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. Lorraine A
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A well-written story of caring for others and keeping promises
    July 25, 2017
    Lorraine A
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for The Loyal Heart.
    In captivity on Johnsons 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. Phillips 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 Phillips mother and sister, didnt like that at all.

    I dont want to give the story away. Pick up a copy by New York Times Bestselling Author Shelley Shepard Gray and read Mirandas story. Can she come out of the deep depression Phillips death and the treatment shes 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!!

  2. theLadyLeigh
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Hoped for more...
    June 30, 2017
    theLadyLeigh
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This review was written for The Loyal Heart.
    I was really excited to get into The Loyal Heart as I had enjoyed Shelley Shepard Grays short story that was a part of the book Among the Fair Magnolias. Its not every day anymore that you get a western theme novel so I was excited to see this story set in Texas!

    This story has a really intriguing premise, Robert Truax, former Confederate Officer and war prisoner has some to Galveston to check in on the widow of his former comrade and to make sure she is comfortable and secure. What he finds when he arrives at Maranda Markhams home turned boarding house is that everything is far from okay. Maranda is in a deep depression, her home threatened by her mother-in-law, and worse of all her husband, Philips, name dragged through the mud after being branded a traitor after his death.

    Robert wants to honor the promise he made to Philip and the other men in his company to watch out for and care for each other after the war but he hardly knows where to start after discovering the position Maranda is in! As he begins to remedy the situation she is in he finds himself in danger of losing his heart- something that was never part of the mission!

    I thought this was a nice story from start to finish. However- It really didnt draw me in or delight me the way that the previous stories of the author that I have read and that surprised me and rather disappointed me. The story moves both quickly in the development of the characters feelings for each other, and slowly, in the way that the plot progresses. Something that was really frustrating was the repeating of information over and over again. I really dont feel like once a detail has been revealed and explored that its necessary to repeat it again a few paragraphs of chapters later. Readers are intelligent and want to be pushed to explore, not talked down to and a number of times I kinda felt that way.

    I would say give this book a go if you are looking for a light vacation read that doesnt take a lot of time or concentration!

    Final Rating: 3
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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