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It's 10 years since the end of book 1, The House of Secrets: Julia's Story which introduced the Belleville family of Prior Park, their secrets and betrayals. Now, in book 2, To Love, Honour & Betray, Elizabeth Belleville, the family matriarch, continues to dominate the lives of her three children: Richard, William and Julia. Richard's marriage to Catherine is under pressur It's 10 years since the end of book 1, The House of Secrets: Julia's Story which introduced the Belleville family of Prior Park, their secrets and betrayals. Now, in book 2, To Love, Honour & Betray, Elizabeth Belleville, the family matriarch, continues to dominate the lives of her three children: Richard, William and Julia. Richard's marriage to Catherine is under pressure as her dissatisfaction with life in Australia grows more apparent. It is the unexpected events in her aristocratic family that draw her back to her English life. Will Richard join her or remain committed to his life in Australia? Julia Belleville, now Fitzroy, continues to mourn the daughter she was forced to give up and the American Army captain she loved and lost, while her husband James begins to look elsewhere. Hundreds of miles from the Belleville family's grand Australian home, a terrible accident robs a young girl of her parents. It is only later that we see the consequences of this tragedy. Far way in New York, successful surgeon Dr Philippe Duval, the man Julia loved and lost, hears unexpected news from the past that brings him back to Australia, a country he thought he would never visit again. And what of Alistair McGovern, the late Francis Belleville's bastard son? Now an adult, he demands his share of the Belleville fortune and to be part of the Belleville family but he is spurned by the two brothers, Richard and William, who will do almost anything to ensure that their father's terrible secret never reaches their mother. When he is finally rejected, his anger and disappointment lead him in only one direction. In this book, for each of the Belleville family, there are long buried secrets from the past that will begin to surface to reveal the depths of the betrayals within their midst and the bitter legacy for those who remain. In a dramatic finale, Prior Park itself must pay a price as the secrets and betrayals are brutally revealed. Book 1 in the series garnered high praise for first time author J Mary Masters. Book 2 delves deeper in the story of the Belleville family, especiallyJulia's story, which takes a totally unexpected and unforeseen twist.


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It's 10 years since the end of book 1, The House of Secrets: Julia's Story which introduced the Belleville family of Prior Park, their secrets and betrayals. Now, in book 2, To Love, Honour & Betray, Elizabeth Belleville, the family matriarch, continues to dominate the lives of her three children: Richard, William and Julia. Richard's marriage to Catherine is under pressur It's 10 years since the end of book 1, The House of Secrets: Julia's Story which introduced the Belleville family of Prior Park, their secrets and betrayals. Now, in book 2, To Love, Honour & Betray, Elizabeth Belleville, the family matriarch, continues to dominate the lives of her three children: Richard, William and Julia. Richard's marriage to Catherine is under pressure as her dissatisfaction with life in Australia grows more apparent. It is the unexpected events in her aristocratic family that draw her back to her English life. Will Richard join her or remain committed to his life in Australia? Julia Belleville, now Fitzroy, continues to mourn the daughter she was forced to give up and the American Army captain she loved and lost, while her husband James begins to look elsewhere. Hundreds of miles from the Belleville family's grand Australian home, a terrible accident robs a young girl of her parents. It is only later that we see the consequences of this tragedy. Far way in New York, successful surgeon Dr Philippe Duval, the man Julia loved and lost, hears unexpected news from the past that brings him back to Australia, a country he thought he would never visit again. And what of Alistair McGovern, the late Francis Belleville's bastard son? Now an adult, he demands his share of the Belleville fortune and to be part of the Belleville family but he is spurned by the two brothers, Richard and William, who will do almost anything to ensure that their father's terrible secret never reaches their mother. When he is finally rejected, his anger and disappointment lead him in only one direction. In this book, for each of the Belleville family, there are long buried secrets from the past that will begin to surface to reveal the depths of the betrayals within their midst and the bitter legacy for those who remain. In a dramatic finale, Prior Park itself must pay a price as the secrets and betrayals are brutally revealed. Book 1 in the series garnered high praise for first time author J Mary Masters. Book 2 delves deeper in the story of the Belleville family, especiallyJulia's story, which takes a totally unexpected and unforeseen twist.

