I enjoy the way that Shelley Shepard Gray writes. Her style is simple, humorous, and has a salt-of-the-earth feel to it. While The Loyal Heart was not a show stopper or a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat, it was certainly a story that had a nice flow to it, and was the perfect way to relax at the end of the day.
I love historical novels, and I learned a few things about the Civil War that I never knew before. For example, I had no idea that Johnson’s Island off the coast of Lake Erie was used as a prisoner-of-war camp for Confederate officers. I actually looked up some info on it after I finished the book … fascinating!
The main characters became “real” in my mind, so they were very well written. You felt the struggle, the emotion, and the heart of each one. It takes a lot for me to give a book 5 full stars, but The Loyal Heart is a solid 4-star read, and I would definitely recommend it for any historical fans out there.
From the back cover:
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.
I am looking forward to reading more from this author!
Sincere thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers and the TNZ Fiction Guild for providing me with a complimentary copy to read and review. Opinions and thoughts are 100% my own, and are in no way influenced by the author or publisher.