Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray

The Loyal Heart (Zondervan, July 2016)
Loyal HeartRobert 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.

My Thoughts:
I have read a few books by Shelley Shepard Gray, but "The Loyal Heart" caught me by total surprise. This is one of those books that has this tension building and then you can't help but not put it down. You'll love the historical aspects of this book, especially if you are interested in the Civil War. This book is one of faith, history and of course some twists and turns that I did not expect. 
The characters are well developed and I fell in love with Robert. Of course, the question is will Miranda? This is one of those books where the reader learns you can trust every person you meet or can you? The Loyal Heart will surprise you and and I can say with assurance you will be waiting for the next book.  If you enjoy historical fiction or a good fiction book, I loved this book and highly recommend it. 
Thank you to the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy for review purposes only. I give this book a 5/5 stars. 

Shelley Shepard Gray


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.
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Unknown said...

This sounds like a fantastic book, Sarah! Thank you for this review!

Unknown said...

I cannot wait to read this book. Shelley Shepard Gray is an awesome author.

Running Through The Storms said...

Anna, since you like historical fiction this book would be right up your alley! Blessings,

Running Through The Storms said...

She is a fantastic author! I think you would enjoy this book, especially if you like her work.