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Kelsey Byden is twenty-six, and she's starting over. She has made a clean break from her husband and is ready for a brand-new life without him. But to Kelsey's shock, another person from her past has surfaced: her mother, Naomi Chadwick. Kelsey's father, an English professor, had told her that her mother was dead, and Kelsey had seen no reason to doubt his word. But now she's learned the truth: Naomi has been in prison all these years - for the murder of her lover. Now Kelsey is on her way to Three Willows, her ...
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Overview

Kelsey Byden is twenty-six, and she's starting over. She has made a clean break from her husband and is ready for a brand-new life without him. But to Kelsey's shock, another person from her past has surfaced: her mother, Naomi Chadwick. Kelsey's father, an English professor, had told her that her mother was dead, and Kelsey had seen no reason to doubt his word. But now she's learned the truth: Naomi has been in prison all these years - for the murder of her lover. Now Kelsey is on her way to Three Willows, her mother's splendid Virginia horse farm, putting her future on hold to sort out the mysteries and deceptions of the past. But as the bond between mother and daughter is reforged, and Kelsey is swept into the glamorous world of thoroughbred racing - and an unsettling new romance - she is about to discover that the present holds dangerous secrets as well. Once again, Nora Roberts crafts a dazzling thriller filled with fast-paced suspense and furious passion - an unforgettable story of the deepest, and the darkest, desires of the heart.

New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents the breathtaking story of a mother's secret, a daughter's love, and a shattering crime--set in the fascinating world of championship thoroughbred racing.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The world of championship thoroughbred racing is the milieu for Roberts' (Born in Fire) latest, a fast-paced, engaging tale of envy, greed and romance. Kelsey Byden, 26, is in the throes of divorcing her unfaithful husband when she suffers a second shock. It is a letter from her mother, whom she has long presumed dead. Her father, it turns out, has been lying to her-at her mother's request, since Naomi Chadwick was in prison for murder during many of those years. Kelsey travels to Virginia to meet her long-lost parent at her horse farm. As mother and daughter get to know each other, Kelsey falls in love with horses, racing and the gambler next door. Gabe Slater is handsome, virile and unlike anyone the spoiled young woman has ever met. Their attraction is instant and explosive, but their romance triggers a chain of events that includes murder and sabotage, prompting the lovers to risk their lives as they race to clear Naomi's name and to deal with old enemies and betrayals that threaten their future. Roberts paints her story with a broad brush, but its colorful canvas, easily identifiable heroes and villains and swirling action add up to another winner for this popular author. (July)
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Although mystery writer Dick Francis probably won't fret over Roberts's invasion of his turf-that of big-time horse racing-this romantic thriller about shady goings-on at a Virginia horse farm comes on the heels of a string of best sellers (e.g., Hidden Riches, LJ 6/1/94).
Donna Seaman
Roberts is, indisputably, a pro. The first writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, she ensnares even the most skeptical reader with the sheer adrenalin of her calculated prose and the irresistible fashionability of her characters. Her latest tale, set in the high-stakes and glitzy but sleazy world of thoroughbred racing, combines garment-rending romance with cold-blooded murder. The action begins when beautiful blond Kelsey receives a letter from Naomi, her beautiful, blond, and allegedly dead mother. Kelsey is shocked to learn that her mother is not only alive, she is also a convicted killer who spent 10 years in prison. Defying the wishes of her staid English professor father, Kelsey dashes off to confront her mystery mother. It's love at first sight between the two strong-willed women, as well as between Kelsey and a hunk named Gabe who, like Naomi, raises and races horses. But love will have to wait as various stable hands and horses die violent and inexplicable deaths. It's all greed, revenge, and lust, lust, lust. A perfect summer indulgence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786205059
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Pages: 598
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than 190 novels, including The Search, Black Hills, Tribute, High Noon, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. Roberts has more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A little bit of everything

    I love Nora Roberts and have read many of her books. What I like about her is that not only does she create a romance story, but she also teaches you about nature. I'm a city girl and don't get to experience much nature. In this story I was able to learn about the world of horses, and although I've never really had the desire to go near a horse because of their smell, she has made me very curious about horses. The story is touching, but it's not just about romance (though there's plenty of romance in it too). It's about how mother-daughter, father-daughter, step-mother-step-daughter, and father-son relationships can be really rocky. There's also other drama related to monetary greed and such. It's just got a bit of everything and I recommend it to those who are looking for more than a mere romance story.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2009

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    TRUE BETRAYALS--FANTASTIC READ!

