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The Betrayal: Brides of Gabriel, Book Two Paperback – July 26, 2011
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Ensnared in a religion she increasingly questions, Bronwyn faces an impossible choice.
When recently widowed Bronwyn becomes the second wife to Gabriel MacKay, she promises her new sister wife and best friend, Mary Rose, that the marriage will remain platonic. But she finds herself falling in love with the man who has promised to keep her safe—even as her heart struggles with her promise to her friend. When Gabriel marries a third wife, and as the practice of polygamy increases and the age of brides decreases, Bronwyn begins to question the righteousness of this new religion.
Even as the Saints journey to Salt Lake Valley, their new promised land, Bronwyn and Mary Rose plot their escape. But when they are suspected of treachery by Brigham Young's secret army—whose mission it is to punish apostates—the two sister wives face the most difficult decision of their lives, one that can mean life or death for those they love.
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However, increasingly Bronwyn falls in love with her husband who promised to protect her. The second wife struggles with her vow to her beloved Sister Wife who miscarries after a fall. Gabe kisses Bronwyn who feels divided emotionally as she wants more but cannot betray her beloved Mary Rose though she feels her treacherous heart has done so. When Enid announces to Bronwyn she will soon wed Gabe, the second wife has issues with the practice of polygamy as the number of wives per husband grows, the age of the brides drop considerably. On the journey to the Promised Land surrounding the Great Salt Lake that the Prophet saw in a vision, Gabe's first two wives want to escape the marital imprisonment, but Brigham Young has spies everywhere.
The second Brides of Gabriel is an intriguing historical tale that once again looks at polygamy as did The Sister Wife. In the first tale, the relationships in the multiple marriage families displayed an economic underpinning to care for widows and children. The Betrayal provides a fascinating story line that digs deep into the actual practice as brides were increasingly "enslaved" young teens and no one was allowed to speak out against the Word. Americana readers will appreciate this profound tale as The Lord's Prayer inspires us to forgive the trespasses of others, but as the Brides of Gabriel know that is difficult to do.
Throughout the marriage, Bronwyn struggles with many difficult and heartwrenching emotions...feelings for Gabe that she doesn't understand, feelings of anguish over the betrayal of someone she has grown to love as a sister, and feelings of confusion over the edicts of Brigham Young, the leader of the Saints as they called themselves. Soon Gabe takes a third wife, and the age of the brides decreases, especially amongst the elderly men. When the blood atonement teaching comes into play, which decrees that the spilling of an enemy's blood be required for those who don't believe in their ways, all three sister wives have a dangerous life or death decision to make.
Beautifully and realistically written, Diane has tackled the taboo subject of polygamy, and totally mesmerizes the reader with plot twists and turns, and a very surprising and satisfying ending! Very well done, Diane Noble!
*This book was sent to me by the author for my opinion and I was not required to write a positive review.
This second book is the series is Bronwyn's story and is told from the perspective of one who embraced the life and then questioned her decision. She is the second wife to Gabe her best friend's husband. Bronwyn thought she could just be his friend and support their lives as such but the passion and commitment she feels toward Gabe shakes everyone's friendship.
The journey west was difficult but these strong women made it without complaint, survived it due to their determination, and conquered it in spite of all the naysayers. However, it was easier moving across the country in a wagon then it was to handle the changes that were being brought down upon their religious beliefs. When Bronwyn starts to take action to stop the doctrine that she sees as sacrilege the events that unfold were not to be believed by anyone. She still fights for what she knows is right and stops the ill-conceived steps being taken to move the church in a dangerous direction. One of those that are moving away from the basic beliefs is her own husband, Gabe and when she questions her love for him, she questions why she is there with him. Is escape an option when it appears the devil is at the door?
Love may conquer all but will love be enough to carry this group on the journey they are about to take?
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I enjoyed this book better than the first one. I knew it would all be wrapped up with a pretty bow in the end, and I normally don't care for that, but still I found myself anxious... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amy Slager
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It's been quite some time since a book has kept me up at night NEEDING to see it through. Great storytelling and fascinating results from obviously, much research. Read morePublished 10 months ago by AllyK
The second book did not keep me dying to know what happens next as much as the first one and I cared less about the characters than I did in the first book but, it was still a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dezirea Noker
THE BETRAYAL was a spellbinding read – captivating, horrifying, and… I ran the gauntlet of emotions, but only few parts were beautiful. Ms. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lollipops