Beloved

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Beloved

Diana is ready to begin a new chapter in her life—until the husband she believed dead reappears at her engagement party.

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 from him in 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 Tyson returns, claiming to be 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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Reviews

  • The more I read, the back story (mainly Tyson’s) came through and I was able to follow along quite nicely and see that Tyson’s spiritual relationship and his feelings for Diana were genuine.

    All in all, this was a good book, one I enjoyed. The series was interesting and one I wouldn’t mind reading again.

  • Barb Shelton says:

    Beloved is one of the most touching stories I’ve read. It is thoughtful and provoking and I heartily recommend it to those wanting their hearts warmed.

  • LyonsLady says:

    Not having read the first two books in “Where the Heart Lives” series, not sure if I am at a disadvantage as to their stories being connected or related to the characters in Beloved. But, that didn’t take my interest and enjoyment of this tale of Diana and Tyson’s awkward twist of the unexpected. Robin wrote a shock wave in the first few lines that hooked my curiosity right away!!!

    I recommend anyone who enjoys reading any novel !!!!!

  • This book hooked me from the beginning!
    I love Robin’s writing style…I thought using the flashbacks to tell the story worked well!!
    I love the themes of forgiveness, second chances, and unconditional love.

  • I enjoyed this book. The author did a great job of not only telling the story but making it come alive for the reader. This being book three in the series was just another great story to add it it. With romance, mystery, some humor and a little spiritual talk this is a great book for anyone to read.

    “*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.”

  • Robin Lee Hatcher is at it again! Capturing her reader’s hearts with a story of endearing love, growing relationships and the path towards healing for past mistakes.

    This story was a gratifying read. It kept me company on the bus to my community college and on the bench waiting for the bus to get home.

    Read the rest of my review on my blog and find out some info about a giveaway of two copies I’m giving away to two lucky individuals!

  • I love a story about redemption. I love stories where the wounds seem too deep, where the mistakes seem too big. I love to see those stories come full circle. I love to see those characters find the redemption they so desperately need, and Robin Lee Hatcher has a knack for doing that in a realistic way. She never takes the easy way out. It doesn’t seem like everything is tied up with a nice little bow, she really works through the pain and betrayal and rejection with her characters in a realistic way…

  • It really is a good romantic book with several romances going on at the same time along with some great family stories. And who can resist the ones that are set in the past? It makes it that much more enjoyable!

  • The IE Mommy says:

    The author writes this book from a Christian perspective. This view is very believable and commendable in the characters. She shows that when you put your faith in God and you believe in his word your life will be changed. He will meet the desires of your heart and he will change your heart.

    This is demonstrated throughout Beloved and played out wonderfully by the characters.

  • The plot is about finding a way to forgive someone who has hurt you emotionally and finding away to love them again. For me, the pacing was a little slow and it took me a while to get through the book, though I’m not saying the book is bad, as it is far from it. Beloved is still a good read and I’m still recommending it others.

  • This one is another winner. Through the extraordinary use of explicit words creating a landscape with vivid imagery, the reader is immersed in the lives of western people in the late 1800s. From the unique beginning, through turmoil, blessings, and struggles we learn to know and love both Diana and Tyson, though both are far from perfect.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed reading BELOVED, and recommend this book to all historical fans. Ms. Hatcher has really managed to bring this series to life, helping us to get to know both Diana and Tyson. I hated some of the choices Diana made, and really fell in love with Tyson. I hoped they would work things out. I loved the way some of the secondary characters played out in this story.

  • Diana immediately struck me as a strong and complex character. While it seems that she’s overcome many of the challenges of her childhood, it’s obvious that there are plenty of new challenges in her adulthood. She wants to do the right thing but often acts out of fear and resists vulnerability. Of course, though, as she continues to welcome “strays” into her life, those fears are constantly challenged and vulnerability is required. Tyson too is an intriguing character. He has a wild past but by the grace of God he is determined to be an honest, upright man. I loved how he often reflected on the mistakes of his past as he made decisions about his current circumstances. Mrs. Fisher, Mr. Applegate, and Ned were great additions to the story as well and gave the book a well-rounded feel.

