Pursuing Gold is a novel of the Civil War and is a work of historical fiction.
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.
I enjoy a work of historical fiction, and as just that this novel is good. It feel flat on a few things though.
It was a little too long on dialogue. It seemed a little forced and predictable. And a lot too short on description.
It read a lot like a first novel, which I’m sure it is, and I think with practice Cynthia Simmons will make a GREAT novelist!
I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse.