The Loyal Heart, Large Print  -     By: Shelley Shepard Gray
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The Loyal Heart, Large Print

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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. Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Shows the great loyalty of fellow soldiers after the war!
    November 29, 2016
    Lights in a Dark World
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Loyal Heart.
    After making a promise to his fellow comrade during the war, Robert Truax is sent on a mission to check on Phillip Markhams widow, Miranda. He didnt expect to find her in the state shes in with her husbands name being dragged through the mud. He quickly decides he is going to fix Mirandas 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 comrades 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.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Shelley Shepard Gray is becoming one of my favorite authors!
    November 14, 2016
    Claudia
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Loyal Heart.
    Shelley Shepard Gray is becoming one of my favorite authors. Her Chicago Worlds Fair Mysteries are wonderful. Her A Lone Star Heros 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. Mirandas 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. Phillips family resents her and the townspeople have turned their backs on her as rumors of Phillips 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.
  3. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    It was okay, enjoyed the Hero's history
    October 28, 2016
    Michelle K
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for The Loyal Heart.
    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.

  4. Bangor, ME
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Civil War Historical
    October 23, 2016
    Rachs Ramblings
    Bangor, ME
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Loyal Heart.
    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.
  5. Owhango, New Zealand
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A thrilling start to a stunning new series.
    October 23, 2016
    Angela Bycroft
    Owhango, New Zealand
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Loyal Heart.
    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 its 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.
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