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Hore and distrusts all women When he finds out that she is his wifevictimmother of his secret child it confirms that she was the deceitful whore he had always suspected They have than one altercation in which no matter what Diana does or says Gervase is angry and verbally abusive Another man tries to rape and murder Diana and Gervase suddenly realizes he does trust and love her after all Diana s love was so pure it fixed verythingGervase Brandelin is motionally and verbally abusive The normalization of his behavior is awful The message that the Diana s love and gentleness could overcome Gervase s scorn for women and turn him into a gentle and trusting partner is gross and dangerous Gervase thinks of or calls Diana a whore a lot I didn t count but it happened A LOT He lashes out at Diana at the merest hint that she is untrustworthy Why does he lash out Because he is in pain his mother sexually abused him and he carries terrible burden of guilt he feels for raping his teenaged wife Over and over again his pain is used to xcuse his behavior When Diana gets angry at him as any normal human would not only does Gervase use her anger as a weapon against her she views her anger as Dark Awakening evidence that she herself is not perfect Everything Gervase does should be considered a red flag and a deal breakerThis is one of the books people who don t read romance are talking about when they are surprised by consent in romance Dearly Beloved was originally published in 1990 I read it sometime between 1990 1992 when I was in college It was not my favorite book and I wasn t a fan of rape as a plot device but I don t think I recognized how deeply problematic it is The idea that a woman would fall in love with and cure a man who was so deeply wounded that he lashed out in anger seemed normal to me It seemed reasonable to believe that if you just loved themnough and never gave them reason to distrust you it would fix their Hawks Way (Hawks Way emotional hole and they would return your love and trust A lot of women believe this A lot of women find this I don t know how to rate this one Spoilers ahead The heroine is raped by the hero at 15 on the first page She was drugged by her crazy father and the hero was drunk They are forced to be married Years later she has a child and meets the hero again There s a lot of issues and themes surrounding beauty sexual desire and love in this A lot of it very disturbing stuff to be all put into this book The heroine s father was implied to have sexual desires for the heroine and the hero himself was raped repeatedly by his own mother This uite a tragic tale about abused characters I found it to be a bjt much for me But i think this actually a really good book that could be used to discuss in not in a romance reader POV but in a literal POV because of the issues brought up in this book Author Mary Jo PutneyFirst published 1990Length 6422 locations finishes at 90%Setting London and Yorkshire 1799 to 1820sSex Reasonably freuent but often fade to black Somexplicit scenes Rape of h by H and threatened rape of h by BadGuyHero Spymaster Lord Soldier Neglectful parents view spoilerRaped by mother at 13 hide spoiler Dearly Beloved is one of a handful of my all time favorite historical romances This probably has something to do with the fact that it was one of the first historicals I Family Men ever read and it really sucked me into the genre Our main female character is Diana Lindsey Diana and her son live in Yorkshire a county in England During a winter storm she discovers a woman out in thelements freezing on her property She rescues the woman and nurses her back to health The woman it turns out is a famous courtesan from London coming home due to a terminal health condition The woman tells her life story to Diana Diana then decides that since she has no other options she too would become a courtesan Gervase Brandelin is the Viscount St Aubyn He is also a spymaster for she too would become a courtesan Gervase Brandelin is the Viscount St Aubyn He is also a spymaster for Intelligence and works at the Foreign Office He is a hard cold and calculating man He is man that can ill afford to be ruled by Creative Participation emotion And after his last mistress left he finds himself in the need of another s services It is this that brings Diana and Gervase togetherDue to Gervase being a spymaster there is a subplot that harbors the uintessential bad guy intent on killing So this story also has some definite action to it Dearly Beloved is a little bit of a controversial book in that mostither love it or hate it The reason for the censure is mainly due to the beginning of the story where there is a relatively graphic rape scene by our leading male character Grumblings further range from the story being unrealistic to salacious to boring But on the whole we have according to some a rather unlikeable main male character with no redeeming value whatsoever I happen to very strongly disagree Dearly Beloved is a story of redemption Bad things must be done in order to have this type of storyline It is here that MJP takes the offensive action and makes it Personal To The Reader to the reader is raw It is in your face It is impossible to deny that our hero of the story did that horrible act that maybe he was just misunderstood That perhaps there could be a reason for the act and we the reader could somehow justify and downgrade it to a less offensive transgression But nope The hero of Dearly Beloved rapes a teenage girl No Sabina Spielrein excuse can justify it He feels remorse He hates himself for it But it isn tnough And thus begins the journey towards redemption Some people can handle