by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Reviewed September 12, 2004.
Chicago Review Press, Chicago, 2003. First published in 1962.
The back of my copy of Dearly Beloved
calls it the sequel to Gift from the Sea,
I picked it up with delight. I expected more meditations on life.
Instead, this book is a novel, presented by sharing the thoughts of different
people attending and participating in a wedding ceremony, as the preacher
goes through each phrase of the service.
As a novel, the book doesn’t exactly have a page-turning plot. You’ll
enjoy the book more if you think of it as a meditation on marriage, looking
at marriage from many different perspectives.
“A wedding was not only a promise and a pledge made in the eye of God and
man; it was a heightening of human life by the addition of something beyond
it, something uncertain, intangible, impossible to prove. An assertion
of man’s belief in a quality of spirit—love.”
© 2004 Sondra Eklund.
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