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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.
Pursuing Gold is the latest book by Cynthia L. Simmons and it is wonderful. This is the first book by Cynthia L. Simmons I have had the pleasure reading. As you know, Christian Historical Fiction is one of my favorite genres and I have a special interest in the Civil War time. The Civil War period has always interested me. Cynthia L. Simmons writes with authority about the Civil War, this time period in the South especially, the banking system in place at the time, medical conditions and medicine, homeopathic remedies at the time, and the social hierarchy at this time. I love reading books like this because I always come away learning new details about the time period, and this book was no exception. I ate this book up! Could not put it down, from the start this book grabbed me until the end. I enjoyed the characters in this book. They are well written and real. The characters in this book struggled with everyday issues. I really connected with and enjoyed Mary Beth Roper. I really found myself able to connect with her. She is a strong woman, strong in faith and her convictions. She takes care of her ill father and helps his business partner where she can. She struggles like the rest of us, her faith is inspiring. After watching and caring for my sick Dad I could really relate to this part of her character. The connection they had was so similar to my connection with my Dad. I felt many of the emotions she went through. I also found her faith as she went through this inspiring. Marked quite a few passages from the book for myself to meditate on. I found myself laughing in many parts of this book and crying out in others. I really loved this book and found myself unable to put it down. I enjoyed Cynthia L. Simmons style of writing, I really felt like I was there with Mary Beth Roper on her adventures and going through her struggles. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction, you will not be disappointed. I look forward to reading more of Cynthia L. Simmons books, and maybe more of Mary Beth's story. I give this book 5 STARS.