Monday, August 15, 2016

Blog Tour: The Loyal Heart: A Lone Star Hero's Love Story by Shelley Shepard Gray

The Loyal Heart (Lone Star Hero #1)
Book 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.

Book Review:

Let's start with the cover. Initially I didn't like it. Looking at it closer, it's not bad, so that made me wonder why on first glance I didn't like it. I decided it was the flag and all the words. It makes it cluttered and hard to focus on. Is it the flag that is supposed to catch your attention? The Title? Or is it the girl on the cover? I'm not sure as they are all right there in your face. But that is neither here nor there in relation to the book.

I was actually surprised to find that I'd read this author before. Her name sounded familiar, but the writing didn't. At the end of the book I realized that I've read this author's "Chicago" Series, and honestly, I was more impressed with those.

I think my biggest thing with this book was the pacing. All of a sudden everything happens. Nothing takes a lot of time (except setting up the scenes and giving us back-story). I enjoyed the story, and I am even looking forward to more books from different characters in this story, but I was disappointed in the romance between the main characters. Honestly, they don't get to know each other very well.  Robert seems to be basing his view of Miranda all off of Phillip's view, and Miranda seems to only like Robert because he stood up for her. Actually, when another character stood up for her (and better than Robert) she seemed to like him too. So we never actually see where they fall in love. We are just told that they did.

I would read more from this series because I really liked the supporting characters, but the main characters in this novel fell flat for me.

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The Loyal Heart (Lone Star Hero #1)
Title: The Loyal Heart: A Lone Star Hero's Love Story
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Zondervan
Published: July 2016
ISBN: 0310345391
Source: I received a copy from LitFuse in exchange for an honest review.