Robin Lee Hatcher in her new book, "Betrayal" Book Two in the Where The Heart Lives series published by Zondervan brings us into the lives of Julia Grace and Hugh Brennan.
From the Back Cover: Can two wounded hearts find a way to trust again?
Julia Grace has no desire to enter into another marriage. But with her dead husband's half brother threatening to take away her Wyoming ranch, Julia realizes marriage may be the only way to keep what is rightfully hers.
A man well acquainted with betrayal, drifter Hugh Brennan finds himself drawn to the attractive widow. Yet when he looks into Julia's eyes, he recognizes the same hurt that haunts him.
A thoughtful romance from the turn of the twentieth century, "Betrayal" will take you to the high desert of western Wyoming, through the crags of the Rocky Mountains, and into the souls of two seekers learning to trust God's love no matter the circumstances
Betrayal. It is a harsh word. For me it brings to mind the old Westerns where one gunslinger has tracked another all across the West to finally arrive at a showdown simply because one betrayed the other. This story is much gentler though it does have a degree of harsh in it. It has to it comes with the territory Both Julia and Hugh are wounded individuals who find that they they need each other, not only for the Ranch to survive but for each other to heal. It takes God to break through the pain and start the healing process that only the power of love can provide. Ms. Hatcher has given us characters that are marvelous, meticulously crafted, and each one literally breathes on the pages. Robin Lee Hatcher has written a well done novel that I liked a lot.
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This book is a lot like many others. It has romance, a villain, a bit of mystery, and the faithfulness of a good and loving God. The thing that sets this book apart from the others is author Robin Lee Hatchers amazing writing. The scenery and the characters are easily envisioned and liked. I have not read the first book in the series, which did not pose a problem for understanding the story, although I suppose it would add to it.
The message Robin Lee Hatcher is portraying in this story is that of God's amazing and restoring love. So many people have been hurt deeply by others and find it hard if not impossible to forgive, love, and move on. The story here is very encouraging and will uplift your spirit to seek all that God has in store for you.
****Thank you Zondervan for the free book in exchange for my honest review.****
Betrayal is the second book in the "Where the Heart Lives" series written by Robin Lee Hatcher. Though this book could be read on its own, this reader would recommend reading book one Belonging first as intended by the author. There are several details in book two that would not be clear without the reading of book one.
This book is set in the late 1800's to early 1900's in Wyoming. The main characters, Julia Grace and Hugh Brennan, have lived lives filled with disappointment and betrayal. Hugh finds himself as the book opens happening upon a ranch on his journey to Idaho to seek out the whereabouts of his orphaned sisters. The ranch belongs to a beautiful young widow, Julia Grace.
Woven throughout this book is the guidance of the hand of God on the lives of two who have found Him to be their only solace in the midst of great difficulty. This beautiful story of finding peace and love when least expected is one this reader found captivating and a joy to read. Book three in the series, Beloved promises to be just as enjoyable. (By guest reviewer J.LaTour)
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary review copy was provided by Zondervan to facilitate our honest review. No obligation was made to provide a positive review.
In "Betrayal," I thought the author did a great job making the characters' faith real and relatable. While I might not have experienced exactly what Julia and Hugh had experienced, I was still able to relate to their thoughts and feelings, especially as it related to their faith in God. I really, really appreciated how the Bible was woven into the characters' lives. Julia and Hugh were not perfect, but when they lacked faith or went through trials, they did their best to focus on what is true from the Word of God. They did not long neglect praying to their Father and reading His Word, especially when they faced difficult times.
Some might think that this book is preachy - that it didn't have enough balance between Christian themes and real life. But I think that is what was so great about this book. Our lives aren't compartmentalized - God and His Word should permeate our entire beings - and I think the author did really well with that in this novel. It truly is Christian historical fiction.
As far as the story, I really enjoyed this one. The things Hugh and Julia had been through at times were heart-wrenching to read and to think about, but there always seemed to be a sense of hope through it all. Even though the storylines were deep emotionally, I didn't feel depressed as I was reading. I also thought their romance progressed in a realistic manner and was really sweet.
As is often true in historical fiction, I could mostly see where things were going, but there actually was a bit of a surprise for me at the end. I liked that this book didn't have as many characters to keep straight as the last book in the series did. I also enjoyed the point of view of Julia's neighbors, although I'm not sure if it was completely necessary. I guess it did seem to keep the flow going when the novel seemed to slow down a bit towards the middle. (The names of the neighbors' ten kids were interesting, if a bit quirky - starting with an Ã¢â¬ËA' name and going through a Ã¢â¬ËJ' name. I'm not sure I would ever name my baby girl Gomer, though, even if it is in the Bible_!)
I thought "Betrayal" was a great second offering in the "Where the Heart Lives" series.