When I see the name Shelley Shepard Gray, I typically think of Amish fiction. I know she’s written some books that
are historical fiction, but she is one of my go-to authors in Amish fiction. When I read her historical fiction, I am always impressed that she is able to write in two completely different styles and on such opposite topics.
This is the first book in her new series, A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story. It focuses on the rebuilding that had to be done after the Civil War. Many men on both sides lost their lives. The story centers around one man who was captured and died not long before the end of the war.
Several of the men made a pact to look after each other after the war was over. They knew it wouldn’t be easy to rebuild and the families may be left without their loved ones. Such was the case for Miranda who lost her husband. Robert Truax had promised Miranda’s husband that he would take care of her if something happened to him and he intends to make good on that promise.
Robert couldn’t understand love before when he heard of his friends discussing their wives or girlfriends. He just couldn’t not understand how you could feel so deeply for one person. However, when he took one look at Miranda, he began to see what her husband had been talking about.
I am looking forward to the second book in the series. Shelley Shepard Gray filled the pages with history and it taught me some new things that happened. I really hadn’t thought much about the rebuilding after the Civil War, so it was interesting to see what had changed. The characters were strong and very likable. I was hooked on this book from the first page. Hopefully I don’t have to wait too long to read book 2.
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The Loyal Heart (Zondervan, July 2016)
Robert 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.
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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.
Find out more about Shelley at http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group and Zondervan in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.