Today I am reviewing The Loyal Heart, book one of the Lone Star Hero series, by Shelley Shepard Gray.
Here is a brief synopsis:
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.
I’ve read pretty much everything that Shelley Shepard Gray has published. While the Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series was really good, The Loyal Heart is a new favorite. I even love the series name — A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story. That says it all, in a nutshell.
I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
God Bless You!
Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt