kept it from flowing smoothly, in my opinion.

*Thanks to Litfuse for a complimentary copy of this book.  I was not paid or required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*

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 for Leading 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.

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