by Golden Keyes Parsons
The Civil War – a defining time of great sacrifice, change, and betrayal which determined the fate of the Nation.
It isn’t until it comes into her very home that Amanda Belle must face impossible choices of love, loss, and loyalty.
It’s the spring of 1861 on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Although Amanda never thought she would marry because of her promise she made to her dying mother, 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? Where is God in the atrocities of war—and whose side is He on?
Amanda senses her life is at a turning point. But she must trust God to bring her family through the chaos that threatens her home, her family, and the beloved state of Texas . . . with her heart, and her faith, intact.
My Review: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
His Steadfast Love is a great love story set in the turmoil of the Civil War. Amanda is a southerner from Texas whose father owns slaves and whose brother is fighting for the Confederacy. Kent is a career officer from Pennsylvania who fights in Texas for the Union. The conflict comes because Kent was stationed in Texas right before war broke out. During the days before the war, Kent and Amanda fell in love, and they have pledged that after the war they will marry.
One thing I love about this novel is it doesn’t give trite or easy answers for this impossible situation. Kent and Amanda have to struggle through the war trusting God to bring them together in the end. At the same time, they have to balance their love for each other with their opposing loyalties both to the causes they hold dear and to their families who oppose them being together. Parsons has done a great amount of research and it shows. The war and the problems people in the middle of it faced come alive through the pages of this novel. I recommend it highly.