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His Steadfast Love

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  178 ratings  ·  41 reviews
In one of the most heartbreaking times in American history, a Southern preacher's daughter makes a tragic error that pits her against the very people she loves most.

It's the spring of 1861 on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Although Amanda Belle never thought she would marry, her attraction to Captain Kent Littlefield is undeniable.

When Texas secedes from the Union, her brother

Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 31st 2011 by Thomas Nelson
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Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
His Steadfast Love was a beautifully written historical romance set in the civil war era.
It told the tale of what it was like back in that time where war was tearing the country apart. It gives you a taste of what it was like to be a family back in that heartbreaking battle, losing love, siblings, parents and precious possessions.
This story was a great representation of love, loss and the power of forgiveness, even when every bone in our body tries to refuse to do so.
At times the story drug on a
This book portrays the difficulty people were presented with during the Civil War when they loved and cared for those on opposite sides of the conflict. The reactions of soldiers and family members seemed very realistic, and the arduous task of forgiveness afterward is a very dynamic part of the story. I am very glad I read it!
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Just as Amanda is torn from choosing between family and love and which side of the conflict she believes in, I was torn whether or not I liked this book. The pacing of this book felt off to me. I think that was due to too much going on in a book that didn't have enough pages to give each element that time it needed to develop. Its strength is the historical context and detail, but its weakness is the believability of the relationships that are supposed to provide the ten
Raya Whitehouse
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This book is about a young woman named Amanda, she is the pastor daughter, the fathers temporary position as pastor has lasted 2 years. Her father's name is Ezekiel. She has a brother named Daniel. She has 3 younger sisters who are introduced as the "three little Belle sisters". 10 year old Emmaline, 4 year old Mary and 6 year old Catherine. They have a family dog named Sam Houston (named after their governor) whose nick name is Sam. Amanda's best friend "Claire" is Daniels fiancee.

Captain Kent
Holly Renee
Sep 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Years ago, Amanda Bell promised her dying mother she would take care of her younger sisters. Marriage has never crossed Amanda's mind . . . until she meets Captain Kent Littlefield, a Federal solider stationed at nearby Fort Washington in Texas. As she and the captain form an acquaintance, feelings for him stir inside her. Yet her father denies him permission to court her. When Kent receives new orders, Amanda believes their love is not meant to be. Once the Civil War breaks out, Amanda knows in ...more
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
originally appeared on:Bookshelf Confessions

His Steadfast Love is a Civil War-era novel mainly centered on Amanda and her difficult choice between supporting his brother, Daniel who fights for the South and her love interest, Kent who fights for the North. Torn between choosing family versus love in a war where no one really wins, she struggles with her faith and her heart too.

Ms. Parsons has made a well-researched historical-romance-politics book that would make you realize the horrors of what
Oct 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Texan beauty, Amanda Belle, never really had to pay much attention to politics until the Civil War hits close to home for her. Prior to the outbreak of the war, she's been entertaining the company of Kent Littlefield, an officer in the Union Army. When Texas joins the Confederacy, her brother Daniel signs up with the men in gray. As the years of the war pass, Amanda's loyalty is divided between the man she loves and the family she holds dear. She questions her very faith when circumstances arise ...more
Virginia Campbell
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it

Author Golden Keyes Parsons deserves much praise for the manner in which she presents the story line for "His Steadfast Love". In the beginning of the book, as with the beginning of the War Between the States, many people were uncertain as to what the conflict really entailed and how long it would last. No one could have predicted the intensity and tenure of the tragic battle and it's terrible toll. Amanda Belle is a parson's daughter, helping her widowed father to care for her younger siblings
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Imagine if you will, being in Texas just on the Gulf. It's the spring of 1861 and Amanda Bell is the oldest of four sisters and a brother she is helping to raise along with her father, Pastor Ezekiel Bell on their southern plantation. Her mother passed away and left Amanda tasked with raising her siblings until they are old enough to fend for themselves.

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 wil
Kathleen L. L.
Nov 15, 2011 rated it liked it
This book came free to me in exchange for a review. It had some very nice merits, and a few inspired moments. I will focus on those, but to explain my lower star rating, I had a hard time with its slow pace and somewhat wooden dialogue between hero and heroine. Of course not everyone would feel this way. Other elements of the book kept my interest through to the end.

