Publisher: Simon Schuster
Author: Cara Wall
Released: August 13th, 2019
I received a copy of The Dearly Beloved in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The Dearly Beloved is the debut novel of Cara Well. It’s also irrefutable proof that sometimes a work of love can truly turn into something great. Cara Well spent fifteen years working on this novel to get it to this point. And it truly shows. This is a poignant and touching novel, written beautifully and polished to shine.
The novel is set in the 1950s and follows two couples through their journeys and interactions with one another. The first couple are two opposites destined for one another; Charles a believer through and through, with an unshakable faith in his religion; and Lily, a determined non-believer yet sweet and tenacious. Then there’s the second couple, a pair who are also a perfect match; James, a minister intent to do everything he can to save and help others; and Nan, a religious woman who is kind and caring.
These four find themselves crossing paths with increasing frequency thanks to their paths in life. The story follows them from their earlier years up through to the bittersweet moments – and everything in between.
It’s a novel that studies human nature and interaction. It’s sweet, it’s beautiful. And at times it’s heartbreaking. But it is never anything but perfectly honest.
I honestly don’t normally read books with such a heavy religious tone, but there was something about Cara Well’s writing that captivated me. It was all so beautifully written that I couldn’t do anything but read on. And I’m so very glad I did.