Tuesday, August 23, 2016
The Loyal Heart
I've mentioned before that I'm getting into genealogy. When the Little Ones were visiting their mama, I had a chance to do some work on our family history, and I found a Civil War ancestor. So when I picked up The Loyal Heart the next day and started reading, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself in a Civil War era POW camp. The pact that wartime friends make over their friend's grave turns out to have lasting importance for them.
The bulk of this story takes place in Texas. Phillip (one of the pactees) has died. Another of the pact members, Robert, goes to his home in Galveston to check on his widow and see if there is any way the remaining pact members can help her. The widow, Miranda, was pretty much at the end of her rope when Robert shows up. She is managing her late husband's estate by turning their home into a boarding house. The people of the town have spread viscous rumors about her. Someone is sending her threatening letters.
The Loyal Heart is by turns suspenseful and romantic. Robert and the other members of the wartime pact are able to help Miranda redeem her reputation and Phillip's honor, as well as keep her home and find happiness. This was a good book, and I will be passing it on to my 16 year old daughter to read, as well. We have enjoyed many of Shelley Shepard Gray's works of fiction.
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