Tuesday, October 25, 2011

His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parsons

"It isn't until the Civil War comes to her doorstep that Amanda Bell must choose between love and family.

It's the spring of 1861 on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Amanda never thought she would marry because of a promise she made to her dying mother, but her attraction to Captain Kent Littlefield is undeniable.

When Texas secedes from the Union, her brother Daniel aligns with the Confederate States, while Kent remains with the Union troops.

Her heart is torn between the two men she is closest to and the two sides of the conflict. Amanda prays to God for direction and support, but hears only silence. Where is God in the atrocities of war-and whose side is He on?

Amanda senses her life is at a turning point. She must trust God to deliver her family through the chaos of war with her heart and her faith intact."

His Steadfast Love was an enjoyable, light read. The era it was set in- the Civil War -was an interesting one. The love story between Kent and Amanda was very sweet. It was inspiring to see how loyal they were to each other despite many cultural differences; the most prominent difference being their differing views on the Civil War.

The plot of the story moved steadily on to a satisfying conclusion. There were some bumps on the road that I did not see coming:-) The only drawbacks to this book is the conclusion- yes, it was satisfying, but I wish the author would have cleared some questions I still have. For example, what side is Amanda really on? Besides the somewhat loose-ended conclusion, there are no other drawbacks to this book.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was the spiritual journey of Amanda. It was heart-wrenching to see her heart grow cold towards God and heart-warming to see her heart begin to warm and finally be re-kindled for God.

This book is a nice summer read (or should I say winter?:-) and I would recommend it to those who enjoy Historical fiction, especially the era of the Civil War. This book can be bought at Amazon.comChristianbook.com, etc.... If anyone is inspired to read this book because of this review, let me know. I would enjoy sharing in your reading experience:-)

** Note Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers (Book Sneeze) for providing this copy in exchange for my honest review.

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