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The Beloved One (The De Montforte Brothers, Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Danelle Harmon
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In this second installment of her breathtaking De Montforte Brothers series, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Danelle Harmon introduces us to Englishman Lord Charles de Montforte, who awakens in the tender care of an American beauty after being wounded in battle. Amy Leighton has long wished for someone special to enter her life and take her away from a cruel, unloving step-family, but the handsome stranger is from an enemy land ... and he's sworn to love another. A 1775-era Cinderella story sure to enthrall!

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    A DESERT ISLAND KEEPER! GRADE A! Practically perfect from start to finish, [it] keeps you on the edge of your seat as the plot twists and turns, and leaves you with a tear in your eye. A wounded hero to die for, a heroine to admire, and a wonderful cast of secondary characters. Who could ask for anything more?  Harmon is a master at creating heroes that are handsome, brave, and loyal, but also flawed... You might as well buy them both [The Wild One and The Beloved One], barricade yourself into your home, and order a pizza. A book to treasure. If you love it as much as I did, you'll be glad that there are still two more de Montforte brothers. FIVE STARS!!" -- Blythe Barnhill, All About Romance 

    FIVE STARS! "Lord Charles is one of the most romantic characters I've ever read about.  A truly wonderful love story ... extremely hard to put down."  -- Vikki, Romantic Historical Lovers

    FIVE STARS!  "I loved everything about this story ... brilliant writing!  I am very happy to give this highly emotional, sensual, and very touching story my Five Quills!" -- Melanie Friedman, RCJR eZine

    "Once again, eldest brother Lucien, 'The Wicked One,' decides to play God in the life of another of his siblings, and the results are great. Wonderful characters, especially the darling heroine who holds a special place in my heart." -- Rendezvous "

    "A well-written romance that comes alive... a very fresh story under the talented tutelage of Danelle Harmon due to the realistic Cinderella-like characterizations. Fans of historical romance storylines will want to read this book." -- Harriet Klausner, Under The Covers

    About the Author

    New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Danelle Harmon has written thirteen books, with most previously published in print and distributed in many languages worldwide. She and her husband make their home in New England with their daughter and numerous animals including four dogs, an Egyptian Arabian horse, and a flock of pet chickens. Danelle welcomes email from her readers and can be reached at Danelleharmon@danelleharmon.com

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    • File Size: 4838 KB
    • Print Length: 384 pages
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00840YT00
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,307 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!! June 5, 2003
    By M. I.
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I am absolutely loving this series of books about these sexy brothers!! I thought that the first installment "The Wild One" was fabulous..well..let me tell you.."The Beloved One" was even BETTER! I LOVED this story. Charles and Amy were two wonderfully developed characters..they were so meant for eachother. It was heartwrenchingly bittersweet watching them fall in love..seeing all of the hardships that they went through and overcame together..I Love this family!! I am as we speak beginning the next in the series..Andrews story. I HIGHLY recommend these books..DEFINITE KEEPERS!..(In order they are.. The Wild One, The Beloved One, The Defiant One, and The Wicked One...enjoy!)
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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing March 24, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This book was refreshingly unique. I've never read Danelle Harmon before, but I intend to read more of her. I've read probably 300 historical romances over the last twenty years, preferring the regency genre. So, The Beloved was outside that particular genre and combined an interesting set of contrasts that, simply speaking, just worked. The hero is a British officer, and the heroine is a young, impoverished colonial girl. The setting is the early start of the Revolutionary War in Massachussettes. Sounds like it could be trite and unrealistic....but hang on. Without spoiling too much about this book, I want to point out some of what was truly delightful about this read.

