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.
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 addresses 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. While the adoption of an orphaned boy in to the family was a sweet and touching addition to the plot, the direction of Diana and her would-be-fiancé Brook’s subplot felt like a distraction and had an inconsequential conclusion in the grand scheme of the story. The alternating perspectives allows readers to connect with each character’s emotional and spiritual distress and subsequent process of healing. Although the concluding novel to a series, Beloved acts well as a stand-alone novel as the epilogue is the only time when all three books converge for a brief resolution. Overall another compelling read from Robin Lee Hatcher!