40 review for To Love, Honour & Betray

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com It was a warm welcome and an embracing homecoming as I returned to the fascinating lives of the Belleville family in J Mary Master’s second chapter of this Australian historical fiction series, To Love Honour and Betray. With the emphasis on family, secrets, the past, legacy and entitlement, the sequel to Julia’s Story entertains the reader from the breathtaking first page, through to the final parting word of this compelling Australian novel. In this absorbi *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com It was a warm welcome and an embracing homecoming as I returned to the fascinating lives of the Belleville family in J Mary Master’s second chapter of this Australian historical fiction series, To Love Honour and Betray. With the emphasis on family, secrets, the past, legacy and entitlement, the sequel to Julia’s Story entertains the reader from the breathtaking first page, through to the final parting word of this compelling Australian novel. In this absorbing second issue in the series, there are plenty of shocking secrets, tragic events, unexpected twists of fate and a bevy of agonising decisions to be made as the Belleville family fold negotiate life in the late 1950s. Following my experience of reading book one in this series, Julia’s Story, I was reminded of just how engaging this series has proved to be. J Mary Masters is a skilled storyteller, drawing her reader in at all times, with a well written and carefully plotted narrative. I enjoyed being carried away from the pressures of real life as I surrendered myself to the trials and tribulations of the colourful Belleville family clan. What I appreciated about To Love Honour and Betray was the way in which J Mary Masters is able to so easily transport the reader to yesteryear, Australia in the 1950s, with a sense of ease. The period detail is to be applauded. Masters captures the very essence of the 1950s, with a particular emphasis on the strict moral codes and expectations of Australian society at this point in time. There is a strong ring of truth that follows the characters and their actions in this novel, which I feel is down to the commitment the author has gone to in order to maintain the authenticity of this time piece. The narrative itself is polished off nicely. Masters strives to achieve a good balance between tying up the loose ends left hanging from her previous issue of this series, and introducing new areas of concern for the characters to work through. I enjoyed marking out my favourite, as well as the unlikeable players in this novel. I also continued to refer to the cast of characters list for this book, included at the beginning on the story. It ensured that my understanding of this protagonist set remained on point. The more and more I read and committed myself to the Belleville family, the more I feel this book is closely aligned to one of my favourite television drama series, A Place to Call Home. There are some great parallels between this book series and television adaptation. It really does warm my heart to see such quality Australian historical sagas, such as To Love Honour and Betray, beamed into our book world. This stunning book is a wonderful reminder of the stories that come from our passionate Australian writers. *I wish to thank the author, J Mary Masters, for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes. To Love, Honour and Betray is book #92 of the 2019 Australian Women Writers Challenge

  2. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Smith

    Spanning three books and set from 1942 through to the 1950s, the Belleville family series is classic Australian town and country drama, with a distinctive atmosphere of bygone days. Dramatic and absorbing, this series will take you on an emotional journey through the lives of one family, offering up a true saga opportunity that you can really sink into and get lost in for the duration. Fans of Downton Abbey and A Place to Call Home will delight in this series. It also reminded me to a certain de Spanning three books and set from 1942 through to the 1950s, the Belleville family series is classic Australian town and country drama, with a distinctive atmosphere of bygone days. Dramatic and absorbing, this series will take you on an emotional journey through the lives of one family, offering up a true saga opportunity that you can really sink into and get lost in for the duration. Fans of Downton Abbey and A Place to Call Home will delight in this series. It also reminded me to a certain degree of the family sagas written by the late Penny Vincenzi, but with an old world Australian feel. This series is best read back to back, in order to fully immerse yourself in the lives of the Belleville family. Highly recommended reading for fans of historical fiction and family sagas, and for those who appreciate quality Australian fiction.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Nichols

    I thoroughly enjoyed this superbly written follow up novel to the introductory story of The House Of Secrets: Julia's Story. I think the Author has polished her writing skills and has found her stride in the telling of this intriguing tale. The novel is very easy to read and continues the family saga that was introduced in the first novel, the story pulls you in and whisks you away from this day and transports you to the 1950's where all is not as it seems on the surface. Looking forward to wher I thoroughly enjoyed this superbly written follow up novel to the introductory story of The House Of Secrets: Julia's Story. I think the Author has polished her writing skills and has found her stride in the telling of this intriguing tale. The novel is very easy to read and continues the family saga that was introduced in the first novel, the story pulls you in and whisks you away from this day and transports you to the 1950's where all is not as it seems on the surface. Looking forward to where the family saga takes us in the next installment.

  4. 4 out of 5

    J. Masters

    This is the first time I've read book 2 of my Belleville series on Kindle. Any author approaches re-reading their own work with trepidation. Mistakes? Yes, a couple of layout errors that are appearing in the way the Kindle handles it. Editing? Could always do with a bit more tightening up but not so bad it affects the story. Why am I re-reading it? Well, working on my fourth book of the Belleville family now, I need to be sure I don't contradict something that's happened previously. So call it res This is the first time I've read book 2 of my Belleville series on Kindle. Any author approaches re-reading their own work with trepidation. Mistakes? Yes, a couple of layout errors that are appearing in the way the Kindle handles it. Editing? Could always do with a bit more tightening up but not so bad it affects the story. Why am I re-reading it? Well, working on my fourth book of the Belleville family now, I need to be sure I don't contradict something that's happened previously. So call it research. You might guess from this review that I fell in love with my characters. It's such an unusual but rewarding feeling to be in charge of their lives and how they proceed.

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