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True Betrayals Hardcover – June 13, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (June 13, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039914059X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399140594
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.3 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The world of championship thoroughbred racing is the milieu for Roberts' (Born in Fire) latest, a fast-paced, engaging tale of envy, greed and romance. Kelsey Byden, 26, is in the throes of divorcing her unfaithful husband when she suffers a second shock. It is a letter from her mother, whom she has long presumed dead. Her father, it turns out, has been lying to her-at her mother's request, since Naomi Chadwick was in prison for murder during many of those years. Kelsey travels to Virginia to meet her long-lost parent at her horse farm. As mother and daughter get to know each other, Kelsey falls in love with horses, racing and the gambler next door. Gabe Slater is handsome, virile and unlike anyone the spoiled young woman has ever met. Their attraction is instant and explosive, but their romance triggers a chain of events that includes murder and sabotage, prompting the lovers to risk their lives as they race to clear Naomi's name and to deal with old enemies and betrayals that threaten their future. Roberts paints her story with a broad brush, but its colorful canvas, easily identifiable heroes and villains and swirling action add up to another winner for this popular author.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Although mystery writer Dick Francis probably won't fret over Roberts's invasion of his turf?that of big-time horse racing?this romantic thriller about shady goings-on at a Virginia horse farm comes on the heels of a string of best sellers (e.g., Hidden Riches, LJ 6/1/94).
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Kept me reading for hours.
suzanne cotton
This is a very in depth book...I enjoyed the plot twists, the mother-daughter relationship as it developed, a wonderful cast of characters in this story.
huntress (Robyn U.)
Kelsey & Gabe are great main characters, both well-developed and likeable.
Sophie

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By L. Martin on April 5, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I think Nora Roberts has a fantasy with horses and horse farms, as we've seen in her books Irish Thoroughbred, Irish Rebel and now True Betrayals which was written in 1996. Unlike the other two, True Betrayals is not pure romantic fiction but a blend of several genres. To me, it was very interesting and kept me amused and entertained for several hours.

Kelsey Byden was led to believe that her mother, Naomi Chadwick, had been dead for quite a few years and when she received a letter from her mother asking if she'd come visit her, she was an emotional wreck. It seems the real reason her mother wasn't a part of her life as she grew up was the fact that she had been in prison for killing her lover. Talk about shock value! Kelsey decides to visit her mother to try to come to terms with her emotions - Kelsey had recently divorced and just finding out her dead mother was very much alive was enough to make anyone emotionally unstable and made Kelsey question everything in her life.

Naomi has a working horse farm in Virginia and Kelsey goes to try to make sense out of her life. Sounds like a typical plot line, right? Well, sort of, but if Nora Roberts is writing it, you can bet there are a few twists and turns along the way. Like Kelsey being thrown into a situation that could result in another murder.

Can the trainer who works for her mother be the answer to Kelsey's broken heart? Can Kelsey ever trust her mother again after being deceived by her for so many years? Will Kelsey ever believe in herself again? I won't give away any of the plot, you'll have to read and enjoy this one for yourself!

I do have to say that the plot is not the part of the book that I enjoyed the most - sure there's a little mystery thrown in just to keep things interesting.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sophie on October 29, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"True Betrayals" is a fabulous book that will definitely keep you reading. Kelsey & Gabe are great main characters, both well-developed and likeable.
Kelsey has been told for her entire life that her mother died when she was a child, but she finds out differently one day when a letter shows up from her supposedly deceased mother! After getting over the initial shock, Kelsey decides to travel to her mother's thoroughbred farm in Nothern Virginia. Kelsey has to deal with her family's strong disapproval, especially from her grandmother, but decides that she really must meet the woman who gave her life. Kelsey arrives on the farm and slowly begins to bond with her mother and the handsome man who owns the neighbouring farm, Gabe. This story is full of betrayal, sabotage, romance, and excitement. Overall, a highly enjoyable read.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on March 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
Kelsey Byden thought she knew her life, but was devastated when she received a letter from the mother that she thought was dead. Naomi thought it best since she was in jail for murder, but now that she is out and found a life of her own, she wants to see her daughter. When Kelsey visits her mother at her horse farm, her life changes forever. It is there that she has to come to terms with Naomi, and meets her future in Gabe.

This was a well-written book with a lot of information about horses and horse racing. The interaction between Naomi and Kelsey was very intense, but I found the character Gabe lacking.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anne Cahill on February 23, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm a Nora Roberts fan and a horse-lover, so my expectations for this book were high. The book didn't disappoint, providing an entertaining story, strong characters to love and hate, and some mystery as well. Although she obviously did her homework about horse racing and the horse world, there were still inaccuracies that got in the way of my enjoyment of the story. Additionally, I found the analagies and puns about card-playing and roulette and other forms of gambling to be overbearing -- one of those times you just want to say "We get the point, OK? He's a gambler." Perhaps BECAUSE my expectations were so high, it doesn't rate 5 stars, but still it was a good story and worthy of staying in the bookshelf.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "car6146614" on April 27, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
This book was aptly named. First, the heroine was betrayed byher family that her mother's dead, when she was actually in prison formurder. When she actually meets her mother, that's when the storypicks up. Though I like horses, the story behind horse racing never really caught my interest. There's a lot of sabotage in the horse racing industry that I never knew about. Nora made it a little more interesting to me. I felt the romance between the hero and the heroine was a bit swift. By the end of the story, the true betrayal will have you saying, "No, it can't be!" The action and drama was enough to keep me flipping the pages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terry A. Benedict-Devine on April 9, 2009
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Excellent story - a real treat and the typical Nora Roberts novel that I have come to love. If you enjoy race horses, romance, adventure and mystery, True Betrayals is your book. To summarize, 26 year-old Kelsey Byden, recently divorced, and definitely raised with the upper crust, receives a letter from a mother she thought was long dead. Her father, Phillip Byden and Grandmother, Millicent raised her to believe that her mother had died when she was a baby. Her grandmother is a hard-core social climber, expecting no less from her granddaughter. Her dad is an English Professor at Georgetown University, very kind and soft-spoken and very much under the rule of his controlling mother. Kelsey confronts her father as he admits that her mother had asked him to tell their daughter (who was only three years old at the time) she died after she was arrested and sent to prison for killing a man. The story begins to unfold as Kelsey decides to meet her mother, Naomi Chadwick, who owns a thoroughbred horse farm, Three Willows, in Virginia. There, Kelsey connects immediately, heart and soul, creating a new life, one of hard work, long days and many rewards, completely opposite the elite socially correct life her grandmother expects of her. She falls head-over-heels with the horses and begins to understand and become attached to the mother she never even knew existed. Along with this new life comes a new love, rugged Gabe Slater, a man raised on the wrong side of the tracks by a dead-beat father. Gabe is a gambler and has overcome the odds to make something of him and his horse farm, Longshot. The more Kelsey is drawn to the life of a thoroughbred caretaker, the more she is determined to delve into the somewhat vague facts of her mother's trial 23 years ago.Read more ›
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