Betrayal Kindle Edition
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She holds a PhD in English literature and lives in Frankfurt am Main / Germany with a sketchbook, a sewing machine, and an ever-expanding library. Her new series about the fictional magazine Allan's Miscellany combines her academic research on Victorian periodicals with her love for story-telling.
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This long novella (or short book of 170 pages) is less angsty but still has its moments when you're feeling the pain. The general plot is one that has been done time and again, but Schwab's writing, her addition of some European settings in addition to England, and her homage to The Parent Trap (whether the Hayley Mills version The Parent Trap (1961) or the relatively newer one with Lindsay Lohan or, probably more accurately, the German book the movie is based on) make her story better than ordinary.
The hero Ash and heroine Georgina married when very young, in their teens. Madly in love, Ash is devastated when he learns (from his mommy, of course) that his loving wife has been unfaithful to him with his very own cousin. When Georgina gives birth to twin boys, Ash does not even believe that they are his. Georgina, who has sworn she's not been unfaithful but is not believed, runs off with the younger twin, leaving Ash, an earl, with his heir, the older baby, and she is not heard from again.
17 years pass, in which Ash divorces Georgina and raises his son Gareth, training him for his future position as earl but not being a particularly affectionate father.Read more ›
The writing in this book is not dreadful, nor is it the best. What this book does is give new definition to `The Big Misunderstanding.' And, for all I never like big misunderstandings that go on for too long, this one lasted 17 years. Worse yet, I couldn't stop my brain from screaming `Stupid, stupid people' and so it was no wonder my heart never got involved. Truly does anyone expect a young mother deeply in love and strong enough to have survived life on her own for 17 years, would have allowed herself to be accused of adultery and not have opened her mouth to set the record straight?? Or that a loving young husband who stood up against his mother's wishes would suddenly side with his mother against his wife - to the extent of divorcing her??
Holes in plot so big you could ride a horse through. Local yokel jailer who could barely speak the king's English coming out with a vocabulary such as, "Mind you, we're not sensationalist like them big prison up in London." Anyone seriously believe the man would utilize a word like `sensationalist'?? The nickname of `Gary' in Regency England??? Does anyone think either boy acts age and/or period appropriate?? Did the big contrast between the Earl's private thoughts (`Oh, Ginny... Ginny') and immediate public denouncements (After all, she coupled with my cousin and then proceeded to steal away) jar anyone?Read more ›
As for Ginny and Ash's story, it was heart wrenching how they lost 17 years of being together. The flashbacks, which I usually find annoying, were peppered with scenes showing all that is passionate and laughter-filled young love can be. They are both still so obviously in love with one another. I chuckled but also felt for Ash when he would wait unseen for the sound of Ginny's footsteps. The "grovel" was satisfying without crossing over to cringe-inducing territory. Their twin children were well-drawn characters and I can picture them grown up and still protective of each other and adoring of their mother. Ash will have to do a bit of work to completely win them over but his utter love for the twin's mom should work well in his favor.
Like how in a few paragraphs, Ms. Schwab painted a loving, sexy, and devoted relationship for Guy.
Now for my wish list for this book...would have wanted to see some serious comeuppance for the mother. Forty lashes, maybe? I wanted her to suffer,suffer and suffer some more. And an epilogue where one can read about Ash and Ginny going all PDA much to the smiling disgust of the kids, and Guy and Ash rediscovering being friends again, and Ash&Ginny teasing each other and so on and so forth.
Get this book. I have to sleep now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Julie
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
Well, my goodness! What a story! Read more
Seventeen years ago when Ash and Georgina married at a young age. They had twins sons and Ash's mother convinced him that Georgina had been unfaithful to him. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Callie
This was a very well written book and I loved the plot even if it was sad too. Imagine how much Ash and Ginny, not to mention their children, have missed out on. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Willread
17 years ago, Earl Ashburnham divorced his young wife Georgina for alleged adultery. She fled with the younger of their twin baby boys. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jamie
Really shows their emotions and how different they are around each other. they are the perfect couple. I love them.Published on January 20, 2014 by Annyomous
Just the way I like my Romance! Ms Schwab has another hit on her hands. I've been waiting anxiously for her next novel ever since I read The Lily Brand and this new regency does... Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Juliet Burns