Dearly Belovedby Mary Jo Putney
Gervase Brandelin, Viscount St. Aubyn, dedicated himself to the service of his country as a way to redeem the sins of his youth. As a
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As enigmatic as she is beautiful, Diana Lindsay is the most desirable and sought after woman in London, her smile worth a prince's ransom. Yet Diana wants only one man--a haunted lord with mysterious secrets as deep as hers.
Gervase Brandelin, Viscount St. Aubyn, dedicated himself to the service of his country as a way to redeem the sins of his youth. As a spymaster, he seeks out Britain's hidden enemies and nothing can sway him from his duty, until he meets a woman who touches his heart even more than she dazzles his senses. In Diana he finds warmth and hope, yet he is bitterly aware that she can never be his.
Then the two halves of Gervase's life come together in a cataclysm that threatens to separate him from Diana forever. Perhaps love might bring them together, but first they must survive the assault of a deadly enemy.
Dearly Beloved was nominated for RWA's Book of the Year award and won the Golden Leaf Award for Best Historical Romance from the New Jersey Romance Writers.
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Meet the Author
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney is also a recipient of RWA’s Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. She was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. Her entire romance writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for other purposes.
Her novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, she’s had a number of her books listed as top romances by Library Journal and Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association.
Her favorite reading is great stories, but in a pinch she’ll settle for the backs of cereal boxes. She’s delighted that e-publishing can now make available books that have been out of print.
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I love Mary Jo Putney, she's a great author, however I didn't like this book so much compared to her others. It took a while to get to the good part, the conflict between the two characters. The characters and the villain were great though, just thought the book was a little long. Easy to put down.
Usually when reading a romance, I find myself loving the hero and envying the heroine....usually. Diana Lindsay is one of the most memorable characters I've ever encountered in over 40 years of avid reading. She has a strength of will and a generosity of spirit, but is by no means perfect. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a story full of laughter, tears, action, and love. You will be so glad you did!
After I read all the books in the Fallen Angels series by Ms. Putney, I found this title in a used book store. It's her first historical romance, and while the story was interesting and the characters were well-drawn (as they usually are in Ms. Putney's novels), I just didn't warm up to the hero and heroine as much as I did with the main characters in say, the Fallen Angels series. In particular, I found Gervase (the hero) to be almost abusive to Diana (the heroine) in many of their encounters. It's not until very near the end of the book that the reader discovers the reasons for Gervase's behavior, and by then, it's very nearly too late to muster up much sympathy for him. Still, compared to other authors' early efforts, this is not a bad way to spend one's reading time.
PUTNEY BOOKS ARE NEW TO ME JUST BECAUSE I DIDN'T THINK HER WRITING WAS TO MY TASTE. I WAS INCORRECT AND NOW HAVE DOZENS OF HER WRITINGS TO OCCUPY MY TIME. IN DEARLY BELOVED THE WRITER TAKES ON NOT ONLY EPILEPSY BUT HOMOSEXUALITY--A RARE FIND IN A ROMANCE BOOK. THE TWO ARE PROFOUNDLY APROPOS TO THE STORYLINE. ON A SENSUAL SCALE OF 1-10 IT IS MAYBE A 3--BUT I WILL NOT EXPECT ANY MORE FROM PUTNEY AND THAT IS AN OKAY WITH ME.THE STORY CARRIES THE READER FROM THE VERY FIRST PARAGRAPH-AS A GOOD BOOK SHOULD.
This book was great everything I expected. The story line was great