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Monday, December 12, 2016

Book Review: Pursuing Gold

A book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.

About the Book

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.

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.

Find out more about Cynthia at

My Opinion

Although I love books based in war times like the Civil War, I sadly couldn't get into this book. It was slow from the very beginning and I just couldn't get interested in the story line or Mary Beth or Peter's relationship.

However, it was very interesting learning about banking during this time period in our country's history and how the Civil War affected banking and scared people into cheating others, lying and forging.

Give this book a try if you are really interested in Civil War history or banking, but be prepared for a very slow start to the book.

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* Disclosure - This book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*


GranthamLynn said...

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I just wanted to say Hi. I'll hang around and visit a little while. Very nice meeting you!
Merry Christmas.