Beloved, Where the Heart Lives Series #3
Diana thought she had found love when she was younger but the man she married only did so to spite his father. After leaving her for years and being presumed dead she is planning to remarry as soon as the courts declare him deceased. The night of her engagement party the man she thought was dead walks in and claims her once again as his wife. Being almost penniless she does not have much choice other than to stand by his side as he runs for office and then he promises she can have her freedom. The only hitch is he wants to win her heart back.
Tyson has returned a changed man. He is now a believer and wants to right his wrongs. He knows the road to winning DianaÃ¢ÂÂs heart again will take time but he is determined to try.
This book is the third in a series. I have not read the first two books but this book can easily be read as a stand alone.
What I liked: This book has an interesting writing style. The author starts in the present but every few chapters she jumped to the past and told the story from the beginning and then jumps back to the present. I was not sure if I was going to like the style but it worked very well in this book and was quite enjoyable. Tyson and Diana where very real characters. I liked how Tyson works to win back the trust of his wife with patience not forcing her. I also like how the relationship between him and his father healed. A very good book about forgiveness and how God can work in oneÃ¢ÂÂs life to bring peace and forgiveness.
What I did not like: Not much this was a very well written book.
I liked this book a lot. I highly recommend it. Like I said above this book can easily be read by itself but if you have the time go back and read the first two book. The last chapter of this book the other characters come into play and left me wanting to know their story too. This is the first full novel I have read from this author and I look forward to reading more from her.
February 8, 2014
Let go and let God...
First I read to find out how a "dead" man can appear to spoil his wife's engagement to another man. Then Hatcher quickly draws the reader in like a cool stream in summer beckoning to a barefoot kid. You can't help becoming deeply immersed in this story of love, betrayal, and lust for power and money. Both orphans and rich, all find the need to rely on God for change and/ or forgiveness. A poignant reminder that life is full of hurt that must be let go, traded for God's forgiveness and love, if indeed we are to thrive the way He desires for us.
January 22, 2014
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