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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway- Reflecting Gold Author: Cynthia L. Simmons On Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book:  Reflecting Gold

Author: Cynthia L. Simmons

Genre: Mystery

Release date: June 2021

RGB300ReflectingGold3Peter 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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About the Author

Cynthia 3Cynthia 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. 

My Thoughts 

Reflecting Gold is written by Cynthia L. Simmons. It is a mystery.  This is book two in the Southern Gold series. I have not read the first book in the series. This can be read as a stand alone. This is set in Civil War Era. The book drew me in within a few chapters. 

Peter and Mary Beth Chandler own a bank. They are a southern bank that utilizes the gold standard. This was an interesting concept because I’ve never thought about what banks went through during the Civil War. When a Confederate officer comes in for a loan. He wants to be able to repay it with a confederate money. They are unsure what to do. The officer tells them if they refuse they will be labeled a traitor. Then the officer ends up dead. The Chandlers are suspected and they have to prove their innocence. 

This sets off on a who dun it journey. The Chandlers see who their real friends (and family are). The author did great research because I learned a lot about banking during this time period. The characters are well written. The storyline is interesting and intriguing.  

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program, all thoughts are my own. 

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

  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this book, it sounds like an excellent read

  3. Connie, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

  4. This is going on the tbr! Thanks for sharing!!