Book Review: His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parsons

Amazon summary
It isn’t until the Civil War comes to her doorstep that Amanda Belle 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.
My review
Amanda Belle is living in Texas with her family when she meets Kent, an Army officer. With the start of the Civil War, Kent suddenly becomes “the enemy” as a Union soldier, and Amanda’s father forbids Kent and Amanda to even correspond.

The story follows Amanda and her family through the war as her brother fights with the Rebel army while Amanda tries to hold everything together at home. We also get Kent’s story, which includes occassional contact with the Belle family in one way or another.

Amanda’s father, then her brother, believe that Amanda should just forget Kent and that all Federal soldiers are evil and can’t be trusted. Kent’s family is also against a marriage to his Texas sweetheart.

Amanda has grown up hearing about God’s love and forgiveness, but when she needs guidance, she feels as if God has abandoned her and her family. Eventually, both families have to decide if they will choose to forgive or let past wrongs get in the way of Amanda’s and Kent’s happiness.

I think the historical and romance aspects of the story were nicely balanced. Historical fiction and romance are my two favorite genres and I love it when I find a book that brings them together.
About the book
Author: Golden Keyes Parsons
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release date: Nov 1, 2011
Pages: 337
Where I got the book: I received the book free from the publisher as part of the Booksneeze review program.
Rating: 4.5 stars Great book for readers who enjoy romances or historical fiction