Beloved by Robin Lee Hatcher is the third in her "Where the Heart Lives" series and I hadn't read the first two so at first I was uncertain about reviewing it but I found that there was no need to have read the first ones in order to follow along with this one. I admit that the story was a bit predictable but that's the only negative thing I can say. While the outcome didn't surprise me everything else that happened leading up to that certainly was anything but ordinary and predictable. I admired Diana's willingness to take in a kitten, orphan boy, and then his dog during a time of uncertainty in her life. Her husband that had been feared dead for nearly a decade has returned and wants her by his side as he runs for senate. For six months she agrees to stand by him and after the election is over he promises her she will be free to leave if she wants and he will be sure that both she and her mother have a nice house and are well cared for. Tyson prays that will be enough time to win her back and seek her forgiveness for his past transgressions. During those six months both Diana and Tyson learn more about each other than they probably did while they were married. As they try to follow the guidance of the Lord they are surprised with what he leads each of them to do. Will Diana forgive Tyson and will he win back the love of his wife?
More information on the book:
"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."
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