this psychological stripping of characters and some people cannot Neither is this good nor bad It s just a matter of perceptions On the whole Dearly Beloved is a regency romance filled with secrets and lies danger and mystery betrayal and redemption and a love to mend all wounds If you read Dearly Beloved and Cognitive Radio Networks enjoy it I would also recommend Silk and Shadows by MJP Anotherdgy and gripping tale dealing in dark subject matter This story is about revenge Highly recommend Happy Reading Lisa This was my first buddy read Personnel Management in Government ever and no surprise that it was with Zoe celebratory cheers hopefully many to come Because of my background and the prejudice I have faced in my lifeI have acuired this uncanny ability to reallyxperience other peoples perspective and understand their motivations and think about the context of their behavior better than anyone I know A combination of this ability and MJP s writing prowess is what made this reading Out of This World experience meaningful for me I know these are only fictional characters and I have a tendency to overanalyzeverything but I am going *to give you my thoughts uncensored and I hope that it will *give you my thoughts uncensored and I hope that it will my fellow GR readers something to ponder aboutI think there are no transgressions committed by humans that are unforgivable unless done in a cold blood calculated way with malicious intent I am saying this because I have first hand The Time It Never Rained experience of the horrors human beings are capable ofand most of them were committed by flawed but redeemable human beingsYou see we do not grow up in a vacuuminstead we are inundated from the moment we are born with influencing and shaping behaviors So when we are judg. Er several years of its being out of print It is the breathtaking story of Diana Lindsay the most desirable. I purchased first this book as I was a new release from an author I knew I had to readThen I was graced an advance review by Netgalley and the publisher Kensington BooksIt is only when I checked in Goodreads I learned it was a reedition of a long time agodition from the 90s when I first read Kathleen E Woodiwiss novelsThe rape trope in Mrs Putney book was immediately reported by the The Child of the Soul and Other Stories earlier reviewers so I uestioned myself if I would be able to read this book Then I remembered the first book I read by Mrs Woodiwiss about a young woman abducted on a boat mistaken for a prostitute I do not remember if she had a lot of saying about what she wantedAfter some research I found which book it was The Flame and The Flower and there was another about a young lady having her home invaded and being rape too by the hero the soldier behind the attackSo I decided to read it with an open mind about how it was in this time as not so long ago I read a medieval romance about a marriage of convenience and the husband had uite a dislike for his wife as he was compiled to oblige his family and when he claimed his marital s rights he just did it not a moment did he tried to be kind to his wife worth he hurt her on their first night until their relationshipvolved to a love matchSo will the hero be redeemableSo yes it is rape from our modern point of view but in his drunken stupor and his angry haze he saw his now wife as a scheming whore and decided to claim what had become his by law the girl never uttered a word He claimed his hudband s rights as a revenge for tricking him in this joke of a marriage He only understood after what he did and himself named it as a rape while this time period accorded no says to the brides they changed hands from father to husband like any chattel and were to do what their owners decided them toAnd Childrens Phantasies even if I might shock many I do loved this bookAs my first read by Mrs Putney and despite the triggers I was sucked by the fluidity of the story it was clever and witty with the right amount of anger I was not appalled by the story passed the initial stage of distaste after the prologue Sure I m no psychiatrist and it probably than borders the Stockholm syndrome but Gervase has his flaws and he committed sins but it does not make him anvil or monster as Diana rose herself from a victim to a woman who curbs her life in the way she wants it toDiana I loved her from the beginning Sure the blurb was uite shocking about her wish to become a courtesan The first reason is the secret she harbours then her hope at a second chance in life and maybe find love without the heavy cost she had to pay the first time it wasn t men that she wanted It was one man one who would love and protect her in spite of her past one who could initiate her into the profane arthly delights that Madeline had described At the thought Diana smiled wryly knowing what a romantic fool she was It was a sign of how much she had healed that she dared to dream again Gervase he was not a bad man to me wrong circumstances and bad timing plus his past wounds drove him to believe the worst of his unfortunate baby wife it does not absolve him for the harm done but behind his wicked action there is his own pain and blameworthiness Like her Gervase had been gravely wounded by life and he had done less healing than she had Until she understood the origins and depths of his pain there could be no worthwhile future for them Sure the author took time to reveal what I did know from the beginning by she also distilled but of informations this or there But the story progressed at its right pace nothing was hurried all distilled but of informations this or there But the story progressed at its right pace nothing was hurried all timed and the *side characters were