After the War Between the States, a Confederate officer longs to heal the heart of a beautiful womanâ€”but first heâ€™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 womanâ€™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 Barclayâ€”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 heâ€™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 Lizbethâ€™s and Julianneâ€™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.
Though the writing style is light and you could easily finish this book in a day, there is nothing light, quick or easy about the story.Â Love Held Captive is about the horrors of war, the way it changes people and the struggle to go on when everything has been turned upside down.Â It is a story of friendship, love and forgiveness, walking through difficult topics including rape and prostitution.Â It’s a story about being broken and learning to let go of the past.Â While the novel did a good job of walking you through the lives of these characters whose stories had been turned upside down by war and pain I wouldn’t say it was an enjoyable novel to read.Â It’s not a book I could recommend if you are looking for entertainment.Â If you are instead wanting to read about a historical reality with a hopeful outcome, then you might enjoy this novel.
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I received a free digital galley of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.