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 is counterfeit and the signature is forged. The task for Peter and his partner’s daughter, Mary Beth Roper, is to find the source of this paper and the person or persons who are targeting the bank. C&R bank only trades in gold because at this time it is the only legal tender. Mary Beth’s father is dying and asks Peter to take care of Mary Beth. He has always loved Mary Beth, but past complications on her part have made him leery of the match.
This book is written in a sort of diary form. Each short chapter is set on a different day, at a different time, and involves each different character from the book. Although I really liked the book and the historical content that it displayed, I was not sure of this format. I felt almost like my reading was “jerky”, going back and forth from one to the other. I would recommend this book for its in-depth characters and historical content.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review. No review positive or otherwise was required – all opinions are my own.