Beloved by Robin Lee Hatcher

_225_350_Book.950.coverI’d never read a book by Robin Lee Hatcher before this one and I wasn’t disappointed. Hatcher has written more than 70 novels and her expertise in weaving a story is evident.

From her website:

Winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and many other awards, Robin is also a recipient of the prestigious RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of 70 novels and novellas with over five million copies in print.

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I loved the premise of this book. A woman who thinks she’s a widow is all set to marry when the husband she thinks is dead suddenly shows up. Talk about intrigue! You wonder all the way through the book the hows and whys. Hatcher doesn’t bore the reader with back-story. Instead, she sprinkles in the clues a little bit at a time, making this a truly intriguing read.

The protagonist, Diana Breman, is an insecure woman having come west to Idaho on an orphan train and then experiencing the disappearance and assumed death of her husband, wealthy mine owner, Tyson Applegate. But just before the court declares him dead, Tyson shows up claiming to be changed. He strikes a deal with Diana, asking her to give him another chance and stand by him while he runs for the senate. Diana fears that he only wants her with him for appearances sake, and keeps her heart closed to him.

What I like about this book is that it’s a unique spin on a “new” romance. Diana has to go through all the emotions of being courted again, but with the added stress of mistrust. What would you do if your husband suddenly reappeared? This makes the character extremely relate-able.

I give this book 5 stars.

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