The Loyal Heart

The Loyal Heart

by Shelley Shepard Gray

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ISBN-13: 9780310345398
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 07/12/2016
Series: A Lone Star Hero's Love Story Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 550,244
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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: Shelley Shepard Gray.com; on Facebook: Shelley Shepard Gray; Twitter: @Shelley SGray.

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ShareeS More than 1 year ago
The Loyal Heart is book one in the Lone Star Hero's Love Story Series. It is a powerfully written story of love that extends beyond distance and time. Phillip Markham’s concern for his wife, Miranda and the loyalty of friendship between Phillip and Robert Truax are portrayed in a way that draws the reader into the world. Shelley Shepard Gray always does a great job of incorporating suspense into her stories and The Loyal Heart definitely had intrigue. The Calvary men exemplify loyalty even when it means public humiliation. Ms. Gray does a great job of transporting us back in time and making her characters relatable as well as engaging. I highly recommend The Loyal Heart and cannot wait to read the second book, An Uncommon Protector.
faithsnana More than 1 year ago
In captivity on Johnson’s Island, Ohio, Confederate Captain Devin Monroe and his small group of men decided to make a pact to always look out for each other. This came on the heels of burying yet another soldier from their unit. This time it was the youngest of them and his death really hit them hard. Nineteen-year-old Pvt. Rory Macdonald had died of pneumonia. Conditions were difficult in a POW camp but, for Lieutenant Philip Markham, life there was more bearable due to the daily letters he received from his beloved wife Miranda. Phillip never made it home. The men took the pact seriously and, after the war and their consequent release, Devin sent Robert Traux to check on Miranda. Phillip’s name had been tarnished and the town people were treating her poorly. Her mother-in-law and sister-in-law were trying to have her evicted from her home. To make ends meet, Miranda had turned her home into a boarding house and people, especially Phillip’s mother and sister, didn’t like that at all. I don’t want to give the story away. Pick up a copy by New York Times Bestselling Author Shelley Shepard Gray and read Miranda’s story. Can she come out of the deep depression Phillip’s death and the treatment she’s receiving from everyone have put her in? Does she have to leave her home? How can Robert help her? Thank you Shelley for another great read!!
BBulow More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read The Loyal Heart, and while I don't really feel like the novel lived up to my excitement, overall, I still liked it and enjoyed the read. My favorite thing about the novel is the brotherhood between former Confederate soldiers, which the series itself is build on, which is a plus. Robert Truax and his friends and fellow soldiers were captured in course of the Civil War and made a pact to always be there for one another, even after the war is over. The details of their time spent as prisoners of war is saddening and compelling, setting the groundwork for the friendship that would carry them through imprisonment and beyond. I also loved the aspect of chivalry that is present throughout the novel. It's refreshing to have a male lead that's a bit rough around the edges but still determined to do the right thing. I also love the other men, Devin Monroe and Ethan Kelly. I was hoping that Ethan's story was next, but alas, it's one of the men that are not featured in this book, Thomas Baker. I do hope we'll see both of them again in future books. Miranda Markham was not a main character that I connected with strongly, and that lack of emotion did color how I read the story. I actually preferred Belle, her maid, ha! I did appreciate that Miranda dealt with bouts of melancholy, but I didn't care for the way that people tiptoed around her when it was unnecessary to do so. The plot is a bit meandering as well, with mystery being focused on too late into the story. I thought the mysterious letters would be a big part of the story, but once all is found out, it kind of fizzles out rather quickly. I did like how once the men decided to act, they were very decisive with their actions and words. The Loyal Heart was a quick read, and I like the post-Civil War time period. Although I didn't love this one, I do plan on reading at least the next book in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
BBulow More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read The Loyal Heart, and while I don't really feel like the novel lived up to my excitement, overall, I still liked it and enjoyed the read. My favorite thing about the novel is the brotherhood between former Confederate soldiers, which the series itself is build on, which is a plus. Robert Truax and his friends and fellow soldiers were captured in course of the Civil War and made a pact to always be there for one another, even after the war is over. The details of their time spent as prisoners of war is saddening and compelling, setting the groundwork for the friendship that would carry them through imprisonment and beyond. I also loved the aspect of chivalry that is present throughout the novel. It's refreshing to have a male lead that's a bit rough around the edges but still determined to do the right thing. I also love the other men, Devin Monroe and Ethan Kelly. I was hoping that Ethan's story was next, but alas, it's one of the men that are not featured in this book, Thomas Baker. I do hope we'll see both of them again in future books. Miranda Markham was not a main character that I connected with strongly, and that lack of emotion did color how I read the story. I actually preferred Belle, her maid, ha! I did appreciate that Miranda dealt with bouts of melancholy, but I didn't care for the way that people tiptoed around her when it was unnecessary to do so. The plot is a bit meandering as well, with mystery being focused on too late into the story. I thought the mysterious letters would be a big part of the story, but once all is found out, it kind of fizzles out rather quickly. I did like how once the men decided to act, they were very decisive with their actions and words. The Loyal Heart was a quick read, and I like the post-Civil War time period. Although I didn't love this one, I do plan on reading at least the next book in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
