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Summary

Love must find a way...

A sheltered life in the countryside has left Diana Lindsay restless to see the wider world, for both herself and the son she is raising alone. She cannot marry, but perhaps as a courtesan she will find love and protection despite her painful past. Gathering her courage, she moves to London - and finds herself the city's most desired woman, as admired for her charm as for her beauty. But it is one man who captivates her - handsome, haunted, and harboring a secret as deep as her own...

Bound by the sins of his youth, Gervase Brandelin, the Viscount St. Aubyn, has spent his adulthood seeking redemption through service to England. Now a spymaster, he can allow nothing to distract him from his duty. But when he meets Diana, his burdens seem to lift. Though she can never truly be his alone, their genuine love fills him with hope, until a treacherous deceit - and a deadly enemy - threatens to tear them apart forever...

©1990 Mary Jo Putney (P)2020 Tantor

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Damaged and dark

The angst is laid on with a trowel. After anger, accusations and, frankly, ridiculous assumptions, their souls meet amongst transcendental sex. A bit too overwrought and improbable for me.

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  • Camille
  • 22-05-20

Caution: Not lighthearted. But so worth your credit.

This excellent title deals with topics that can be difficult for some listeners- abuse, deep emotional pain- but it also offers an examination of those ordeals and how one couple may stumble their way through such painful things. Yes, it is a great HR, with the steamy scenes I expected...but it also deals with painful topics in a straightforward way that some listeners will find difficult. But, there is something to be said for living someone else’s pain vicariously- and can be cathartic for some. The story sucks you in, with characters that could just as easily be from your own life- quite imperfect and complex, easy to love and hate at the same time.
This book is like strong medicine- so if you have triggers be mindful. I’m glad I stuck with it- I still find myself ruminating over one scene or another though I finished it days ago.

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  • Shirley
  • 29-06-22

love in all of its reality

this story is very exciting. perhaps some of its parts made tend toward being disturbing for the degradation, violence, and sexual violations. yet it is a story that makes one see life as it really is.. sometimes daunting, sometimes confusing, sometimes hopeful, and often beautiful and redeeming.

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  • Deandra Lynch-Morris
  • 14-05-21

WOW....MJP's "Dearly Beloved" Left Me BREATHLESS

I have been an Audible audiobook reader for a couple of years now, and this is my very first time writing a review of an audiobook that I've purchased. This book left me breathless...the storyline was cleverly plotted, engaging, and (I think) innovative writing because it's relevance to current struggles and issues many humans grapple with in understanding the "whys" and "outcomes" in their daily journey--this has helped me to clarify similar events that have taken place in my life.
VERY THERAPEUTIC! I highly recommend this audiobook!

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  • PennyLou
  • 10-08-20

A perfect combo of romance, mystery and SEX

Mary Jo Putney is a pro at telling a great story and developing great characters. Christine Revel is masterful at interpreting the story and portraying the characters. This particular book is a perfect balance of the perfect love story and the complexities of a good story.

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  • Margaret Ann Cowden
  • 21-07-20

Fantastic performance

I loved the story with its twists and turns, made all the more intriguing by the superb narration by Christine Rendel. Listen to this story, and you’ll find yourself searching for other titles she narrates.

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  • Miz Waller
  • 09-07-20

Sometime When You Revisit Old Friends .....

I really loved this book the first time I read it. Many many years later-not so much. I understand that times have changed and we change too.
I wasn’t even able to finish listening to it. I love MJP and I’ve read most of her historical story but I shouldn’t have tried to listen to this one.
If you are looking for a great story, read her Shattered Rainbows. Now that’s a story...