This was one of those books I had trouble putting down once I had started it ... another excellent work by Mary Jo Putney.
i really enjoyed this book!!1
Very good book. Mary Jo Putney is a terrific writer.
It is the breathtaking story of Diana Lindsay-the most desirable and sought-after woman in London-who wants only one man: a haunted lord with mysterious secrets as deep as hers...
Very emotional. If you are a fan of Mary Jo Putney and historical romance, this is a must read.
This book is a classic in romance reading circles but it is one I could never finish due to the subject matter and something that happens early on. Supposedly it is one of the best redemption love stories ever written but the first few chapters gave me the major heebie jeebies. This is the first printing with original cover art on front & back. I registered this at bookcrossing.com so I can keep track of its journey's so it has bookcrossing labels inside.
Signet Regency Romance:
In 1799 Scotland, Gervase Brandelin, the victim of a sexually abusive mother, is livid when forced to wed Mary Hamilton, a deranged clergyman's innocent daughter whom he has unwittingly compromised. After years of separation, they meet again, but Gervase does not recognize his wife. Instead, he knows her as Diana Lindsay, whom he believes to be an accomplished courtesan and whom he woos to become his mistress. Through the tender courtship and through Gervase's kindness to the epileptic son conceived in the brutality of their wedding night, the pair experiences unsullied love for the first time and discovers the joys of family. Gervase's involvement in the super-secret espionage service working to undermine Napoleon adds spice and atmosphere. (taken from Amazon.com)
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Courtesans, Spies, and "Fits"....Oh My!, July 24, 2004
Reviewer: T. S Brown "Professional DayDreamer" (APO AP) - See all my reviews
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.
woman masquerades as a coutesan, trying to find true love.