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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Pursuing Gold is a historical novel that takes place during the Civil War. In this particular story we see the war from the viewpoint of Southerners who are actually against slavery but are not for the States losing more of their rights. Peter Chandler is now part owner of his father’s bank since his father died. His father’s partner, Mr. Roper, is very ill with heart problems and nearing death, so he must work with his longtime friend and one time sweetheart Mary Beth Roper while she begins to take over her father’s business. Peter and Mary Beth are trying to keep the bank solvent both during and hopefully after the war by guaranteeing that the bank is backed by only gold. However, suspicious counterfeit and forged paper money is popping up with Peter’s signature.
This was a rather quick read as the story is set up in small chunks as the day’s progress. Peter and Mary Beth are trying to keep their heads as the country falls apart around them, while hoping for a second chance at love. Dreading the possibility of Union forces bringing the war to their town and not trusting the Confederate soldiers that are already in town, keeps this duo very busy. On top of that, they are also dealing with sickness and a possible murder.
There are some parts of the story that was a little confusing as there seemed to be something missing, I am not sure if this was an editing problem or not. It was a minor issue for me and only detracted me from the story a little bit. Other than that, I enjoyed this historical novel from the Southern viewpoint that was not for slavery.
I received a copy for free from Litfuse. I was not required to give a positive review and the views expressed 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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