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Beloved

(Where the Heart Lives #3)

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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  836 ratings  ·  124 reviews
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, D ...more
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Published September 24th 2013 by Zondervan
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Joleen
The book premise is that Tyson abandoned his young wife, Diana, when she was 18. He traveled extensively, did not keep his marriage vows, and returned seven years later, after everyone believed he was dead and she was about to be engaged to another. His life was changed after a severe battle injury in Cuba, and a young man lead him to the Lord.

Now he wants to be in God's will, which means returning to Idaho be the husband he was supposed to be, and pray Diana can someday forgive him.

Well, he wa
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Kav
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A neat twist on a prodigal son's return. There's angst from the very first page -- I mean, what reader can resist siding with an abandoned wife never mind how contrite the reformed husband?! And Hatcher tells this love story with such flare -- "To say the least, it was inconsiderate of Diana's almost-dead husband to show up at her engagement party." (p 3) Bwahahaha! Love the subtle humour lurking among the angst! And that erstwhile Tyson --- swoony sigh -- he's definitely seen the light, found t ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
The premise was interesting... the book, however, was not. I really enjoyed the first two in the series so it was a let-down to not connect with the characters in this final book. There are flashbacks to the past throughout the story, but the basic content of the flashbacks had already been explained in the present-day text, so I felt it was repetitive and slowed the story down in a major way. It also brought Tyson's selfishness and indiscretions into the limelight, as well as Diana's hurt and r ...more
Rissi
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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. Diana has had a tough childhood. Orphaned at only six, she along with her two siblings were put on the orphan train west. Unlike her siblings, Diana was adopted by a loving couple who ga
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Barbara Shelton
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not having read the first two books in “Where the Heart Lives” series, I was a bit at a disadvantage as to their stories being connected or related to the characters in Beloved. However that didn’t diminish my interest and enjoyment of this skillfully orchestrated tale of Diana Brennan Applegate and Tyson Applegate’s awkward twist of the unexpected. Ms Hatcher wrote a whopping shock wave in the first few lines that hooked my curiosity without a doubt. Diana Applegate and Brook Calhoun were about ...more
Bethany
Sep 08, 2013 rated it liked 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
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Jalynn Patterson
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

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's infatuation with her dashing husband died an ugly death, and she is ready to move past the old pain and
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Dawn
Oct 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I was super excited when I first read about the plot of this book. 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. Her husband (Tyson) who'd left her years before was believed to be dead, and she was on the verge of announcing her engagement to someone else. Tyson needed her to pretend to be his happy wife while he ran for office. Complica ...more
Laura
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Title: BELOVED
Author: Robin Lee Hatcher
Publisher: Zondervan
September 2014
ISBN: 978-0310257776
Genre: Historical

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's infat
...more
Suzie Waltner
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it

I was introduced to Robin Lee Hatcher about 20 years ago when I was working in a Christian book store part time while in college. I picked up "The Forgiving Hour" and have been reading this author's books ever since. Although, admittedly, I've missed some books along the years (but that's just reason for me to go through her catalog and load up on more books). I was not disappointed with Hatcher's newest book, "Beloved".

Diana Applegate is ready to move on with her life. She has had many trials i
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Tima
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Diana's life has been a strange mix of ups and downs. She was orphaned at six years old and sent on the orphan train. Loving parents adopted her and gave her a new life. While still a teenager Diana fell in love with Tyson Applegate, the son of a very wealthy and influential man. But it isn't long before Diana finds out that Tyson married her to make his father angry and gain control of his inheritance. She is soon abandoned as Tyson leaves with no intention of returning. Years later, thinking ...more
Andi
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robin begins this book with a BANG! Diana and Brook are getting ready to announce their engagement and in walks Diana's DEAD husband, Tyson Applegate. This halts the engagement, and Tyson wants a chance to win her heart back.
He has traveled the world, and has come to know Christ and he wants to prove to Diana that he is a changed man.

Since I live in Idaho, where Robin staged this book, it was fun to read about Boise in that time period.

