Oliver is an idealist with an unwavering faith in true love. Mina considers herself a pragmatist, questioning the world around her with skepticism. Together they have formed a union of passionate harmony.
The scars of the past provide each with reasons to hesitate as they consider the possibility of matrimony. In these moments of doubt, the opportunity of lifetime presents itself. Mina must choose between a career on the other side of the world or the life she will be forced to leave behind.
Fate began their journey together, but now they must decide if two paths will become one.
Music often inspires scenes, helps mold the tone of a narrative, and in some cases, defines a character.
What follows is a collection of songs that are the soundtrack to this novel.
Oliver sees Mina as the source of his strength, his protector, his guardian angel, a fierce warrior that can handle the challenges of the world when he falters. One of his greatest insecurities is that he's not strong enough, not good enough for her. The path he takes is discovering what role he wants to play in her future.
Mina and Oliver is at an airport as she is preparing to leave for months, uncertain of when they will be reunited. Memories flood their minds, time spent together, pledges of devotion made, words of love spoken. Each time we say goodbye to someone, it may be the last we ever see them. A farewell said with love.
There is a period of time during the novel that Oliver feels isolated, separated from Mina, he doesn't know how to cope. During this time, he begins to struggle with several personal concerns and it slowly wears him down to a near breaking point. He is still only human, able to endure only so much before it's too much to handle.
Oliver confesses to Mina that he's been hiding the problems he's been coping with from her. He didn't wish to burden her with what was troubling him. In his attempt to shield her from what he was enduring, he was suffering in silence. This song expresses her response, telling him that he doesn't have to do it alone.
Mina has struggled to trust another person, let alone allowing herself the level of vulnerability it takes to truly love someone. She is facing her own insecurities and doubts. It takes bravery to be willing to put your faith in someone, to trust them completely and unconditionally as she wants to do with Oliver.
This reflects the emptiness of what Oliver is confronting. He is willing to sacrifice everything to make Mina happy, to help her, to support her, to provide her what she needs. He must risk losing her, possibly forever. The song speaks of that willingness to let someone go if you truly love them and want what is best for them.
This song inspired a "deleted" scenario that does not occur in the novel but would be ideal visually for a movie or television series based off the book. This will add to the experience for the visual representation of the book. Learn more about this new addition below under the "Bonus Scene" section of this page.
Having proposed to a woman once before in his life only to have her reject him for leaving behind the wealth of his family to be with her, Oliver hesitates to do so again. He is deeply in love with Mina and trusts her unconditionally but is worried about her own past concerning the idea of matrimony. Will she say, I do?
Mina is offered an incredible job opportunity in her company. The problem is that it will be overseas in Europe. Just as she feels that Oliver is hinting at wanting to get married, she must consider the future of her career.
With his support, she takes the job, not knowing her employers think of her as an expendable resource.
Mitch is happy for Mina's opportunity for success as she travels to Europe and supportive of her decision to do so. However, he's worried about her being gone for so long and how being apart from Oliver may affect the couple. When the topic of marriage is brought up, he begins to think about the future with his boyfriend.
Alice spent most of her life under the strict guidance of her matriarch. Having freed herself from this, she now enjoys the freedom to establish her own life, sharing it with the man she loves. She is concerned that Mina's time in Europe will strain her brother's relationship, a heartbreaking scenario for two people she admires greatly.
With the help of Alice, Hoven has found ways to cope with his severe social anxiety and begin his journey of healing from past trauma. The pair have entered into a relationship, each providing the other with nurturing kindness and care. When he learns of an issue that Oliver faces, he makes an offer that will benefit them both.
Cara first met Alice when the pair were working together as servers at a local restaurant. They were quick to become friends, their unique personalities complimenting one another ideally. They decided to become roommates and have lived with one another ever since. Cara loves gaming and chatting online.
Bonus Scene: Not Found In Book
In a movie/television presentation of Dearly Beloved, the final scene after the wedding vows at the end of the novel, is the reception. The newly married couple is asked to the dance floor for the first dance which is to the song "I Get to Love You" as is mentioned earlier on this page. The lights around them dim and the camera centers on them. They begin dancing slowly together, as Oliver and Mina are focused on one another. He is the first to begin crying, revealing the depths of his emotion with his wife. She smiles, trying to hold back, but soon joins him in tears. As the song ends, there is a lingering silence before they tell each other that they love one another. The scene ends with a kiss.
Where would the Author make a cameo?
Stan Lee is notorious for making a cameo in movies and television series based off his written works. With that in mind, where would the author of this novel make an appearance in a visual adaptation of the book?
Would the author pass up an invitation to a wedding? Especially a wedding involving people that he wrote about? Of course not! When Dearly Beloved is turned into a movie, keep an eye out for him among those attending the wedding of Mina and Oliver at the end. Will he be seated on the groom's side or that of the bride? You'll just have to wait and see. Now all that remains is the question, does the author cry at weddings? Yes! You know he will be in tears for this one.