Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Book Review: Beloved by Robin Lee Hatcher

Beloved by Robin Lee Hatcher
Zondervan, September 24, 2013

 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 of him for seven 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 her husband returns, supposedly 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 Lee Hatcher is a new author to me and she didn't disappoint! Trying new authors can be scary but it is often rewarded when you find one that you enjoy. This is my second book to read by this author and what an engaging read it was.

This is an emotional story of love regained for one person and love found for the other one. Tyson and Diana have so much to overcome that is almost seems impossible. They need a miracle and they get it! For me Diana was a complicated heroine. She had been burned so badly by Tyson before that she could barely stand to look at him. Every thing he does from the moment he reentered her life she views with suspicion. 

Tyson on the other hand knows just how badly he hurt Diana. So many times throughout the book when they've made some headway; something ugly from his past rears it's head undoing all the ground that has been made. Tyson is trusting God for his wife, but Diana isn't trusting God or Tyson. Slowly she works her way through the issues and finds the peace and love shes always craved.

I loved this book and am eager to read more from this author.
  
Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this novel for review.  I was in no way obliged to give a positive review.


Jess' favourite genre is contemporary women's fiction and contemporary romance fiction. She also enjoys historical fiction with a focus on romance. She loves books set in country towns or farms with a cowboy featured in either historical or contemporary settings.

She is currently writing her first novel, a contemporary women's fiction/romance set in a small country town.

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