The Betrayal (Brides of Gabriel Series #2)

The Betrayal (Brides of Gabriel Series #2)

by Diane Noble


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“Diane Noble not only explores the early days of the Mormon church; she also probes deeply into the human heart.”
—Liz Curtis Higgs, bestselling author of Thorn in My Heart

In her powerful Brides of Gabriel historical series—a poignant and provocative romantic saga of the early years of Mormonism—award-winning author Diane Noble introduces readers to three unforgettable women married to the same man. Following her acclaimed novel, The Sister Wife, Noble’s The Betrayal continues the magnificent story of honor, love, devotion, and the reality of polygamy. The Betrayal is seen through the eyes of Bronwyn, the second wife of Gabriel MacKay, as she struggles to come to terms with the dictates of her Mormon faith and its prophet, Joseph Smith, and the difficult promise she made to her dear friend and sister wife not to fall in love with the husband they share.

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ISBN-13: 9780061980947
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/26/2011
Series: Brides of Gabriel Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Diane Noble is a former double finalist for the prestigious RITA Award for Best Inspirational Fiction, a finalist for the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award and the Reviewers' Choice Award, and a three-time recipient of the Silver Angel Award for Media Excellence. With more than a quarter million books in print, Diane lives in Southern California with her husband.

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Betrayal 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
During the inception days of the Joseph Smith's vision on how to bring his flock into the hereafter, the one element that is never to be forgotten are those that left their life to follow him. Men, women, and children abandoned home and hearth to head for the salvation they felt was coming. This second book is the series is Bronwyn's story and is told from the perspective of one who embraced the life and then questioned her decision. She is the second wife to Gabe her best friend's husband. Bronwyn thought she could just be his friend and support their lives as such but the passion and commitment she feels toward Gabe shakes everyone's friendship. The journey west was difficult but these strong women made it without complaint, survived it due to their determination, and conquered it in spite of all the naysayers. However, it was easier moving across the country in a wagon then it was to handle the changes that were being brought down upon their religious beliefs. When Bronwyn starts to take action to stop the doctrine that she sees as sacrilege the events that unfold were not to be believed by anyone. She still fights for what she knows is right and stops the ill-conceived steps being taken to move the church in a dangerous direction. One of those that are moving away from the basic beliefs is her own husband, Gabe and when she questions her love for him, she questions why she is there with him. Is escape an option when it appears the devil is at the door? Love may conquer all but will love be enough to carry this group on the journey they are about to take?
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1842 Nauvoo, Illinois, Mormon prophet Joseph Smith proclaims God says polygamy is acceptable. He directs married shipbuilder Gabriel MacKay to take a second wife, recently widowed Bronwyn and adopt the Latter's daughter. Though the widow has some doubts as she loves her future husband's first spouse Mary Rose like a sister while also attracted to Gabe, she marries him with the stipulation of no physical contact (see The Sister Wife). However, increasingly Bronwyn falls in love with her husband who promised to protect her. The second wife struggles with her vow to her beloved Sister Wife who miscarries after a fall. Gabe kisses Bronwyn who feels divided emotionally as she wants more but cannot betray her beloved Mary Rose though she feels her treacherous heart has done so. When Enid announces to Bronwyn she will soon wed Gabe, the second wife has issues with the practice of polygamy as the number of wives per husband grows, the age of the brides drop considerably. On the journey to the Promised Land surrounding the Great Salt Lake that the Prophet saw in a vision, Gabe's first two wives want to escape the marital imprisonment, but Brigham Young has spies everywhere. The second Brides of Gabriel is an intriguing historical tale that once again looks at polygamy as did The Sister Wife. In the first tale, the relationships in the multiple marriage families displayed an economic underpinning to care for widows and children. The Betrayal provides a fascinating story line that digs deep into the actual practice as brides were increasingly "enslaved" young teens and no one was allowed to speak out against the Word. Americana readers will appreciate this profound tale as The Lord's Prayer inspires us to forgive the trespasses of others, but as the Brides of Gabriel know that is difficult to do. Harriet Klausner
JaneSteen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Where I got the book: LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.As this was a review copy I was not familiar with the series, but it was easy enough to pick up the threads of the story. I read inspirational (Christian) fiction and was intrigued by the idea of an inspy author tackling the Mormons.I enjoyed the story; the strength of the female characters contrasted nicely with a world where the men were all getting their own way and then some. Noble definitely comes down on the side of single marriage, but navigates the moral questions well without becoming preachy: showing, not telling, as good writers do. I got a good sense of the background of the new American West, without the place and the history taking over the story. So on the whole, an enjoyable read from an author who obviously knows how to keep a story moving.
