“Pursuing Gold” was a fairly solid story that takes place in Chattanooga during the Civil War. Both primary characters Peter and Mary Beth are true southerners but neither is supportive of slavery and must walk a narrow line in their hometown in order to stay out of trouble. In addition Peter is charged with keeping C&R Bank viable despite the war and political unrest that surrounds them. Peter is in love with his lifelong friend Mary Beth but is not certain how she feels.

I always enjoy reading about Civil War life so “Pursuing Gold” was of particular interest to me. I enjoyed learning more about the challenges of running a bank during that particular era as well as other difficulties the citizens faced because of the war. The story not only was full of historical facts but contained a nice mystery and suspense along with a tender romance. I liked how the author compared the pursuit of gold to pursuing God. The spiritual growth of both Peter and Mary Beth was an integral component of the story and was handled quite well.

Although “Pursuing Gold” is the first book I’ve read by this author, I would be open to trying more of her work.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by Litfuse Publicity. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


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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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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