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Undercurrent of the story was domestic violence, which was tackled in a believable and realistic way. But life with Don is not an easy or happy one and Eve lives in constant fear of what he may do next. Now, shouldering a terrible burden that she dares not share, Eve sets up a business in her newly adopted town of Sidmouth, and her fortunes go from strength to strength.

Since then, Lesley has become an internationally bestselling author, with over 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide. There were parts of it that felt a little odd, such as Eve's secret and how it is dealt with when it comes out in the open. A true storyteller and a master of gripping storylines, there is no set formula for a Lesley Pearse novel although strong heroines and difficult circumstances are pervasive. I felt so sorry for Eve and her children but I loved how her character evolved as the story progressed and she started to get more confident in building a new life for herself.It was a good story and I was compelled to read on but it lacked the depth of plot of some of her earlier novels, particularly those with a historical background.

Beautifully written from start to finish and never one to shy away from uneasy topics, Betrayal covers some difficult subjects with this author's trademark skill of empathy, sensitivity and cracking good story telling. Time passed and it felt as if the chapters were just detailing the normal/usual events in their lives and how they were adapting to their new situation as well as detailing building progress with the new house.All she wants is the best for her children, even if she's weighed down with such a burden that she can't share. Opening with a brutal act of violence upon his wife, Donny Hathaway establishes himself as a brute of the worst sort. But it’s Lesley Pearse and I will always read anything that she publishes and the beginning and end of Betrayal made up for a lacklustre middle. This book tackles many triggering themes (domestic abuse, grooming, child abuse, suicide) in a beautifully sympathetic way.

This also means that's she has surpressed trust issues and can't fully commit to another romance in the future.The betrayal of the title is how Don treats Eve, however, she is so immersed in her one and only long term relationship she believes leaving him would be an act of betrayal of their wedding vows. I always find time to start reading as soon as a book is in my hands (something my husband realises each year when I show him her latest book)! It is a neat device as what she made could be an allegory for hiding the things which happen behind closed doors, or could be used to frame a beautiful view.

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