Review: Betrayal

Betrayal (Where The Heart Lives, #2)Betrayal
(Where the Heart Lives #2)
by Robin Lee Hatcher
Historical Christian Romance
November 12th 2012 by Zondervan

Goodreads summary:
It's the turn of the twentieth century and drifter Hugh Brennan is a man well acquainted with betrayal. Hugh finds himself drawn to the attractive widow, Julia, yet when he looks into her eyes, he recognizes the same hurt that haunts him. Julia Grace has little reason to trust men, but she's going to have to trust someone if she's to keep her ranch from the clutches of her dead husband's half-brother. Is it possible God had a hand in bringing Hugh to her door? 

The latest historical romance from award-winning author Robin Lee Hatcher and the second book in the Where the Heart Lives series, Betrayal will take you to the high desert of western Wyoming, through the crags of the Rocky Mountains, and into the hearts of two seekers learning to trust God's love no matter the circumstances.

What I thought:
The first book in this series was mediocre for me, but when I saw the third book up for tour I thought I'd give the series a try again since I've really liked some of this author's books before. I'm so glad that I did because I thoroughly enjoyed this and the final book in the series!

I only have two things that didn't quite work for me and I'll get those out of the way here. I thought this was slightly too preachy - just barely - for my taste. The second is that there is a villain, but I didn't feel he ended up being very villainous and things were settled too easily to me. That's basically all I have to say that might be negative.

What I did love were the characters and their interactions. I loved Julia, with her determination and spunk. Her husband passes away leaving her his ranch. She has decided to run it and not sell it to her sleazy brother-in-law no matter what. She has found a peace there, living by herself that she hasn't ever really had her entire life. Then Hugh shows up and challenges that peace in a way that she hadn't planned on. Hugh was an interesting character. He is a man of few words for the most part and has a past he would like to keep hidden. He is searching for his two sisters who he was separated from after their mother died, so he isn't planning on settling down anywhere. Regardless, he is drawn to Julia who hides her own hurt. He doesn't feel worthy of her and doesn't believe that anything will come of his relationship with her, but he wants to build a friendship and get to know her anyway.

There were some really sweet moments between Julia and Hugh. Their friendship builds slowly over time as they work together, so even though the are attracted to each other from the beginning they don't just easily fall in love. Neither one of them are even looking for a relationship. I loved seeing them both grow as individuals and together.

If you enjoy reading in this genre, then I would definitely recommend picking this one up!

Content: Clean
Source: Library

Do you read Christian Romance? What do you think?

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