Love Held Captive - Book Review

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.

My Thoughts
Well, my friends, I have to be honest with you. . .
Love Held Captive has unfortunately not held my attention captive.
I have had this book sitting by my beside for a couple of months
and every time I pick it up to read it's all I can do to make it through a few pages.
I read the first two books in this series and they were good,
but this one was just not my cup of tea.

I felt some of the characters and their motives were unsavory,
or to put it another way,
the foundation of the story revolved around unnecessary sordid details.
It also seemed like there was a lot of information crammed into the book.
The storyline follows Major Ethan and Captain Devin
and it bounced back and forth between the two way too much.
I did not enjoy following the characters
as I felt like I had to continually keep track of every little detail 
in order to keep up with the story.

This review is based on me and my personal preferences.
There are many positive reviews for this book on the CBD website
and while I did not care for it you might enjoy it.
We are not all the same and our reading tastes vary.

You can find my reviews for the first two books by clicking on the links below:

I have read several books by Shelley Shephard Gray that have been wonderful
so it makes me sad to write this kind of review for one of her books.

 ** I was given a complimentary copy of this book 
from BookLook Bloggers for an honest review. 
All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, 
a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, 
and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. 
She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, 
bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.  
Find Shelley on her website:


Sandi said...

I love historical fiction. It takes us back. Great teaching tool!

Carol said...

I might attempt to read this but if it doesn't hold my attention I won't and if it is hard to follow the story, I usually never finish the book. Thank you for your review though.

Pam said...

I have a hard enough time with a good book holding my attention so I probably will not be trying this one.

Chris Lally said...

You're right - reading tastes vary, but the honest review is appreciated!
Thank you, Stephanie.

krishna said...

I always like your reviews.. hugs..

Vee said...

In this regard, if you did not care for it, it is very unlikely that I would. Oh well! I did get a good chuckle out of the first line of your opinion revealed. Well said!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

It doesn't sound like a plot line I would like either, so I won't be putting this one on my wish list. Thank you for the honest review!

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