Saturday, December 10, 2016

Pursuing Gold by Cynthia Simmons

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 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.

Here is my review of this historical fiction novel:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Cynthia Simmons and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Pursuing Gold" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
Pursuing Gold: A Novel of the Civil War” by Cynthia Simmons is an engaging read with a hint of Southern flavor.  This story of greed, business, romance and war is set in Tennessee and is filled with charming characters and several plot twists.  Peter Chandler is running C & R Bank since his father’s death and his partner’s illness.  Mary Beth Roper is the daughter of Peter’s incapacitated partner.  Together they will try to save the bank as mysterious happenings begin to occur.

My favorite part of this enjoyable book is the appendix with the thought/discussion questions.  Almost every question references a Scripture verse to read and seeks to apply that Scripture to the reader’s life in a practical way.  I love that!

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