A brief summary from Shelley Shepard Gray:
After the War Between the States, a Confederate officer longs to heal the heart of a beautiful woman—but first he’ll have to right the wrongs that were done to her.
Major Ethan Kelly has never been able to absolve himself of the guilt he feels for raiding a woman’s home shortly before he was taken prisoner during the Civil War. He is struggling to get through each day until he once again crosses paths with Lizbeth Barclay—the very woman he is trying to forget.
Life after the war is not much different for former Captain Devin Monroe until he meets Julianne VanFleet. He knows she is the woman he’s been waiting for, but he struggles to come to terms with the sacrifices she made to survive the war.
When Ethan and Devin discover that their former colonel, Adam Bushnell, is responsible for both Lizbeth’s and Julianne’s pain, they call on their former fellow soldiers to hunt him down. As the men band together to earn the trust of the women they love, Lizbeth and Julianne seek the justice they deserve in a country longing to heal.
The Civil War has taken its tole on America, including Major Ethan Kelly who is on a raid for anything that could support the troops, even if it means taking from woman and children. It’s not something he’s proud of, and one woman in particular lingers in his memory years after the war has ended.
When Ethan stumbles upon Lizabeth Barclay, the woman of his past, he vows to do everything to salvage the turmoil he put her through. But his raiding wasn’t the only unfortunate event that happened in Lizabeth’s life, and when Ethan learns what a former cornel did, he teams up with his band of brothers to bring Lizabeth justice.
Love Held Captive is highly intriguing and I loved the multiple storylines playing throughout. In some ways this book reminds me of Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love, with its powerful thread of redemption and love, while still capturing characters full of depth, pain, and turmoil. Shelley Shepard Gray is a phenomenal writer and I highly recommend reading this series, especially if you adore stories on the Civil War, Southern men (aka COWBOYS!!!), and heartfelt romance.
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