I mostly enjoyed this post Civil War Era story. This is the first book in the series and the only one I have read so far. It begins with several Confederate soldiers in a prison camp, making a pact as they bury one of their own. They will stick together til the war is over, and they will be there for each other even after the war has ended. One of them, Philip, has a wife, whom he is madly in love with and she seems to be up on a pedestal. All the men admire her and may even be a bit jealous that he has something so lovely and gentle to go home to. Sadly, Philip doesn't make it, and Miranda his wife is left alone to pick up the pieces of their lives and do her best to make ends meet. Philips memory is tarnished by some rumors that have sprung up, and Miranda is suffering in the aftermath. True to their pact, the Captain and Robert decide to find out for themselves what is going on and discretely attempt to help Miranda without giving away the truth about their identities, and their relationship to her former husband, or what they know about his role in the war. There were some things I liked and some I didn't quite as much about the book. To a certain extent it seemed to drone on a bit too long, and there were a few things that just didn't add up. Some parts of the story were a bit vague and I had a hard time connecting a few of the characters. Robert Truax often put himself down mentally, as a man who didn't deserve to be happy, so to speak. Miranda's maid seems very forward with people and divulging facts about her employer's personal life. However the plot was good, and kept me interested. Shelley addresses some tough issues such as PTSD and depression, as well as a few references to suicide related to the previous conditions. Miranda struggles to get past her husbands death, and the town's peoples talk, and becomes a bit of a recluse. Oppression from her mother and sister in law doesn't help matters much. I would certainly try this author again. Shelley peaked my curiosity in relation to other characters introduced in the book, such as the captain and others who were in the prison camp with Philip. I would like to see how their stories play out. I was provided with a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson and Fiction Guild to read. I was not asked to review it positively and all opinions are my own.
Yamma1212 More than 1 year ago
While Phillip Markham was imprisoned with fellow Confederate soldiers and officers during the Civil War, he made them promise him that if anything happened to him, they would look after his beloved wife, Miranda. After the war, Robert Truax traveled to Galveston, TX to check up on Miranda. He found that Miranda was being threatened, was hopeless, and that Phillip's reputation had been tarnished by rumors of him being a traitor. Robert planned to helped Miranda and move on with his life as quickly as possible, but things didn't turn out as he planned. This was a great book, and I enjoyed reading Phillip and Miranda's stories. Phillip and Miranda both needed something to live for after suffering as greatly as they both did during the war. They are able to find healing and hope in each other. The only thing I wish for in the book, was a little more of a peek into their lives in an Epilogue. I actually read this series out of order - I read book #2, An Uncommon Protector, first, and then read this book second. This did not take away from my enjoyment of the series at all. Thanks so much to the Thomas Nelson/Zondervan Fiction Guild for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ConR More than 1 year ago
I love this new series that Shelley is writing. I think she captures beautifully the commitment that soldiers of any era feel for each other, both in combat and afterwards. It's a love story, a mystery, and a historical piece all wrapped up in a single book! Very good, I look forward to more in this series.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
Sensational Read set in the Post Civil War Era A Loyal Heart is a sensational and dramatic read set during the post-Civil War era. The Prologue introduced readers to the characters that are in the Confederate States of America Officers' POW camp. I was reeled into this great historical fiction from the beginning. The surviving officers had made a vow to their comrade Phillip Markham to look after his wife, Miranda Markham. Officer Robert Truax was alarmed at what he discovered once he arrived at Miranda's boarding house, the Iron Rail. Will Truax be able to fulfill his commitment? Who is behind the threatening letters to Mrs. Markham? Readers will be captivated by the depth of the rich history that Gray has researched and interwoven into this top of the line story, The Loyal Heart. This is the first book in her new series, A Lone Star Hero's Love Story. I loved the descriptive scenes, the fast paced, realistic characters and unexpected drama that kept me turning the pages. This story is filled with commitment, sadness, heartbreaks, determination, faith, romance and integrity with the main characters. I look forward to reading the second book, An Uncommon Protector, in this remarkable post-Civil War era series by Shelley Shepard Gray.
