His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parsons is a Civil War novel about the life of Amanda Belle. Amanda is a pastorís daughter and a true southern belle (note the name symbolism). Before the war begins, she is aiding her father in taking care of their plantation and three younger sisters as her deceased mother asked her to. Shortly before the war begins, Amanda meets Major Kent Littlefield and they fall in love. Unfortunately, with the start of the war, Littlefield has to return to his union troops while Amandaís younger brother joins the Confederate Army. This makes a union between them impossible. Life without her brother and sweetheart causes Amanda to question her southern values and Christian faith.
Parsons tells this gripping story from Amanda, Kent, and Danielís point of view. With each of these perspectives, the reader feels the anticipation and hardships of the war. The reader buzzes with anticipation as Amanda goes to the post office to see if her brother Daniel has been killed or injured. The language and setting are both fitting for the time period. The readers feel as if they are on the battlefields and living in the South with the Belle family through all their hardships.
This book is perfect for women of all ages and any Civil War enthusiast. Experiencing the challenges and trials that the Belle family goes through makes the readers evaluate their own faith. Amanda Belle realizes that calling upon the Lord will rescue her from all her fears, as is promised in Psalm 34:4. Seeing these struggles can make the reader appreciate the times we live in and gain an appreciation for the past. Ė Kailey Traylor, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
It isnít 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 waróand 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.