  • Kerrific says:

    This amazing book is a great story of outrageous events and big decisions. You’ll fall in love with Diana as you follow her through her big choice and meet all of her unconventional family.

  • I found the story very interesting and enjoyed reading how both Diana and Tyson had done a lot of growing up proving that mature love can be so powerful. I enjoyed this book so much that I would love to read the other two books in the series.

  • I was super excited when I first read about the plot of Beloved by Robin Lee Hatcher. The first chapter brought on all kinds of uncomfortable feelings for the heroine (Diana), and the main two characters seemed perfectly at odds with one another–and for good reason. They were still married.

  • This book is really about trust, redemption and forgiveness. I loved seeing these people all interact and see the changes that real, deep faith can make in people’s lives. It was just a wonderful book that was a delight to read! I highly recommend it!

  • I loved the first two books in this series (my double review is here) but I think this one may be my favorite…Hatcher creates memorable and engaging characters in this engrossing tale of second chances, forgiveness, and softening hearts awakened by love.

  • This is truly a novel about becoming a new person through the acceptance of Christ. When Tyson left he was searching for happiness and acceptance in every area except through God. When he found Him, he realized he couldn’t spend his life running from his arrogant and controlling father and the new prodigal son returns home to face the consequences of his actions. What he finds there shows us all that redemption can be found if we are willing to take the time to see the changes God can bring about in everyone. I easily rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars and found myself rooting for Tyson all the way despite the odds stacked against him.

  • Robin did it again and has another hit with this book. There is a little bit of everything in this book from romance to suspense. The characters were very well developed and the scenes were written very well so you feel as if you are write there with them. I like that this book get me turning the pages as it was a good read for me. I think Diana was a strong person and can not imagine what she felt when she found out her husband was not dead. This was a fitting end to the series I just wish the series was continuing.

  • Diana Brennan is a sad little girl. She is an orphan after her parents die and leave her and her brother and sister alone in the world. The man she marries leaves her. Robin Lee Hatcher has written a story that grabs the reader from the first page.

  • “Beloved”, is written by Robin Lee Hatcher who has written many wonderful stories. This is one of my favorites. Tyson decides to leave his home and his wife without a word to look for adventure. When he decides to come back and run for office he also realizes that he wants his wife back. This is a story of forgiveness and love. Can faith be enough?

  • Ms. Hatcher has given us characters that are marvelous, meticulously crafted, and each one literally breathes on the pages. Robin Lee Hatcher has written a well done novel that I liked a lot.

  • It’s definitely a bit of a shock when your husband shows up at your engagement party. The man was supposed to be dead. Why did he come back to life and mess things up?

    I’ve previously only read a novella by Ms Hatcher, but now look forward to reading more books by her.

  • This book was so fun to read. I was a little bit worried that I wouldn’t know what was going on having not read the first two books in the series, but it didn’t seem to matter. I am going to read the other two books because I just want to know more about the characters and their backgrounds. Once I started reading Beloved I couldn’t put it down! I enjoyed this love filled adventure very much.

  • This is one of those books that is exciting enough to keep you reading, even when you may have other things to do (like sleeping!). The end of each chapter tells a little bit more of the past story of Tyson and Diana, so at the end of the book you completely understand how they arrived where they are in the present day.

  • Hatcher’s description and characterization are some of the best in Christian fiction!

  • I found Beloved to be a delightful read by Robin Lee Hatcher and a fun conclusion to her Where the Heart Lives series. This novel is a stunning reminder of how God views each of us.

  • Coming across unusual premises is rare. When you’ve read as many books in one genre as it feels like I have (not that I’m complaining, mind you), so many of the plots seem to resemble each other. This last novel in Robin Lee Hatcher’s most recent trilogy was actually a different concept and that made it special.

  • Having read the other books in this series I was curious to read this new book. While you can read all of the book separately, it helps to start at the beginning.
    I love the idea for this book, it’s different and could create a multitude of funny moments and overall story line. I did enjoy this book but I feel like the author could have done better in some way to create a more lively story line. It’s a romance and uniquely there is a bad guy-though I think this part is a bit too dramatic.
    In any case I like Diana’s character while Tyson does not seem as in depth and irritated me many times.
    If you have read the other books in the Where the Heart Lives series you should read this one as well.
    I give it four stars.

