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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Book Review: His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parsons

The Civil War - a defining time of great sacrifice, change, and betrayal which determined the fate of the Nation.
It isn’t until it comes into her very home that Amanda Belle must face impossible choices of love, loss, and loyalty.
It's the spring of 1861 on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Although Amanda never thought she would marry because of her promise she made to her dying mother, her attraction to Captain Kent Littlefield is undeniable.
When Texas secedes from the Union, her brother Daniel marches off to war to fight for the Confederate States and Kent remains with the Union troops.
Her heart is torn between the two men she loves and the two sides of the conflict. When she turns to God for help, Amanda expects direction and support, but hears nothing. Is God listening to her anymore? Where is God in the atrocities of war—and whose side is He on?
Amanda senses her life is at a turning point. But she must trust God to bring her family through the chaos that threatens her home, her family, and the beloved state of Texas . . . with her heart, and her faith, intact.


I think this book did a good job showing the deeper side of what went on during the Civil War and it's aftermath.  The conflict not only tore our country apart, but also families, friendships, and neighbors.  Throughout the book we have the opportunity to see how this affected not only Amanda and Kent, but also their families, friends, and slaves. We get to see not just the outward affects of the war, but the lasting inward struggles it caused for all those involved.  It ultimately is a story not just about love, but about forgiveness.

Because it is a book that is set during the Civil War, it is going to have some violence (not my favorite thing to read about) but it is done in a way that conveys the time period without being exceedingly graphic.  There are vivid descriptions of prisoner camps, war injuries, and treatment of opposing sides prisoners (one scene in particular still stays with me.)  The book also left me an unanswered question about what decision Amanda's slave ultimately chose to make.

I received a complimentary e book copy of His Steadfast Love from Thomas Nelson  for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation.
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