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Publication Date: 2017
Series: Lone Star Hero's Love Story
After the War Between the States, a Confederate officer longs to heal the heart of a beautiful womanbut first hell 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 womans 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 Barclaythe 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 hes 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 Lizbeths and Juliannes 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.
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, www.shelleyshepardgray.com, on Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray, and on Twitter @ShelleySGray.
'Shame and honor collide as the characters struggle to let go of their pasts and claim the freedom their faith promises. Gray touches lightly but perceptively on PTSD, bringing her Lone Star Hero Love Stories series to a strong finish.'
BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Texas size sweet romance!December 29, 2017BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The 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.
LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5RedemptionDecember 11, 2017LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Beautiful story of redemption and the third in the Lone Star Heros 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.
Amanda2 Stars Out Of 5Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray Book ReviewDecember 11, 2017AmandaQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2I was able to pick this book out for free from booklookbloggers.com for my honest review and this one has been one of the hardest reviews I have made.
From the back of the book: 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.
Typically, I love all Christian Historical Fiction books. I also enjoy books by this author. This book was set after the Civil War. It is about four friends that went through a prison camp together. Two of those men are the focus of this book in the series. It is a romance book, in fact, it is two romances in one. It has everything that I would find interesting in a book.
Unfortunately, this book left me a little disappointed. As far as a Christian standpoint in the book, I really did not see one. Sure the characters may have said a casual prayer one time in the book but that seemed to be about it. One of the main characters was a gambler and one was an ex-mistress. I would not recommend this book to my teenage daughters and most Christian books I have no problem with them reading. There is a lot of adult situations in this book. I know it was not marketed to teenagers but typically Christian novels are clean enough for teenagers.
If you do not care for how clean the book is, it has a lot of excitement but it did not hold my attention like most books do. As mentioned before it is cleaner than most romance novels but does have passionate kissing in it.
Cynthia5 Stars Out Of 5WonderfulDecember 10, 2017CynthiaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
Vickie4 Stars Out Of 5Moving On Post Civil WarNovember 28, 2017VickieQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Lizbeth Barclay was on her own when Confederate troops came by the ranch where she lived looking for food and supplies. One Colonel took more than that and left her with a facial scar. Soon after, another group led by Major Ethan Kelly came by and took what supplies still remained. After the war was over she feels as if any dreams of marriage and home have died. She is working for her cousin at a hotel when she encounters her attacker, Colonel Adam Bushnell, who does not remember her. She flees to hide in a room she believes is unoccupied only to find Major Ethan Kelly is most certainly in. She does not recognize him as part of the second supply raid, but he has been haunted by the woman who was obviously traumatized before his arrival at her ranch and his part in leaving her in a worse situation. He sees an opportunity to help Lizbeth.
Julianne thought if she went to an officer's ball during the war she might meet someone who she could marry and who would take care of her. Instead she meets Colonel Bushnell who misleads her and then has compromised her. Her reputation is ruined but she survives the war because of him and is relieved after the war when he tells her he is setting her aside. She leads a lonely existence until Captain Devin Monroe sees her as someone he'd like to get to know better. When Julianne reveals her past relationship with Major Bushnell it angers Devin. He changes his mind about courting her, but can't seem to forget her, especially because he served under and was in a Union POW camp with Major Bushnell, who he despised. Was Julianne a victim of Bushnell's immoral character?
When it appears to both Ethan and Devin that Bushnell is up to no good they ask their friends Robert and Thomas to join them in bringing Bushnell to justice.
This is the third in a series. I had not read the previous two but this book refers to them and the stories of Robert and Thomas. It can be read as a stand alone. It is a good story but I prefer stories that are less love at first sight and develop a deeper relationship over a longer period of time.
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.