Betrayal is the second book in the Where the Heart Lives trilogy about the Brennan siblings. I really liked reading Hugh's story. Ms. Hatcher did a great job with the characters of Hugh a Julia. I loved the way Hugh and Julia each had to overcome their sense of unworthiness to be able to accept love. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
This second book in where the heart lives series was even better than the first. I quite literally did not want to put it down. What a beautiful story of love and learning to open up and trust again after tremendous pain. Ms. Hatcher does a wonderful job taking us through Hugh and Julia's journey of recovery. I most definitely am a die hard fan after two books. Can't wait to read Diana's story.
Julia Grace is determined to stay on her Wyoming ranch after her abusive husband dies and carve out a living for herself.
Hugh Brennan made a promise to his mother to find his two sisters. He's on the way to fulfill this promise when his horse comes up lame and needs time to rest and heal. He seeks temporary employment from the attractive widow.
Julia and Hugh carry feelings of betrayal with the things they have had to deal with in their pasts. Can two hearts filled with regrets, pain, and sorrow find a hope and a future together?
Betrayal by Robin Lee Hatcher is the second in her Where the Heart Lives series about three orphans who were separated and try to find each other as adults. Each book focuses on one of the siblings: the first book in the series, Belonging, featured older sister Felicia.
In Betrayal older brother Hugh Brennan has just been released from prison where he had served as a result of his father's betrayal. He has heard that Felicia is in Idaho and sets out to find her, but then his horse is injured and he has to stop for a while. He comes across the ranch of Julia Grace who, though wary, offers him food, a place to stay, and a few days work while his horse heals. Hugh, of course keeps his background as private as possible.
Julia has secrets of her own. She was plunged into a marriage of convenience to escape a lifetime of shame, but her husband abused and belittled her. He has passed away, and her one security is the ranch he left her, which she steadfastly refuses to sell to her husband's brother.
Can these two wounded souls ever come to trust each other with their futures as well as the secrets of their pasts?
I enjoyed the story and the journey Robin led Hugh and Julia through and the things they learned along the way about trust and true security.
Hugh has just been released from prison, and on the way to try and find his long lost sister, his horse goes lame in Wyoming so he offers to work for a lovely widow who needs help on her ranch.
Strange things are happening at Julia's ranch, pasture gates being openned and mysteriously rising taxes.
Will Julia be able to trust Hugh despite his checkered past, in order to save her ranch?
I absolutely loved this story, there was great interactions between the characters and I really liked how they grew and learned that the past isn't who you are. Ms. Hatcher kept me riveted to the pages by revealing things a tidbit at a time, keeping me hungry and intrigues by the mystery of it.
There were some great twists, and turns. I felt like the characters really grew in so many ways, but especially in their faith.
Overall, for me this book had it all, a romance with mystery, great faith, cowboys, and the lovely state of Wyoming! This was a book that I sincerely, thoroughly enjoyed and would highly recommend. While it is the second in a series, it is very easy to read as a stand alone. A wonderful book from Ms. Hatcher!
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