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The Great Betrayal (Mothers and Daughters, Sagas, Domestic Life) [Kindle Edition]

Millenia Black
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

THE GREAT BETRAYAL will keep you up all night.


How deeply can the past be buried?

By all appearances, the Cavanaughs of West Palm have an ideal marriage and family life - the perfect home with few complications.

But castles built on sand are eventually washed away by the sea.

Meet the Players...


Leslie Cavanaugh—she’s not the woman she claims to be. Once Leslie Phillips, she's hiding a painful secret that's about to shake her family to its core.

Luke Cavanaugh—Leslie’s second husband, but he looks eerily like her first. An award-winning architect, Luke’s got designs on getting to the bottom of his wife’s past...in more ways than one.

Kathryn Cavanaugh—Luke and Leslie’s only daughter. In competition for her mother’s affection, Kate risks much more than the family’s good name with exploits of all the wrong places...

Dawn Chadwick—Leslie’s best only friend and sister in widowhood. What would Leslie have done without Dawn all these years? And what would Luke?

Grace Cunningham—abandoned at birth...and she's pissed about it. What makes a mother abandon her child, not once, but twice in a lifetime?

Meanwhile, a mysterious couple secretly rendezvous in a Palm Beach bungalow...

In this steamy saga of lost love, marriage and motherhood, hidden secrets and shocking truths collide as Leslie Cavanaugh’s past rocks the present in the most intimate betrayal of all.

Tags: secrets, family drama, family saga, women's fiction, mothers and daughters, domestic life, divorce, cheating, abandon, abandonment, cheating spouse, stages of grief, grief, mother daughter, infidelity, betrayal, marriage, husbands, wives, past, hidden past, secret life, bereavement, widowhood, relationships, secret, lies, widow, lying, liar, fiction, contemporary fiction, romantic suspense, romance, love, lovers, loving, married, married men, married women, husband, wife


Editorial Reviews

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Carol Ann Culbert Johnson
"On a scale from 1-10, I definitely give this book 10. Ms. Black is a talented writer, and I can't wait to read many more of her books like The Great Pretender and her next book, The Great Mastermind. If you like a book with romance, family obstacles and scandals, The Great Betrayal by Millenia Black is a must-read for you."


Amazon.com - Harriet Klausner
"Leslie is one of the best protagonists of the year...Fans of deep psychological character studies will want to read Millenia Black's strong tale."


Romance Readers Connection - Jeri Neal
Millenia Black is a mistress at neatly laying out each part of the story, like building an elaborate building that forms a fascinating whole. She clearly and succinctly draws verbal pictures of each character and their interrelationships with each other. It is masterful...A thought provoking, extremely well-written book, this one will haunt your thoughts long after you've finished the novel."


RT Book Reviews - Sheri Melnick
"Intensely intriguing and deeply riveting, Black's latest is a first-rate page-turner that will draw you in from the very beginning and never let go. This is women's fiction at its best, with a twist of psychological thriller and a touch of romance..." Top Pick!

About the Author

Millenia Black is an alumni of Keiser College and was born and raised in South Florida, where she still resides.

Product Details

  • File Size: 416 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453707336
  • Publisher: Millenia Black, Inc. (November 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002Y26QYQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Writer March 5, 2007
Format:Paperback
"...looking Crockett-and-Tubbs cool..."

I love Millenia's style and this one was a roller coaster of emotions throughout the book. I loved the desperation of the characters. In this book, as opposed to The Great Pretender, the characters were likable. I wanted to help them. I wanted them to help themselves. They became so real to me. Twists and turns, I never knew what to expect next. Although I did have the betrayal figured out in the beginning, there were enough twists to have me doubting myself. Upon the realization I was correct though, it was still a horrible shock to the system. I liked The Great Pretender, but I REALLY liked The Great Betrayal.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it in one day! December 30, 2007
Format:Paperback
With a one year old, I very rarely get much time to sit down and read. So, when I tell you that I read this book in ONE DAY, you know it was amazing! It was not only an interesting read, but fun.

Since I read The Great Pretender and devoured it with enjoyment, I'd been waiting for Millenia Black's second novel. I was thrilled when one was published!

As was her first book, this book was about family secrets, dynamics, relationships, struggles, drama, over-coming obstacles, growing. It's about love, loss, pain, loyalty, and betrayal. I won't give anything away about the story, other than to say that I think you'll be hooked after the first page, just as I was.

It's not often you find a great author, often I find myself reading authors just because I am used to picking up their latest book, or just because I want to try something new. Many times the read is satisfactory. Sometimes I hope that the writing or plots will get better. However, I have been learning that trying new genre's, authors, can really pay off. I hope that people will give Millenia Black a chance, and I hope to see her books get the attention in the media and such that I think they deserve!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Second Novel March 3, 2007
Format:Paperback
Leslie Cavanaugh seems to have grabbed the brass ring of life. She has a handsome husband who loves her, a lovely daughter and enough money to splurge. Her life in beautiful Palm Beach ,Florida seems to be a dream come true.