bridgetmarkwood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In signing up for this book, I did not realize it was Christian fiction. I thought it would be along the lines of 19th Wife. In general, I find Christian fiction to be preachy, elementary in message and the dialogue to be cheesy (not all, just in general). To give the author a fair shake, I probably would not have requested it. However, gotta say... so glad I didn't know. I loved this book! Diane Noble did an amazing job with the plot, the dialogue... everything. I cannot remember the last time I read a book that I literally did not want to put down.The character development in this book is fantastic. I felt as though I have known these people all my life; that I have gone through their trials with them and shared their joys. As a woman, I know what I would have hoped I would have had the courage to do, given their situation. And through these strong women, I was able to experience it. There were a handful of times I thought, "Uh oh, we're going down that preachy road..." only to quickly reach a 90 degree turn in the road and off we went to the next place. I'm so impressed with this work and excited to read more by Diane Noble!
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gabe has taken Bronwyn as his second wife. She and Gabe promised Mary Rose that they would not share a marriage bed unless she approved. Bronwyn swore she could never fall in love with Gabe because she would always love Griffin. Mary Rose finally gives them permission to consummate their marriage and Bronwyn finds it more and more difficult not to fall in love.Soon another woman that Gabe loved in the past arrives to live with the Saints and Gabe decides to take her as his third wife. Bronwyn arrives at the church to stop the marriage, not of Gabe and Enid, but a young girl who is to marry a man that could be her great-grandfather. Holding a gun, Bronwyn tells the young girl to come with her and they make their escape, at least temporarily.As the Saints travel to Utah, Bronwyn and Mary Rose plan their escape. They are accused of apostasy and what they do next could cause the death of their loved ones.
mmoj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Betrayal by Diane Noble is the second in a series. The story is about Bronwyn, a widow with two children. Bronwyn is best friends with Mary Rose, wife of Gabriel. Both families are Saints (Mormons) and the newly developed faith states that men should take more than wife and in time Bronwyn and Mary Rose become Sister-Wives - but with Bronwyn's promise that she would not sleep with Gabriel even though she is attracted to him. Soon though Bronwyn breaks her promise and shortly after that Gabriel takes on another wife. Where this story shines is when the author talks about the relationship between the women. Love radiates through this story - especially the love that Bronwyn's family shares with each other. I would have liked to have read more about the relationship between Bronwyn, Mary Rose, and Enid and the women in their community. We hear about them almost as separate from their lives but we know that community was an integral part of the lives of the Saints and there would have been interaction on a weekly, if not daily basis. I would like to read the first book in the series - The Sister Wife.
Quiltinfun06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found The Betrayal rather interesting. At first, I thought perhaps it wouldn't be worth the read but it really was. I guess I have never really thought about what it is like to be married to several people at one time. I am not a fan of the reality tv shows that depict this and so the book was a quick way to get a glimpse of this.What struck me was the way people can be convinced about God and other things. For Brigham Young to have captured so many "saints" with his preachings blew my mind.All in all, glad I read the book and I am sure there are many others who might enjoy it as I did.
jsprenger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Betrayal is written by a Christian author, and gives readers a glimpse of the beginnings of the Mormon church in the mid-1800's. The story has a religious theme, and may not appeal to all readers. This book, however, offers so much more. The story is about love and relationships, and the female characters are strong and realistic. It is not necessary to read the first book, but there were moments when I felt that I was 'missing something'. I enjoyed the book, and found it interesting.
dulcibelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second in a series about the beginnings of the Mormon church and the settlements in Utah. It can be read alone, but there were times when I felt I was missing a little of the story by not having read the first book. And, it definitely feels like you need a third book to finish the story. The series is by a Christian author and the story is about a religious movement. There is some discussion about whether all the edicts coming from the Mormon leaders are actually from God and the main characters are trying to escape from some of the more extreme church members. While I don't think that makes the book "overly religious", other readers may not be as comfortable with the story.The characters are well-drawn. It's refreshing to see strong female characters in historical fiction.
