Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Book Review - The Loyal Heart


 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.


 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.


 I am a huge Shelley Shepard Gray fan so when I had the opportunity to read and review this book, I jumped on it! I was not disappointed in this book at all and I was quickly swept up into the history of 1800's Texas and the story of Miranda and Robert.

Miranda has been left a widow with horrible rumors about her beloved husband swirling about her. Her husband's family is making moves to try and take her home away from her - the home that was left to her by her husband. There are horrible rumors going around about Miranda, too, and it makes her life unbearable and we find she is fighting depression through much of the story. It's totally understandable after losing the love of her life that she would be depressed but to have her friends and neighbors turn against her is too much.

Robert is an honorable man who made a promise to Miranda's husband and he intends to honor this promise. He makes an appearance at really just the right time in her life to help her. I really liked Robert and found him very likable and sweet.

This book had a story of suspense running through the book that makes it a turn pager. We aren't sure who is sending Miranda the threatening letters or who is spreading rumors about her. I also love the sweet romance that happens, too. Just a really good book that I know you'll enjoy! I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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