Pursuing Gold, by Cynthia L. Simmons {Book Review}

About Pursuing Gold:

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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My take on Pursuing Gold:

I wanted to like Pursuing Gold more than I actually did. As the story went on, I became more interested, but I found its characters somewhat stale; Mary Beth came off as vapid, only maturing past her “potential orphan” fear near the end. Peter was all right, probably my favorite character; his concern for the bank and Mary Beth was convincing, with notable character development.

I’m not sure if the copy of Pursuing Gold I received was a final copy or ARC; I felt it needed another round of proofreading to catch missing words and punctuation errors. The sentence structure also seemed off at times, and the location, date, and time notes for each scene proved somewhat distracting to me.

That being said, I enjoyed reading the story. Pursuing Gold takes a fresh look at the Civil War and provides thoughtful insight into the Confederacy, banking, and theology amidst the two.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Pursuing Gold in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Cynthia L. Simmons, author of Pursuing Gold.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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