21 September 2011

Diana's Corner - Book Review of The Betrayal by Diane Noble

The Betrayal by Diane Noble

The Betrayal by Diane Noble
5 stars~ *****


Review by Diana Flowers


Another Fascinating Read From the Pen of Diane Noble!

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 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 come against their ways, all three sister wives have a dangerous life or death decision to make.

Beautifully and realistically written, Diane Noble 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.


Giveaway:  Please leave your comment and an email address for a chance to win a copy of this new release by Diane Noble!!

44 comments:

  1. A definite "want to" read book. I have a family member in the Mormon church. Would like to know more about it. Thanks for the chance to win it.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  2. Thank you, Carrie, and have a wonderful time at the ACFW conference.

    Linda, thank you for your comment. If you can get your hands on Sister Wife, the 1st book in the series, that would be great, but The Betrayal can be read as a stand alone novel as well. Intriguing...

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  3. I would love to win, The Betrayal. I have the first book, The Sister Wife, but haven't had a chance to read it yet. It would be nice to be able to read both books back to back.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    judyjohn2004@yahoo.com

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  4. Lucky you, Judy! I had to wait a year...groan! Here's to a win, girlfriend!

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  5. Thank you for sponsoring this giveaway, this sounds like a very interesting book.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  6. It is, Wendy!! Throwing your name in the hat!

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  7. This sounds like a really interesting book to read! Thanks for the giveaway!!
    marissamehresman@aol.com

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  8. You're welcome, Marissa! Welcome to Overcoming Through Time and count yourself officially entered!

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  9. would love to read diane's latest novel...thanks for the chance :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  10. Hey, Karen! Would love for you to read it as well! Diane's a super good author! Hoping for a win for you, lady!

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  11. Entering a comment for my sis-in-law who is unable to make a comment.

    Please enter me! This book sounds intriguing! Thank you! ~Barbara Smith

    thatoldgal@gmail.com

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  12. Please enter me in the drawing! Loved the first book in the series.

    Julieanne Tucker
    mama2five@bellsouth.net

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  13. Diana thanks for the great review, I haven't read any of Diane's books yet but I sure want to now. Thanks for the chance to win... tsmathews61@gmail.com

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  14. Julieanne, I'm with you! The Sister Wife, Book One in The Brides of Gabriel Series, was excellent! I could hardly wait for the second in the series, The Betrayal!

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  15. Welcome, Teresa to OTT! I hope you can get a copy of the first book of the series in your hands, The Sister Wife! Then if you win you can read them back to back!

    Fascinating reading...what those poor women must have gone through that REALLY loved their hubs. Can you imagine if Carlton told you he was taking another wife. A cast iron skillet would do quite nicely in THAT situation, don't you think? LOL!

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  16. Sounds like a wonderful book. Would love to win it. If I win, I will definitely have to buy a copy of THE SISTER WIFE! I love this site...added it to my favorites last week. donnaeharmon@yahoo.com

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  17. Sounds like a wonderful venture into a heartbreaking situation. Would love to read this book. Will keep my eyes open for other books by Diane.
    Shirley
    beekeeper5(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  18. Donna, what a kind thing to say! We love having you here! All of y'all are so sweet I wished we had a copy for every single one of you, but since we don't...pray, ladies, pray! LOL!

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  19. Shirley, it is an awesome read, and if you get a chance to pick up a copy of Sister Wife, that would be wonderful, as all the characters are introduced in that one. However, Diane does such a good job of recapping, that The Betrayal can be read as a stand alone novel. Good luck in the drawing!

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  20. Thanks for the giveaway! I've been wanting to read this book for some time! Please enter me in the drawing!

    Emreilly303(At)gmail(dot)com

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  21. This looks like a really good book. I just interloaned the first one from my library, so I'm pumped to read the serious! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Dreilly316(At)gmail(dot)com

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  22. Please enter my name in the drawing. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Jreilly316(at)verizon(dot)net

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  23. Emily, count yourself officially entered! Thanks for stopping by!

    Debbie, you need a win so you can read them back to back! I had to wait a year in between...groan, but it was well worth the wait!

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  24. John, we welcome you to Overcoming Through Time! Throwing your name in the proverbial hat!

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  25. thanks Diana for all your wonderful reviews!!

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  26. You're welcome, my gal pal! Missing you and hoping you're having a wonderful time and learning alot in St. Louis at the ACFW conference!

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  27. This book looks really intriguing... please enter me! I'd love for a chance to read this!

    lubell1106(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Please enter me in the drawing... it looks like a great book!

    jennycohen104(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. Awesome giveaway! Count me in!

    icohen62(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. Elyssa, Jenny, and Ira...welcome to Overcoming Through Time! This is a GREAT read! Lots of luck in the drawing!

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  31. I would love to read this book. I have a BIL who is a active polygamist...
    martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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  32. I find that interesting in this day and time, Martha. How many wives does he have? My hubby said he could only put up with one. haha Thanks for entering, Martha!

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  33. I would LOVE to read this one. I read the first one.

    vernetlh (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  34. Busy conference over here! Hey I think that might be Miss Hilton who is lollipops as that email looks familiar. Good to see you here! Have a blessed day and great seeing all these folks visiting with you Diana. You do such a great job with your reviews and hostessing!! Hugs!

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  35. Carrie! Missing you, girl! And thank you for the compliment. Someone sent some pics of the conference and I combed through the crowd looking for you, but no could find.:( Hugs back and continued prayers for a wonderful time in St. Louis and safe trip home!

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  36. They're moments in life when a person perspective can change everything. I feel this book may be one of those moments you get to experience a perspective rarely visited. I would be wildly intrigued to sit and read this book in one wonderful sitting. Hears to hoping the give away falls my way.

    jdovefamily@gmail.com

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  37. Thank you, mamadoveonabox, for stopping by to comment on OTT, and here's hoping that you will be able to read this book to your heart's content! I rarely am able to read a book in one sitting...am always interrupted...but sure would love to! This one was a hard one to have to put down, I must say!

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  38. Sister-not-Wife Diana I do believe that ole skillet would have a big ole dent in it for sure! It would be like one of those cartoons I watched as a kid! :)

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  39. Why, Sister Teresa, I thought you were one of those genteel Southern ladies, hehe! I hear you, I'm a giving person, but I don't share my hubby, oh no. I'd have to borrow that skillet from you if he even suggested it, which he wouldn't. He told me he's got his hands full with just me as his wife...he certainly wouldn't want another one! haha Maybe it wouldn't be so bad; she could do all the cooking, cleaning, and washing clothes. LOL

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  40. Wow! Sounds riveting. What a complicated subject too. Thanks for entering me.
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  41. Welcome, Pegg! I agree, a very complicated subject that Diane handles very well as she has done extensive research for her novels. Thanks for entering!

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  42. Congrats to beemama (Shirley), for winning a copy of The Betrayal! Happy reading! Thanks to all who left comments and come back often...more great interviews, reviews, and giveaways coming soon!

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  43. To all who posted comments, thank you so much! I'm so sorry I wasn't able to participate in the discussion. We've been traveling and I haven't been able to get online. Even cell service has been spotty. Special thanks to Diana for your review and to all of you for your comments!

    Congratulations to Shirley for winning a copy of the Betrayal!

    If you have any questions or would like to contact me personally, you can do so through my website: www.dianenoble.com.

    Blessings and hugs to all!

    Diane Noble

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  44. Thanks, Diane! Sometimes we forget that internet, cell phones, etc., are not always usable when we are traveling! Thanks for coming by and for sharing that contact address.

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