Unfortunately, dreams can become nightmares and Leslie's past is about to come back to haunt her. We all have secrets and "skeletons in our closets". Leslie has kept her past under wraps, but now it looks like it all is coming to light and her present may be destroyed. As Leslie deals with her past, she also deals with today's traumas. Her husband, Luke, may be having an affair and her beloved daughter, Kathryn, seems to be involved in a very scary situation. Kathryn is in her early teens and has to deal with insecurities and finding love in a family that appears to be coming apart at the seams.

In this second stunning novel Ms. Black shows it is possible to make flawed characters fascinating. Leslie is less than likable, but she comes to life along with the other character through intense, emotional dialog and vibrant narrative. It is easy to judge these characters as having to live with choices made, but we never know how we would react to extreme situations. The book contains a reader's guide with discussion questions. The Great Betrayal would be an excellent choice for a book club with many juicy, thought provoking topics to discuss.

If you have not already read it, I highly recommend Ms. Black's debut novel, The Great Pretender. I look forward to a third book that this wonderful writer has in the works.

Review courtesy of A Romance Reviews
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kudos!!! Millenia!!!! December 10, 2006
Format:Paperback
I have read both Millenia Black books and loved them. This one was very much written in a fashion similar to the styles of Jackie Collins and Sidney Sheldon.

You don't like the characters; however your compelled to read on. I think the time changes were approriate and I had figured out one scenario in the book; but never thought of how it would end.

I'm also enjoyed the reading guide and interview in the back of the book. I'm looking forward to her next book.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Secrets are bad for your health January 19, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is Millenia's second book - and is a really good read. Leslie Cavanaugh is a successful business woman, married to a gorgeous man called Luke, and they have a daughter Kathryn. They have a wonderful life - but Leslie has a secret - and she has been deceiving her family, as well as herself. When the secret is discovered, the Cavanaugh's world comes apart. As the family learns to deal with the past - Luke and Kathryn start to cover up their own secrets. But only one will commit the ultimate great betrayal.

This book is very well written. It successfully evokes intense emotional pain and conveys to the reader how differently people all react to trauma. Each of the characters are very real and the four main characters each have their own misfortune to face - and some of the events that happen are quite shocking. Millenia has been able to bring all the threads together, travelling between the past and the present skilfully - to produce a can't put down until you're finished novel.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the sex alone! September 2, 2010
Format:Paperback
This writer is so good at writing love scenes! I blushed while reading.

This is the story of Leslie Cavanaugh and how she ran away from her past and it caught up with her still. I was up until the wee hours with this one. A rousingly good read! Get it now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disapointed
I read her book The Great Pretender and I loved it but this was such a let down. There was not a likable character in this story, The woman Leslie was a selfish rotten person who... Read more
Published 3 months ago by tasty cake
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Amaazing I couldn't stop reading this once I started, I love me some drama and this was great. I would reccomend
Published 7 months ago by Heather Jannett
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book
Great story, I love it!! I wish Millenia Black would write more. I would recommend this to all my friends
Published 15 months ago by JacksMommy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my best reads of the year!
This was one of my favorite reads of the year. The drama just kept on going and going and just when there wasn't any more room for more drama, here come some more! Read more
Published 19 months ago by heatherm76
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but hated ending
This was a very good book. Secrets from the past, not letting go of the past, past bum rushes your present, and changes your future. You feel every emotion. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Texas Diva
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read, however, the ending was lacking
The story line sometimes seemed far fetched but at the same time drew me in. I have to admit, I needed to see how it would end. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Avid Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars The Great Betrayal
This is such a great story. The past meets the present is a great way to put it. The ending was a total shock I thought I had it all figured out. Its a must read!!!
Published 22 months ago by Candiblass
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Enjoyed this book. From the beginning to the end, held my attention. Would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys reading books.
Published 22 months ago by beaches
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
This was very good and easy read, wanted more. I'll read more from Millenia Black! Kept my attention I didn't want to put it down, will recommend. Good Stuff, Amazon.
Published 22 months ago by CSA
4.0 out of 5 stars the great betrayal
I liked how I was able to feel the emotions of the characters. I felt their joy,pain and disappointment. It was well written and kept me interested. Read more
Published 22 months ago by maria
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More About the Author

Millenia Black is the bestselling author of the novels THE GREAT PRETENDER and THE GREAT BETRAYAL. She loves to tell a compelling story and is an avid reader. Heralded as a double life and relationship expert, she's been a featured guest on radio shows across the country discussing the 7 SMOKE SIGNALS YOUR MAN IS LIVING A DOUBLE LIFE, a nifty e-book guide everyone should have!

Millenia is an alumni of Keiser University and was born and raised in Florida, where she still resides today. She is currently working on RAINDROPS ON ROSES, book one in her highly anticipated FAVORITE THINGS trilogy!

Millenia is currently unmarried and has never dated anyone living a double life...

She thinks.

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