Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Pursuing Gold by Cynthia L. Simmons

Book description:

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. 

My review:

  This is a case of not judging a book by its cover. Not to be rude, but the cover of this book doesn't scream interesting. I actually passed on it, but there were some spots left on the tour, so I decided to review it....... and found it to be a great read.

 The book is set during the Civil War, and is a rather suspenseful read, though not in the same way as much of the Christian suspense on the market. The action is slower paced, yet there are bad guys, bodies, and danger.

What I liked:
The plot.
Characters, especially the two main characters.
Action and suspense
  In my opinion, the author used too many time and place stamps throughout the book, so much that it was a bit distracting. "A few minutes later" does not need to be noted. Other than that, I thought the book was well written, and it was an enjoyable read with a few surprises.

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.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for the review copy.