I have always enjoyed Robin Lee Hatcher’s books, especially those with historical western settings so I was excited to have the opportunity to review “Betrayal”, the second book in the Where the Heart Lives series. Having recently read “Belonging”, the first of the series, I was primed and ready for “Betrayal”. I was not to be disappointed.

“Betrayal” features Hugh, the oldest Brennan sibling and Julia Grace, a young widow who offers Hugh food and lodging in return for help with chores while his lame horse has a chance to heal. Both Hugh and Julia are wary of other people due to their personal histories. Each of them has good reason to distrust others because they have each been betrayed by those who should have their best interests at heart. However something draws them together despite their misgivings and their pasts. Slowly they learn to trust each other and their friends and neighbors.

A well-paced plot and well-rounded characters make “Betrayal” a delight to read. I enjoyed getting to know Julia and Hugh as they matured in their faith and learned how to forgive the ones who had betrayed them. The story had a good blend of drama, action, and romance that moved steadily toward a satisfying ending. I am now eager to read the final installment of this series, “Beloved” to discover the story of Diana, the other Brennan sister.

I recommend “Betrayal” to all who enjoy Christian historical romance, particularly those who like myself enjoy those with western settings.

This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publisher’s BookSneeze program.


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 readers 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.

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?



Robin Lee HatcherRobin Lee Hatcher is the bestselling author of over sixty books. Her well-drawn characters and heartwarming stories of faith, courage, and love have earned her both critical acclaim and the devotion of readers. Her numerous awards include the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, two RITA Awards for Best Inspirational Romance, Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards for Americana Romance and for Inspirational Fiction, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. Robin currently resides in Idaho. For more information, visit