Thursday, October 31, 2013

Book Review - Beloved by Robin Lee Hatcher


Diana is ready to begin a new chapter in her life-until the husband she believed dead reappears at her engagement party.

Diana Brennan came west on the orphan train and was given a home with a loving couple who cherished and spoiled her. At 17, she fell hard for Tyson Applegate, the son of a wealthy mine owner. After a whirlwind courtship and marriage, Tyson took off for adventures around the world, including fighting with the Rough Riders in Cuba. Receiving no word from him in years, Diana's infatuation with her dashing husband died an ugly death, and she is ready to move past the old pain and marry again, just as soon as Tyson is declared legally dead.

But when Tyson returns, claiming to be a changed man, he wants to reunite with his wife and run for the senate. While Diana suspects the election is his real reason for wanting her by his side, she agrees to maintain his home and to campaign with him, but when it is over, win or lose, she wants her freedom.

He agrees with one condition---she must give him a chance to change her mind about him.


Robin is the author of 65+ novels and novellas. Her home is in Idaho, where she spends her time writing stories of faith, courage, and love; pondering the things of God; and loving her family and friends.

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This was such a delightful book! I love a book that I just don't want to put down because I can't wait to see what happens next.

Tyson Applegate has been running from his family, his wife and, really, his life. He's been gone so long, with no word to anyone, that he's presumed dead.  Now finally, his wife, Diana Brennan, is going to have him declared dead so she can move on with her life and with a new husband. 

Tyson has always been selfish and self-serving, however, his years away, with the Rough Riders, has given him a new perspective on life and he has also given his life to the Lord. He finally understands what's important and his wife is one of those things. He has hurt her so badly, though, Diana is not ready to trust him again. She has felt abandoned and rejected and doesn't intend to go through that again.

Tyson needs her in his life, though, because he wants to run for the Senate. He makes a deal with her to live with him for six months and after that, she's free to do what she wants. He's hoping that she will see the changes in him and will stay with him. 

Robin Hatcher is such a good writer, we feel betrayed by Tyson, just as Diana feels. I wasn't really sure I wanted him to win her back, but as in real life, I started to see the real changed in Tyson that only God can make. I also loved how she grows Diana from a "rug" type woman into a woman who gets some confidence. I also loved seeing her relationship with the Lord grow stronger and more deep. 

This book is really about trust, redemption and forgiveness. I loved seeing these people all interact and see the changes that real, deep faith can make in people's lives. It was just a wonderful book that was a delight to read! I highly recommend it!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Putlicity Group

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Blessings - Julie

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