Ever since I was young, I have been fascinated by Civil War history, reading anything about it that I can get my hands on — both fiction and non-fiction.Pursuing Gold

So it stands to reason that I keep an eye out for new novels set during this time period.

When a blast came into my email, promoting Cynthia L. Simmons’ “Pursuing Gold,” I decided I had to read it. Just check out this summary:

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 really enjoyed this historical romp. The characters have a great rapport and their backstory adds depth to the tale.

I also absolutely loved the mystery of the counterfeiting, which definitely kept me turning the pages.

The setting of the Civil War adds a rich atmosphere to the novel, creating tension that ratchets up throughout the novel.

A theme of faith and leaning on God runs throughout the novel, as well.

Fans of historical fiction definitely should check out “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.

Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this book. However, all opinions are my own.