Love Soldiers On!!
The Loyal Heart is another sweet, love-filled story of a second-chance romance. This is the first book from Shelley that I read which was not an Amish Love Story.
Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, The Loyal Heart was a book that transported me to an era bygone. A young widow, an officer friend of her dead husband; a town full of distrustful people and a mother-in-law who wants her gone for good.
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Miranda is trying to live a respectable life with the meager resources she has to get by. Her emotional state is distraught and all seems lost. Pining away for her husband and withering away due to the insults heaped upon her by the town folk, she is ready to give up.
Robert sees the beauty, kindness, and strength in her that she cannot see. He is smitten by her simplicity and grit even though she doesn’t see it. He arrives at the right moment and supports her as he had promised her dying husband.
The Loyal Heart is a bittersweet book that is not just about love but of acceptance, second chances and that death is a constant in life. The death of her husband, Phillip Markham is a blow that almost kills Miranda but she struggles to survive so she can clean her reputation and that of her husband.
The Loyal Heart has a bit of suspense when she is kidnapped and Robert is looking for her. The ending is fast, and the truth prevails. She survives as does her reputation, all her detractors fail, but the fun was in the journey. The author has connected the story with a bit of intrigue, suspense, haters, and the innocence of love.
The Loyal Heart is another book by Shelley that showcased the power of love so perfectly.
The Loyal Heart
(Lone Star Hero #1)
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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