Saturday, December 10, 2016

Pursuing Gold by Cynthia L. Simmons

I have always enjoyed reading books about the Civil War period, so I couldn't pass up the chance to read Pursuing Gold by Cynthia L. Simmons. In this novel, Ms. Simmons brings information to the reader regarding the banking industry during the Civil War.

Back of Book Blurb

With his father dead and his business partner incapacitated, Peter Chandler inherits the leadership of a bank in economic crisis. Peter, with only a newly-minted college degree and little experience, 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.

My Thoughts:

The story started out a little slow for me as I waded through the dialogue that flooded the first few chapters. But as the plot began to develop I was engrossed in the twists and turns that kept me turning the pages.

Sadly, I was never drawn into the story like I wanted to be. I think this is partly due to quite a few grammatical errors within the book. Each time I encountered one I had to stop and re-read what I had just read in order to figure out what the author meant.

The characters never truly came alive for me, but I did care about them and I was rooting them on throughout the story.

If you like books written about the Civil War period you might like this book. Please keep in mind that it is more "behind the scenes" and not on the front lines of the battle.

On a 5-Star scale = 3 1/2 stars.

I would like to thank Litfuse Publicity for my copy of Pursuing Gold. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,

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