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Pursuing Gold: A Novel of the Civil War

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  52 reviews
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 ...more
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Published October 27th 2016 by Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.
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Vera Godley
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction has always been my "go to" genre and especially those books published by Christian publishing houses. The theme of Pursing Gold would, at first glance, center around the desire to use gold coin rather than paper money during the Civil War. While that is the initial theme, it evolves into that true pursuit of gold where the individual pursues the gold of a true relationship with Christ.

Set in Tennessee during the war, the Union army is approaching and ultimately attacking the
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Chitra Iyer
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pursuing Gold: A Novel of the Civil War by Cynthia L. Simmons is a sophisticated story about a man who has just inherited his father’s bank, which is set to be doomed. Set during the American civil war, the story is about the struggles and challenges faced by him and his partner.

Peter Chandler inherits his father’s bank which is in the midst of an economic crisis. He joins hands with his partner’s daughter, Mary Beth Roper, to revive the bank. But things turn worse when Peter and Mary find
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Rachel
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a simple read with romance and mystery along with the serious setting of the Civil War era. I liked Peter's character and how he stood firm in his bank dealings. Also, how he cares for Mary Beth and promises her father he will take care of her. Mary Beth is a great daughter and together with Peter, they grow in character as the story goes along. I also liked the component of faith and how they learn to trust and put their faith in God.

Although there was a depth of historical facts and
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Puspanjalee Dutta
Simple but interesting read. The novel is set during the US civil war. Emotionally charged Peter had to take charge of a bank during the economic crisis. Mary, daughter of his father's friend, came to aid him. It is a story of how the friends work together to save the bank from predating govt officers and forgers. It is a story of strong companionship, strong will and character.

The book deals with an unusual aspect of US civil war and that is what made it an interesting read.
I loved Peter and
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
The United States Civil War is one of my favorite historical eras to read about – both in fiction as well as nonfiction. Usually books written about this time period are set in Atlanta or Nashville or somewhere in Virginia or Pennsylvania. Pursuing Gold is – if my memory is correct – the first book I’ve read set in Chattanooga during the Civil War, and I found this aspect of the story – and thus, its ability to stand out from the multitudes – to be the most intriguing part of the book.

Peter and
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Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://bit.ly/2guF4OR

Pursuing Gold is an unusual and interesting Civil War novel, one that looks at the war through the lens of the financial industry rather than the battlefield. Its approach is serious and informative as it weaves elements of mystery, family relationships, and romance throughout. Historical detail is the novel’s strength and I found that aspect intriguing, as well as the Chattanooga, Tennessee setting.

Peter and Mary Beth are likeable,
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Maureen Timerman
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Peter Chandler is reluctantly, but doing all he has, running his father’s bank after his untimely death. His father’s partner is also on his deathbed, and his daughter Mary Beth, is near exhaustion taking care of him.
The bank is backed by gold, yes they do not print currency, and when some shows up they know that this is counterfeit, but what to do, and these two are about to put their lives on the line trying to save this bank. They are also thrown together when Mary Beth’s father asks a favor
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Meagan
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I wanted to like Pursuing Gold more than I actually did. As the story went on, I became more interested, but I found its characters somewhat stale; Mary Beth came off as vapid, only maturing past her "potential orphan" fear near the end. Peter was all right, probably my favorite character; his concern for the bank and Mary Beth was convincing, with notable character development.

I'm not sure if the copy of Pursuing Gold I received was a final copy or ARC; I felt it needed another round of
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Jeanie
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing novel! The author, through beautiful prose, prayers and memorable characters, weaves a tapestry of what life during the Civil War. It is stunning, intense and demonstrates the reality of war in our land in which family become enemies through the strength of their convictions.

