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Posted December 28, 2012
Julia Grace has been through a lot in her short years, suffering circumstances and loss that would dampen the spirit of a weaker woman. Julia has been through hardship to come out on the other side victorious and empowered. All she needs is her Wyoming ranch, and she’ll be fine. But when her dead husband’s half-brother threatens even that, Julia must find a way to save it.
Hugh Brennan has strong reasons not to trust anyone. His life has been lonely and filled with betrayal, leading him to a life of solitude. But something about Julia makes him long for family and companionship.
I’m a sucker for a story of healing the wounded, and that’s just what Betrayal is. Both main characters come from a past of loss and betrayal, and must work through those past disappointments and circumstances to trust each other, and find God’s love in the midst of the pain. I have to admit that I liked the first book of the series (Belonging), more than this one, but it was still enjoyable. The conflict in the story left me wanting a bit more, it seemed too “easy” at times, considering the pain and betrayal both characters had in their past. However, it was a sweet story, and a satisfying read.
Although this is the second book of a series, it is a stand-alone novel, and you can read it without reading the first one. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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Posted July 24, 2013
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?
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Posted January 24, 2013
Julia Grace was pushed into a marriage that was suppose to remove her from the disreputable occupation at which her mother worked . Her mother wanted a respectable life for her daughter and so much more. Julia's husband showed her no respect and often abused her even during her pregnancy. She prayed for God's protection. Then one day husband became ill and died unexpectedly. This left her to run a cattle ranch by herself.
Her brother-in-law keeps trying to convince her to sell him the ranch and for her to take the money and move on. He even hired her ranch hands to work on his ranch leaving her without any help working her ranch. But Julia is determined to keep the ranch. It is the only real home she has ever had and it was rightfully hers.
About a year after her husband's death, a stranger stops shows up at ranch wanting water for his injured horse and possibly a place to rest the horse until it has healed. Hugh Brennan offered the beautiful young widow to work on the ranch in exchange for meals and a place to bunk in the barn. He was a hard worker and saw what needed to be done and got busy getting it done. If thought if he stayed busy hopefully it would keep his mind off Julia. He knew she was keeping her distance from him.
The author kept my attention with this story of two broken souls that have more than God in common. She also writes of secrets, betrayal, and a need for love and trust in oneself but most of all God.
This was a quick read mainly because I did not want to put the book down. I just love when a book can grab me the way this book did. My heart ached for all the trials and tribulations these two people had to endure to get to God's greater plan for their lives.
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Zondervan for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
Posted January 15, 2013
This is a wonderful and cleanly-written book of the eldest and only son ofa dying mother, who gave her deathbed wish that he would contact a Dr.who ran an orphanage that place orphans in homes out west. He alsopromised to keep the family together and see over his two younger sisters.He was unable to keep these promises through no fault of his own.Eighteen years later he is trying to keep at least part of his promise andfind his two sisters. He was able to get a good lead on finding one butonly a partial lead on finding the other. He has had a long, hard eighteen years and has only a horse, saddle, rifle anda few clothes. His horse becomes lame on his way to find Felicia. He stops at a ranchowned by a struggling widow. He is allowed water do drink and give his horse.He asks for temporary work so his horses leg can heal. After much inward debate,she allows him to help for a short while with only food and shelter as his pay.Each has some dark secrets. Secrets that possibly will keep them apart.There is a couple of twists of events plus conflicts that may not be resolved to continue in their friendship that evolves.I won this in a Christian writer's giveaway! It is a keeper.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 6, 2013
On the small farm of Sage-hen, off of Pine Creek, Wyoming, God tests the bonds of love on two broken, desperate individuals: Hugh Brennan and Julia Grace. Both have troublesome pasts that still haunt them, and both are clinging onto their faiths as tightly as they can... because they know that if they don't, they just might let go.
Hugh is burdened by an unjust accusation of a crime; he served the sentence he didn't deserve, and now he wants a fresh start. By fate, he meets Julia, who can both give and accept the help Hugh needs and has, allowing the two to slowly, steadily depend on each other. In a stormy battle between desire and committal to God, painful, unfair pasts are slowly and elaborately unraveled. I loved being able to get each Hugh and Julia's backstories little by little; it definitely kept me reading. I found it very admirable how both characters' faiths remained solid even after all they went through. They're strong people—good people—and for sticking with the Lord even when betrayed by those they loved most, they deserve each other in every aspect.
Julia is not likable. Her work offer to Hugh very generous, considering the financial situation she is in her late husband, Angus's, wake, but she's unaffectionate, which I think transpires largely due to the stiff, unfeeling dialogue. I found this to be the case in the first book in this series, Belonging; all the conversations are weak, often one-worded, and sometimes just plain unfriendly.
Hugh, on the other hand, I liked. He's charming and the perfect gentleman, though not much of a swoon-worthy masculine hero. He's kind and virtuous, though, so I couldn't ask for a better protagonist. Through all of the characters—minor ones included—and especially through Hatcher's gorgeous, literary voice, I really felt an emotional resonance from all the relationships. Unfortunately, Julia and Hugh's "romance" was a little lacking because it's very chaste and there's no specific indication of more-than-friends feelings until the last few pages, but as a Christian novel, it successfully portrays love from all perspectives. Love isn't about being sexual or romantic; it's about finding oneself, and better yet, finding a better self within another person. In each other, Hugh and Julia find an escape from lonely childhoods, abusive pasts, and the pain of loss—an escape from the normal; such abnormality is absolutely wonderful.