incredible to like or dislikeMadeline is really an awesome characterI usually am not very *characters were incredible to like or dislikeMadeline is really an awesome characterI usually am not very with stories about destitute women but she is a magnificent person whom has gained from her life than it had cost her she never lost her soul Gervase s cousin Francis was also a kind and sweet allie to Diana and Geoffrey Diana s son was a breath of fresh air and "Never He Was Depicted As OveractedThen The Bigger Threat Is " he was depicted as overactedThen the bigger threat is the vilain but themselves and the guilt and anger they bear in their inner core that make them doubt the other and could cost them verything if they can t overcome their pain She and Gervase The Soviet Union each carried dark scars on their souls scars only love could heal In the language of the heart she must be the teacher for she knew something about giving and receiving love while Gervase could scarcely bring himself to say the word aloud If they were to have a future together she must fight him she must compel him toxplore his own heart and to let her in I know rape is a trigger for many persons so I can comprehend if readers choose to avoid this story but I was glad I did read this book I like very much almost Gods and Heroes every book written by this author but that was awful Not because of the topic but because it was simply boring I read many books about rapes sexual abuses and such matters but that was nearly the worst How could it happened I have no idea Putney Mary Jo is a very good writer Her books are smart and she s not afraid of writing about problematic and controversial issues I think that this title is just accident at work There s no otherxplanation Someone decided it would be a good idea to re release Mary Jo Putney s debut novel Dearly Beloved They were wrong It was not a good idea This book should be put in the archives and only brought out as a bad Science, Technology and Culture example I received this ARC from NetGalley inxchange for an honest review This review is dark and full of spoilersContent warning rape sexual assault internalized misogyny verbal and No Beast So Fierce emotional abuseHere is the plot with spoilers Gervase Brandelin Viscount St Aubyn is at an inn in Scotland He drinks too much He thinks he is going to an assignation with a bar maid who had invited him butnds up in bed with a young woman named Mary Mary s father bursts in on them and forces them to get married Gervase then rapes his new wife who is terrified He decides she is probably a simpleton rather than a whore but abandons her anyway leaving her with directions to apply to his banker for an annual income and a threat that if she ver comes to London or tries to contact him he will rescind his financial support He feels bad about the whole thing so he runs away to India Years later the most beautiful innocent looking woman in the whole of England Diana Lindsey is raising her son out in the country She decided to go to London to be a courtesan because she is bored and wants her son to be around people Her friend the retired courtesan introduces her to the courtesan scene On Diana s first night out she meets Gervase and they are instantly attracted to one another despite the fact that his face is the one she sees in her nightmares and he thinks she s a whore Diana is Mary her father had drugged her and she had no idea what was happening that night at the inn Diana nters into a sexual relationship with her husbandrapistfather of her child without telling him that he is any of those things He is randomly sneering and suspicious of her because he thinks she is a Now fans of the New York Times bestselling author can revisit her award winning debut historical romance aft. ,

SUMMARY Dearly Beloved

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Ing someone for their behavior we have to understand not only their story societal influences and moral and Last Chance Bride ethical understanding but also our own biases that may cause us to have knee jerk reactions Let me use the hero of this story for anxample The story begins with him getting drunk out of his mind and arranging an assignation with the tavern girl and the chapter Whos Cheatin Who? (Thoroughbred Legacy ends with him raping a young girl Just based on this first chapter he is a pedophile and a rapist for having non consensual sex with a 16 year old unforgivable and irrevocably beyond redemption0n But I guess if we put the story into contextduring thisra marrying a 15 or 16 year old was the norm and unless we want to call Lawman Lover (Outlaws, every person in that society a child molester by act or associationwe have to allow our hero to be redeemable for having sex with a 16 year old not forgive him just allow him to repent and change his waysThen comes the rape part this is a huge dilemma and poses many challenges to this storyLet s firstxamine the hero s background he was a victim of rape himself an act committed by his own motherand although it is counterintuitive psychologically it makes sense that he is perpetuating the same destructive behavior ie the son of a domestic abuser is one himself It also makes sense that he sees women as treacherous and City Girl in Training evil beings as the most influential role model of this gender in his life his mother was one Then we look at his moral andthical understanding and we find a void in that area too because of his lack of maternalpaternal guidance and the strongest thing guiding him there is his conscience human conscience is dubious at best Lastly we look at his lack of sobriety and command of his mental facultiesbut ven here we have to go back and understand his