Betrayal is the first book in the second series of the Unspoken novels.
The trilogy, Unspoken, The Legacy and The Reckoning were joined by the Unspoken Christmas story, Hopes and Fears but that was really a spin off novel, making Betrayal the fourth in the series.
For those unfamiliar with the series of books, Unspoken is a dual timeline family saga which features the Mollison family.
The family only ever produce girls and have done for generations, as far back in fact as the early Victorian period. The women in the family talk of the Mollison man curse which dates back to at least the 1930s when farmer Alice was forced to take over the running of the family farm following the death of both her parents.
Alice’s story is told via frequent visits to her wartime diaries. In Betrayal she tells us about life in wartime Kent during 1943 where there are new arrivals on the farm, including a Fordson Model N Tractor and two Land Army girls.
Back to the present, and the Coronavirus is rampaging across the country. Jessica, Alice’s great, granddaughter, is a journalist who is determined to tell her beloved Alice’s story to the world. She is so much like her recently deceased relative in looks, that, were they to be photoshopped into the same photograph they could easily pass as sisters. Jessica, like Alice before her, is suffering from the family man curse but will the new man in her life, the handsome police officer, Christopher Kent, finally break the cycle and give Jessica the happy future she so desperately craves?
Nicola is Jessica’s mother and has had a troubled past, mostly down to her gambling addicted ex-husband, Owen. Now alone, Nicola has a drink problem. In Betrayal she is given hope by the arrival of Lenny Relish, a big man with a dark past.
Great Aunt Marjorie is seventy-seven and living alone after returning from the disastrous cruise that saw her lose her domineering sister, Martha to the Coronavirus. Now back home, she is befriended by her elderly neighbour, Selena Marshall who offers to move in with Marjorie during lockdown. After all, two can live almost as cheaply as one. Selena seems to be the perfect housemate for Marjorie, but is she all she seems?
Jessica’s ex, the odious, narcissist Calvin, is still hanging around and still trying to persuade Jess that she should help him financially after coming into her inheritance. In Betrayal, he sinks to even lower depths as he befriends, the younger brother of the local gangster family, Julian.
Finally, there’s the scheming, Leonora, the ex-wife of Jessica’s former boyfriend, Bradley. Has the fiery Italian decided that Jess and her best friend Sam have suffered enough from her spiteful attacks, or does she have something even more spectacular planned?
Betrayal will be released on Amazon in eBook format on Monday, 7th August. The paperback will follow soon after. Signed copies will be available from the author on request.
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