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Person despite that ittle spot of rape and abandonment and all the emotional and verbal abuse Diana and the author accept as true that Diana s deception and the anger that she has held on to are comparable to Gervase raping her abandoning her attempting to control her and his constant jealousy and suspicion The rotten cherry on top of this fetid sundae is the reason that Diana forgave Gervase her pregnancy cured her angerI hated you until I began to feel my child move inside me It was such a wondrous thing that there was no room for hatred She opened her eyes And to hold my son in my arms it was a miracle I decided then that any man who could father so sweet a baby couldn t be all bad Yes you d behaved wickedly but that didn t make you a wicked man All kinds of women have found themselves pregnant after being raped and I m sure they have felt many different ways about the resulting pregnancy and child But this this is bad So far this book has made the abusive hero a forgivable rapist conflated protecting one s boundaries with violently violating another person s boundaries conveyed the innocence of an infant to it s father None of these messages are ok None of themRomance is a part of pop culture and pop culture will always reflect who we are good and bad Dearly Beloved won a RITA for best debut novel and it is on many people s classics of the genre Light Years Selected Early Works 1969-1972 (A Dynamite book) list Even in 1990 this book should not have won an award nor should it have been well regarded It was and it will probably beoved and defended by people who read it now I am grateful that I have evolved and no Legal Analysis (2012) longer find misogyny romantic The genre has evolved and I am so grateful that I have so many options when it comes to romance without rapist heroes or abusive heroes 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 Yearsater she has a child and meets the hero again There s a If You Follow Me lot of issues and themes surrounding beauty sexual desire andove in this A ot 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 iteral POV because of the issues brought up in this book Author Mary Jo PutneyFirst published 1990Length 6422 Everyman locations finishes at 90%Setting London and Yorkshire 1799 to 1820sSex Reasonably freuent but often fade to black Some explicit 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 ever read and it really sucked me into the genre Our main female character is Diana Lindsey Diana and her sonive in Yorkshire a county in England During a winter storm she discovers a woman out in the elements 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 The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) 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 British 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 emotion And after hisast mistress A Cidade Das Trevas (Dean Koontzs Frankenstein, 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 aittle bit of a controversial book in that most either ove 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 eading 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 It 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 Tarot for Magical Times less offensive transgression But nope The hero of Dearly Beloved rapes a teenage girl No excuse can justify it He feels remorse He hates himself for it But it isn t enough 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 andies danger and mystery betrayal and redemption and a ove to mend all wounds If you read Dearly Beloved and enjoy it I would also recommend Silk and Shadows by MJP Another edgy and gripping tale dealing in dark subject matter This story is about revenge Highly recommend Happy Reading Lisa This was my first buddy read 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 ifeI have acuired this uncanny ability to really experience 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 experience meaningful for me I know these are only fictional characters and I have a tendency to overanalyze everything but I am going to give you my thoughts uncensored and I hope that it will give 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 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 judging someone for their behavior we have to understand not only their story societal influences and moral and 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 an example The story begins with him getting drunk out of his mind and arranging an assignation with the tavern girl and the chapter 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 this era marrying a 15 or 16 year old was the norm and unless we want to call 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 first examine 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 evil beings as the most influential role model of this gender in his Dangerous Heat life his mother was one Then weook at his moral and ethical understanding and we find a void in that area too because of his Birds, Beasts, and Bandits lack of maternalpaternal guidance and the strongest thing guiding him there is his conscience human conscience is dubious at best Lastly weook at his ack of sobriety and command of his mental facultiesbut even 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 ess 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 exact 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 howe. 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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 The Accidental Startup learned it was a reedition of aong time ago edition from the 90s when I first read Kathleen E Woodiwiss novelsThe rape trope in Mrs Putney book was immediately reported by the 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 The Man in the High Castle 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 youngady 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 Essays from the Visit of Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas to Heidelberg 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 relationship evolved to aove 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 A Taste of Darkness (Mackenzie Vampires 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 husbandike any chattel and were to do what their owners decided them toAnd even if I might shock many I do oved 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 an evil or monster as Diana rose herself from a victim to a woman who curbs her ife in the way she wants it toDiana I Naturalistless 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 inife and maybe find ove 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 ove and protect her in spite of her past one