ABOUT THE BOOK
1851: Niagara Falls, New York The evidence has been well hidden—the Thayers were confident that it was safe from the clutches of the ruthless Murphy Gang. But it has all been in vain. The lawless group is closing in on the family homestead, and seven-year-old Penny is given only one instruction: Run. After two long years eagerly anticipating her fiancé’s return, twenty-year-old Julia Barrett is ready to make a fresh start with Adam Wolcott—even if it means putting her dream of traveling west with the Mormons on hold. But when Adam’s return is overshadowed by the unexpected arrival of a young orphan girl in desperate need of help, Julia is drawn into a dangerous mystery that will threaten all she holds dear. Charged with the protection of little Penny, Julia quickly finds herself relying on the help of Tom Harrison, an endearing young man who has long admired her from afar. Torn between two suitors, Julia soon uncovers a shocking trail of corruption and deceit—a discovery that pulls her inescapably into the race to locate telling evidence that Penny’s family gave their lives to protect . . .
Betrayed grabbed me from the first page. I was immediately drawn in by Penny's heartbreaking circumstances, being forced to flee after having lost her family. I also enjoyed getting to know Julia as she struggled with making decisions about her suitors and her family and heading West to join the Saints in Utah. Having been in love with Adam Wolcott since she was twelve, she plans to marry him. But when he returns after a two year absence she realizes that things aren't quite what she had hoped for and the arrival of Tom Harrison quickly complicates things. When Julia meets Penny, some of the things she thought she knew start to change and she finds herself struggling to deal with challenges both internal and external.
Hinrichsen has done a superb job here with both her characterization and her plot. The story moves along quickly making for an exciting read, but at the same time we get to see the characters grow and develop as they have to make hard decisions. I really enjoyed the good writing and the intense plot. I especially liked the fact that there was more to it than just the romance as the characters deal with other relationships and the choices of others both good and bad. This adds depth to the story. I can heartily recommend this book to those who enjoy a great read with intriguing characters that feel like real people flaws and all, a plot that plunges ahead like the Niagara Falls itself and a beautiful setting (near Niagara Falls).
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