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His Steadfast Love (Darkness to Light) Paperback – October 31, 2011
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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Amanda's own bitterness and loss of faith is also hard to grasp at times, since the family seem more fortunate than most. But as the author herself seems to suggest in her notes, she wanted to depict a character whose faith is tested and shown not to hold up. Just because her father is a preacher does not mean she is a good Christian. She also betrays Kent most grievously in the novel, and commits various other acts which one could only describe as traitrous, or at the very least, extremely dishonest. Her betrayal is never dealt with-I waited for her to tell Kent everything, but it was never even mentioned.
One final complaint of the book is that while of course one is meant to assume that god will provide, any serious obstacles in the course of the novel are actually just brushed aside and resolved in a matter of a page or two. All the build up results in a let down. She does the same with cliffhangers at the end of each chapter too; they just fizzle.Read more ›
However with the rivalry between the North and the South, the stirrings of a Civil War is on the horizon and Amanda's only brother Daniel is willing to go to war to defend the South's position on slavery. What he doesn't seem to understand is even though they treat their slaves well, they are still not free. However Pastor Bell provides his blessing over Daniel as he heads off to war along with his childhood friends and Amanda is helpless to stop him.
When Amanda meets Captain Kent Littlefield during a church service, she finds her heart pulled in a way she hadn't expected. Now that the war has begun, Captain Littlefield has been called to duty fighting for the North, which now puts her at odds with the man she loves from the North, going to war with the brother she loves from the South. Will either of them return home from the war? Or will this war keep her love at a crossroads she can never hope to cross battle lines?
In the latest novel by Golden Keyes Parsons, His Steadfast Love, shows the horrors of what men, fathers, sons and families had to endure when our own country went to war against itself. In the end, lines were drawn and even when the war ended some feelings would never be resolved over what men had witnessed during their time of war.Read more ›
The setting for this romance brings the history alive and Ms Parsons gives us a wonderful insight into the lifestyle of pre-Civil War Texas, during the war and after the war. The history breathes as our hero and the heroine's brother are in battles and moving around the country during the war. Our heroine experiences many changes to her lifestyle and grows, sometimes tenuously, in her faith and mettle through those changes. The ravages of war and its effects cannot daunt the love our hero, Kent, has for Amanda, even though they are from opposing sides.
While the writing was good, I wasn't overly impressed with the book as a whole, sadly. The characters seemed flat--I never really connected with them. And there were several scenes that I felt too awkward/unnatural. (Like when someone is suddenly sick, within an hour the doctor proclaimed the invalid was going to die. Just like that. And in front of the invalid, too! All I could think was "What terrible bedside manners!")
The point that Parson takes--that slavery was THE reason for the war--bugged me. A lot! Several times characters within His Steadfast Love mentioned how the war was fought because of slavery...when it really wasn't. Not all the way, at least. Slavery was only a part of it. This particular annoyance is more than likely something only I would find frustrating. But there it is. But I did like how Parsons showed the gradual change in Amanda's behavior toward her slaves. Very well done!
Parsons detail to historical times was really good, taking the reader back in time and throwing them into such a difficult time period in our country's history. The romance wasn't my favorite, but that may be because I never really was able to connect to either of the main characters. Her writing style was tight and well done, and while I didn't enjoy His Steadfast Love as much as I had hoped, I am sure there are other readers who would enjoy this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book very much. It is definitely hard to put down. It's a story how love can survive anything including a Civil War.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time putting it down. I did not consider this part of the Darkness to Light Series. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Georgia A.
I enjoyed this novel very much especially since I live here in the area where several big battles of the civil war were fought. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tilly
I loved this book for the story, the emotion, the history, and the conflicts. Also the inclusion of God and His providence in the story line makes it more real. Read morePublished on May 18, 2014 by james loudermilk
This book was great! Golden Keyes Parsons brings her history expertise to new heights. A must read for Parsons' fans.Published on September 5, 2013 by Deborah
This is a great book to pass the time. A love story in the civil war time that is an easy read.Published on August 9, 2013 by Kathryn
HIS STEADFAST LOVE by Golden Keyes Parsons is an interesting and intriguing inspirational historical romance set in 1861 Texas during the Civil war era. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer (April Renn/AprilR )
The author really captured the Civil War time period in this book. The storyline felt very real full of the emotions and feelings of this difficult time in American History. Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by Lynn