Peter Chandler, a partner at C & R Bank, has been in charge with Mr. Roper since the elder Chandler’s untimely death. Mr. Roper is now seriously ill. His daughter Mary Beth is his primary caregiver. The
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Lydia Howe
Why I Choose this Book:

I rarely comment about covers, but this book pretty much dictates I do so. When I received an email asking if I wanted to review this book the cover hadn't been released yet. The premiss looked interesting because Historical Fiction without too much romance is pretty much my favorite. So, after reading the blurb several times and deciding that there weren't any red flags, I excitedly signed up.

Then the book arrived with the above cover. And, well, I kinda lost interest
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Anne Rightler
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Pursuing Gold by Cynthia L Simmons is an interesting novel set in Chatanooga, TN during the early years of the Civil War. Peter Chandler has inherited the majority shares of a bank after his father's untimely death and with little experience, is desperately trying to keep the bank solvent. The one thing he does know is the bank must invest in business opportunities that deal in gold and not the new paper money being produced. Mary Beth Roper, Peter's former girlfriend, is caring for her ...more
Renn Shearin
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
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
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Mary
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Pursuing Gold," a novel of the Civil War, by Cynthia L. Simmons is a work of historical fiction. Life in Chattanooga, TN, in 1862 is a dangerous time to publicly voice opinions that go against the grain. The best thing to do is keep quiet and never make your feelings clear, especially if they go against popular opinion.
Main character Mary Beth has her hands full caring for her ill father and being forced to rent rooms to soldiers. She is trying to help with her father's bank, grow herbs for
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Marianne
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing

The title is perfect for this historical novel as it involves bankers, and Christians. Taking place in Tennessee in 1862 it gives a completely new and refreshing look at events of the Civil War, that i have not seen addressed in novels before. Although the characters are not fighting in the war, their life is definitely affected by it. There was enough action and intrigue to keep me turning those pages one after another. Interesting facts were that some banks were producing paper money to take
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Lenoire
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it

Peter Chandler inherits a bank after his father's untimely death and his father's business partner on his death bed. Peter just recently graduated college and has no experience running a bank. He finds guidance in his partner's daughter, Mary Beth Roper but they both struggle to keep the bank afloat during the Civil War. However, their problems deepen when they find counterfeit bills in circulation. Will they be able to work together to save the bank? Who is circulating the counterfeit bills?

The
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Vickie Jameson
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Pursuing Gold by Cynthia Simmons is a very enjoyable read. It is a historical novel that is set during the Civil War. Peter Chandler has little experience in running a bank, but he steps into the leadership role when his father is killed in an accident and his bank partner falls ill. Mary Beth Roper, Peter's childhood friend and daughter of Peter's bank partner, spent much of her time growing up in the bank. As she helps Peter with some of the banking business, she discovers counterfeit money ...more
Cass
What's Counterfeit?

Pursuing Gold: A Novel of the Civil War by Cynthia L. Simmons contains echoes of "Gone With the Wind" but is no tome. Easily read within a weekend, it's a good book for rainy days. This historical novel mixes Romance within the classic mystery format to drag the reader through a plot that interweaves suspense, humor, and faith. Will Mary Beth Roper and Peter Chandler have their happily ever after? Will the C&R bank survive villainous counterfeiters attempts to bankrupt it?
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Victoria
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am pleased to offer my personal and honest review of this book that I chose to review through Bookfun.org. This is a well-written book with a few grammatical errors such as missing, extra or misspelled words. This was minimal interference with my enjoyment of the book.

The story is set in the Civil War era. Though set within the war, there was minimal violence. The story was partly historical, partly a mystery, and partly romance. A nice combination of all three. The characters were well
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Beth
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Litfuse Publicity and the author for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.



