Friday, December 2, 2011

His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parsons

It isn't until the Civil War comes to her doorstep that Amanda Bell must choose between love and family.

It's the spring of 1861 on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Amanda never thought she would marry because of a promise she made to her dying mother, but her attraction to Captain Kent Littlefield is undeniable.

When Texas secedes from the Union, her brother Daniel aligns with the Confederate States, while Kent remains with the Union troops.

Her heart is torn between the two men she is closest to and the two sides of the conflict. Amanda prays to God for direction and support, but hears only silence. Where is God in the atrocities of war-and whose side is He on?

Amanda senses her life is at a turning point. She must trust God to deliver her family through the chaos of war with her heart and her faith intact.

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This book takes place during the Civil War. Most of the book is set in Texas. For me that made it very interesting since I have lived in Texas my whole life. It shows many of the ugly parts of the war on both sides. Often when we are in a conflict we only see the side we have chosen. We often forget that there are good and bad things on each side. And we often forget that when the war is over we need to move forward, forgive and rebuild what was torn down. 

Kent and Amanda faced the fact that they were on different sides of the war but their love continued to grow. They depended on the Lord to bring them back together when the time was right. You see honest doubt in Amanda about the prayers she offers up to the Lord through the years of death and hardship. But when it comes right down to it she returns to her faith and trusts the Lord to take care of her and her family. 

Kent is a man of honor and understands that even though he is a leader in the war, there is a line that should be drawn. He is not always able to keep his troops from the evil they seek to do but you see that it is a part of his heart to do so. 

If you love history and romance, you will enjoy this book. I would not recommend it to younger readers since the topic tends to lean heavily on the war, unless you want to use it as part of your history lessons for older teens so that you can talk about what you have read and address the ugliness of the war with them.

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