‘Beloved’ by Robin Lee Hatcher

b rlhSTORY: 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 seven 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.

REVIEW: At age six, Diana Brennan was sent west with her brother and sister after their parents passed away.  Luckily, Diana was adopted by a loving couple, Mr. and Mrs. Fisher. Diana later met and married the charismatic and wealthy Tyson Applegate. While Tyson had his own inheritance, his father still tried to control his life as he always had.  When he’d had enough, Tyson simply left for several years touring the world and fighting with the Rough Riders.

Diane was devastated that she never heard from him. While she mourned for many years, she finally decided that he had probably died fighting.  Just as he was about to be declared dead and her engagement to Brook Calhoun was to the announced, Tyson came back into her life.  Wanting to make amends with Diana and his family he offered her a proposal.  He had decided that he wanted to run for the Senate but he needed her to act as his wife for six months so he could win the election.  His hope was that he could win back her love.  But if he was unsuccessful, he would give her freedom and a divorce.

The story is told in flashbacks when Diana was a child and when Tyson was off on his travels.  During his time away, he was unfaithful to her but while he apologized for his indiscretions, his remorse never rang true to me.  He said he found God when he met a young man who was a true believer.  While Diana does her best to be by his side as they meet and entertain people who would be helpful to his Senate run, Diana is torn whether he truly is repenting for his past or whether he simply wants her with him to give him credibility for his political ambitions.

I liked parts of this book but I admit that flashbacks in a book are not my favorite as it can become a bit confusing.  The plot is good but I had a hard time becoming enthralled with the story.  However, I’m sure there are others who will love it.  Do give it a try to remember that this is just my opinion.

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Complimentary copy received from Goodreads as part of their First Reads program

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