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Friday, October 11, 2013

Review: Beloved by Robin Lee Hatcher

Description:
Best-selling author Robin Lee Hatcher returns to the adventurous American West in the final book of her Where the Heart Lives series. This story is filled with Robin’s trademark heartwarming and emotionally charged message of faith, courage, and love.
When Diana Brennan’s husband returns eight years after abandoning her, can she find it in her heart to forgive him?
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 eight 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.
My Thoughts:
I have not read the first two books in Where the Heart Lives series, but I have read other books by Robin Lee Hatcher and have enjoyed them.  Even though I did not read the first two books, the story was just fine as a stand alone read.  The prologue gives you enough background of Diana's past and being separated from her two siblings, and the rest of the story is dedicated to her and her life with (and without) her husband Tyson Applegate.  Part of the story is in the present tense, and part of it is in the past, but the transitions are easy to follow and gives the reader greater insight and understanding into Tyson and Diana's past.
I really enjoyed this story!  It shows the amazing transformation that Tyson Applegate went through once he was saved and stopped living a life that was full of self -centerdness.  It also shows the amazing power of forgiveness and not letting your past dictate your future.  Tyson really worked hard to show those around him his inward change using tangible examples (taking in the cat, dog, an orphaned child just to name a few.)  I loved Diana's strength and her caring and compassion for those around them.
The story was a little predictable, but it was a great story!  My only complaint was that it was concluded too quickly.  The author spent a long time building and drawing in the reader with a great story, and just like that it was over.  I wish the ending had been drawn out a bit more, although I realize that is a fine line to walk as you don't want to draw the ending out too much either.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Beloved from Thomas Nelson for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  All opinions are my own and I received no other compensation.  I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC regulations. 

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