His Steadfast Love, by Golden Keyes Parsons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
With a brother serving in the Confederate Army and her small Texas town being invaded by Union troops, the Civil War years are not the best time for Amanda to fall in love with a soldier from the North. However, fate plays a hand in their chance meetings over the years, keeping the flames of their frowned-upon romance alive. Will it be enough to overcome to heartaches of war and family disapproval? Both will have to rethink their opinions on important issues and take stands for what matters if they are to get past their obvious hardships.
I learned a lot about the Civil War in this book, and about different sides of the battles that tore apart our nation. I was pleased with the way the characters developed as the years passed, being changed both by the atrocities they saw and their devotion to one another.
The parts of the book that involved fighting, torture, or death were descriptive enough that I understood some of what the characters went through, but not so graphic that I felt like I had to skip passages. And while this was a bit sappy and at times predictable, I appreciated the family loyalty and faith that God was in control, which were foundational to the story. I’d recommend this book to historical fiction lovers.
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