Friday, November 8, 2013

A Delightful Love Story -- Beloved (with a great GIVEAWAY)

"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.

The three Brennan children were orphaned and sent west from Chicago on an orphan train after the death of their mother.  Despite their best efforts, they were separated and never heard from each other through their growing-up years.  Belonging and Betrayal (read my review here) tell Felicia's and Hugh's stories after they reach adulthood and settle in Idaho.  Youngest sibling Diana is the subject of Beloved, the third and final book in the 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.  Moving with Diana through the ups and downs of her journey, watching her learn how to give and receive love and forgiveness, and witnessing her growing faith make this book a very enjoyable read.  While I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series, Beloved was my favorite.  

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

See what other reviewers have to say about Beloved here.

Here's some really good news for you!  Somehow I ended up with an extra copy of all three books in this Where the Heart Lives series.  I would like to share the set with one lucky reader.  If you are interested in winning the three-book series, comment below by 5:00 p.m. CST on Monday, November 11, and I'll include your name in the random drawing.  Don't forget to leave your email address (in the format me [at] gmail [dot] com) so I can contact you if your name is drawn.
About the book: 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.

Purchase a copy:

Meet the author: Robin is the author of 65+ novels and novellas. Her home is in Idaho, where she spends her time writing stories of faith, courage, and love; pondering the things of God; and loving her family and friends.

Learn more at:


  1. I've only read a few of Robin's books, but I remember absolutely loving them! This sounds like a great series! I would love to read the series and get to know the Brennan siblings!

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    aeputney [at] liberty [dot] edu

  2. I have been wanting to read this series and your review of it was great! Thanks so much for the chance to win the set.
    Brittany McEuen
    kbmceuen [at] yahoo [dot] com

  3. I have only read a few of Robin's books, but I really enjoyed them. This series sounds like it would be fun to read. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for a chance to win.
    Linda Reville
    linlee822 [at] gmail [dot] com

  4. I have read a few of her books, but I have not had the chance to read any from this series. I would love to be able to read the whole series through. corningfamily [at] eastlink [dot] ca

  5. I truly enjoyed the first two books in this series and am really looking forward to Beloved! That is such a great first line isn't it?
    I would love to have the entire series.

    Pattymh2000(at) Yahoo(dot)com

  6. Please enter me in this contest for this series. I would dearly love to read it! Thanks you.

  7. Thanks for this giveaway. I'd love to read this series.

  8. I have book 1 of this series and am reading it now on my Kindle app. But there is just something about a book in hand and real pages sometimes. I have loved the book so far. I look forward to reading the rest and the rest of the series. Thanks!

    1. I agree, Nancy. I have lots of books on my Kindle -- and have read few of them -- but there's still nothing quite like holding that book and actually turning pages.