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Betrayal of Trust
The de Carteret Chronicles: Legacy of Rebels
C.V. Lee
Betrayal of Trust
Publish Date: July 30, 2023
Available: Paperback, Ebook

With his ancestral manor in ruins, Philippe strives to forge a new family legacy. But a relentless knave is determined to cause his downfall.

1470, Isle of Jersey. Heart-broken by his father’s death, Philippe returns home to shoulder the hereditary mantle of seigneur. Coming of age during an oppressive occupation, he aspires to reconstruct the fiefdom based on values of prosperity and compassion.

Despite his misgivings, he acquiesces to the arranged marriage with the new governor’s daughter, Margaret. She brings with her a substantial dowry that will help him achieve his objectives. As love blossoms between them, life seems perfect.

However, a longtime rival lurks, determined to thwart Philippe at every turn. As Philippe’s power and influence on the island grows, their quarrel escalates to new levels of treachery. When the feud turns deadly, can Philippe survive the ordeals that await and safeguard the future for his family?

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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 ★★★★★