EpicFehlReader More than 1 year ago
While the general premise of this story -- friend looks after pal's grieving widow, falls in love with the girl -- has been done dozens of times over, Gray does bring her own unique touches to the idea. First off, you don't often get to see characters killed off by gangrene! But then again, we are talking Civil War era. Then there was the overall tone... this novel got waaay darker in parts than I was expecting! Both Miranda and Robert admit to battling bouts of deep, dark depression... to the point of actually attempting suicide. Again, given the time period this story is written around, you expect some post-war emotional trauma but I honestly wasn't expecting the topic of suicide to come up within a Christian-based historical novel. But I appreciate the layer of realness it brought to the characters and the overall story. I was also touched at Miranda's rememberances of her last moments with Phillip before he went off to war. Gray writes those scenes with a respectable, unvarnished honesty. At story's end, I didn't necessarily find myself strongly, deeply moved or disturbed by the lives of these characters -- as I said earlier, this story idea has been played out a bit by previous authors -- but there was enough here that left me curious to see how the next installment of this series turns out. 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.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Civil War stories, especially those based in the south as this one was. Confederate soldiers, bonded together in a prison encampment, vow to look after and help each other after the war ends. Miranda's husband Phillip died in the prison camp and Robert was sent by his former captain to check on her after the war. News of problems she was encountering in her town of Galveston, Texas had traveled to where Captain Monroe lived. Miranda was willed the house that belonged to her husband after his death. Her in laws were harassing her and trying to find ways to take it away from her. She was getting anonymous threatening letters every week. The bank clerk was being very rude and nasty to her each week when she went to make her deposit. The town's people snubbed her due to a rumor that her husband was a traitor to the south. The only way she could make ends meet was to turn her home into a boardinghouse. Robert quickly becomes drawn to this woman that his friend Phillip "worshipped". Will Robert be able to gain her trust and find out who is threatening her before it's too late? This novel contained so many elements that helped make it a great escape read. I found mystery, danger, intrigue and romance. I'm looking forward to hopefully finding more books following these soldiers and their stories I received this book from the Fiction Guild and was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I loved that this one was set in Galveston. I got a little history lesson as well as being entertained. I had no idea that the Tremont and the Strand had been a part of the Island that long. Although I'm sure it all had been rebuilt after the storm of 1900 or was it 1906? Whenever it was, I know there was a huge storm that no one knew along this time period. This was also the first book that I had read that was set in the America's during this time period. It was kind of shocking to me that the whole town had turned against the widow Miranda just because of some rumor. I won't spoil it for any other readers, but it was pretty much obvious who was behind the letters. One reason was apparent, but the other reason was a much deep, darker, creepier one. I loved that Miranda's war unit soldiers were there for her and helped her to alleviate a lot of her problems. Namely the big one that her husband was a traitor before he was killed in the war. While this book was rife with helpless women, the main ones stood up and held their ground in a time when it was not becoming. That was another source of the rumors that Miranda had to deal with. I felt this was a very entertaining read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned one major basic thing. I would not have wanted to live on Galveston Island during these times. HA! Huge thanks to Thomas, Nelson, Zondervan for my big box of books. I know you said I didn't have to read them all. However, I have found most of them very interesting and enjoyable. A big plus when your sending out presents for people you don't know. As usual, I have posted my reviews on all my major sites.