decision to drink himself to that state why and how and whatand so as you can see this analysis can go on and on and on Although all of this doesn t make his crime less hideousbut it helps me understand the reasons behind his actionand what makes him redeemable What would I have done if I was in the same xact position Would I be a morally superior person with ability to make rational and just decisions despite all these thingsI don t think sonone of us couldbecause as I said we are not raised in a vacuum and we are not born with innate goodevil personalities which are again subjective and something to ponder about Besides the main issue here is consent and if we believe a 16 year is incapable to giving one then the whole argument is mutenot to forget again the norms however wrong of the time period for women to have no legal and social identityWhen it comes to the heroine and her motivation for her behaviorit was a lot asier for me to understand because she grew up in a highly patriarchal and misogynist societyand although the whole decision to become a courtesan didn t make sense to a lot of peopleit made sense to me because she lived an xtremely isolated and sheltered life and the only The Husband (Smytheshire, Massachusetts, example ofscape she had personally known was the story of her friend who was a courtesan Finally although still angry her forgiveness of her rape also made sense because again during that ra consent of a wife was not reuired for the act legally I mean c mon if the guiding societal roles specially laws are so lacking how can we An Italian Education expect people to behave differently All of the above made both the hero and heroine in my opinion redeemable However here is the kickMJP failed to redeemither of themespecially the heroinstead she perpetuated the anti ualities in both of themand although in the last few chapters I could at least tolerate the heroinethe hero s very last thought when the heroine was in mortal danger wasshe must be meeting with a loverie jealousybut look ven all of this makes *Sense Because In Some *because in some Newton s first law applies to human behavior tooit will continue in the same direction with the same speed unless an outside influence acts on itwhich we call therapy in the modern ra that was not available during that timebut I guess coming close to losing someone is therapeutic in itself hence the change of behavior in our heroMy only hope with this review is that you get than just a headache by reading my circular and disjointed thoughts lol if you made it all the way to the Look-Alike Lawman (Texas Twins, end Leaving you with this uoteWhile nothing isasier than to denounce the Daddy Wanted evildoer nothing is difficult than to understand him The only reason I read this book through to thend was to see Forbidden Stranger exactly how the heroine would finally reveal her big secret to the hero I had guessed what the secret was at some point between the introduction of the heroine and the big revelation This secret just happens to be the most important fact in the story and the heroine s character so it makes no sense to keep the reader in the dark about it until 80% of the book is finished Getting that reveal so late in the bookffectively nullifies Snowy River Man every action of the heroine up to that point in the story and totally negatesvery scene in the book that is told from the heroine s POV up to that point Because of this I felt cheated out of most of the story and I couldn t relate to how the heroine s feelings for the hero changed from loathing to love Also there was no xplanation for why the heroine didn t tell the hero about his son a long time ago which would have Been The Right Thing To the right thing to for so many reasons her loathing the boy s father is not an acceptable reason for not telling him it s just childish IMHO The author has the heroine decide to become a fabulously successful courtesan after living most of her life in an isolated village in Yorkshire with a decent income and security in her life I don t know maybe the author felt this would make the heroine glamorous and attractive to the reader But really this is a career choice
that most women 
most women the time would only have made if they felt they had no other option or they were forced into it and 99% of the time it was pure degradation So besides not making any sense at all the author s decision is totally insulting to the women who had to prostitute themselves simply in order to live The spy aspect of the story was pretty lame and the bad guy was just a 1 dimensional caricature of a really eeevilllll villain The melodrama of the last part of the book felt completely contrivedSo not a keeper and not Les brumes d'avalon : roman enjoyable for me Oh man That s right That is my response to this book I will be writing about what happens in the book So this is your spoiler alert I like Mary Jo Putney s style I just do I like how serious her style is I like that her characters are stoic than others I like th This is a DNF for me It has been reissued from 1990 I believe but it was crass Not giving away spoilers but this occurred in the first chapter The hero rapes someonein graphic detail WHAT How do I get past seeing him as a rapist for the rest of the book I realize bodice ripper romances were popular in the 90s but rape is too much I very rarely give less than three starsven when I do not like the book because I realize the ffort that goes into writing a novel but this book was not for meI received an ARC from Netgalle. And sought after woman in London who wants only one man a haunted lord with mysterious secrets as deep as he. Dearly Beloved

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