Review: The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray

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.

Rating: 4/5

Miranda Markham is on her last straw, someone in Galveston is spreading rumours that have the potential to ruin her reputation - and besmirch her husband's good name. Unfortunately most people, including her best friend, believe what they have heard and have turned their back on her. She struggles to make it through her days and contemplates throwing herself from an upstairs window of the mansion she inherited on her husband's passing. Can she survive one more day? Her small staff are worried.

Robert served with Phillip, Miranda's husband, and comes to Galveston to fulfill a promise made. He's surprised to find Miranda is every bit the beauty that Phillip described and that the locals are treating her with such disrespect. Can he help clear Phillip's name without divulging the secrets of the past?

This is a well written story with (for the most part) likeable characters - there are a few villians to be found, but I shall leave you to find them on your own. The story is the perfect blend of romance and intrigue and will have readers on the edge of their seats. 

Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: 12 July 2016
RRP: $15.99 USD

I received an ebook from the publishers via Netgalley for the purposes of a review, this review is my own personal view and is not required to be positive. 

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