  • This was a sweet, heartfelt, and endearing read! It was my favorite of the series and one I could read again! I highly recommend it to those who read Historical or Christian Fiction and are looking for a sweet love story about two people who are learning to fall in love again.

  • Other than the fact I wasn’t crazy about Tyson, I really enjoyed that Hatcher doesn’t get overly long-winded with the supporting characters. Sometimes having a story within a story is nice, but more often than not, I find myself preferring characters that support the hero/heroine instead of having their own story, their own drama, etc. In this case, since it is a wrap up of a trilogy, I was happy that it was to the point and fast paced. I’m sure I would have benefited from reading the first two in the series – but it’s in the works! Happy reading to any soul that cracks this one open.

  • Robin Lee Hatcher’s wit shines through in her characters and her storyline – both of which draw you in and keep you engaged until the end of the book!

    Beloved is part of the Where The Heart Lives series but the story stands on its own.

    Another great book to add to your reading list!

  • I don’t want to be sharing too much more of the tale with you because I don’t want to be spoiling the pure enjoyment of reading the adventure! I can tell you that it was really easy to lose track of time as the climax kept getting more interesting with every page I turned. In January 2014, Robin’s next novel, A Promise Kept, is due to be released and I cannot wait though I suspect I will have to. Bummer, I do love a good story!
    Well, with Christmas coming up this is one novel to give as a gift because it is very exciting as well as filled with adventure. It is a book to perhaps curl up with once the snow starts flying along with temps dropping and a mug of hot cocoa. However, if you can read it and enjoy it now, either way this is one to keep in your personal library to read again and again!

  • As for Beloved, I think this third and final book in the series was the best one of the three! From the minute I started the book, I loved the story line. I was instantly drawn into the hurt and pain that Diana feels being abandoned by her husband for many years and the struggle she faces to forgive him and give him a second chance!

    The book was so well written, I felt her pain in my chest and heart as I read and I was very affected by her circumstances! It was also a really great reminder of everything God has done for us and how he forgives even our deepest, darkest sins when we repent and change our ways.

    I highly recommend Beloved and the entire Where The Heart Is series!

  • “To say the least, it was inconsiderate of Diana’s almost-dead husband to show up at her engagement party.” How could a lead-in line like that not pique your interest in a story? That kind of “hook” is a great example of the quality of writing in Robin Lee Hatcher’s Beloved and the other two books in her Where the Heart Lives series.

    This series was my first venture into Robin Lee Hatcher’s writing, but it will certainly not be my last. Robin tells a captivating story that is a delight to read. The characters come alive and invite you to share their joys and struggles.

  • I really enjoyed this story about second chances. I liked the way the story jumped from showing what happened earlier in their marriage and what they experienced through the years separately to the changed man Tyson became and all he did to win back his wife.

  • Beloved is the perfect conclusion to Hatcher’s latest series. Diana has the ultimate problem – she’s prepared to marry again and secure her future when her thought-to-be-dead husband reappears and ruins her plans. Figuring out what to do next takes both Diana and Tyson on a faith journey that involves a sick dog, demanding parents, a kidnapper, thief, a senatorial election, and a few mysteries, besides. I like the way that each of these obstacles were used not only to advance the plot in action but to allow the characters to grow in their faith, as well.

  • 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.

    This is a novel where conflict, misunderstandings and pride all have a part to play. 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 […] the house soon becomes a home. 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.

  • Marriage of convenience stories are my favorite, and while this one has a twist—Tyson and Diana have been married for seven years—it still fits the basic trope. It’s definitely one of the better marriage of convenience stories I’ve recently read.

    The novel begins when Tyson appears, after being presumed dead for two years, at Diana’s engagement party. The couple’s past is told through short flashbacks at the end of most chapters. This allows the reader to learn about the past without getting bogged down in it.

    Beloved is the first Robin Lee Hatcher book I’ve read, but it certainly will not be my last.

