Love Held Captive By Shelley Shepard Gray ReviewLove Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray
Published by Zondervan on October 10th 2017
Genres: Christian, Fiction, Historical
Also by this author: Her Secret (The Amish of Hart County #1), An Amish Summer, His Guilt, The Gift (The Amish of Hart County #3)
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My Rating: four-stars

About this Book

After the War Between the States, a Confederate officer longs to heal the heart of a beautiful woman—but first he’ll have to right the wrongs that were done to her.
Major Ethan Kelly has never been able to absolve himself of the guilt he feels for raiding a woman’s home shortly before he was taken prisoner during the Civil War. He is struggling to get through each day until he once again crosses paths with Lizbeth Barclay—the very woman he is trying to forget.
Life after the war is not much different for former Captain Devin Monroe until he meets Julianne VanFleet. He knows she is the woman he’s been waiting for, but he struggles to come to terms with the sacrifices she made to survive the war.
When Ethan and Devin discover that their former colonel, Adam Bushnell, is responsible for both Lizbeth’s and Julianne’s pain, they call on their former fellow soldiers to hunt him down. As the men band together to earn the trust of the women they love, Lizbeth and Julianne seek the justice they deserve in a country longing to heal.


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I haven’t been a fan of historical fiction, so when I got a copy of Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray, I debated on whether to give it a try or pass since it isn’t in a genre I typically read. I ended up reading it and I’m glad I did.

While historical fiction still isn’t a genre I love and want to read a lot of books in, I did appreciate this story. I particularly enjoyed the concept of Major Ethan Kelly who raided a woman’s home shortly before he was taken prisoner during the Civil War. What he did continued to haunt him because he knew he took everything the woman had left.

The story gets interesting when he crosses paths with the woman. At first she doesn’t recognize him. She is threatened by Adam Bushnell, who was Ethan's former colonel. As you can imagine, this makes things even more interesting.

Overall I enjoyed this story. Since I’m not a historical fiction fan, this still wasn’t a book I loved, but I don’t fault the author for that because she was able to take a genre I don’t particularly care for and draw me into a creative and interesting story.

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