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15th century. England devolves into chaos as two families fight over the throne during the Wars of the Roses, and the repercussions spill over onto the Isle of Jersey. In an era when shifting alliances and acts of treason are commonplace, three lives become entangled in a web of love, deceit, and revenge.
Meet Philippe de Carteret, an insecure young man, thrust into his ancestral role as the island’s premier seigneur. He inherits a manor in ruins with no means to pay for the repairs.
Add Clement Le Hardy, embittered by the loss of his heritage. He vows to reclaim his rightful legacy and exact retribution on Philippe for his misfortunes.
Enter Margaret Harleston, a headstrong maiden, with powerful connections and a substantial dowry. Determined to forge her own path, she rebels against societal constraints.
This gripping tale, based on real people and true events, takes readers on a page-turning journey from the windswept cliffs of Jersey to the gritty streets of London, culminating in a real-life feat of bravery that is still celebrated on the Isle of Jersey today.
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The well-developed characters all had impressive personalities that explained their actions. There is never a dull moment to be found and I turned the pages without putting the book down once. The end of the story is monumental. Betrayal of Trust is a great read for historical fiction fans.
~Stephanie Chapman, Readers’ Favorite ★★★★★
The first thing that struck me about Betrayal of Trust by C.V. Lee is its well-crafted plotline that flows seamlessly. The cleverly woven plot includes diverse themes such as passion, historical events, and romance. Lee’s writing style and narration are engaging and highly detailed, which makes conversations realistic and brings the characters to life. One can also tell the book is well-researched because of its historical aspect. I loved the strong female character of Margaret, who at one point won an archery competition against male counterparts in a male-dominated society. She is not afraid to express her ideas and fight for what she wants. I can’t wait to read something else from this talented author.
~Frank Mutuma, Readers’ Favorite ★★★★★
Author C.V. Lee has crafted a deeply engaging historical work that takes the dry facts of history and breathes new life and emotional resonance into them with every stroke of the pen. As a big fan of Jersey and an avid explorer of its history and heritage, I was delighted to be drawn into Philippe de Carteret’s lineage, societal pressures, and romantic entanglements. I really enjoyed the artistic license of the author in delving into the psyche and emotions of both Phillippe and Margaret as they face objection and intrusion from all sides whilst trying to do what’s best for their hearts and their futures. Overall, Betrayal of Trust is a cinematically penned historical piece that gives both the grandeur and grit of 15th century living and I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in engaging emotive tales that bring history to life.
~K.C. Finn, Readers’ Favorite ★★★★★