I found this to be an enjoyable read - although the love scenes seemed to be a bit rushed. "Dearly Beloved" tells the story of Diane Lindsay, who leaves her small cottage home to pursue the courtesan profession in London. On her first appearance, she makes the acquaintance of Lord St. Aubyn, who eagerly wishes to lay claim to the stunning demirep. The two share a secret that bind them together yet ultimately may tear them apart.
The secondary characters were very likable. From Geoffrey, Diana's young son who suffers from epileptic "fits" - to Madeline, the reformed courtesan who cautions Diana that "a courtesan must never fall in love with her protector" - and Edith, the quiet Yorkshire woman who has been a part of Diana's life for years.
I would recommend this book to anyone who would care for a glimpse into the life of a courtesan and a truly endearing love story.
disturbing start but well worth the read!
An historical romance - A Lord and a Lady - add a deadly enemy and the mysterious secrets begin to unravel
This was one of those books I had trouble putting down once I had started it ... another excellent work by Mary Jo Putney.