    "True Betrayals" is a fabulous book that will definitely keep you reading. Kelsey & Gabe are great main characters, both well-developed and likeable.
    Kelsey has been told for her entire life that her mother died when she was a child, but she finds out differently one day when a letter shows up from her supposedly deceased mother! After getting over the initial shock, Kelsey decides to travel to her mother's thoroughbred farm in Nothern Virginia. Kelsey has to deal with her family's strong disapproval, especially from her grandmother, but decides that she really must meet the woman who gave her life. Kelsey arrives on the farm and slowly begins to bond with her mother and the handsome man who owns the neighbouring farm, Gabe. This story is full of betrayal, sabotage, romance, and excitement. Overall, a highly enjoyable read

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2002

    Wonderful Book

    When my mother told me to read this book i said i wouldn't like it. When i finished the book 3 days after she told me i was like wow. Nora Roberts did a splendid job. It starts off with Kelsey a 26 year old woman recieving a letter from her supposedly dead mother. When she visits her mother at her horse farm she stay for a few weeks and finds out she is just as passionate about horse-racing as her mother. Then it leads into some of what happened in her mother's past involving the horse track and the murder she commited. It is a wonderful book that you can't put down.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    It only gets better...

    The book starts off sort of slow and I actually had to make myself read the first few pages. However, the book begins to get interesting and then you just can't stop reading it. You will have to force yourself to put this book down because you will get lost in another world while reading it. The book is full of romance, thrills, drama, and corruption. It is definitely worth reading, even if you have to force yourself to read the first few pages, you will not be disappointed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Highley Recommend for a good read.

    Anyone who is familure with the equine(horse)world will enjoy this book. It is accurate in detail and hard to put down. Ms Roberts did her homework.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

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    One of her better books

    Interesting with a few twists and turns to keep it moving. Not everyone is predictable, some things go differently than what you expect and it's very easy to read to the end just to find out how things end up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2002

    Okay......book

    I thought that the book was okay. In fact at some points I loved it, yet at times it got really slow. Then it took me a while to get it, I was like okay....what. Yet, the book will grab you at first and the end is great it is just getting to the end is the problem.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    Loved it

    Great story

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  • Posted January 14, 2014

    Nora had me giggling and loving each of the characters. This ha

    Nora had me giggling and loving each of the characters. This has been one of my favorites of Nora's I have read to date. I am a big fan of Nora Roberts, and she didn't leave me wanting with this book. Couldn't put it down. Great love story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    you must check out this one

    this book is very good . I enjoyed it , cant put it down. Once again Nora Roberts you have done it again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    It was good

    It was good but dragged on a bit

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    highly recommend!

    It is a great book, I always enjoy all of Norah's books. If you like horses, horse racing, and murder suspense, read this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Love all of her books.

    Great wrlter

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

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    If you are a Nora Roberts fan you have to read this book!

    I became a fan of Nora Roberts a couple of years ago. I love her books! My goal is to read everything she has written. I enjoyed True Betrayals because once again the details on the subject are amazing. Not only are you pulled into a great story line but you get an education on the subject matter she writes about!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    I love my life

    I lovr this time of night... everyone is sleeping and the house is quiet and clean... what a great feeling

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Aye

    Aye! Im swaggin'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

    Loved it
    Was very suspensful
    Very romantic
    Funny
    Overall amazing plot storyline etc. Wish there was more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    Amazing

    This is a great book all around. It does seem misleading in the beginning but it finishes out strong

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

    Excellent

    A must read would make a great movie

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

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    Nora Has Another Hit

    I would recommend this book to all fans of Nora's unique writing. It is a story everyone can enjoy.

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