The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepherd Gray
Robert Truax, former Second Lieutenant and Confederate Officer in the Civil War, made a promise to his dying comrade, Phillip Markham. To watch after his beloved wife Miranda. After the war Robert sets out to pick up the pieces and fulfill his promise. When he arrives at Miranda's home in Galveston, Texas, he is shocked to find how bad things are for Miranda. Rumors have started about Phillip being a traitor to the Cause. Also rumors are flying around town about Miranda, because she has turned her beautiful home into a boarding house so she can make ends meet. She also receives periodic visits from her mother and sister in law who want her out of Phillips home so they can move in. But the most disturbing is that Miranda is receiving threatening letters and the sheriff refuses to do anything about them. Who can Robert trust to help him save Miranda from collapsing under the emotional strain? What's more Robert finds himself attracted to Miranda. Well things work out for Robert and Miranda? Can they clear Phillip's name and prove the rumors to be false? Will Miranda get to keep her home? Read and find out.
4 and 1/2 stars.
This book was different from other Gray books I have read. I had only read her Amish books which took place in Florida and they were a light read. This story kept you guessing and was unpredictable. Had more depth to it. I enjoyed it very much.