Love Held Captive

Love Held Captive

by Shelley Shepard Gray

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Love Held Captive by 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718078027
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Series: A Lone Star Hero's Love Story , #3
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 57,100
File size: 1 MB

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.  Find Shelley on her website: ShelleyShepardGray.com; on Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray; Twitter: @ShelleySGray.

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Love Held Captive 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick but very enjoyable read! Loved the character development from the beginning of the first book in the series to the last page of the third book! I must admit though, I love the second book in the series the best!
StephieJ 6 months ago
This was an excellent conclusion to this series! I really liked the whole series! I found myself reading this book quickly as it was a page turner. The author held my attention and kept it. The book was full of adventure and romance. The characters were made alive in this book! I would love to see this series made into movies. I highly recommend this book! I received a review copy from the publisher. No review was required. My opinion is my own and is honest.
DaphSelf 8 months ago
Love Held Captive dealt with unusually heavy topics, but topics that are historical correct: abuse, hunger, rape, and desperate acts to survive. The author was able to portray this accurately and well without being crass or overly descriptive. This was a book of two love stories and the plots weaved smoothly throughout. In this book Ethan Kelly and Devin Monroe are the main male characters. Lizbeth, a scarred woman and Julianne, a woman with a shady past are well developed. This was an interesting read. Something many historical fans will be interested in.
EpicFehlReader 8 months ago
POTENTIAL TRIGGER WARNING: This novel addresses the topic of rape. In addition to the duel romance stories going on here, as well as the manhunt scenes, this novel, like its two predecessors within this series, includes chapters detailing the mens' experiences in a Civil War POW camp, giving the reader an idea of how those months & years of imprisonment reshaped their spirits, inevitably changing them forever. I'm just going to say it: This book had the worst title of the series. Get beyond the title though, and Love Held Captive (man, that title gives me hard cringe though -- just screams bodice-ripper) is actually the BEST story in the trilogy IMO. While the previous two books were enjoyable but, if I'm being honest, a little on the forgettable side, this one came alive with much more real characters full of humor, honesty and depth. Julianne's story really inspires empathy in a reader, making one think on maybe not be so quick to judge someone living life in a way that doesn't line up with how we would do things. Take time to consider the limited options they might be forced to choose from. Bushnell is just the right amount of despicable without becoming cartoonish and Major Kelly and Capt. Monroe are just good solid dudes. Especially Devin. Major Kelly, coming from a privileged background and well-to-do family, can come of as slightly snobbish from time to time, but Devin is quick to set him straight and Kelly is open to learn when he oversteps. Lizbeth was a bit overdramatic for me at times, and though she never became one of my favorite characters (I'm too busy shipping Devin & Julianne!), she did grow on me a little by story's end. So there you go! If you, like me, found the first couple books in this series fun enough but maybe a litle flat, don't duck out just yet! Definitely get into this one because the Lone Star series, at least as I see it, is one where author Shelley Shepard Gray left the best for last! FTC DISCLAIMER: TNZ Fiction Guild kindly provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions above are entirely my own
AngelaBycroftNZ More than 1 year ago
I have throughly enjoyed the Lone Star Hero’s Series and while this book felt more like two different stories told simultaneously - it did not detract from the two distinct sets of characters and their story lines. This being the third title in the series - we follow two more of the original group from the first two titles. Major Ethan Kelly can’t shake the guilt and shame of having raided a civilians home shortly before he and his confederates where taken prisoner. While he had no choice - his men were starving and had nothing - he still remember the raw emotion on her face and it haunts him long after he is released from the POW camp. When he crosses paths with her again - now is his chance to make things right and maybe more. Former Captain Devin Monroe also features in the story - his chance meeting with Julianne VanFleet begins a relationship which he believes could last a life time. But Julianne holds secrets which could end that relationship before it has a chance to start. Can Devin come to grips with the truth or will his potential future be mired by it? The final instalment rounds out nicely the characters we have come to know and love through these stories. While I am not as knowledgeable on the American history side of things - I still found the stories fascinating and gripping. I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher as part of the Thomas Nelson/ Zondervan Fiction Guild. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Yamma1212 More than 1 year ago
Love Held Captive is the third installment of the Lone Star Love Stories. This is the story of Major Ethan Kelly and Captain Devin Monroe, and the ladies that try to steal their hearts. Each man encounters their own challenge, that each leads back to the same man; their former colonel, Adam Bushnell. Julianne and Lizbeth both have trust issues thanks to Bushnell, and the men must work diligently to win each woman's trust, and to seek justice. This book delves into challenges women faced during the Civil War While this is book #3 in the series, it can be read alone. I love that we get a brief update on our past heroes as well. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have provided here. All opinions are my own.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
Shelley Shepard Gray has outdone herself in this book. I did not read the previous two books in the Lone Star Hero's series, so some of the events and characters in the book would probably have made more sense to me if I had read them first. This book was still very exciting. The Civil War, like any war, was ugly, brutal, and frightening. The characters dealt with rape, prostitution, abuse, and then they must find their own healing and forgiveness for the things they have done or had done to them. Forgiveness doesn't come easily for the characters, as it doesn't come easily for most of us. I think this book handles the sensitive and difficult issues with grace and honesty. The book has been researched well. Details of the Civil War were obviously researched thoroughly. I am rating this book 4**** stars. Some of the issues in the book would make it more appropriate for adults and not for teens. I received a copy of this book from netgalley and Zondervan Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write an honest review.
