Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Loyal Heart - Lone Star Hero's Love Stories 1 - by Shelley Shepard Gray

About the book:

Robert came to Galveston to fulfill his promise to a dying man and look after his widow. He didn’t expect to find love in the unlikeliest of places.
Robert Truax, former Second Lieutenant and Confederate officer in the Civil War, made a promise to his comrade Phillip Markham. If anything happened to Phillip, Robert would look after his beloved wife, Miranda. She was his life, his world, his everything.
After the war, Robert is left to pick up the pieces and fulfill his pact. When he arrives at Miranda's home in Galveston, Texas, things are worse than he imagined. Phillip's name has been dragged through the mud, everyone in town believes him to be a traitor, and his widow is treated as an outcast. Even more disturbing is her emotional well-being. Miranda seems hopeless, lost, and so very alone.
Robert had thought his duty would be simple. He would help Miranda as quickly as possible in order to honor a promise. But the moment Robert laid eyes on her, his plans changed. He's mesmerized by her beauty and yearns to help her in any way he can.

He makes it his duty to protect Miranda, turn her reputation around, and to find some way to help her smile again. But it doesn't prove to be an easy task—Robert knows something about Phillip that could shake Miranda to the core and alter her view of the man she thought she knew so well.

My review:

I really enjoyed this story about a very interesting and unusual situation!  It was certainly intriguing to figure out who was spreading rumors and why.  It was somewhat shocking to see how these people treated Miranda at a time when I think of people acting very civilized.  I liked how we got both Miranda's and Robert's viewpoints, especially the flashbacks Robert had to being in a prison camp and the light it shed on the situation now.  I also liked seeing the romance develop and being able to read their thoughts.  There's talk of faith and believing in God, but it doesn't go very deep.  At one point, there's mention of praying for a man's soul after death and that he'd find comfort, which seemed like more of a Catholic viewpoint.  I liked the twist to the story and the element of suspense.  I also enjoyed seeing Miranda's transformation from depressed and suicidal to having hope again.  That's not a topic you see a lot in Christian fiction, especially during a historical time period.  I think men and women would enjoy this book equally.  I'd recommend this book if you like historical fiction.

I received this book free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

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