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5 Stars Out Of 5
Who can she trust?
June 25, 2014
Betrayed by Lillian Duncan is a fast paced thriller. Maria has had her life as she knew it completely blown apart. The husband whom she thought she knew turned out to be a terrorist who kidnapped their daughter and tried to kill Marie by shooting her. Assured that her husband had been killed, she now is in the witness protection program starting a new life with her daughter in a small Ohio town running a florist shop. Conrad a local police man has become interested in Marie and visits her shop frequently. However, when her daughter's friend suddenly goes missing, Marie's life suddenly turns back into a nightmare. She starts receiving calls from her supposed dead husband and tries to make a run to Florida with her daughter to keep her safe. Unfortunately, even Conrad is trying to question Marie as evidence seems to point to her as the possible kidnapper. This was a very good suspenseful read. It was very difficult to put down as I kept the pages turning trying to figure out with Marie who had betrayed her and who still wanted her daughter. I look forward to reading more of Lillian Duncan's books. I received this book from the The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
Betrayed is the first book that I've read by Lillian Duncan, and I wonder how it is that I've missed out on this exciting author until now! Excellent suspense writer is a term that should be one of the author's descriptives, as her newest book is so captivating that I read it in one day.
Betrayed is the story of a young woman and her daughter who have been in Witness Protection since the death of her husband Raymond about a year prior in a shootout with the Feds. Maria Hammond is now known as Veronica Minor; she runs a flower shop in a small family-friendly town in Ohio. The shootout was after learning that her husband had been a known terrorist, after almost losing her beloved daughter Layla, now known as "Jazzy, to him. Maria was determined to keep a low profile and trust as few people as possible in their latest locale. Except for God - Maria/ Veronica believed in God and had determined to put their lives in His care and believe His promises. Then, after three frightening experiences occurred in the same day, including the possible kidnapping of Jazzy's friend Emily, Maria/ Veronica received a call from the husband who was supposed to be dead, threatening to kill Emily unless she delivered their daughter to him. Witness Protection was clearly not going to work, so Maria went on the run, as it seemed that the nightmare was only starting.
Betrayed is very well written, with excellent, believable characters and action. The action is more than compelling, making this novel impossible to put down. With each breathtaking event, this reader considered what she would do if she were in the situation and the welfare of a child was always primary. Would trusting God in those circumstances difficult or easier than trusting people? The writer demonstrates beautifully that one can trust in the Lord even when it seems all have betrayed her.
I highly recommend this novel to everyone who appreciates Christian suspense and excellent, descriptive writing. It could be appreciated by young adults and adults of ages, especially those who like fiction that demonstrate responding to challenging circumstances as a Christian.
I received a copy of this book through the "For Readers Only" group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Trust is a verb that one doesn't practice. That is Maria's basic life modus operandi. She doesn't trust the Witness Protection Program, that placed her in a small town near Columbus, OH. She doesn't trust the townspeople enough to make friends. They might discover part of her hidden background. She doesn't trust the interesting policeman, Conrad, who buys flowers from her shop every week.
Maria's only goal is to keep her her young daughter, Layla, safe. When Maria's terrorist husband reappears to reclaim their daughter, Maria has to figure out who she CAN trust. Can she choose the right people and choose to trust God, or will her choices lead to despair and desolation?
I chose to read this all in one setting to avoid nightmares and anxiety. Gripping story! I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
Betrayed by Lillian Duncan is an excellent romantic suspense novel. The main characters are Christian and rely on their faith but it is not a book that is loaded with Bible references throughout. The language is clean and the romance is handled tastefully. There is a great plot and believable characters and setting. If romantic suspense is your genre you should read this book. I read it in one evening_couldn't put it down. I had not read anything by Lillian Duncan before but I am going to look for more of her books. I received a copy from the publisher by way of The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for an honest review.