swimreadbreathe4JC More than 1 year ago
The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray is the first novel in the “Love Star Hero’s Love Story” series, and it works beautifully as a stand alone, tying up all the loose ends. In fact, everything about this novel works beautifully. Set just after the end of the Civil War, The Loyal Heart follows the story of Philip Markham’s widow. Philip was imprisoned at a camp in the middle of the Great Lakes, along with a handful of other men with whom he made a pact to protect each other after the war ended. Unfortunately, Philip did not make it through the war, and the wife he had so highly praised to his fellow soldiers had now turned her home into a boarding house to keep herself busy and employed. When we meet Miranda Markham at the beginning of the story, she has no current boarders, her reputation is in shreds, her husband’s name is held in contempt, and she has been contemplating suicide for a long time, getting closer and closer to losing her grip on life each day. Robert Truax was one of the men who made a promise to look after Philip’s wife if anything should happen to him, and upon request from his captain, Robert goes to check up on Miranda. When he learns of the way her husband’s name had been dragged through the mud in their town, how disrespectfully Miranda is treated, and how her friends had betrayed her, Robert makes it his personal mission to make sure everything is how it should be. This is my favorite book of 2016 thus far. Period. And I’ve read about 95 books so far this year. The emotions in this story–the depression, the suicidal thoughts, the hopelessness–is all so raw and real; it brought back memories of times in my own life when I’d felt the same. Miranda’s character was so relatable to me because of this; I immediately connected with her and was crying within the first chapter. I hurt for her, and I healed with her. Never have I read a Civil War novel that so completely enthralled me and connected me to the characters and their stories. This story is ten out of five stars. This story is one that I will loan out to many of my friends. This story is one that I will never forget, and will likely read again. (This story is one that I would also only recommend to older teens and above due to the intense themes and emotions running through it.) This story is one of mystery, romance, heroism, hurts, and healing. Stories just don’t get better than this. Thank you so much to the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
THersh27 More than 1 year ago
After making a promise to his fellow comrade during the war, Robert Truax  is sent on a mission to check on Phillip Markham’s widow, Miranda. He didn’t expect to find her in the state she’s in with her husband’s name being dragged through the mud. He quickly decides he is going to fix Miranda’s troubles and get to the bottom of who started thpse nasty rumors as well as who is sending her threatening letters. Will he let his heart get the best of him? Will he be able to get to the bottom of this before she loses everything?  Such a great story! It shows the loyalty of Civil War soldiers who made a promise to look after each other and their fallen comrade’s wife after the war. These men took their promised seriously which meant the world to Miranda Markham. The characters were well developed and they had their own flaws. It kept me guessing the whole way through as to who was behind it all. There were a few curves thrown in as well. I highly recommend this book!  **I received is book free from the publisher through the Fiction Guild program. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Davisc More than 1 year ago
Shelley Shepard Gray is becoming one of my favorite authors. Her Chicago World’s Fair Mysteries are wonderful. Her A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story series promises to be enjoyable reading as well, based on the first in the series, The Loyal Heart. This series is set in Texas at the end of the Civil War. A group of Confederate soldiers made a pact with each other while they were still in POW camp. They promised to watch out for each other and their families even after the war. This promise leads Robert Truax to Galveston, Texas to help Miranda Markham. Miranda’s husband Phillip was one of the men Robert served with and promised specifically to watch out for his wife if he did not make it. Miranda is left with a house, expenses and not much income after the war is over and Phillip is gone. She decides to turn her home into a boarding house to help her keep her home running, but she is finding life very difficult. Phillip’s family resents her and the townspeople have turned their backs on her as rumors of Phillip’s betrayal to the Confederacy spread. When she is at her lowest, Robert shows up on her doorstep wanting to rent a room. Gray creates realistic characters that I find myself wanting to get to know better. I enjoyed reading The Loyal Heart. Gray is also adept at creating intriguing stories. Her stories bring readers in to her created world, luring us through each chapter, enticing us to read just one more chapter until there are no more. The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray is well worth the read. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that I received from The Fiction Guild.
