Tuesday, January 1, 2013

JD's Review of 'Blessed and Betrayed' by Sandy Appleyard

‘Blessed and Betrayed’ is a story about a woman trying to come to terms with an hitherto-unexplained family hostility while searching for meaning and satisfaction in her own life.

Victoria Williams is a nurse in a cancer unit, struggling with romantic and work relationship issues. She finds herself a square peg in a round hole, at odds with some of her peers and unable to come to terms with the recent death of her beloved childhood nanny. She finds solace with her (somewhat dissolute) friend Tabitha and her sister Carmen, but her dealings with her own mother – a cold and businesslike individual – remain a source of frustration.

Her resignation from her job at the hospital becomes a catalyst for change, leading to an unlikely romance and the eventual emptying of skeletons from the family closet.

This is a heart-warming and well-paced novel. I found some of the switches from first person to third person narrative a little jarring at times and I guessed fairly early on where the story was headed, but none of this spoiled my enjoyment of the narrative.

If you like a good cry and a satisfying resolution to a tale, ‘Blessed and Betrayed’ is a book for you.

'Blessed and Betrayed' is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

You can find out more about author Sandy Appleyard by going to her website http://www.sandyappleyard.com/ or by following her on Twitter https://twitter.com/SandyAppleyard 

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