The Loyal Heart, Large Print
The Loyal Heart, Large Print  -     By: Shelley Shepard Gray
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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 500
Vendor: Christian Fiction Series
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.81 (inches)
ISBN: 1683240995
ISBN-13: 9781683240990
Series: Lone Star Hero's Love Story

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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.

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  1. Beth
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved the Chivalry & Brotherhood
    May 13, 2017
    Beth
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for The Loyal Heart.
    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
  2. Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting Plot
    May 6, 2017
    Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Loyal Heart.
    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.
  3. Amanda B
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great start to the series
    March 21, 2017
    Amanda B
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Loyal Heart.
    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.
  4. Anna Mae
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Grey
    March 17, 2017
    Anna Mae
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Loyal Heart.
    A heartwarming story of loyalty and love among several men who fought together in the Civil War and had seen many horrific acts of war and death.

    While POWS in a Yankee prison just before the end of the war, they formed a pact that no matter where they were or what they were doing, they would come and be there for each other to help each other.

    One of the men in the pact, Phillip Markham, died in the prison and the others were concerned about his widow, Miranda, as disturbing reports had reached them. They determined to help her and help her they did.

    Robert Truax, one of the pact, quit his good postwar job and went to Galveston to see what he could do. He was shocked at what he found. Sweet Miranda was shunned by friends and neighbors and rumors about her deceased husband being a traitor were everywhere.

    Robert felt that he needed more help and wrote Devin Monroe, who was a member of the pact and his captain in the war.

    Without giving the story away, in a short time these strong loyal friends of her deceased husband straightened out the culprits responsible for making lovely Miranda miserable... and the ending was great. Pick up this exciting book. I promise you won't be disappointed. Shelley is a great story teller and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.

    I read this book out of sequence but it can stand alone.

    I would like to thank Fiction Guild for introducing me to Shelley Shepard Grey.
  5. ConnieR
    ME
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great story!
    February 4, 2017
    ConnieR
    ME
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Loyal Heart.
    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.
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