MichelleKrim More than 1 year ago
I've read a few books from this author that I really enjoyed, but for some reason, I didn't love this book as much as I thought I would. This story had great potential, but I found it difficult to connect with Miranda. At the beginning of the story, she's nearly suicidal and just came across as a weak character, so it took me a while to get into her part of the story. On the other hand, I really enjoyed the parts with the men from the war's prison camp. That really redeemed this story for me. The bonds that grew between them as they struggled to stay alive made me want to learn more of their stories. Plot: Set in Texas during the reconstruction period after the Civil War, this story shows the struggles widow Miranda Markham faces in trying to re-build her life. She's opened her home as a boarding house, but due to rumors around town that her husband sold out to the northern states as a spy, business is poor and the way she's treated by the neighbors is even worse. Robert Truax, who was imprisoned along with Philip Markham and Captain Devin Monroe, knows what really happened in the prison camp. Before he died, the men all made a pact to take care of each other and their families, in case the worst should happen. Upon Captain Monroe's request, Robert heads to Texas and boards at Miranda's house in order to help her out without her knowledge of his past connection with her husband. Robert never intended to let the widow get under his skin and make him want to stay. Characters: Miranda had to grow on me a bit in this story. She starts off rather hopeless, but Miranda became a stronger character throughout the book. Robert was the honorable gentleman sort of hero, and I adored him, but I still felt like Captain Devin Monroe tended to steal every scene he was in. I can't wait to see more of his story. I really enjoyed having the multiple points of view in the story and the flashbacks to when the men were all in the prison camp together. I liked that the story was almost as much about the bonds between the soldiers as it was a romance between Miranda and Robert. Recommendation: I'd recommend this book to those who enjoy clean, historical romance. While I found the story to be a little slow moving at times, I really enjoyed the characters and look forward to seeing their stories in the following books. Rating: 3/5 stars I received a copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild. This review is my honest opinion.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable historical novel set during Reconstruction, with some flashbacks to memories of the Civil War. The pace was slow but steady for the first part of the book, then picked up in the latter half when more things began to happen. There was a lot of telling of the characters' thoughts and feelings, and for some reason I didn't quite connect with them on an emotional level. The theme of unconditional loyalty to one's brothers in arms was well represented, and Robert and his comrades rallied around Miranda to protect her and solve the mystery of her harassment. I wasn't too impressed with Robert's or the sheriff's investigative skills. The story didn't show much of what they did to figure out the problem, and the solving of who was behind the threatening letters came about pretty easily. I was surprised by how simple the conclusion was; I expected it to be more complex. (Thank you to Zondervan Publishing for a copy of the book; this is my honest review)
RachsRamblings More than 1 year ago
This is only my second book by this author, and I loved this read! I fell in love with Robert Truax and his band of friends who try to make good on a promise. Miranda was a well written character that the reader cheers for throughout the book. Reads set during the Civil War are ones I love...this one was set at the end of the war and after it's over. The South is still trying to recover. I loved the history, story line and plot. Though it was predictable, the journey getting there was very enjoyable to read. Some heavy sad scenes, lightened with wit and humor; I recommend this read to historical fiction fans! I received this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
AngelaBycroftNZ More than 1 year ago
You know you are on to a winning book when you are equal parts sad to reach the end but at the same time desperate to see how it all plays out to the last page. The Loyal Heart by Shelly Shepard Gray is such a book - it twisted and turned it’s way, never dwelling too long on any one scene and feeling just the right amount of pace. When a group of confederate officers - incarcerated at the end of the war witness the death of their beloved fellow solider Lieutenant Phillip Markham, they wow that they will do all in their power to assist his now widow Miranda. To that end - officer Robert Traux is dispatched by the group to ascertain just what her current lot is and is their any thing they can do to honour the memory of their friend. What greats Robert is far worse than he could have imagined. Miranda has become the town pariah - vilified by her fellow townsfolk convinced by rumour and lies about her late husband as a spy for the enemy. Robert books a room in the boarding house Miranda has opened of her family home in an effort to support herself and begins his assignment. Little does he know that this simple act of assistance will embroil him in far more danger than he envisioned. Someone wants Miranda to sell up and leave and will go to all measure to see that she does. As I said before - I loved the pacing and the drama that infused this love story. It was a pleasure to read and I look forward to further stories in this series to come. PS : The next one I have on preorder :) Thanks again to the Fiction Guild for providing a complimentary copy for review - all opinions are my own.
