The Loyal Heart
Written by: Shelley Shepard Gray
Month, Year: July, 2016
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.
A brief summary from Shelley Shepard Gray:
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.
If you love history and all things post-Civil War, than The Loyal Heart is a must read for you!!
After a vicious rumor spreads about Miranda Markham’s husband, Phillip, being a traitor to his country, Miranda loses hope at life ever being good again. Reeling with the loss of her husband at war, her tarnished name, and keeping her boarding house afloat, Miranda struggles to fight the gnawing depression rising within herself. Things go from bleak to worse when someone begins to send threatening notes in an attempt to blackmail her out of her mansion. Who would do such a thing?!
Things take a slight turn for the better when Miranda accepts a new boarder, Robert Truax, who, unbeknownst to her, made a promise to Phillip to watch out for her before he died. When Robert sees how the townsfolk treat Miranda, he quickly steps in as her protector, challenging attitudes and opinions at every turn. But when events turn ugly, he calls upon his former comrades to help figure out who is threatening Miranda out of town.
Shelley’s The Loyal Heart will intrigue you from the start and keep you jumping as the pages turn. I willingly admit that I couldn’t figure out who the villain was until she revealed the person! I also thought Shelley did a fantastic job at describing depression, depicting it as she did. You don’t often read about characters who deal with this and, as someone who has struggled with depression, I found it to be well written and not over the top.
I really enjoyed reading The Loyal Heart and highly recommend this compelling story! I enjoyed it so much, that I’m going to give a copy of the book away!! Click on the book cover to enter the giveaway! Good luck! 🙂
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Litfuse and BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.