  • A nice read! I really enjoy reading Robin’s writing and Beloved is just what I have come to expect from her. It is a story that is a unique concept and a lovely tale!…I love the message within of how finding a relationship and true salvation with and in Jesus can change people so thoroughly including Tyson from a selfish, hurtful, overall bad guy to the loving humble hero you come to love, all in the same story!…

  • I was immediately drawn into this story. The story engages you right from the start. I felt the characters had great depth and were easy to love. Complex emotions allow the reader to connect to each one.

    I loved how the idea of the prodical son is brought into Tyson’s character. You see this in his character development, and his strength.

  • Robin has woven a beautiful story. I know what it’s like to be hurt and to build up walls around your heart just like the protagonist in this story. But just like her I realised that only God can break them down. He wants us to trust Him and not push Him and others away. This is a great story that illustrates that. The story line is fabulous and I love how she wrote it in such a way that each chapter is mostly about the present story but each chapter also ends with a flash back that gives us a glimpse into the bigger picture. Robin is a fabulous story teller and I highly recommend this book.

  • Really enjoyed the finale to the Where the Heart Lives series! Loved jumping into Diana’s story and seeing where the whole family ends up. Had some good laughs along with a good cry or two. If you love a good historical, you will love this series!

  • Beloved by Robin Lee Hatcher was an amazing book. I really enjoyed this book. I read this book in a few hours because the author did such a good job of grabbing my attention from the first page and didn’t want to put it down.

  • Moments says:

    “Beloved” is the third book in Robin Lee Hatcher’s Where The Heart Lives series and it is one that historical romance fans will not want to miss out on! The book begins right off with an event that is sure to grip you and hold your attention all the way to the end! This is a fun book to read with a great storyline and characters whom you cannot help but love!

  • It’s not everyday you come across a story that starts out with a supposedly deceased husband showing up to his wife’s engagement party. Naturally, with a cover blurb that teases like this book did, I just had to read it and I’m so glad I did. Robin Lee Hatcher’s romances leave nothing to be desired. Beloved is a real gem for readers who enjoy romance without the fuss!

  • If you are in the mood for a light, cute, and sweet romance… this book is for you!! From the very first line of this book I found myself smiling and/or giggling right through to the very last page.

    This book reminded me that I really need to pick up some of Robin Lee Hatcher’s older books!!

  • This book engages quickly, keeping up a steady pace, with plot twists, great side characters, pets, and villains.

    Tyson was a fascinating character because he had such a shaded past and how he treated the people around him was despicable, but he showed true repentance and sincerity as well. And Diana was such a strong character to be able to go through was she did.

  • Robin Hatcher writes a book that keeps you waiting with baited breath to find out what happens next. Excellent story that had me hoping that everything would work out for the main characters. Great book for lovers of historical fiction.

  • …Hatcher does a fine job showing that while a person can change, it doesn’t mean the consequences disappear. But also that some things are worth going to battle for…

  • The book is a testament to how God can take an individual who has committed horrendous wrongs and help him to relinquish control and allow God to guide his life. In contrast to the hurt Tyson caused, God changes everything to love, peace and joy. He blesses Tyson and Diana’s home over and over.

    I do recommend this book. Even thought it is a bit predictable, it is a wonderful story.

  • When I first started this book, I didn’t think I liked it very much. It seemed like a cliche story, well-written enough, but the same tired, old story. But I kept reading. And eventually, it caught my attention, and I ended up enjoying it. A few new elements were thrown in that held my interest, and what can I say, I’m a sucker for a sweet romance story. Sure, it was predictable, and sure, I rolled my eyes at parts (like a certain villain who continuously vows his revenge), but it was a cute story, good for a light read, maybe even one sitting, curled up in a nest of blankets (which was how I read it!).

  • This was the first book I’ve ever read by Robin Lee Hatcher, and though it wasn’t a huge favorite for me, I did enjoy it and would consider it a nice, quick, one-time read.