    First, the hero and heroine were richly developed and authentic. Harmon stayed true to them through the entire story - the hero, Charles, goes through horrific experiences in this story that test his sanity, his integrity, and his character and nearly break him as a man. One reviewer complained that he was whiny and ungrateful, but I didn't find that to be true. In fact, I almost wondered through the entirety of the book if Harmon has a background in psychology, because I found his responses to his events to be very compelling and legitimate. Amy, the heroine, is a young, sweet girl who is dealing with her own rotten lot in life. She's treated horribly by her family, and eventually, you find out why. Yet there's a sweet, guileless but strong nature about her, and she truly takes care of Charles when he's injured and suffering not to gain anything from him but simply because she's a good person. She could've come off as being a syrupy, naive bit of fluff--or even a victim--but Harmon had a knack for making her a genuine young woman of mixed emotions but a true moral compass.
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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Her best yet! October 25, 1998
    By A Customer
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    And that's saying a lot, because I've loved all of Ms. Harmon's books. The characters are so well-drawn, and you feel all of their emotions. Although THE WILD ONE comes first in this series, you don't need to read them in order. But I guarantee that once you read one, you're going to want to read the other.
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    28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Angry spoiler alert February 9, 2013
    By brenda
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Although I loved the series but chose not to review until after I finished the fourth book I have to say how disappointed I am with only this particular book. I can't understand how anyone could consider a man who could not try to love his first born, who could simply call her a mistake and profess love of yet another child born to another women and be considered the beloved. Beloved my a## . Charles was a wimp, Gareth was more of a beloved who stepped up to the plate and took responsibility for his brother's "mistake", being a first born who was set aside as a "mistake" I found this book to be a sad testament to how easy it is for men to walk away from responsibility. I only wish I could get my money back for this book. Aside from this book the rest of the series was a good read. Now that I've vent I leave it up to another reader to decide how good this book is because I guess I am too bias about Charlotte.
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    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books of 1998!!! February 11, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    After falling in love with the hero of Ms. Harmon's THE WILD ONE, I couldn't wait to read the sequel, THE BELOVED ONE. It was well worth the wait. This was truly one of the very BEST books of 1998! Lord Charles de Montforte was a hero To-Die-For ... he was so real, so human, so tortured, and so handsome, that I wished I could take him home with me. He was larger than life. If only there were men like him in REAL life! I can't wait to hear what happens to the rest of the brothers. This series is awesome. Bring on Lucien!
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    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in Charles February 25, 2013
    By Ugh!
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I was extremely disappointed in this story. The first part was a good read but I was extremely upset with Charles's response to his namesake and look a like flesh and blood daughter Charlotte. How could a man not feel anything for a child that is his? This was a great flaw in his character..........especially since he is portrayed as being so responsible and caring. Not believable..........
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    20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary story! June 7, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    In The Wild One, Lord Charles de Monteforte's death on the battlefields in America set off a chain of events that ended with his pregnant fiancée coming to England and marrying his younger brother, Gareth. They are now deeply in love and expecting another child and Gareth has accepted Charlotte, Charles' biological daughter, as his own. Now we know Charles is very much alive and has been living in America.

    This story begins with the center of the controversy, showing what really happened to Charles and how it came to be that he was assumed killed in action. He ends up in a town not far from Boston being cared for by the Leighton family, or more specifically, Amy Leighton, the ostracized one in the household. She nurses Charles back to health physically and spiritually as he tries to cope with the long-term results of his accident and his diminished opinion of himself.

    Charles' story is a darker tale, which is understandable given his propensity for being the perfect one who always does the right thing. He has no experience or preparation for falling short of his own ideals and expectations. Amy tries to help him maintain confidence in himself but worsens the situation because he also struggles to make sense of his attraction to her while being engaged to Juliet. It was fascinating to see the stark contrast between the once confident almost arrogant Charles with the broken, unsettled man trying to rise above his self doubt and depression. His lifeline is Amy, who in spite of her miserable circumstances still maintains a level of optimism for her prospects in life and sees in him what he cannot see for himself.

    I really liked that this wasn't a frothy story.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Enjoyable read.
    Published 19 hours ago by Lorna M. Anderson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    a nice read , I enjoyed it
    Published 2 days ago by spain
    5.0 out of 5 stars best romance series EVER!!!!!
    U gotta read the whole set -the de Montforte Brothers! I got lucky in ordering a book of different authors' "firsts" because the first of this series by Danelle was in there. Read more
    Published 8 days ago by colie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Good book
    Published 19 days ago by Frieda Cox
    3.0 out of 5 stars I understand that some readers didn't like Charles' response to...
    This book is worth reading, but it's not a 5 star book. I understand that some readers didn't like Charles' response to Charlotte, I didn't either, however, I do understand it. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by MissNY
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Good book
    Published 1 month ago by Cheryl Clarke
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
    All of the De Montforte Brothers series are great books with a fantastic story set back in history. I love books like this specially ones that can actually make it as a series like... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Wally Smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars just love it
    I can't decide which book I like best, this one or the first one. I am in love with this author's writing style and the character development. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    loved it
    Published 2 months ago by Vera Lacewell
    4.0 out of 5 stars 4 in one Review for the De Monforte Brothers series.
    4 in one Review for the De Monforte Brothers series.

    I have to say I LOVED the first book, which was free. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by magicmarv
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    More About the Author

    "One of my all-time favorite authors!" -- Julia Quinn, NYT Bestselling Author

    New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Danelle Harmon has written many books, previously published in print and distributed in many languages throughout the world. Though born and raised in Massachusetts, she and her husband, a native of southwest London, were married and lived in England for several years. These days, Ms. Harmon and her husband make their home in New England with their daughter Emma and numerous animals including three dogs, an Egyptian Arabian horse, and numerous pet chickens. Danelle welcomes email from her readers and can be reached at danelle@danelleharmon.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DanelleHarmon

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