It’s the turn of the twentieth century and drifter Hugh Brennan is a man well acquainted with betrayal. Hugh finds himself drawn to the attractive widow, Julia, yet when he looks into her eyes, he recognizes the same hurt that haunts him.
Julia Grace has little reason to trust men, but she’s going to have to trust someone if she’s to keep her ranch from the clutches of her dead husband’s half-brother. Is it possible God had a hand in bringing Hugh to her door?
The latest historical romance from award-winning author Robin Lee Hatcher and the second book in the Where the Heart Lives series, Betrayal will take you to the high desert of western Wyoming, through the crags of the Rocky Mountains, and into the hearts of two seekers learning to trust God’s love no matter the circumstances.
Three siblings were part of an orphan train headed west. Only one of them, Hugh, was later reunited with their father. But was the reunion a good thing? Hugh has been through a lot since his father found him, but he’s now on the road from Chicago to Boise, Idaho, where he hopes to locate his sister, Felicia. When his horse pulls up lame in Wyoming, he finds himself at the ranch belonging to widow Julia Grace.
It turns out that Hugh and Julia have plenty in common. They had parents who disappointed them, been inside a saloon more times than they ever wanted to, and have now learned to guard their emotions. Somehow, they are drawn together by the shared bond of their Christian faith.
At times, this is a somber book as the reader gets a look at their previous lives. There are moments of levity, however, such as when Hugh ponders creation and the Trinity. The message at the end of the novel is something we all need to remember, especially during the hard times. “Life was sometimes hard. God was always good.”
Betrayal is the middle book in Robin Lee Hatcher’s Where the Heart Lives trilogy. The first book, Belonging, is Felicia’s story. The final title is called Beloved and will be about the other sibling, Diana. An excerpt is included in this publication.
Publication Date: 13 November 2012
Page Count: 272
Thank you to Booksneeze and Zondervan for my free copy of Belonging, which I received in exchange for an honest review.