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
This story had my attention from the first chapter and held that interest through the final page. I love stories set in this time period, when the country was trying to rebuild their homes and hearts following the Civil War. Miranda’s heartbreaking situation left me wishing I could be her friend. I so wanted to stand up for her when everyone else was turning against her. Fortunately, Robert sweeps in and handles the job beautifully. The romance is subtle, but oh so perfect. Amidst all the hardships of the present and the secrets of the past, these two form a friendship that grows softly into so much more. The historical aspects colored their world very well and drew a gripping scene. There’s even a hint of mystery and suspense as Miranda seeks to find who is sending her threatening letters. Phillip’s love for his wife was so sweet and touching. He made a huge impact on so many lives. He was a great husband, friend, and soldier. His friends – the other soldiers, including Robert – are equally as likeable and endearing. I loved the bond between them and watching them uphold their promise to their fallen friend. I enjoyed their genuine care for Phillip’s widow and seeing them come to her rescue. This is an entertaining and wonderful selection for all historical lovers out there. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
MJK108 More than 1 year ago
Suspense, a bit of a mystery, and some romance all rolled into a post Civil War story set in Galveston, Texas! Miranda Markham, a devastated, lonely widow, is currently being harassed endlessly by the townspeople of Galveston. Life is not difficult enough to endure after the loss of her husband, Captain Phillip Markham, she must put up with rumors about her husband’s loyalties, disgruntled in-laws, and a boarding house where no one wants to stay. Robert Truax, a fellow officer from Robert’s unit, arrives to do his duty to his fallen comrade’s widow. As part of a close knit group of officers who agreed to look after each other after the war, Robert begins an investigation into Miranda’s troubles uncovering secrets that were not meant to be discovered and struggling to maintain secrets that need to remain just that! Readers of historical fiction who enjoy the Civil War and post Civil War era will enjoy this novel. The secrets and mysteries add to the intrigue. Is it possible for Miranda to have feelings for someone other than Phillip again? A serious, but quick read! This copy was received from Zondervan and the Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
ReginaFujitani More than 1 year ago
At the beginning of Shelley's career, I've always loved and have been a fan of her Amish books. But her other novels I haven't been. With this novel, I did like it but it was slow moving. I had to push myself to finish the book. There were parts that really caught my attention and others that didn't. The romance was mediocre between the two main characters. The one thing I'm deeply disappointed in, is the slang language. It has no place in a Christian book. I don't know why publishers allow it. Maybe because Christians say it themselves. I'm sorry this person gets turned away from books and authors that have it. I want a book that is clean and wholesome. I was given a copy of this book through Netgalley for my honest and unbiased review.
Jennybug52 More than 1 year ago
The first book in the latest series by Shelley Shepard Gray tells the story of Miranda Markham, a Confederate widow and Robert Truax, a Civil War hero. While imprisoned in a Union prison on Johnson’s Island during the war, Robert and a small group of Confederate soldiers, vow to watch out for one another after the war ends. One soldier, Philip Markham, specifically asks the group to watch over his beloved wife Miranda if anything happens to him. A year and a half after the war, Miranda is a struggling widow and Robert shows up on her doorstep to make good on his promise to Philip. I have only read a few books by Shelley Shepard Gray and I have enjoyed each one. I enjoy Shelley’s righting style and her stories always have interesting characters. I liked Miranda and sympathized with her struggles to keep her life together after losing her husband. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. My only quirk with the book is that I felt that the story was a bit stereotypical in its portrayal of men and women’s roles. I am thinking this was intentional based on the time period, but at times it seemed as though Miranda was a bit too “fragile”. She was definitely strong in her own way, but Robert and the other male characters often spoke to her and treated her as a helpless female. And the men all seemed to be super macho and ready to put the beat down on anyone and everyone. I think it was a thought provoking portrayal of how men’s and women’s roles and views have changed over the past 150 years. Overall, another well written story that I enjoyed and I think you will too. One thing I do appreciate is that Shelley’s characters are definitely flawed people, which makes you want to invest in their story and watch how God uses their flaws to mold them into the men and women He wants them to be. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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StephieJ More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. This book caught my attention from the beginning. This is the second book I have read my Shelley Shepard Gray. She is a great author and writes books that stay with you long after you have finished reading them. I love how the characters in the book are so real, imperfect and honest. I really connected with the character of Miranda. It made me so sad that so many others treated her like an outcast after her husband died. I highly recommend this book! *I received this book for free in exchanged for an honest review! My opinion is my own.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. Shelley has created a wonderful cast of characters and a great beginning to a series. I can’t wait to see what comes next. Miranda is a very hurt young woman, not only dealing with losing her husband but then the rumors flying around about him. The disrespect of the community really got under my skin and had me rooting for Miranda from the beginning. Robert is a great hero who is trying to help and wants to protect Miranda. I was captivated by him and his heroic efforts. Then there are the people who work at Miranda’s house, they are a great bunch of characters as well with a past of their own. Overall, a great read that historical romance readers will love. A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.