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.
I really enjoyed this story. Shelley has created a wonderful cast of characters and a great beginning to a series. I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Miranda is a very hurt young woman, not only dealing with losing her husband but then the rumors flying around about him. The disrespect of the community really got under my skin and had me rooting for Miranda from the beginning.
Robert is a great hero who is trying to help and wants to protect Miranda. I was captivated by him and his heroic efforts.
Then there are the people who work at Miranda’s house, they are a great bunch of characters as well with a past of their own.
Overall, a great read that historical romance readers will love.
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