Beloved, Where the Heart Lives Series #3 -eBook
Learning To Trust Again
Another great book by Robin Lee Hatcher. In this book we meet Diana Brennan Applegate, she is an Irish immigrant, and ended up on the orphan train. Diana ended up with a good family, but married young when dashing and wealthy Tyson Applegate sweeps her off her feet. He on the other hand has married her to get his inheritance. In the end, thinking only of himself, Tyson takes off and travels around the world. In his travels he finally ends up in Cuba, he is serving with Theodore Roosevelt, and the Rough Riders.
When Diana has word her husband is missing and presumed dead, she is angry with him. As the years past she moves on with her life, and the day before she can finally have Tyson declared dead, she is at a party to have her engagement announced. You can probably guess, but Tyson shows up at the party.
He claims to Diana he is a changed man, and now follows his God and Savior. Of course she does not believe him, she is still so hurt from her abandonment. Tyson offers her a deal, if she will come and be his wife, in all ways but one, he will let her leave in November, and provide an allowance and home for her. He wants to run for US Senate, and needs her. Of course, he hopes that being with him will bring her back to him.
We find her setting up the household and having dinner parties, and doing her job, but can she control her heart? Will Tyson, and her staff, be able to put up with all the strays she brings home? We are ready for a variety of animals and people!! She has such a big heart for those in need.
Will Tyson be able to convince her that he has changed, what about his controlling Father? There are a lot surprises to be found here. It is one fast paced, and interesting read, and you won't be able to put it down.
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
November 16, 2013
Where the Heart Lives #3
Diana Brennan was one of many children, which also included her two siblings that rode the orphan train west. She was one of few that actually found loving adoptive parents. Then her world fell apart when Tyson Applegate her husband and love of her life deserted her and he was later presumed a casualty of war. She vowed never to give her heart to be broken to another man.
Then Tyson Applegate returns to the surprise of Diana and his father. He finds she is engaged to be married and puts a stop to what plans she had for her future. He proposes for Diana to remain his wife for at least six months while he campaigns to run for the senate. She grudgingly agrees but only as a business arrangement with a chance for him to change her mind about him and remain as his beloved. Can she forgive him for deserting her and breaking her heart?
Their faith and trust in God is the way to their redemption.
This author never fails to entertain me. The only problem I had with the book was that I did not want it to end. Robin has written a touching story of broken will and mistrust of those whom should have been trusted with their heart and future. As in the relationship between Tyson and his father which stemmed a similar situation in the relationship between Diana and Tyson.
If you are looking for a good read about family, romance, forgiveness, and redemption this is the series to read.
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Zondervan/Litfuse Publicity Group for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This is my honest opinion.
November 15, 2013
A Delightful Love Story
"To say the least, it was inconsiderate of Diana's almost-dead husband to show up at her engagement party." How could a lead-in line like that not pique your interest in a story? That kind of "hook" is a great example of the quality of writing in Robin Lee Hatcher's Beloved and the other two books in her Where the Heart Lives series.
The three Brennan children were orphaned and sent west from Chicago on an orphan train after the death of their mother. Despite their best efforts, they were separated and never heard from each other through their growing-up years. Belonging and Betrayal tell Felicia's and Hugh's stories after they reach adulthood and settle in Idaho. Youngest sibling Diana is the subject of Beloved, the third and final book in the series.
This series was my first venture into Robin Lee Hatcher's writing, but it will certainly not be my last. Robin tells a captivating story that is a delight to read. The characters come alive and invite you to share their joys and struggles. Moving with Diana through the ups and downs of her journey, watching her learn how to give and receive love and forgiveness, and witnessing her growing faith make this book a very enjoyable read. While I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series, Beloved was my favorite.
Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
November 8, 2013
A fun finish to the series!
Stories of forgiveness and redemption always get me.ThereÃ¢ÂÂs something so beautiful about the power of redemption and how forgiveness can change a person. Those make some of the greatest stories and movies. I dare you not to cry in any of those scenes! IÃ¢ÂÂm helpless against them.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs in this same theme that Robin Lee Hatcher sets the third installment of the Where the Heart Lives series. Beloved follows Diana, the youngest of the siblings in the series.
I really enjoyed the first, Belonging, and I feel the same way about this one. It was a sweet story, that, as I mentioned, displays how wonderful forgiveness can be. Diana is sweet and compassionate and Tyson is honest and real. Hatcher also does a fine job showing that while a person can change, it doesnÃ¢ÂÂt mean the consequences disappear. But some things are worth going to battle for. Plus thereÃ¢ÂÂs secondary characters youÃ¢ÂÂll really like too (and can I count animals as secondary characters?? :) )
If you've enjoyed this series so far, you'll definitely like this one. Beloved can work as a stand alone as well, so if you havenÃ¢ÂÂt read the first two, thereÃ¢ÂÂs still plenty to enjoy with this one!
November 8, 2013