Freddikb More than 1 year ago
Major Ethan Kelly raided a woman’s home shortly before being taken prisoner. He has never forgotten what he did to Lizbeth Barclay and is determined to right the wrong. Captain Devin Monroe meets Julianne VanFleet and knows she is the one. When they both find out their former colonel is responsible for both women’s pains they band together to earn their trust and help. This is the third in the LoneStar Heroes Love Story trilogy. I had tried reading, and could not get into, the other two. I gave this one a shot as well and like the others, I was unable to get into it. It is, for me, the combination of the story’s flow and how the story is written and described. I think, after three books, it is safe to say that books by this author are not my style. I, however, will be passing it along because I know someone who does enjoy them. *I received this book free from Zondervan and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my own review. What I have shared are entirely my own thoughts and I was not compensated in any financially way to do so.*
Jennybug52 More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars- This is the third and final book in this series. I enjoyed the first two books in the series and was looking forward to reading this one. Major Ethan Kelly and Captain Devin Monroe were two of my favorite characters in the previous books and I was eagerly anticipating learning more about each of them. I actually enjoyed reading about the heroines in this book even more than the heroes. Lizbeth and Julianne were both strong, independent women that made many tough choices during the war and suffered in different ways, yet survived. I did appreciate the protectiveness of Devin and Ethan and their strong desire to right the wrongs done to the women they loved, even if their actions and words were sometimes not the wisest. At times Ethan and Devin seemed overwhelmed by getting revenge on Daniel Bushnell. As with the previous books in this series I found the flashbacks to the POW camp interesting and a neat way to tie in the past with the present. I enjoyed meeting up with Robert and Thomas from the previous books and hearing updates about their stories. Admittedly though, the previous 2 books in this series were my favorites. The biggest hiccup I had with the book was not with the story itself but with some editing errors. A couple of characters names changed throughout the book which I found distracting. The antagonist was named Adam Bushnell on the back cover but his name was Daniel Bushnell in the book and the maid Callie’s name changed to Cassie on page 155 and remained such to the end of the book. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Jennybug52 More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars- This is the third and final book in this series. I enjoyed the first two books in the series and was looking forward to reading this one. Major Ethan Kelly and Captain Devin Monroe were two of my favorite characters in the previous books and I was eagerly anticipating learning more about each of them. I actually enjoyed reading about the heroines in this book even more than the heroes. Lizbeth and Julianne were both strong, independent women that made many tough choices during the war and suffered in different ways, yet survived. I did appreciate the protectiveness of Devin and Ethan and their strong desire to right the wrongs done to the women they loved, even if their actions and words were sometimes not the wisest. At times Ethan and Devin seemed overwhelmed by getting revenge on Daniel Bushnell. As with the previous books in this series I found the flashbacks to the POW camp interesting and a neat way to tie in the past with the present. I enjoyed meeting up with Robert and Thomas from the previous books and hearing updates about their stories. Admittedly though, the previous 2 books in this series were my favorites. The biggest hiccup I had with the book was not with the story itself but with some editing errors. A couple of characters names changed throughout the book which I found distracting. The antagonist was named Adam Bushnell on the back cover but his name was Daniel Bushnell in the book and the maid Callie’s name changed to Cassie on page 155 and remained such to the end of the book. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
The lives of these two potential couples intersect and entwine into one cohesive story melded together with the bonds of friendship and justice. The author balances the darkness and despair of the war years with the endearing (and entertaining) courting attempts which are equal parts chivalry and awkward efforts to sweep the ladies off their feet. As this series draws to a close, I'm reminded of the immensity and sufficiency of God's grace. No one is too broken, damaged, or lost to be redeemed, restored, and blessed beyond measure by His grace. Although many of the characters throughout these stories witnessed or experienced the very depths of man's depravity and yet, they were able to move forward, experience healing, and receive peace. I will definitely pick up future western releases from this author. I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story of redemption and the third in the Lone Star Hero’s Love Story