Pursuing Gold REVIEW


About the book: 

Pursuing Gold (Elk Lake, October 2016)
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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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.

My Thoughts: 

 It's Christian based, but not overly churchy. There's a nice balance of suspenseful mystery and sweet romance, but there is an overabundance of dialogue. I enjoy a lot of descriptive imagery, etc. and less on the wordy back and forth conversations. I nice balance is good for me, and I felt this was a bit heavy on the conversation side. I am not a fan of the cover. I know...I  know...can't judge a book by the cover, but this one is not one I'd look at and say "WOW, I want to read that!" The daughter as the caregiver for her dying father was an emotional trigger for me, as I cared for my own dad as he was dying. I wish the pace was better, and I think it could have been with less conversation and more description. The overall plot is a nice one, for sure. 

**I received this free in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.**