Wednesday, October 19, 2011

His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parsons

About His Steadfast Love:

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 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? Does He not care about the atrocities of war-and whose side is He on?

The war is dragging on for much longer than expected, and Amanda struggles between the opposing philosophies of slavery. But after the death of her pastor father, she learns some hard truths about love, the human condition, and God's role in her life.

Amanda must trust God to bring her family through the chaos that threatens her home, her family, and the beloved state of Texas.

My Review:

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 family is put back together again.  However, nothing is ever the same after a war and her dreams of a happily ever after are not looking good.
As much as I enjoy books set during the Civil War era at times I find them really hard to get through.  I’m not sure if maybe I’m just not built to enjoy this time period in my fiction reading but I struggled with really enjoying His Steadfast Love.  There was just a lot of times where I felt the story dragged on and I was skimming a lot of the war dialogue.  I just had a hard time connecting with the story and with the characters.  I didn’t feel like the romance between Kent and Amanda was as strong as they were trying to make it but I did enjoy what was offered.

However, there was a lot I loved about it; I loved Amanda and her sweet spirit to take care of everyone around her yet her realistic struggles with Faith in God during these difficult times and the desires of her heart.  I loved the secondary characters, including Amanda’s dad and her best friend Claire.  I also loved the ending!!

I would love to give this book 5 stars but it just wasn’t for me.  However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great book and I feel that those that love reading about the Civil War era will really enjoy His Steadfast Love!!

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of it!!  All opinions are my own!
About Golden Keyes Parsons:
Golden Keyes Parsons is a popular retreat and conference speaker, author of historical novels and an ordained pastor. Her book, "In The Shadow Of The Sun King," (Thomas Nelson Publishing), first in a four-book series based on her family genealogy, released Fall 2008, and was named a finalist in the ACFW's Book of the Year Debut Author category. The book chronicles the saga of the Clavell family in 17th century France, where, as French Huguenots, they suffer persecution at the hands of Louis XIV's Catholic government. The second book, "A Prisoner Of Versailles," was released September 2009. Book Three, "Where Hearts Are Free" is scheduled to release Fall 2010. Golden can be contacted at

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