September 16, 2021
The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall
Genre/Categories/Setting: Literary Fiction, Marriage, Friendship, Faith, 1960s Manhattan
In 2020, I decided to systematically revisit my older review posts and update them. On Thursdays, I’ll be re-sharing a few of these great reads. Today, I’m re-sharing a compelling drama of marriage, friendship, and faith, The Dearly Beloved: A Review. My best read of the year in 2019.
Recently, I reviewed Gilead and explained why I think it is literary fiction; The Dearly Beloved is another example of literary fiction.
I’m linking up today with Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog for #throwbackthursday.
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“Four very different individuals (two couples) navigate relationships, marriage, children, faith, career, ministry, crisis, joy, friendship, forgiveness, uncertainty, understanding, and heartbreak. The couples meet in the 1960s when the men, Charles and James, accept positions as co-pastors of the Third Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. The relationship between the couples is strained because the wives are polar opposites: Lily is a loner and an atheist and Nan values connection and is a devout Christian. In this tender character-driven story that covers decades of life, we also learn the backstory of each individual.”
One Favorite quote: “While she was away, they had been able to forget the accident. When she returned, they had been forced to pick up their rakes of grief and drag them along the ground.”
A thoughtful story of faith and doubt, hope and disappointment, friendship and marriage, career and family….
Continue here for 10 reasons why I loved The Dearly Beloved…
Have you read The Dearly Beloved or is it on your TBR?
I haven’t heard of this! Great review, it sounds beautiful.
Checks all my boxes!
I think I read this one but don’t remember it well!
It’s not plot driven so I can understand!
I love the quote you selected!
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Excellent review Carol. Just an aside, last year when I went to St. Augustine, Florida, I visited The First Presbyterian Church. Now, I am not sure if they are numbered as to when they were established in the US or not. I will have to investigate that. I am Presbyterian, so should probably know that.
I’m sure as a Presbyterian that you may have some wonderful connections to this story.