The Loyal Heart (A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story)

Title:  The Loyal Heart (A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story)
Author:  Shelley Shepard Gray
Pages:  320
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Zondervan
My rating is 5 stars.
The story begins with Confederate soldiers in prison on an island on Lake Erie.  While many are just trying to survive, a small group of men from one unit make a pact.  The pact is that should anything happen to the remainder of the men alive from now until the end of the war they would look out for each other, including all their wives.  Lieutenant Phillip Markham hoped to be reunited with his wife Miranda; sadly he didn’t get that wish.  Now a member of the group of men, who made the promise, Robert Truax, is sent to check on Miranda.
When Robert gets to Galveston, from the moment he gets off the boat he becomes inundated with hearing how Lt. Phillip Markham was a traitor.  Since the rumors are so numerous, Miranda has been secluded in her home, which she has turned into a boarding house.  Rumors about Miranda are vicious and Robert’s job is to find out who or where these rumors came from and stop them.  At first, Miranda has no idea who Robert really is and why he suddenly showed up at her boarding house to befriend her.
What follows is an exciting tale of romance, heroism and restored faith in God.  I love how Robert Truax is such a strong and quiet man who at the beginning of the novel has a character that is less than stellar.  Phillip Markham’s mother and sister eventually come in to the mix as sinister as they are destitute inwardly speaking.  Miranda endures hate-filled, threatening letters.  As I progressed through the book, I found the mystery as to who wrote those letters really was exciting.
I hope more stories like this come from the author as she is a favorite of mine due to her creative way of crafting a good story.  It was intriguing, engaging and suspenseful, especially toward the conclusion!

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