Dearly Beloved by Mary Jo Putney🙂❤👍
Dearly Beloved by Mary Jo Putney reminded me of an old
fashion bodice ripper as opposed to a newer aged historical romance. The book had it all, an evil spy, secrets to save Britain, a spymaster who has learned to trust no one, an innocent woman, and loads of secrets. The book was originally published
in 2004, but has a spruced up cover. The book has some difficult topics that could be offsetting to others including rape, and incest.
Keeping secrets while might start out as innocuous, almost
always turn into huge problems difficult to overcome. Diana Lindsay has lived out in the country for many years with her son and a companion/helper, Edith. Together they have forged a family. Then another woman showed up who shared her story and
helped Diana become a courtesan.
Diana’s first night out as a courtesan, she meets Gervase Brandelin, the Viscount St. Aubyn. He immediately wants her for his own and the
plot deepens. Diana does not immediately choose him and always prevents him from them being exclusive (even though they both are). That’s when the plot starts thickening and twisting.
Mary Jo Putney
slowly lets information leak that foreshadowed some of what was to come and as with a good novel, you both looked forward to the truth being set free and horror at what was to come. The book’s storyline was not my favorite. I am not a fan of rape
and incest stories, but I needed to read where the book was going to go. I found myself both liking and disliking the characters as their stories unfolded. Mary Mo Putney is a great author, but I am not a fan of this particular novel, Dearly Beloved.