Highlight: The research that created some of the glimpses into 1860 Texas was a definite highlight. A look at a Civil War prison c
It is 151 years since the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Texas seceded from the United States in early 1861.While not all Texans favored secession, most supported the southern cause and many Texan men joined the Army of the Confederacy. Indianola – the setting for this novel – was a major port on the Gulf Coast at the time and was therefore a target for the Union army. Over the course of the war, although they were far from the major battles, residents of Indianola endured food shortag ...more
His Steadfast Love is set during the Civil War era and I think it probably closely represents the feelings of most during that time period in our country. Amanda Belle, a beautiful southern lady finds herself torn between both sides of the war. Her brother Daniel is fighting for Confederacy yet the man she finds herself falling in love, Kent, is fighting for the Union. She finds herself struggling with her feelings and she begins to realize she’ll never be happy until the war is over and her fam ...more
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy reading novels that are set during the Civil War era and this book was no exception!

I liked how the book started six months before the start of the war and ended shortly after the war. I got to see how different both sides were towards one another before the war, and how drastically that changed. I thought 'His Steadfast Love' portrayed very well how torn most people must have been during this time, with brother fighting against brother, friend against friend, and father against s
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
Rating: 1.5/5 stars
Recommended? No

Amanda Belle is a typical Christian Southern woman. She meets Captain Kent Littlefield, and there is an instant connection between the two. But when Civil War breaks out, Amanda is forced to choose between family loyalty and love. With Captain Kent Littelefield as a Union solider and her own brother, Daniel, on the Confederate side, Amanda has to make a difficult choice: follow her heart or stay by her family.

I honestly did not enjoy this book very much. The wri
Kym McNabney
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Amanda Belle takes the responsibility of raising her siblings seriously, a promise placed on her before her mother passed away. When her brother heads off to war, Amanda’s responsibilities increase.

Captain Kent Littlefield, with the Union troops, and his men are forced to take refuge in the home of a family from a Confederate State. When he sets eyes on Amanda Belle, he is instantly drawn to her.

When Amanda’s father discovers his daughter has feelings for a man their state if fighting against,
Christie Hagerman
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
With a brother serving in the Confederate Army and her small Texas town being invaded by Union troops, the Civil War years are not the best time for Amanda to fall in love with a soldier from the North. However, fate plays a hand in their chance meetings over the years, keeping the flames of their frowned-upon romance alive. Will it be enough to overcome to heartaches of war and family disapproval? Both will have to rethink their opinions on important issues and take stands for what matters if t ...more
Oct 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Amanda Belle falls in love with a dashing young soldier, Kent Littlefield. But then the Civil war breaks out and Amanda finds her heart divided between to two men she loves most, her brother Daniel, with the Confederate Army, and Kent with the Union. While she tries to keep her family's home in order Daniel and Kent are fighting each other on the battlefields.

First off, Ms. Parsons is a very talented writer and I loved her style. But it wasn't until 2/3's of the way into the book did I truly bec
Terri Harr
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book takes place during the Civil War. Most of the book is set in Texas. For me that made it very interesting since I have lived in Texas my whole life. It shows many of the ugly parts of the war on both sides. Often when we are in a conflict we only see the side we have chosen. We often forget that there are good and bad things on each side. And we often forget that when the war is over we need to move forward, forgive and rebuild what was torn down.

Kent and Amanda faced the fact that the
Margaret Metz
Oct 18, 2011 rated it liked it
This author did a fantastic job researching the era and a remarkable job allowing the reader to see through the eyes of characters on both sides of the conflict.

There is plenty going on to keep the plot from dragging. Whether you're with the families left behind and struggling to deal with how to survive on less, trying to get supplies past enemy troop lines ... and waiting to hear from loved ones --- or your the soldiers dealing with fighting and sometimes dealing with capture ... it's not bori
Nov 13, 2011 rated it liked it
I think the story was an interesting one and it showed how people that loved one another could have completely different opinions and that some were willing to look at both sides of a war. It shows how hard it can be to forgive and/or forget.