    Being that this was the first book I’ve read by Robin Lee Hatcher, I really didn’t know how much I would enjoy Beloved. However after reading it, I’m glad I was able to, and enjoyed the story. This book was very unique to me, because unlike most romance novels that focus on how the two people meet, this book was all about this couple’s marriage – which is something you don’t see portrayed in novels a lot now days. I found it very unique and different from any other novel I’ve read.

  • Beloved was a wonderful story all around, not just from the story telling aspect. Diana has only known a life of loss and rejection. Her heart has been hardened to protect herself from any other hurts. In all of it though, Diana loves her adoptive mother and the life that she was given with her and her adoptive father.

    Tyson, we don’t know much about his background, but when we are first introduced to him, he is repentant and wants to start anew. He wants to bring Diana back into his life, even if it for a short time. The story Tyson presents is like that of the Prodigal Son. As I read his story, I couldn’t help thinking, well, what was the prodigal son like after his father welcomed him back, did everyone welcome him back too with out question? If not, Tyson portrays the story of showing his turn around is true.

  • Diana holds up her end of the agreement in accompanying her husband in political circles, but has a more lax home as she brings in an orphan boy and stray animals that liven up the household. There are additional twists and turns as people from their past enter in. Very well written, standing for truth, the darkness is driven away. The pace of the story is good and results in discoveries neither of them expected. They have both developed stronger character and there are changes in more than their lives. As they realize their true inheritance, they truly are the Beloved.

  • 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.

  • “Beloved” is a fitting end to the series and I believe all the loose ends were tied up nicely. I always enjoy novels by Robin Lee Hatcher and this one was no exception.

  • This was a heartwarming story that will leave you with a great feeling. Great job Robin, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

  • 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.

  • Robin begins this book with a BANG! This book is so good. For me, it was like a modern Prodigal Son retelling.

  • In Beloved, Robin Lee Hatcher re-envisions the biblical parable of the Prodigal Son in the moving conclusion of her Where the Heart Lives series. The novel address issues of abandonment, loss and forgiveness in a very realistic way while maintaing the historical integrity of the setting. The retrospective snippets throughout the book give readers and gradual understanding of the history of the fractured relationships between Tyson, his father and wife Diana while tying in seamlessly with their present circumstances and turmoil.

  • Slow It Down says:

    Beloved is simple and to the point, yet connects you so acutely to the world of the characters. It’s a wonderful telling of forgiveness and redemption, showing us that love is not about taking but giving. If you enjoy historical romance then you will love this book.

  • This is a cute story with such likeable characters. Hatcher is talented and brings a wonderful story of love and forgiveness. I highly recommened this to anyone loving historical fiction and romance.

  • Confused and torn, Diana has some pretty serious decisions to make, but, no worries, this is not a serious, stuffy historical romance, it is full of fun, witty and charming characters.

  • This was a sweet read. Tyson and Diana had a cute reunion. Really, everything was cute, from their parents to the pets. I kept reading because the relationships were beautiful. However, their was little excitement.

    Of everything that happened, I continuously envisioned something grander. The villains and love rivals could have caused so much more damage to the main characters. If the situations had lived up to their potential, this novel could have been riveting, rather than cute.

    I would still suggest this novel to anyone looking for an adorable romance. The writing was beautiful and I loved the characters. I just wish that their had been more of the adventure promised in the back cover copy.

    I received a copy from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.

  • Beloved is the third book in the Where The Heart Lives series and definitely my favorite! The romance story was so sweet and I loved how unique it was. I loved how throughout the story we got to see little flashbacks from the past – those were very interesting and helped me connect more to the characters/story.

  • This was a pretty good read! I’ve never read anything by Robin Lee Hatcher, but I really enjoyed Beloved. Despite it’s title, this novel didn’t have near as much romance involved as you would think. I mean, it did, but it never even got to where it was at all inappropriate. Which will always get a thumbs up from me. All girls like a little romance, it’s just how God wired us, but that doesn’t mean that we want unnecessary thoughts put into our heads (at least I personally don’t). I’m really impressed with how Hatcher put together such a sweet, romantic tale without adding unnecessary details. This book is teenager friendly, and I would be comfortable with anyone over thirteen or so reading it.

