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Pursuing Gold: A Novel of the Civil War Paperback – October 26, 2016
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I was given this book by a Litfuse.
From the beginning, Simmons' debut novel caught and kept my interest. This surprised me because I normally would not choose a novel about banking during the Civil War. I do love learning about our past through books like this one and that the author weaved real life people from Chattanooga history into her story. What impressed me most was the refreshing truth that not every person in the South was for the war (like we are led to believe today) and that she made her main characters, Peter and Mary Beth strong enough to remain neutral during such a divisive war.
With real life, fallible yet upstanding, characters, Simmons shares a challenging tale of deception, murder, loss and blossoming love in the midst of the Civil War. She also inspires us with Mary Beth’s spiritual struggles throughout the book, tying the deeper meaning of the title “Pursuing Gold” into simple, applicable truth for her readers. Great read. Don’t miss it.
Were there a few flaws like other reviewers have stated? Yes, but I didn't ever want to stop reading or not be interested in coming back to reading because of them. I would still highly recommend this book and look forward to other books by this author.
Set in Tennessee during the war, the Union army is approaching and ultimately attacking the city of Chattanooga. The citizens of this Confederate city are justifiably afraid of the encroaching Union army.
The bank owners - Peter Chandler a young man who inherits half portion from his deceased father, and Mr. Roper who lies on his death bed and whose daughter Mary Beth stands to inherit - become aware of counterfeit paper dollars in their town which were seemingly drafts on their bank. They need to find the source of this counterfeit operation and stop it, fast.
The author's character drawing skills are good as they are well developed. I found Mary Beth pretty shallow at times, but she did mature as the story progressed. To my way of thinking, her feeling that she was soon to be "orphaned" rather childish because she was an adult and adults are not "orphaned" when a parent dies. They simply lose the parent.
As the story progressed and Mary Beth began to nurse the wounded soldiers, the pace quickened. I loved the old Colonel in the hospital and wish he had played an earlier and more visible role in the story.
I believe this is my first read of Cynthia Simmons' work and look forward to more. Perhaps the sequel to this story will be Ruth's story. We'll see. I would suggest an additional sweep through the editorial process as there were some errors that could use editing in Pursuing Gold.
I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review of my honest opinions which are freely given.
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