The Loyal Heart
A Litfuse Book Review
About the book The Loyal Heart:
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.
About the author:
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.
My thoughts on The Loyal Heart:
I have greatly enjoyed all the other books by Shelley Shepard Grey that I have read. The Civil War holds a special place in my heart and I was ecstatic to see this new book out by her. It doesn’t focus a lot on the actual war but rather some on a group of soldiers in a prisoner of war camp. Mostly the book focuses on a widow of one of these prisoners and the struggles she faces after the war.
The setting is in Texas after the war. A widow of a brave soldier faces harsh accusations and lewd rude men. Why? All because someone is spreading nasty rumors about her husband. He died fighting for the South. He should be revered as a hero. Instead, he’s being labelled a traitor. It’s up to some of his old battle mates to protect his wife and give her a reason to keep living.
I loved this book. Amazing. Truly amazing. I highly recommend it and can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful the book is. Please go find a copy to read and make sure to request it from your library as well!