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The Betrayal: Brides of Gabriel, Book Two Paperback – July 26, 2011

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Book 2 of 2 in the Brides of Gabriel Series

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“This story digs deep into the actual practices, emotions, and religious struggles that these travelers experienced on their journey for salvation and provides a unique look at a fascinating historical time. Highly recommended.” (Historical Novels Review)

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Brides of Gabriel (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Inspire; Original edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061980943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061980947
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning novelist Diane Noble spent most of her first eighteen years in a small mountain village in the High Sierra back country near Yosemite National Park. Growing up among towering pines and rushing waterfalls provided Diane a rich setting in which to let her vivid imagination soar. Her first novel was published in 1994 under the pseudonym Amanda MacLean with four more following in quick succession. She began writing under her own name in 1998, with the publication of one of her most popular works of historical fiction, THE VEIL. THE SISTER WIFE, book one of her new Brides of Gabriel series, is now in bookstores everywhere. Keep in touch with Diane at www.dianenoble.com, http://www.facebook.com/dianenoblebooks, and http://twitter.com/dianenoble.

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I feel so very lucky to have been chosen to receive this book from Goodreads as a giveaway. Let me just say what a gift this book was. I don't want to summarize the story, instead I want to tell you why I gave it 5 stars and why you should read it. From the first few pages I knew I wouldn't be doing anything other than reading this book today. I devoured it page by page never wanting to put it down. It was written beautifully and the transitions between both time and characters were flawless. Despite the fact that I have not had the pleasure of reading The Sister Wives I did not feel lost on the storyline. I loved each character and how they grew through the story. Each having their own revelation whether it be about religion, love, friendship, marriage, or family. What I wouldn't give for a friend as courageous as Bronwyn, or as understanding as Mary Rose. The ending both surprised and pleased me. Forgiveness was a key factor in the book and I for one took that to heart. It made me reflect upon choices both good and bad that I have made in my personal day to day relationships as well as my spiritual relationship with God. I will most definitely be getting to my local bookstore and library to find more works by Diane Noble.
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In 1842 Nauvoo, Illinois, Mormon prophet Joseph Smith proclaims God says polygamy is acceptable. He directs married shipbuilder Gabriel MacKay to take a second wife, recently widowed Bronwyn and adopt the Latter's daughter. Though the widow has some doubts as she loves her future husband's first spouse Mary Rose like a sister while also attracted to Gabe, she marries him with the stipulation of no physical contact (see The Sister Wife).

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.

Harriet Klausner
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Once again in The Betrayal: Brides of Gabriel Series, Book Two, Diane Noble has delved into the riveting, and heartbreaking world of polygamy as seen through the eyes of the women who were forced to endure it. In Book One, The Sister Wife, Mary Rose marries the handsome and charming Gabriel, the man of her dreams, only to be told by the elders of the Mormon Church that he is to take another wife. Bronwyn, recently widowed and beautiful, becomes the second wife to Gabe, but promises the heartbroken Mary Rose that the relationship will remain platonic.

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.
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During the inception days of the Joseph Smith's vision on how to bring his flock into the hereafter, the one element that is never to be forgotten are those that left their life to follow him. Men, women, and children abandoned home and hearth to head for the salvation they felt was coming.

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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