Thursday, July 21, 2016

Book Review: The Loyal Heart

Publisher's Description

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.


This book is about love, healing, and loyalty.  The characters were just fine.  I didn't get particularly super attached to any them.

Robert was fine and so was Miranda.  Robert suffers from flash backs to his days in the service.  And Miranda suffers depression for most of the book.  She is mistreated by everyone including her once best friend.  After her husband, Philip died and the war was over some rumors start going around that Philip was a traitor.  And that Miranda was unfaithful to him.  On top of all the stares, whispers, loneliness, and threat letters for her home,  Philip's Mother and sister are beyond rude and want their home back, Miranda's home left to her by Philip. Which is where Robert steps in to help. 

It was rather odd how you would be reading a conversation and then a word is said and for several paragraphs it takes you back in time.  Then it would come back to the "present" and continue the conversation.  Some chapters were solely in the past, which was a better way to explain things, in my opinion.

Another odd thing was that Robert and Miranda go through a lot together, but they don't really know all that much about one another.  So it is interesting that they get together like snap.

If you like books during or after the Civil War, books with romance, danger, and a little mystery, then this just might be the book for you.   It was an ok book.  I wish it had some more Godly principles because there weren't that many.

Rating: 3 out of 5

* I received this book from BookLook in exchange for my honest review.

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