itsJUSTme on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked the second book even more that the first. I was really involved with the characters since I already knew them from book 1. This is one thing I like about series' (and I love reading series'!), is that you get to know the characters more.This series is fabulous! Great character development. I absolutely love Bronwyn and Mary Rose. They are both really strong women who stand up for themselves against a whole community to save themselves and their family from a faith they no longer believe is right. I love reading about strong women and this book is a great example of that.This series is also very interesting! If you ever wondered about the early days of Mormonism (1840's) there is so much history and information in these books. I don't think there was a boring page. I found myself fascinated and wanting to learn more.Thanks to Librarything early reviewers for giving me this book to review!
loralu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting story about the life and consequences of living in the society of "Saints". The time chronicles that of working alongside Brigham Young, but the moral and emotional questions brought up are relevant even today. While this was the second book in the series, I didn't feel like there were things I missed by not having read the first. She is a good writer, I couldn't put it down.
Litfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There were two things I hadn't realized when I requested this book: first, that it's the second in a series, and second, that it's considered Christian fiction, which is not part of my regular reading lineup.So, after beginning the book with some trepidation, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself quite caught up in the story. Yes, there were a few scenes that slipped into the realm of cheesy romance novel, but the deeper themes in the novel made it worth it. The history of the spread of the Mormon religion out west in the late 1800s was interesting and provided a fascinating backdrop to the story. As the laws of the church grew more constraining, the suspense in the novel mounted. The novel is well-written, and it's easy to be in the story with the characters, which made it difficult to put down.While there were times I wished I'd read the first novel in the series, since there were allusions to past events that weren't clear to me, the novel does fine as a stand-alone and the plot makes sense even without having read the first book. I did feel that things wrapped up a little too quickly and neatly at the end, but overall this was an enjoyable read set in an interesting period of history.
corglacier7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like other reviewers, I didn't realize this was Christian fiction, but the author strikes a pretty deft balance with the theme of religion. I also didn't realize it was the second in a series and having read the first book before tackling this one, I do think "The Betrayal" stands alone well enough, but there's just enough reference to events of the previous book, "The Sister Wife" that I think the do depend on each other to the point where it's advisable to read in order. The end was perhaps a bit too pat, but all in all, the historical narrative was well done and the characters nicely drawn and sympathetic in a way that the reader cares about them. I'd definitely check out more by Diane Noble after having read this.
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Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Ensnared in a religion she increasingly questions, Bronwyn faces an impossible choice. When recently widowed Bronwyn becomes teh second wife to Gabriel MacKay, she promises her new sister wife and best friend, Mary Rose, that the marriage will remain platonic. But she finds herself falling in love with the man who has promised to keep her safe - even as her heart struggles with her promise to her friend. When Gabriel marries a third wife, and as the practice of polygamy increases and the age of brides decreases, Bronwyn begins to question the righteousness of this new religion. Even as the Saints journey to Salt Lake Valley, their new promised land, Bronwyn and Mary Rose plot their escape. But when they are suspected of treachery by Brigham Young's secret army - whose mission it is to punish apostates - the two sister wives face the most difficult decision of their lives, one than mean the life or death for those they love. In the second book in the Brides of Gabriel series, The Betrayal by Diane Noble, picks up where The Sister Wife left off. Now that the MacKay family is beginning to settle in their new lifestyle, Bronwyn and Mary Rose's relationship as friends and now sister wives at time is strained, especially when Mary Rose has complications during child birth and loses her child. She asks Bronwyn to step in and provide care for her and Gabriel while they attempt to build their family. Yet when Bronwyn is torn between fulfilling her commitment as a second wife to Gabriel, he tells her that one of those duties is to have a child. Feeling torn between her feelings to Gabriel and those to Mary Rose, she sleeps with Gabriel only to feel guilty in the process. However Brigham Young's teachings are to provide full quivers of children in each of the men's households and unfortunately this means that even the 14-year old girls now are being considered for marriage. This is when Bronwyn questions her faith she adopted from the church of England and what the Bible teaches versus what the prophets are telling Brigham Young. She soon realizes that she can't continue to be a part of this religion especially when Sarah is about to be married off, and if that means she has to be thrown out of the community and punished then she is going to do what's right not only in her heart but in the heart of God. I received this book compliments of HarperCollins Publishers for my honest review. It's an interesting read into the history of the beliefs of Brigham Young's religion and his basis for polygamy that continues in some states even today even though its against the law. They believed in restoring the Old Covenant from the Bible and that meant the taking of many wives. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars and for those of you looking for more insight in the historical basis for polygamy based religions then this is a perfect introduction for you.