A very big welcome to my turn on the blog tour for The Betrayal by Anne Allen.
The Betrayal was published on 20 October 2017 by Sarnia Press.
Treachery and theft lead to death – and love..
1940. Teresa Bichard and her baby are sent by her beloved husband, Leo, to England as the Germans draw closer to Guernsey. Days later they invade…
1942. Leo, of Jewish descent, is betrayed to the Germans and is sent to a concentration camp, never to return.
1945. Teresa returns to find Leo did not survive and the family’s valuable art collection, including a Renoir, is missing. Heartbroken, she returns to England.
2011. Nigel and his twin Fiona buy a long-established antique shop in Guernsey and during a refit, find a hidden stash of paintings, including what appears to be a Renoir. Days later, Fiona finds Nigel dead, an apparent suicide. Refusing to accept the verdict, a distraught Fiona employs a detective to help her discover the truth…
Searching for the true owner of the painting brings Fiona close to someone who opens a chink in her broken heart. Can she answer some crucial questions before laying her brother’s ghost to rest?
Who betrayed Leo?
Who knew about the stolen Renoir?
And are they prepared to kill – again?
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A big thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my review copy of the book and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.
This is the sixth book in the Guernsey Novels by Anne Allen but this didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book – in fact it has made me want to read the other books in the series immediately!
The story is set over two periods in time – 1940, where we are introduced to Leo and his wife Teresa and 2011 which introduces Fiona and her twin brother Nigel and I really enjoyed this aspect of the story. Reading Leo’s story was a bit heartbreaking for me as we know where it will end but I found this part of the story so fascinating. Guernsey was such a small Island that the isolation from the rest of the world during the outbreak of war must have been unbearable.
The story mainly focuses on Fiona as she discovers a missing Renoit in the basement of her antiques shop and then having to deal with the shocking suicide of her brother. The stories are linked beautifully and the author makes us feel as though we are living the story through her beautiful descriptions on Guernsey.
The added mystery element for perfect for me, I really enjoyed how the story flowed and it moved at a fast pace switching from the present day to Leo’s story and adding a further twist to the plot. There is also a touch of romance which lightened the mood for me.
I would definitely recommend this book and am going to catch up with the other books in the Guernsey Novel series!
**A Triple Celebration and a Price Reduction!**
For this week only, until 18th February, the price of books 2-6 of The Guernsey Novels is only £1.99/$2.99, with book 1 ‘Dangerous Waters’ remaining at 99p/99c.
This is in celebration of Anne Allen’s birthday, the 6th anniversary of the publication of ‘Dangerous Waters’ and the recent publication of book 6 – ‘The Betrayal’.
To buy The Betrayal – http://myBook.to/TheBetrayal
About the Author
Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea.
She has three children, and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby. Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people.
She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns.
By profession, Anne was a psychotherapist, but long had the itch to write. Now a full-time writer, she has written The Guernsey Novels, six having been published and the seventh, The Inheritance, is due out in 2018.
Social Media Links – Website: http://www.anneallen.co.uk