who could initiate her into the profane earthly 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 Babys Mealtime life and he had doneess 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 perfectly timed and the side characters were incredible to The Miracle Equation like or dislikeMadeline is really an awesome characterI usually am not very attracted with stories about destitute women but she is a magnificent person whom has gained from herife than it had cost her she never The Dawn of Modern Thought 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 not 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 everything if they can t overcome their pain She and Gervase each carried dark scars on their souls scars onlyove could heal In the The Infamous Ellen James (Infamous, language of the heart she must be the teacher for she knew something about giving and receivingove 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 to explore his own heart and to Samael Aun Weor, The Absolute Man 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 Iike very much almost 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 other explanation 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 example I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review This review is dark and full of spoilersContent warning rape sexual assault internalized misogyny verbal and 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 but ends 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 Dragonfrigate Wizard Halcyon Blithe (Halcyon Blithe, leaving her with directions to apply to his banker for an annual income and a threat that if she ever 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 Yearsater the most beautiful innocent ooking 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 enters 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 whore 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 ove her after all Diana s Goethean Science love was so pure it fixed everythingGervase Brandelin is emotionally and verbally abusive The normalization of his behavior is awful The message that the Diana sove 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 Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets! lot I didn t count but it happened A LOT Heashes out at Diana at the merest hint that she is untrustworthy Why does he Digital Crossroads 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 excuse 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 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 inove with and cure a man who was so deeply wounded that he ashed out in anger seemed normal to me It seemed reasonable to believe that if you just oved them enough and never gave them reason to distrust you it would fix their emotional hole and they would return your The Einstein Theory of Relativity love and trust Aot of women believe this A How to Negotiate Your First Job lot of women find this storyine romantic The book is full of so much angst and pain but we also see how happy they can be together if Gervase would just accept that Diana truly is a paragonThis book is founded on the idea that Gervase is a good. 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Ver wrong of the time period for women to have no egal and social identityWhen it comes to the heroine and her motivation for her behaviorit was a ot easier 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 ot of peopleit made sense to me because she The Literary Relationship of Lord Byron and Thomas Moore lived an extremely isolated and shelteredife and the only example of escape 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 era consent of a wife was not reuired for the act Suggestions for Marketing Small Timber legally I mean c mon if the guiding societal roles especiallyaws are so acking how can we 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 redeem either of themespecially the heroinstead she perpetuated the anti ualities in both of themand although in the ast few chapters I could at The Shaping of Western Civilization least tolerate the heroinethe hero s veryast thought when the heroine was in mortal danger wasshe must be meeting with a overie jealousybut ook even all of this makes sense because in some ways Newton s first The Ecology, Exploitation and Conservation of River Turtles 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 era that was not available during that timebut I guess coming close toosing 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 Medicine and Religion lol if you made it all the way to the end Leaving you with this uoteWhile nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer nothing is difficult than to understand him The only reason I read this book through to the end was to see 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 soate in the book effectively nullifies every action of the heroine up to that point in the story and totally negates every 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 The Hockey Saint (Forever Friends, loathing toove Also there was no explanation for why the heroine didn t tell the hero about his son a Valentino long time ago which would have been the right thing to do for so many reasons heroathing 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 iving most of her ife in an isolated village in Yorkshire with a decent income and security in her Shunned 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 of 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 toive The spy aspect of the story was pretty ame and the bad guy was just a 1 dimensional caricature of a really eeeevilllll villain The melodrama of the ast part of the book felt completely contrivedSo not a keeper and not 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 Oba, the Last Samurai like Mary Jo Putney s style I just do Iike how serious her style is I Yonen Buzz, Volume 1 (Yonen Buzz, like that her characters are stoic than others Iike that her stories are darker her characters confronted by their own past and imits There is nothing fluffy about Putney s stories And I ove it That being said I don t know what to do with this book I don t The Wood Demon love it But appallingly I don t hate it either Gervase the anti hero was a very hard character toike And Diana the anti heroine wasn t a peach herself either I don t First Shapes like the story I don tike the characters I don t Dispatches from Dystopia like how their relationship developed There is nothing about Gervase and Diana that Iike What I Max and the Tom Cats (More Bob Books for Young Readers, Set II, Book 8) liked was still Putney s style Her writing and her style of building a story Does that make sense at all This book isike a very poor