    Another thing that I liked about this book were the characters. They’re fantastic. I can really relate to Diana – not because she has been through so many relationship problems – she has a backbone and an almost bossy personality (totally me). And Tyson was just precious (after his transformation, of course). He would do just about anything for Diana, and his love for her was evident. All the things that he did to win her back just melted my heart. This novel was well worth the time I spent reading it, and I encourage you to read it as well.

  • Crazed Mind says:

    This was delightful. This book read with a delicacy of fine lace while having the strength of the knots that make it up. Great interplay. Good rending of the times gone by.

  • Lots going on in this one! Robin Lee Hatcher does an amazing job! This book was full of action! A real page turner!

  • I have never been disapointed with one of Miss Robin’s books yet. This was a beautiful story of, not only rekindled love but rekindled faith as well. I was led on a journey from beginning to end and when I reached the final destination I was thoroughly satisfied with the story as a whole. Love, romance, a spiritual awakening and a little suspense thrown in. There is something for everyone among the pages of this book. If you haven’t read it yet, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

  • As I read this book, I wasn’t sure who I wanted to cheer for. I like that bit of uncertainty in a book; it keeps me interested. Beloved also reminded me of the resourcefulness a woman had to employ in centuries past. In a world where women were dependent upon men to care for them, Diana was decidedly an independent mind. I liked that about her!

  • Robin Lee Hatcher makes all of her books fun to read. And I thoroughly enjoyed reading Beloved. I really loved the main characters Tyson and Diana, and the tension between the two of them is what kept me interested in the story. Life wasn’t always a bed of roses for these two, but it was fun following their journey while Tyson strove to win Diana back into his life and trust. Robin Lee Hatcher is a masterful storyteller and I love how she made the lives of Tyson and Diana come alive before our eyes on the pages of this book. If you enjoy Christian fiction, this is an awesome read that you need to grab! You will be in for hours of entertainment!

  • 5 out of 5 stars! This fast paced, heart wrenching, historical romance is one that I had a hard time putting down I liked it so much! All of the characters have so much dimension and emotional growth to them throughout this novel that it was hard not to like each of them in some way, well except for Brook of course. With the way this novel is laid out, I believe Diana and Tyson needed their time apart to grow and become the wonderful people they turned out to be, since when they both first got together they weren’t a good match up because of how they both were hoping for different things. Tyson and Diana balance each other out in ways that are so sweet and entertaining as they find ways to bring their lives together. In addition, I really liked how everything is wrapped up in the end!

  • Beloved is an incredibly sweet and tasteful story of redemption and forgiveness. This is the third book within a series, and although I haven’t read the first two books, I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. This is also the third work I’ve read of Robin Lee Hatcher, and I must say that she is becoming one of my new favorite Christian Fiction authors.

    I was hooked within the first few pages of the book when confronted with a bit of a scandal: Diana Brennan is celebrating her engagement to another man when her husband, who was thought to be dead, appears at the door.

    This was a cute book. It was tastefully done and actually wasn’t quite as “romantic” as you would assume by the title. I lent my copy to a friend, and she had it read by the end of the week!

  • I know all of that sounds a bit cliched, but friends – this is an excellent book. I went into it expecting my Jesus feminist heart to be horrified and offended at another story of a dreadfully wronged woman falling madly back in love without any real-life sense or emotion, just because the jerk in question had a change of heart, and demands another chance because “it’s wrong to not forgive”. What about consequences? What about forgiveness without reconciliation? So I was surprised and thrilled when Beloved turned out to actually address those concerns very well, and show what forgiveness that is able to lead to reconciliation really looks like. This story is very real, very moving, and it’s well worth the read.

  • This is an excellent book. I went into it expecting my Jesus feminist heart to be horrified and offended at another story of a dreadfully wronged woman falling madly back in love without any real-life sense or emotion, just because the jerk in question had a change of heart, and demands another chance because “it’s wrong to not forgive”. What about consequences? What about forgiveness without reconciliation? So I was surprised and thrilled when Beloved turned out to actually address those concerns very well, and show what forgiveness that is able to lead to reconciliation really looks like. This story is very real, very moving, and it’s well worth the read.

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