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A most unwelcome guest surprises Diana at her engagement party—the husband she thought was dead!
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 o for adventures around the world, including fighting with the Rough Riders in Cuba. Receiving no word of him in years, Diana is ready to move past the old pain and marry again, just as soon as Tyson is declared legally dead.
But when Tyson 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.
Beloved is the final book of the Where the Heart Lives trilogy but, thankfully, you don’t need to be familiar with the first two books, Belonging and Betrayal. A short prologue informs the reader about the events regarding the orphan train, and the plots of the other books have no bearing on the plot here. It takes place in Boise, Idaho during the election season of 1900. There are several mentions of the presidential election, but it isn’t necessary to have a political history degree to understand what’s said. There are also multiple flashbacks that chart the relationship between Diana and Tyson and also Tyson’s exploits while they were apart.
This is a novel where conflict, misunderstandings and pride all have a part to play. There’s a bad guy who becomes a good guy, and a presumed good guy who isn’t so nice after all. At times, Diana is skeptical of the men in her life, while at others she is painfully naïve. The best aspect of the book, in my view, is the plotline regarding the orphan, Ned. Diana is able to relate to the lad due to her own experiences as a child and, unwilling to see him remain on the street, takes him – and his dog – in. As a result, the house soon becomes a home.
Only one loose end doesn’t appear to be tied up by the end of the book, and that’s the ultimate fate of the bad guy. Some readers might not mind, but I’m someone who has to know details like that. The two page epilogue neatly wraps up the series, with brief mentions of Diana’s siblings. For these three orphans there is a happy ending.
Thank you to Lifuse and Zondervan for my free copy of Beloved, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
Publication Date: 24 September 2013
Page Count: 304
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