Series. I recommend reading the first two, so you understand the comrade of the men who fought in the Civil War together. This is a tender story that deals with some hard issues of abuse and the atrocities of war, but Ms. Gray handles them in a sensitive and caring way. It delves into the changing world after the war and how social barriers are broken. I loved the strength of the characters of Lizbeth and Julianne in the face of adversity. This book is detailed oriented and well done. I enjoyed this complete series. I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book is from The Fiction Guild. I was not required to give a favorable review. This is a wonderful story in this series. You have 4 people, two have served together in the Confederate Army & were prisoners of war & made it through & are friends with other soldiers that each help them. And then you have 2 women, one was a mistress of one of the guys they served with & were in prison with just to survive the war and take care of her grandmother. She didn't do it willingly. And the 2nd was a woman who's family died & she tried surviving and he raped her on a raid of goods from her ranch. But circumstance brings them together & to find love and get over the bad from the past & start anew. I love Shelly's book, they bring history to life and give you a different way of thinking of things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read with alot happening in the story. This story continues in the Lone Star Hero series. This one is about Major Ethan Kelly. The war is over and now he needs to free himself of the guilt he feels from the war when he meets a young lady that during the war they raided her ranch. What will he do? He seeks advice from Captain Devin Monroe. They then discover that a former Colonel Bushnell is causing pain and havoc in the lives of others. What will they do to stop him? Will they be able to stop him? Will they be able to move past the pain of their past?
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
I have so enjoyed this Lone Star Hero series from Shelley Shepard Gray! The richness of emotion between a band of brothers, prisoners together during the Civil War, impacts me in each of the three books. As do the women who have also been left scarred – emotionally, financially and sometimes physically – by the War. But perhaps none of the books has touched me more than this third novel, Love Held Captive. Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray is a tender story of friendship, love and restoration. Not just restoration of a post-War community but, even more so, a restoration of faith and courage. Devin, Ethan, Julianne, and Lizbeth easily endear themselves to the reader, and Gray’s grace-filled writing will charm you even as she breaks your heart a little. The romance is tender and sweet, and the story of this band of War-made brothers poignantly completes the circle that Gray began in book one. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
BookReviewerTG More than 1 year ago
Love Held Captive is the third book in the Lone Star Hero's series. I've not read the other two books but I would recommend reading them before this one. However, since I didn't have the other two I chose to read this book as a stand alone read and I didn't find it confusing. So I guess it's up to the reader. I liked the history in this read. It's all about the Civil War and how it drastically changed men and women. And how the Civil War brought about a great change in America. When Captain Devin Moore meets Julianne VanFleet it's love at first sight for him. But Julianne has made sacrifices and tragedy has been at her doorstep. A story of people coming to grips with life and the devastation of war. *This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*
MJK108 More than 1 year ago
“Someone recently told me writers and poets make wars seem glorious but only fools think that way.” -Julianne Van Fleet This third book in the Lone Star Hero series brings together two young women who both suffered greatly as a result of the less than glorious circumstances they found themselves in as a result of the Civil War and its aftermath. Julianne Van Fleet, a quiet, young woman, lives alone in San Antonio, Texas, and Lizabeth Barclay, a pretty young woman of similar age, is employed as a maid by her cousin at The Menger Hotel in San Antonio. Their lives become entwined with two men, Captain Devin Monroe and Major Ethan Kelly in a set of unusual circumstances that brings them all full circle with an old nemesis of theirs, Colonel Daniel Bushnell, a self-serving, mean man with some very bad habits. These men served in the same unit during the war and were imprisoned in a prisoner of war encampment prior to the war’s end. Their story reaches back in time to the war and events that involved each of them. As well, the storyline also pulls us into the present and the entanglements of their current lives. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know more about Major Kelly and Captain Monroe whom we had met in the first two novels of the series. Ms. Gray’s characters are normal people with flaws and character defects, but they work hard to be people of integrity. I really enjoyed the story and the end tied our characters together quite nicely. Readers of Civil War and post Civil War fiction will enjoy this read! A good solid read that continues the story of the four survivors from Johnson’s Island POW camp. This copy was received from Zondervan and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
