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Publisher's Summary

Kelsey Byden grew up believing her mother had died when she was three. Now, at 26 and freshly divorced, she receives a letter from her mother explaining that she is alive and living on a Virginia horse farm. Deeply strung by lies told to protect her, Kelsey takes her anger out at her college professor father by going to visit her mother, who Kelsey learns spent over 10 years in prison for murder.

But there are more secrets to be found out, and Kelsey decides to stay at her mother's splendid horse farm where she falls in love with horses and the man next door - handsome gambler Gabe Slater. When murdered men and injured horses turn up, Kelsey finds evil lurking where she least expects it, and risks all to restore her mother's honor.

©2005 Nora Roberts; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Roberts paints her story with a broad brush, but its colorful canvas, easily identifiable heroes and villains and swirling action add up to another winner for this popular author." (Publishers Weekly)

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great story

I was annoyed by the inflection of the narrator in the beginning, but became drawn into the story. the plot was good and I learned a lot about horse racing. I would recommend this to all. if you don't like the narrator, hang in there, it's still a good thing.

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All Characters sound the same

If you could sum up True Betrayals in three words, what would they be?

Great story!

What did you like best about this story?

The setting, the characters and the story line

Did Rose Anne Shansky do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

All characters sounded the same which means you have to listen very close so you can tell who is who. I even had to back up a couple times to ensure I had the storyline correct.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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Narrator is not for me

What didn’t you like about Rose Anne Shansky’s performance?

She sounded much too proper for this type of book. I'm not sure, but I feel like she would be better narrating children's stories.

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Narrator's Whitney voice drove me nuts!

Great except for the narrator. It was painful to listen to her. Had to fight to focus on the story.

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Disappointing. Predictable. Didn't finish it.

Any additional comments?

Started reading Nora Roberts more recent books and love them. This is an earlier career effort and does not have the depth of story or characters that I've come to expect.

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Enjoyed

I enjoyed this book. Rose Anne did a good job in narrating the book. Each character was good.

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True Betrayal

A love story mixed with the world of horse racing and hires farms interwoven with death of humans and horses and a who done it that spans generations.

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Murder, Romance and Gambling!

True Nora...Great story, suspense, and love. Keeps your interest and has an awesome cast of characters. This is a good one, worth your time and money. One I will definitely listen to again.

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Behind ones back

This was a very good story with a wonderful ending. I would love a sequel

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  • Tonya
  • Indialantic, FL United States
  • 06-10-17

Enjoyable listen

I completely enjoyed the twists and turns of this story. The knowledge imparted about horse racing was also enlightening. I want to go watch them run.