This book is so good. For me, it was like a modern Prodig
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Margaret
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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. What seemed like a selfish act on Tyson's part to have Diana act as a loving wife was really his way of wanting her to see how much he had changed. It is a sad fact but sometimes we need to go through some really hard times to finally see that God has been calling us to him. I can relate to this story since I myself went through a lot of pain w ...more
Christie Lovvorn
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
The last in Hatcher's "Where the Heart Lives" series, Beloved tells the story of the youngest Brennan sibling, Diana whose husband deserted her and is believed dead. He returns the night on which she and Brook Calhoun intend to announce their engagement. Like Betrayal, this book tackles hard issues such as spousal abandonment, forgiveness and reconciliation.

One criticism I had was the flashbacks which at times detracted from the story and the "villain" plotline was slightly grating and distract
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Joy
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Diana Applegate was abandoned by her husband, Tyson, years ago and believes he is dead. She's ready to remarry and move on with her life when suddenly he shows up at her engagement dinner wanting to reunite and show her he is a changed man. He also wants to run for the Senate and needs her. She agrees to stay with him until the race is over and then wants her freedom.

This is a cute story with such likeable characters. Hatcher is talented and brings a wonderful story of love and forgiveness. This
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Kimberly
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this series and was pleased with the conclusion. Beloved gives an insightfulness to being abandoned and learning to trust again. Made me sad and slightly uncomfortable with some circumstances, but was beautifully redeeming. This book has one of the best, catches your attention, opening sentences for any first chapter, ever!
Ak
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
As much as I enjoy most of Robin Lee Hatcher's stories, I was disappointed in Beloved.
I absolutely loved the first book of this series Belonging. The second book of this series,
Betrayal was fine, but not up to the level of Belonging.
Susan
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Well, this series just got worse as it went along. I read a half dozen chapters before I gave up and skipped to the end. Even at the end it was lame.
Katie
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Really slow, no character development...
Ruth
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked the first two books in this series better.
Rachel
This was such a sweet story between two people who had to learn how to trust in God to mend their marriage.
Jessica Dowell
Sweet story, but a bit lacking in deep point of view

I liked the premise of the story, estranged husband and wife learning how to love each other again. I liked Tyson's character, and the storyline with Ned. However, I feel like this book had so much more potential. The author did more telling than showing of the characters' struggles, sometimes through the observations of supporting characters so I was slightly removed from the emotions of it all. Her decision to start the story as soon as Tyson
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Anneliese Dalaba
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tyson married Diana to spite his father and gain his independence. Diana married him because she truly loved him and knew he felt the same--but she soon realized she was wrong. When he left her and never returned, everyone presumed him to be dead. At Diana's engagement dinner, Tyson showed up again--after 7 years--claiming to be a changed man from the selfish man he'd been. He wants a second chance.

The characters are well developed. I felt the emotions of betrayal myself as I read this book. I u
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connie perkins
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite a story

This series was great from book 1-book 3. Love the story line, love the characters. The closeness to God, that this family had, even draws the reader closer to God. I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a good, clean, read, and especially to anyone who makes Bible scripture a part of their daily lives. Love this author, look forward to reading more of her books.
Ruth Jessen
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beloved - the redemption story

This last sibling of the Brennan siblings has one of the stronger redemption themes. Love separated, found, and rebuilt. And the books can be read out of order, they don't connect story/characterwise until the epilogue.
Dolly
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful reading!

I chose this rating because i love good , clean Christian books.
Once I started reading this book, it was hard to put it down. I
highly recommend it to one and all.
Linda
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Good
Alicia
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Good book.
Dixie Brown
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this book. My first read by this author but will be reading more of her works. Sweet love story, cast of characters you could love except one and very inspirational.
Gadgetgayle
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: clean, pg
Content: Christian, clean.

Just OK.
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Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of over 80 novels and novellas with over five million copies of her books in print. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Her numerous awards include the RITA® Award, Christy Award, Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award, and she is als ...more

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Where the Heart Lives (3 books)
  • Belonging (Where the Heart Lives, #1)
  • Betrayal (Where The Heart Lives, #2)
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