Author: Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
Published: January 2015
Paperback: 291 pages
FTC FYI: Received a paperback copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
1851: Niagara Falls, New York The evidence has been well hidden—the Thayers were confident that it was safe from the clutches of the ruthless Murphy Gang. But it has all been in vain. The lawless group is closing in on the family homestead, and seven-year-old Penny is given only one instruction: Run. After two long years eagerly anticipating her fiancé’s return, twenty-year-old Julia Barrett is ready to make a fresh start with Adam Wolcott—even if it means putting her dream of traveling west with the Mormons on hold. But when Adam’s return is overshadowed by the unexpected arrival of a young orphan girl in desperate need of help, Julia is drawn into a dangerous mystery that will threaten all she holds dear. Charged with the protection of little Penny, Julia quickly finds herself relying on the help of Tom Harrison, an endearing young man who has long admired her from afar. Torn between two suitors, Julia soon uncovers a shocking trail of corruption and deceit—a discovery that pulls her inescapably into the race to locate telling evidence that Penny’s family gave their lives to protect . . .
Oh my goodness this book was so good! I was on pins and needles the whole time. Betrayed starts off strong and barely gives you time to catch your breath until the last page. Ronda creates a perfect web of secrets and with every page there was something new to worry about. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, BAM! Another exciting twist. Julia was amazing and I really, really liked Tom. Adam, well, he had issues. Sometimes I would be yelling in my head at him (and Julia) while I was reading. I loved the setting of Niagara Falls and this cover is so beautiful. What was really intriguing was the Underground Railroad twist. I loved how involved Julia and her family were in protecting others. Who stole the show for me was Penny. She was so brave and had to endure so much. I thought the ending was fantastic and bittersweet at the same time.
5 out of 5 stars. I can't wait for more from this author.