hplady More than 1 year ago
Love Held Captive By Shelley Shepard Gray In this exciting conclusion to the Lone Star Hero’s Love Story series, Gray brings us the stories of Major Ethan Kelly and Captain Devin Monroe, the two former soldiers we first met in The Loyal Heart. Each man is battling the demons of war and what they did to survive while trying to right the wrongs that are still happening. Kelly is haunted by some of his actions as a soldier, particularly when he raided a lone women’s house for food. Lisbeth Barclay had already experienced death, loss, and humiliation when Kelly arrived at her home to scavenge for whatever could be found. Her house had previously been searched and she had been injured, her face sliced open. Kelly still took all of the food she had, even though she obviously didn’t have enough for herself. Her face has haunted him for years. When they meet again at the hotel where she is working, he finds that he wants to protect her. However, first he has to come to terms with what he did to her, as well as another man in both of their pasts. Monroe is a loner and has been living on the fringe of society. When he meets Julianne VanFleet he finds that maybe he doesn’t want to be alone. She is everything he has not known he was looking for. However, when he comes calling and discovers how she survived the war, he has a hard time accepting her and the situation. During a discussion with Kelly, he realizes he doesn’t care; he still wants to be with her. After telling her he intends to marry her, he sets off to tend to some business with Ethan, business that just happens to involve the very man who helped pay for her survival. When Monroe is shot by the same man, Kelly and their band of brothers, Robert Truax and Thomas Baker (both from the first two books in the series) will work together to bring justice. And maybe, just maybe, Kelly and Monroe can find love along the way. I adored this story. I had wondered in the previous books what would become of the other two soldiers and I am glad we got to travel this journey with them. Lisbeth and Julianne are also very lovable and relatable characters. I could actually go on to read about other adventures they might have together! I received a free copy of this story from NetGalley for my honest review. All opinions and thoughts are expressly my own.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Love Held Captive is a compelling story! The two storylines that converge tackle some tough issues, and Gray handles them with care. The occasional flashbacks provide readers with background information and details, and I really enjoyed these glimpses into the past. Ethan and Devin each face their own struggles, and they once again work together to seek justice and healing. An engaging blend of mystery and romance, I thoroughly enjoyed this historical Texas tale, as well as the preceding Lone Star Hero stories! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
Shelley Shepard Gray never fails to create a story with true to life characters with realistic flaws and strengths. Love Held Captive, the conclusion to her Lone Star Hero’s Love Story series, will keep readers captivated and turning page after page to see what is going to happen. Tissues will be needed for the tears and there are moments of laughter and sighs as this outstanding heartfelt story develops. Post Civil War finds Major Ethan Kelly and Captain Devin Monroe trying to find their ways and the haunting dreams they’ve suffered through the years. When Kelly finds Lizbeth Barclay in his room while running from another man trying to confront her in unthinkable ways, he immediately recognized her. Add in Captain Devin Monroe and his meeting with Julianne VanFleet who had a tarnished past with their former colonel, Adam Bushnell, action start happening along with hearts breaking and finding healing. The past for each hero and heroine had to be confronted as well as overcoming their view of not being worthy of others. The unforeseen events brought moments of intense action, tender moments, reunions and so much to the story. Kelly and Monroe summoning their friends, Baker and Traux, showed the strong bond of always being there for one another. The time slip throughout this amazing delightful story gave insight to what Kelly, Monroe, Baker and Traux had experienced during their days being held prisoners during the war and their vow to always assist each other. As only time filled with prayers, understanding, forgiveness, and healing can change lives so hearts can be mended and opened to another shone through in this beautiful story. I highly recommend the entire series to readers of Christian historical fiction, as this series is enthralling and reasonable to what men, women and families endured during the Civil War. I look forward to reading more great books by Shelley Shepard Gray no matter the genre as her characters are three dimensional with action packed happenings. Love Held Captive could be read as a standalone, but I strongly recommend reading them in order, A Loyal Heart, An Uncommon Protector and Love Held Captive. Thank you to Net Galley for the complimentary copy via the author and publisher. I was not required to write a positive review but have expressed my honest thoughts.