My main issue with the book is the central conflicts: they're too stale. They revolve around the impending threat of Julia losing Sage-hen due to an uncertain investment, as well as the relationship with her mother that she still has the power—but not the courage—to repair. There is plenty of rising tension, but both are resolved way to quickly, way too easily; essentially, there is no climax, which is something I feel every story needs. I would have liked to see a bit of suspense, a bit of a struggle!
Betrayal makes the perfect stand-alone novel because there are no recurring situations or main characters from the first book in the series, but readers of Belonging will rejoice Hugh's reunion with his sister, Felicia, whom he has not seen since their separation upon being orphaned. This part was heartwarming, but very brief and hasted. There's no jubilant meeting scene, only a few sentences describing how Hugh finds her in Frenchman's Bluff, Idaho. I wish their reunion would have been elaborated upon.
Pros: Beautiful writing style and flow // Grounded, moral characters // Hugh is good-natured and a great character // Great cast of secondary characters // Livable, breathable historical setting // Strong Christian undertone // Not preachy // Tragic pasts are slowly revealed, which makes the reader holding on // Hugh reunites with his long-lost sister, Felicia
Cons: Passive conflicts // Julia lacks compassion // Very little romance // Said "romance" isn't very believable // Dialogue is too cool and clipped
Love: "[Julia] swallowed the questions. She would let [Hugh] keep his secrets so she could keep hers."
Verdict: While the main conflicts are weakly resolved and the dialogue tends to flatten out, the emotional turmoil, unfaltering faith, and wild determination in Betrayal will strengthen readers' trust and warm their hearts. This is a story about renewal, about redemption, about leaving the things of the past in the past, and focusing on God and on the future; Hatcher's silky, glimmering prose leads it on seamlessly.
7 hearts: Not without flaws, but overall enjoyable.
Posted December 31, 2012
This is the second book in this series about the Brennan family. We are meeting up with the brother of the family, Hugh, and he is in the process of trying to locate his sisters.
When his horse pulls up lame, he makes a stop at Julia Grace's ranch. She is leery of strangers, but lets him stay. Both Julia and Hugh have many demons in their past, but they also share a great love of the Lord.
Can these two forge a relationship with all that is stacked against them, they both need to find forgiveness for those who have harmed them. Will Julia be able to keep her ranch? Will Hugh find his sisters?
Enjoy this look at early America, late 1880's Wyoming. Follow along and enjoy this story and a peek at our beautiful Country.
I received this book from the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.
Posted December 18, 2012
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.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Posted December 11, 2012
Historical fiction has always been an interesting genre for me, and I found the time frame and setting in this story drew me right in. Julia and Hugh were two characters who were dealing with issues stemming from the past. Both characters seemed very realistic and had me wanting to know their story. While "Betrayal" is the second book in the Where The Heart Lives series, it can easily be read as a stand alone book. Betrayal was the first book I have ever read by Robin Lee Hatcher, but it won't be the last. I enjoyed the sneak peek of the next book in the series titled "Beloved" and anxiously await it's release. Historical inspirational fiction with a western setting made this a very appealing story for me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 8, 2012
Betrayal by Robin Lee Hatcher is the second in her “Where the Heart Lives” series and I had the privilege of reviewing it for the Booksneeze program. “A thoughtful romance from the turn of the century, Betrayal will take you…into the souls of two seekers learning to trust God’s love no matter the circumstances.” It was an enjoyable and easy read, I think I finished it in a few sittings. Betrayal is the story of Julia Grace widow and owner of the Sage Hen ranch. She is struggling to make ends meet and run a ranch by herself after the death of her abusive husband. She battles her brother in law who uses any means possible to gain ownership of the ranch. She hires Hugh Brennan a young man who spent years incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit. Both must struggle through their fears of being betrayed again and learn to trust each other. Will Julia lose the ranch? Is Hugh really who he says he is? Will Julia and Hugh learn to trust each other? Can they overcome the ghosts of their past to move into the future? Well, you’ll just have to read it to find out and you don’t have to read the first book to get into this one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 4, 2012
I have read a lot that Robin Lee Hatcher has written and I love this series. She always comes across with her stories. I love historical stories so this one was a great read for me.
Now onto the book at hand. As Julie Grace had moved to Wyoming when she was a young bride, she is now widowed and feels free to run her ranch and she see fit without having to consult with anyone else. She had loved with an abusive husband and he was always the one with the say but now she is free of him.
When a young man Hugh Brennan showed up at her ranch looking for work she desided to take a change with him. He had been orphaned at a young age and been seperated from his sisters but had promised them that one day he would find them again.
Hugh was a lot like Julie as he had been betrayed by the ones he though loved him and it was very hard for both of them to trust anyone. Will they become friends and learn to trust each other? Will Hugh finally find his sisters again so he could fulfill his promise to them.
I received this book free from Zondervan Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way obligated to leave a positive review.