loyalheart3a-197x300This story had my attention from the first chapter and held that interest through the final page. I love stories set in this time period, when the country was trying to rebuild their homes and hearts following the Civil War. Miranda’s heartbreaking situation left me wishing I could be her friend. I so wanted to stand up for her when everyone else was turning against her. Fortunately, Robert sweeps in and handles the job beautifully. πŸ˜‰

The romance is subtle, but oh so perfect. Amidst all the hardships of the present and the secrets of the past, these two form a friendship that grows softly into so much more. The historical aspects colored their world very well and drew a gripping scene. There’s even a hint of mystery and suspense as Miranda seeks to find who is sending her threatening letters.

Phillip’s love for his wife was so sweet and touching. He made a huge impact on so many lives. He was a great husband, friend, and soldier. His friends – the other soldiers, including Robert – are equally as likeable and endearing. I loved the bond between them and watching them uphold their promise to their fallen friend. I enjoyed their genuine care for Phillip’s widow and seeing them come to her rescue.

This is an entertaining and wonderful selection for all historical lovers out there. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was requiredβ€”all opinions are my own.



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,Β lost, and so very alone.

Robert had thought his duty would be simple. He would help Miranda as quickly as possibleΒ in order to honor a promise.Β 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 toΒ find some way toΒ help her smile again. But it doesn’t prove to be an easy taskβ€”Robert knows something about Phillip that could shake Miranda to the core and alterΒ her view of the man she thought she knew soΒ well.


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Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best seller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Colorado and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in Southern Ohio. Visit her website at www.shelleyshepardgray.com Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray Twitter: @ShelleySGray