Monday, August 22, 2016

Will the secret that Robert has kept ruin his chance at love?

Book info
About the book:

The Loyal Heart (Zondervan, July 2016)
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.

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About the author:

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.

My Review:
"The Loyal Heart" is a book rich with historical detail and sweet romance.  Shelley created characters whom are strong, compassionate, loyal and ones whom readers cannot help but root for and empathize with.  Robert made a promise and is determined to fulfill the promise, but he finds his heart more involved than he thought possible as he finds he wants to help and protect Miranda as much as he can.  Miranda has suffered a loss and is lost and unable to move on, her hurt is overwhelming and she is suffering even more as her reputation and name has been destroyed.  I loved reading books set during the Civil War and this focuses on life right after this and trying to piece back together life and move on.  I liked how Shelley tied in the flashbacks, thus giving a deeper understanding of the war experiences and how they influenced the characters to whom they were after.  I highly recommend this book for historical fiction fans and am looking forward to Shelley's next Lone Star Hero's Love Story to be released next year!

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*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review and for including me on this blog tour.

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