Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Review - Beloved

Where The Heart Lives
By Robin Lee Hatcher
Publisher: Zondervan
Pub. Date: September 24, 2013
ISBN: 978-0310257776
Pages: 304
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I'm well aware of author Robin Lee Hatcher, but I missed out in reading the previous books in the Where The Heart Lives series, Belonging and Betrayal, but the Beloved seems to more of a standalone novel.

The Beloved centers on Diana Brennan, who at young age was separated from her siblings and was put on an orphan train heading west, where she was adopted by a loving couple. At age seventeen, she fell in love with the handsome Tyson Applegate, the son of a wealthy mine owner. What started out as friendship, lead to courting and then marriage.

Settling down at a young age wasn't what Tyson really wanted and he eventually leaves Diana to seek out adventures in far off lands, which involved fighting alongside the Rough Riders in Cuba. During this time, he makes no attempt to send letters to his wife.

Years past by and Diane is ready to get on with her life and plans on having Tyson declared legally dead by the courts, so, hopefully,  she will get another chance at finding love and maybe get married again.

Diane's plans come to a complete halt when Tyson returns; claiming he has changed and is ready to become a husband. Plus, he wants to run for the senate seat. Diana believes the only reason he wants her back is for her to stand by his side during the election, as a married politician always looks better than a single bachelor.

Is it just me or does the woman on the book cover look like actress Katie Cassidy from Arrow? Many Christian romance series tend to have standalone stories in each book and Beloved seems to fall in that category. The plot is about finding a way to forgive someone who has hurt you emotionally and finding away to love them again. For me, the pacing was a little slow and it took me a while to get through the book, though I'm not saying the book is bad, as it is far from it. Beloved is still a good read and I'm still recommending it others.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

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About the Author: 

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. Learn more at: http://www.robinleehatcher.com

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