Book Description:

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
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Lisa Johnson
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Pursuing Gold (A Novel of the Civil War)
Author: Cynthia L. Simmons
Pages: 308
Year: 2016
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
I am always on the hunt for a historical fiction tale and when I come across a new author, I want to read their book. Here is a debut novel by Cynthia L. Simmons about a bank in the Confederacy trying to stay both solvent and neutral during the war. Yet, there is a deeper meaning in the title that is revealed in the budding romance between two
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Jalynn Patterson
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

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
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Deana Dick
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a new author to me, so I was interested in how the story would be. I have found myself liking historical books more than I thought possible. In school, history was my least favorite subject. It's funny as I have gotten older, I have realized how valuable history is. It is part of our heritage and I love to learn new things about past wars. The historical facts were good and kept the story interesting. I appreciate the authors diligence in putting historical facts in the storyline which ...more
Just Commonly
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I love historical fiction, and one that depicts true historical elements are even better. Pursuing Gold by Cynthia L. Simmons is a story set during the times of the Great American Civil War, and delve a little into the banking industry during such a tumultuous and defining period of our country. It's also part mystery and part romance, which always adds a little something for this reader. I love the premise, the idea and even our main characters, a bit. However, I find the plot somewhat ...more
Iola
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Review to follow.

TL;DR version: novel had potential, but needed a lot more work before being published.

First we have Perfect Peter. The guy has no faults … and while most romance readers want to (figuratively) fall in love with the hero, he has to be human. And humans have faults.

Then we have Mary Beth. Her problem is similar—it’s not that she’s perfect, and more that she wants what she can’t have. In her case, she wants her (dying) father to live. Okay, I can understand that from a human
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Amy Bradsher
Dec 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Simmons has sketched a tale of deceit, loss, and love in the midst of the chaos of the Civil War. I've never before thought about how banks survived during wartime before the FDIC was backing them, but Simmons examines that reality in great detail in this new story.
I've always wondered about the details of how our country converted from metal coinage to paper money, and that idea is discussed a bit in the book. I enjoyed reading about the Peter's struggle to grow from his book education to
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Denise
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pursuing Gold: A Novel of the Civil War by Cynthia L. Simmons is set, as the title suggests, during the Civil War. The story kicks off in 1862 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This books offers a unique historically accurate glimpse into the time period while providing a compelling fictional storyline. The back cover reads:

"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
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Barb
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Cynthia L. Simmons has written “Pursuing Gold – a Novel of the Civil War”. The novel takes place in Chattanooga, Tennessee around 1862. The premise of the book is that the C&R bank in this town is in danger of being overrun by the appearance of bogus Confederate paper money. In fact, the money is signed by Peter Chandler, and owner, and says that the note is payable to the bearer of certain sums of money. If enough of these bills are distributed, the bank could go under. Obviously, the bill ...more
Amy
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pursuing Gold is a historical novel that takes place during the Civil War. In this particular story we see the war from the viewpoint of Southerners who are actually against slavery but are not for the States losing more of their rights. Peter Chandler is now part owner of his father’s bank since his father died. His father’s partner, Mr. Roper, is very ill with heart problems and nearing death, so he must work with his longtime friend and one time sweetheart Mary Beth Roper while she begins to ...more
Dianna (SavingsInSeconds blog)

Pursuing Gold contains detailed dialogue. Much of that is written in dialect, so the voices in my head switched between voices as I read. For example, the hardest to follow was Maud; sometimes her “lines” had to be read two or three times to make sense. If you enjoy knowing every word a character says (and the thoughts they hold in between) then this book might be for you.

Though I don’t typically revel in Civil War history, I do enjoy learning about Tennessee history. We live in an area that was
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Michelle
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: History Buffs
Recommended to Michelle by: Litfuse Publicity

`Pursuing Gold: A Novel of the Civil War` is a historical romance novel written by author Cynthia L. Simmons. Cynthia Simmons is a Bible teacher and a former homeschool mother, she writes for Leading Hearts Magazine.

The title of this novel suggests a pursuing og gold during the Civil War. The cover picture looks like the girl may be pining for her loved one. The opening setting is in Chattanooga, Tennessee -1862.

The male protagonist is a banker by the name of Peter Chandler and the female
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