Reflecting Gold by Cynthia L. Simmons ~ Book Review + Giveaway

September 20, 2021


About the Book

Book:  Reflecting Gold
Author: Cynthia L. Simmons
Series: Southern Gold, Book 2
Genre: Christian Mystery
Release Date: June 2021

Peter and Mary Beth Chandler kept their Confederate bank on the gold standard. However, a Confederate officer asked for a loan. He insisted he should be able to repay in Confederate bank notes not backed by gold. If they refuse, he will label them traitors. Should the Chandlers change their loan requirements and risk losing the bank? The entire town questioned their loyalty, especially when the officer turned up dead. Will the Chandlers be court martialed or lose the bank? While facing an impossible situation, they seek God’s guidance and learn to reflect his love.


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My Thoughts

This was an interesting story and a first for me by this author. This also happens to be the second book in the series but it can be read as a stand alone. I definitely felt like I didn't have any issues following the story. Although the story is quite good I must admit that it started out a bit slow and it took me a while to get into the story. That being said once I did it got really good.

You can tell by reading it that the author has definitely researched this whole time period and especially the banking system during the war. If you like historical things then this definitely will appeal to you as it did for me. There is a good amount of suspense which I loved. I could not figure out who the actual suspect was which always makes for a good story. The characters were well written and engaging. The element of faith and perseverance are definitely instilled throughout the story. 

I can't wait to read more from this author and perhaps see some of these characters again! Overall if you enjoy historical fiction with a lot of suspense then this is the book for you. I definitely enjoyed it. 

My Rating: 4 Stars/Really Liked it

I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Cynthia L Simmons is the mother of five grown children, imperfect and down-to-earth, she uses her experience to model grace for all and speaks from the heart of a spiritual mom. Fond of times past, she writes both fiction and nonfiction while combining history and scripture to minister to moms of all ages. However, she has a special place in her heart for young moms and homeschool moms. While she loves writing—books, articles, devotions, and notes—Cynthia also enjoys traveling around the nation speaking to homeschool events, bookstores, libraries, and churches. Plus, conducts writing workshops, and leads retreats. She’s a huge fan of sugar, tea, orchids, purple, re-enactments, friends, and ballroom dancing with her husband.


More from Cynthia

The same year my first book came out, my husband came down with encephalitis. In simple terms, his brain was infected. He’d been sick for several days with a mild headache and temperature, and our doctor thought he had the flu. One morning I watched him slide into the floor as a grand mal seizure ravaged his body. I remember thinking this couldn’t be happening. I’m a nurse, and I was reviewing his medical history in my mind. Seizures didn’t fit with anything on either side of his family, and I wanted to deny what I saw. Needless to say, our life changed dramatically for several years as we walked through dark times. My husband spent 11 days in intermediate intensive care and came home on IV medications. For several weeks he had partial seizures the doctors couldn’t control. However, I learned so much during that time, and I’ve shared lessons from that time. In Reflecting Gold, I demonstrate how we can reflect the beauty of God even in the middle of heartbreak.

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, September 9 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 9

Texas Book-aholic, September 10

Inklings and notions, September 11

For Him and My Family, September 12

deb’s Book Review, September 13

For the Love of Literature, September 14 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 15

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 16

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 17

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 18

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, September 19

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 20

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 21 (Author Interview)

Vicarious Living, September 21

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 22


To celebrate her tour, Cynthia is giving away the grand prize package of a $30 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. This sounds very interesting! Thanks for the review!

  2. I like mysteries and this sounds like a great read.

  3. I like a good story and enjoy historical books.
    Thanks for the contest.

  4. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of this story, it sounds like an excellent read