Golden Keyes Parsons is a popular retreat and conference speaker and author of historical novels. Her book, “In The Shadow Of The Sun King,” (Thomas Nelson Publishing), first in a three-book series based on her family genealogy, released Fall 2008, and was named a finalist in the ACFW’s Book of the Year Debut Author category. Her second book, “Prisoner Of Versailles,” was released September 2009 and was named a finalist in RWA’s prestigious Daphne contest and was also a finalist for the AWSA Golden Scroll Novel of the Year. The concluding book in the series, “Where Hearts Are Free” released September 2010 and is a Women of Faith Book Club selection. Her fourth novel, “His Steadfast Love,” a Civil War novel set in Texas, released November 2011.
Golden and her husband, Blaine, are retired from the pastorate and reside in Waco, TX. When she isn’t writing or speaking, she is busy with their three grown daughters, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren or attending sporting and alumni events at Baylor University.
Golden is giving away a copy of His Steadfast Love. Be sure to leave a comment to be entered.
HIS STEADFAST LOVE by Golden Keyes Parsons
His Steadfast Love is a Civil War novel set in Texas and deals with a divided nation, a divided state and a divided family. Here’s how the back cover blurb describes the book:
The Civil War—a defining time of great sacrifice, change, and betrayal which will determine 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 a promise to her dying mother to take care of her siblings, 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.
When deciding what to do for my next book, after the conclusion to my Darkness to Light series, and being a Texan myself, I really wanted to write something set in Texas, but didn’t particularly want to write a western. I started doing some research and was drawn to the aspect of the Civil War in our state. In my opinion one of the most interesting aspects of His Steadfast Love is the unique setting in Texas. When one thinks of the Civil War, one ordinarily thinks of the Deep South, whereas the Lone Star State conjures up visions of cowboys, cattle drives and shoot-em-ups in saloons. But the coastline of Texas during the War Between the States was a hotspot. Federal troops set up blockades along the coastline to prevent supplies for the South from being brought in. Galveston was occupied by Union troops, as was the little town of Indianola, where my book takes place.
And much to my surprise, there was a prison camp in Tyler, Texas, in the very area where we had lived for about ten years. I was not previously aware of that fact of history at all. I thoroughly enjoyed the research and visiting the Civil War sites around the state.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share a bit about His Steadfast Love.
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