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His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parsons

Saturday, October 15, 2011
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.

Goodreads Summary

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.  Amanda as a character was OK to read about.  She could be a little too sensitive to others' feelings sometimes...eventually you have to put yourself first or at least second.  She was brave, smart, and calm through most of the book.  The secondary characters were interesting, they added a fair amount to the book.  This book is recommended to adult readers.

4 Stars

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