Saturday, December 10, 2016

Book Review - Pursuing Gold


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.


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.


This historical novel is such a compelling book because it is from the point of view of a banker during the Civil War. So many of the books I've read set during this era are focused on the battlefield so this book, focused on a financial institute, was very interesting!

Although there were a lot of characters to keep straight, I found the author's writing excellent and each character came alive for me. I really enjoyed the setting of Chattanooga and the historical facts she brought into the story. I found this made the story more interesting as I enjoyed the history.

Peter is running the bank and his integrity is a breath of fresh air. I love how he is always trying to do the right thing, even regarding his partner's daughter, Mary Beth. When his partner is dying, he asks Peter to watch out for Mary Beth and this adds more complication to his already complicated life.

I really enjoyed this book and it was a very pleasant read. I liked the intrigue, romance and history. I learned some things as well as being entertained. If you enjoy historical fiction romance, you'll truly enjoy this book! I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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