Friday, January 23, 2015

Betrayed by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen + a $25 and Book Giveaway!

1851: Niagara Falls, New York The evidence has been well hidden—the Thayers were confident that it was safe from the clutches of the ruthless Murphy Gang. But it has all been in vain. The lawless group is closing in on the family homestead, and seven-year-old Penny is given only one instruction: Run. After two long years eagerly anticipating her fiancĂ©’s return, twenty-year-old Julia Barrett is ready to make a fresh start with Adam Wolcott—even if it means putting her dream of traveling west with the Mormons on hold. But when Adam’s return is overshadowed by the unexpected arrival of a young orphan girl in desperate need of help, Julia is drawn into a dangerous mystery that will threaten all she holds dear. Charged with the protection of little Penny, Julia quickly finds herself relying on the help of Tom Harrison, an endearing young man who has long admired her from afar. Torn between two suitors, Julia soon uncovers a shocking trail of corruption and deceit—a discovery that pulls her inescapably into the race to locate telling evidence that Penny’s family gave their lives to protect . . .

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Secrets.  Loads of secrets.  If I had to pick a theme for this book, that's what it would be.  Secrets.  Shhh.  Everyone is keeping them.  (now that "secrets" song is playing in my head)

Niagara is a beautiful setting for this book.  I love Niagara Falls.  It's a beautiful place and I'm glad I was able to more fully visualize it because I've been there.  

With every turn of the page, the plot and tension grows.  The secrets mount and like I said before, it seems like everyone is keeping some.  I loved the growing feeling of tension and suspense.  It was a tangible feeling with this book.  I liked the characters well enough although they weren't what was driving this particular book.  It was the plot.  There was a lot going on.  I was driven toward that ending.  Like a runaway truck.  Ha.  I couldn't put down if I wanted to.  Which I didn't.  I wanted to keep reading and at the end, I actually wanted more.  

This book is LDS fiction.  There are some religious mentions although nothing too preachy.  As per usual with LDS fiction books, there is no swearing or sexual situations.  This book is clean.  There is some violence.

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