Ethan and Devin both served for the Confederacy and were both taken captive and held at Johnson's Island POW camp. Both of them have some rather harsh memories of their time of service.
Lizbeth and Julianne both lived through the war but came out scarred and in great pain, and the scars for both women were inflicted by the same man.
After Ethan met Lizbeth and Devin met Julianne, all four began to believe that there could be a way out of the pain, but for the men, it means taking care of the man who caused it all.
Shelley Shephard Gray has used an interesting device in writing her novel Love Held Captive. She uses flashbacks for the men and the things that happened at the prison camp. The one thorn in Ethan's and Devin's sides is Adam Bushnell, a man who abuses women and threw his weight around the camp. When Ethan and Devin find out just how depraved Adam is, they decide it's time to take matters into their own hands and deal with him once and for all.
While Shelley writes about Lizbeth's and Julianne's falling in love with Ethan and Devin, it seems the main focus of the story is the men's time in camp and how that changed them one way or another.
It was a thought-provoking read, but not necessarily compelling. I thought it was good, but I was glad when it was done. Four stars.
My thanks to Zondervan for allowing me to read and review this book.