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Love Held Captive ( A Lone Star Hero’s Story) By: Shelley Shepard Gray Love Held Captive is the third book in A Lone Star Hero’s Story series. This is not a stand -a-lone story and your should read them in order. Shepard weaves a story about confederate soldiers that served in the war, and was also held captive in POW camp. They are struggling to pull themselves together, but cannot forget what they had to do to survive in the war. Ethan Kelly meets back up with Lizabeth Barclay whom home he had his soldiers to raid for food and what ever else they could use to survive. Lizabeth has not ever forgotten the raid or the man , Ethan. There are two women and two officers that this story focus on. Both women and both officers are still struggling to move on with their lives. . This is a story of pain, forgiveness, and love. Can these people ever really forget what they had to do and move on with their lives? I was given a complimentary ARC copy , but was not told that I had to give a positive review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in this series that I have read, and enjoyed, and got to really know the characters some good, and some not so kind. The author has set this story in Texas, but we spend time in a prison camp in Ohio, during the Civil War, and later in the period after the War. This book includes two of our faithful friends and putting their lives back together, and there is a bit of romance in store for each, just like in the previous books, they also have a common villain to be thwarted. I loved how hardship brought four friends a life long friendship, and they sure have come together to help when times become desperate. I hate to say goodbye, and would to continue with the lives of these men who fought for their cause. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
In previous books of this series, we read the stories of Robert Truax and Thomas Baker. In both stories, Ethan Kelly and Devin Monroe dropped whatever they were doing and came when called on. Now the tables have turned and Kelly and Monroe need them. Regardless of all the evil that transpired during the Civil War, these four men formed a lasting brotherhood that few men ever experience. But the story is not only about them but also about two women who suffered at the hands of their former commanding officer, Colonel Bushnell. The rub is that the former officer is still intent on causing further suffering and shame for the women who have tried to put their lives back together and leave the past behind. The author shares some difficult scenes with great care taken to avoid being offensive, but not everything can be completely sanitized. For me personally, the sad thing is that deeds like those committed by Colonel Bushnell actually happened then and still happen today. The great news is that God can bring healing and redemption to those who seek Him. I received an advance copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
ConR More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy the Lone Star Hero Series, and this one hit the same high notes as the others in the series. We continue to understand the stories of the four men who gave their oaths to each other to be present and active on behalf of each other. What friends! Regardless of their own lives and business, if they get a call from one of the four they respond. I received an ARC of this book which in no way affects my review nor my honesty. And perhaps because it wasn't fully edited, the first part of the book was a bit hard to follow. It's been a while since the other books. Then with a rush it all came into itself and Shelley's gift of seeing to the hearts of her characters shone forth. There's much forgiveness in this story, much honesty and emotional risk. I think Shelley excels at putting forth some strong issues in her books for her characters to go through, and I think that this is why you get drawn into the story so deeply. I really liked it, and look forward to the next in the series.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Love Held Captive is the third book in the Lone Star Hero series, but it can serve as a stand alone story. This book contained flashbacks to the Confederate Prisoner of War camp that the men in this story were held in, along with other men from the two previous books. These friends, who were as close as brothers, come to help each other in each of the books, so they do appear in this story as well. I have enjoyed all of the books in this series, including this one. Love Held Captive dealt with some very serious topics, yet handled them in a clean manner. There was a dual love story going on in the novel, and I liked both of the sets of characters involved in the romances. This western was an interesting and entertaining story. References to God and heaven in the story were very light indeed, and not really the focus, but, this story was good, clean fiction with some hurt people needed a fresh start. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.