painting in a very expensive frame Why I want to ask Putney Why did you write this story You picked some mega heavyweight elements for this story and if anyone could make it work it would be you Why did you go down this routeIf you are patient enough and have followed my useless review to this point I will tell you finally what happened in this uestionable story Young Gervase opened the book for us He was in a most unfortunate situation and was forced to marry a young girl Mary who he did not know So he raped the young girl on their pathetic wedding night Yes he did At this point I was appalled about the fact that I did not stop reading this book right away What the hell is wrong with me that I am willing to continue reading this book I read on in self disgust Then we met Diana She was easy to Ancient World like in the beginning But this gentle woman all of a sudden decided that she needed to become a courtesan I amike why Because you are bored What the hell woman So the matchlessly beautiful Diana went to London On her night out she met Gervase And so on and so forth you know how it goes Creamy chest and Fighter long neck Gervase was done forNow if you have read as many historical romances as I have you know what happened They fell inove and Gervase befriended Diana s son They spent time together and the boring Събрани разкази, Том 5 love story continued The emotional superstitious Diana refused Gervase s protection aka becoming his mistress officially claiming that she wasooking for The Real James Herriot love and respectability aka marriage Gervase as much as heusted after Diana could not offer her either According to him he could not Waterloo (Sharpe, love nor could he marry He did not bother to explain why So one fateful night Diana finally got it out of Gervase that he was married and he abused the young girl Diana was outraged for the girl She told Gervase that his self imposed punishment was for himself He spared no thought for the girl To appease her and his own guilt Gervase decided to face his demon and visit MaryOf course Diana was Mary Gervase s victim the young girl raped on her wedding night Of course Diana got pregnant that night Her son was their son Gervase was pissed off Diana couldn t believe it She was the one who was wronged Why was Gervase angry At this point I do not know who I despised The rapist or the woman who became a courtesan to find her rapist and wanted her rapist toove her There is The rapist had a past Gervase s perverse mother raped him when he was 13 Sexual abuse is a difficult topic Having the victim face hisher abuser and have them fall in Cinderella love I am not saying this is not possible or not ok I am not in the position to comment on the topic at all I can only say that it was difficult toike this story I cannot relate to either Gervase or Diana each had something that I find distasteful The story itself was bland Like I said the only thing that was good was the frame Putney s writing But a fancy frame doesn t make art Fluid writing alone does not make a good story The story had me at my throat in the beginning I had guessed where the story was going that Diana was Mary that Gervase had his wife as his mistress And I was hoping even though I didn t know how one is ever to make peace with such a story that Putney could make it work Reconcile with the past so to speak forgiveness and remorse that kind of thing But I found the rape intolerable Diana s fanciful wishes childish her deceit distasteful and Gervase s history with his mother was a poor excuse for his treatment of Diana The spy evil Frenchman and gay cousin elements were pitiful attempts at making the story than a คนรวมวิญญาณ 1 โรงเรียนติววิญญาณ love story They did veryittle for the story Putney is from that era which saw the rise of old fashioned romance writers Some of them wrote really great stories including Putney herself I remain a fan of her style I hope she would somehow find new stories to showcase her writing again I think it is brave of her to attempt to write about difficult topics instead of writing about one duke after another duke fairy tale kind of romances I hope she will continue to challenge her readers And I hope she finds a way to give these experiences the respect they deserve 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 ess than three stars even when I do not ike the book because I realize the effort that goes into writing a novel but this book was not for meI received an ARC from Netgalle. 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MJ PutneyMary Jo Putney was born on 1946 in Upstate New York with a reading addiction a condition for which there is no known cure After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Balti Maryland where she has lived very comfortably ever since While becoming a novelist was her ultimate fantasy it never occurred to her that writing was an achievable goal until she acuired a computer for other purposes When the realization hit that a computer was the ultimate writing tool she charged merrily into her first book with an ignorance that illustrates the adage that fools rush in where angels fear to tread Fortune sometimes favors the foolish and her first book sold uickly thereby changing her life forever in most ways for the better “But why didn't anyone tell me that writing would change the way one reads” Like a lemming over a cliff she gave up her freelance graphic design business to become a full time writer as soon as possible Since 1987 Ms Putney has published twenty nine books and counting Her stories are noted for psychological depth and unusual subject matter such as alcoholism death and dying and domestic abuse She has made all of the national bestseller lists including the New York Times Wall Street Journal USAToday and Publishers Weekly Five of her books have been named among the year’s top five romances by The Library Journal The Spiral Path and Stolen Magic were chosen as one of Top Ten romances of their years by Booklist published by the American Library Association A nine time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA she has won RITAs for Dancing on the Wind and The Rake and the Reformer and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors She has been awarded two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards four NJRW Golden Leaf awards plus the NJRW career achievement award for historical romance Though most of her books have been historical she has also published three contemporary romances The Marriage Spell will be out in June 2006 in hardcover and Stolen Magic written as M J Putney will be released in July 2006 Ms Putney says that not least among the blessings of a full time writing career is that one almost never has to wear pantyhose