Book Review: Pursuing Gold by Cynthia L. Simmons + Giveaway


Title: Pursuing Gold
Author:  Cynthia L. Simmons
Publisher:  Elk Lake
Release Date:  October 27, 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction


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.




I love historical fiction, and one that depicts true historical elements are even better. Pursuing Gold by Cynthia L. Simmons is a story set during the times of the Great American Civil War, and delve a little into the banking industry during such a tumultuous and defining period of our country.  It's also part mystery and part romance, which always adds a little something for this reader. I love the premise, the idea and even our main characters, a bit. However, I find the plot somewhat convoluted and narration choppy. I'm not sure if it's because of the short sections that at times read like a journal, and other times like a story. Many of the characters don't do much for me, and I think that's what makes it hard for me to connect. I find myself trying confused many times, and trying to read back, thinking I missed something. Despite that, my feelings, though mixed are more pleasant in regards to Pursuing Gold. Like I said, I love the background, the premise, and even the romance. With the author being a new author for me, I'd be open to reading other works by her based on this novel.


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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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28 comments:

  1. This sounds interesting. I love Civil War stories, and I've never seen one centered around the banking industry.

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    1. I know. Me too. That is one interesting aspect of this book! Good luck!

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  2. I like history and the Civil War seems to be my main interest. I guess it's because I like the era and this war happens to fall during that time.

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  3. I love reading about the Civil War time period. I think it is one of the most interesting time periods in U.S. history. I have visited a lot of Civil War sites and the some of the beautiful Southern cities that were devastated by the Civil War. Looking forward to reading "Pursuing Gold".

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    1. I agree. I've been to the Gettysburg battlefield multiple times and I'd love to visit further sites.

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  4. I love all historical fiction set in the south. I just finished reading Jubilee by Margaret Walker and learned so much about the world my great grandparents and grandparents grew up in. It's fascinating to me.

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    1. O, me too! There is just something about southern historical fiction!

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  5. I find the state of medicine at the time fascinating as well as food recipes.

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    1. That's a very good point. Have you been to the civil war medical museum? There are a few of them in the DC area.

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  6. I love the historical aspect of it.

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  7. I like stories that depict the struggles within families who have relatives in the North and South.

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    1. That's a good premise. Especially during such contentious times! "Who do you support when you can see both sides?

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  8. I've read Pursuing Gold, and your views echo mine - a great historical setting and premise, but let down by the writing.

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    1. True. Settings does give a bit more visual aspect when reading!

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  10. I love historical fiction too. Probably because it's fun to romanticize yourself into the story!

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  11. I always loved to read of their way of life. How they persevered through the hard times was interesting.

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    1. O me too. That is an area that always intrigues me!

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  12. I just like the whole Civil War era, especially Gettysburg because my family & I visited there in 2013.

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  13. Love historicals. Happy New Year

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  14. I love the historical aspects of it--what it was like to live in a different time.

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