Tuesday, October 18, 2011

His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parsons

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.

I Give This Book: 4 Stars

My Thoughts:
I really enjoy reading novels that are set during the Civil War era and this book was no exception!

I liked how the book started six months before the start of the war and ended shortly after the war. I got to see how different both sides were towards one another before the war, and how drastically that changed. I thought 'His Steadfast Love' portrayed very well how torn most people must have been during this time, with brother fighting against brother, friend against friend, and father against son.

Amanda knows just how this feels. She is torn between both sides. Her brother is fighting for the Confederacy and the man she loves is fighting for the Union. Every victory is a defeat, every advance is a setback, when one is winning the other is losing. She will never be completely happy until this war is over. Little does she know that even that may not solve all the problems that have been created.

The reason I didn't give 'His Steadfast Love' five stars, is because several times very obscure words were used and had I not been reading this book on a Kindle I would have had to look them up because I couldn't figure out what they meant. I liked that I learned some new words, but at the same time this slowed the story down. I also didn't like how abrupt the ending was - I felt that there should at least have been a few more pages.

Overall, 'His Steadfast Love' is a book that I would recommend. I think that this book would make an excellent movie - especially if they made the ending a little longer! Anyone who loves Civil War era books should LOVE this book - I know I did!

*** I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of it - which I have done.***

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Product Detail:

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595546294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595546296
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1 inches


  1. I like the book cover, it attracted me. Your review was nicely stated. This novel will go on my 2012 TBR list.

  2. Great review! I liked the attention you paid to details in the story (the unknown words you came across). I like to learn new words too!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  3. I have this book on my TBR list. Looks like a good one.

    mamaw1050 at att dot net