The storyline seemed to move quietly along, which I think maybe contributed to me having a difficult time staying interested. I like the story it told about two families involved in the Civil War, one from the North and one from the South and how difficult i
Amanda Belle is living in Texas with her family when she meets Kent, an Army officer. With the start of the Civil War, Kent suddenly becomes “the enemy” as a Union soldier, and Amanda’s father forbids Kent and Amanda to even correspond.

The story follows Amanda and her family through the war as her brother fights with the Rebel army while Amanda tries to hold everything together at home. We also get Kent’s story, which includes occassional contact with the Belle family in one way or another.

Dec 10, 2011 rated it liked it
It is the year 1861 and trouble has arisen in The U.S. regarding the slave population.

Amanda Belle and her family dwell in Texas, a southern state. After promising to raise her sisters at her mother’s deathbed Amanda never dreamed of or contemplated the idea of marriage or a family of her own. Then she meets Captain Kent Littlefield and love blossoms, but they are forced to put aside their feelings as the civil war begins. Her brother, Daniel joins the Confederate army while Kent, being northern
Feb 19, 2012 rated it liked it
His Steadfast Love is a Christian book about two people in love divided by the Civil War. Amanda Belle and Captain Littlefield romance blooms before the war started. The two met while attending a church service. When the Civil War erupted, Captain Littlefield went back to his duty as a captain from the Union Troop (North). Unexpectedly, Amanda's brother signed up to fight for the South - the Confederates States. As Captain Littlefield has so much respect for Amanda's father, being the town's onl ...more
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
This book offers a unique view of the Civil War. Just scant weeks before war is declared, Amanda meets Kent, a Union soldier. They both are very attracted to each other, but Amanda's father asks them to wait until the war is over. Amanda's brother joins the Confederate army.
This book does a good job of highlighting not only the differences between the two sides but also the similarities. It truly was was brother fighting brother and son fighting father. The Civil War is a devastating part of Ame
I was drawn to this book first of all for the setting. It takes place in the south during the Civil War. I also was intrigued by the plot. Amanda Belle, a young southern woman, is caught between her love for her brother, a Confederate soldier, and a developing interest in Captain Littlefield, a Union officer.

As both men go off to war, Amanda struggles at home with her father and young sisters, waiting for the day this bloody war will be over and their brother returns to them. Her father is a pas
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it

This book is perfect for those who enjoy the civil war era. The main character, Amanda, has to make several difficult decisions. She doesn't know where to turn or who to choose. In this awful time period, she finds herself falling in love with a potential enemy and she still wants to obey her family.

The author clearly did research into this era. The reader doesn't have to worry about discrepancies or errors. The events are very well-detailed. The reader will be able to picture some scenes. Aman
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow! When I first received this novel in the mail, I was so awed by the beauty of the cover! On the computer screen it looked pretty good, but it was even ten times more fabulous in reality! – This even made me more excited to read this book. Okay, while reading this book, I did not have previous knowledge of the Civil War so it proved a little challenging to understand – but Golden Keyes Parsons did an amazing job in captivating my attention for the entire book. I laughed, I smiled, it was a ve ...more
Dec 23, 2011 rated it liked it
I wasn't too impressed about this book, sadly. The characters seemed flat to me and there were several scenes that I felt were too awkward/unnatural.

And the historical facts bugged me. Maybe it's just because I hardly ever read a book on the War Between the States that doesn't hammer on slavery being THE reason for the war....but it got a bit under my skin in this book. Several times the characters mention how the war was fought over slavery...and it wasn't. Not all the way. That was only a par
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it
I am very divided with this book. I think my review would be more like 2 and 1/2 stars. It was a well written book until you read some of the conversations between the love interest, that was very over the top, cheesy. But the flow of the book and the action held onto me and made me want to finish the book. The love story happens very quickly and the fall pretty hard for two people who don't know each other well and all the opposition that was put before them. It was just an ok book that was ok ...more
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Golden Keyes Parsons' latest historical tale set during the Civil War is as much enthralling as it is heartbreaking. From the gruesome battlefields to the spacious plantations, life is sure to never be the same again as brother is pitted against brother and masters against their slaves. The harsh backdrop of war is difficult to read, but necessary to understand the difficulties facing a Northern officer, a Southern lady, and a courtship between them. Fans of Civil War era fiction may not enjoy t ...more
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