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On a golden day in early summer, two young boys meet in the crowded streets of Florence and change the lives of a man and a woman forevermore...For seventeen years Ash has been eaten up alive by bitterness and hatred, caught fast in the clutches of the past. For seventeen years he has not been able to look at the boy he raised as his heir and not remember the terrible betrOn a golden day in early summer, two young boys meet in the crowded streets of Florence and change the lives of a man and a woman forevermore...For seventeen years Ash has been eaten up alive by bitterness and hatred, caught fast in the clutches of the past. For seventeen years he has not been able to look at the boy he raised as his heir and not remember the terrible betrayal he had to endure. And yet, for seventeen years he has closed his eyes against the even more terrible truth ...Seventeen years ago Georgina fled from England and all she ever held dear. But for the sake of her child, she must return to confront the man whom she once loved more than life itself until lies and deceit tore her life and marriage apart.Will their love stand a second chance?...

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betrayal Reviews

  • Lyuda
    2019-04-19 01:25

    The author can definitely craft intensity and anguish! The Earl of Ashburnham, was 19 years old when he fell in love with 18 year-old Georgiana. Their courting was short and sweet and they were married not long afterwards. Unfortunately, their HEA wasn't meant to be as relatively shortly after the birth of their twin sons, Georgiana was wrongly accused of adultery. Unable to stand her husband's disdain, she left home taken with her the youngest son (the spare). Her escape took her to Germany where a rich tradesman widow offered her a companion position. The story starts 17 years later, when by sheer accident, two brothers met in Florence, shocked by their similarity to each other, further discovered that they have the same last name, and decided to unravel the mystery of their separation. The author's inspiration for the story came from a German book that was adapted by Hollywood as The Parent Trap. It was not a light read (as reference to the movie would suggest) but rather a painfully intense, anguish story that kept my interest up to the end. Unfortunately, it also suffered from a weak characters development and some very unbelievable story lines. (view spoiler)[ For example, let's take the boys' swap. The younger brother lived in Germany for most of his life, in a German household, worked in a German factory. Assuming that it was a typical German town, the language he would use for most of his life would be German. Are we to believe that this boy can go to England and seamlessly take a role of an English aristocrat without anybody noticing even such an obvious thing as a trace of a foreign accent? Right! The same but reverse can be said for the older brother coming to Germany. (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  • KatieV
    2019-04-12 23:55

    Sort of torn on what to rate this one. It's not "my thing" but that doesn't mean it wasn't a good book. Just maybe not quite for me. I'm not the greatest fan of the stodgy/straitlaced Regency hero, unless he happens to be Mr. Darcy himself.Mostly, the 17 years apart is just too sad for me. Ten is about my max and that's pushing it. Also, with this being an admitted homage to The Parent Trap, it's kid heavy - also not my thing. This was a mature book as far as how the resolution went. The h, particularly, was able to step back and see things through the eyes of the young adults they had been and forgive the hero's and her own mistakes. Her own sons are only a few years younger than she and the hero were when it all hit the fan, and she knows her sons are good men in the making... but not yet exactly men. She applies this revelation to the events of the past. This theme follows through in both the H/h's past actions and the H's cousin who is the falsely accused third party in the love triangle that was not. All very nice and mature, but I love my wrecky crazy messes (in fiction), so I didn't get the explosive reunion I wanted. Instead, probably true to the time and position of the H/h, I got two very restrained, uptight aristocrats trying to maintain social decorum in a crazy situation. Alas, no blackmail or amnesia. Scheming mother-in-law though. She was the most OTT character. There were definitely some real emotions felt and I cried a tear or two. Overall I'm giving it a 3, I suppose.

  • willaful
    2019-04-23 22:05

    Janine and I duke it out with no conflict whatsoever :-) :

  • May Mostly Romance
    2019-04-11 23:11

    I waited for the new Sandra Schwab's book for a very long time and once I saw the review from Dear Author, I went to Amazon and bought it even I do not really like to buy from Amazon (since they charged extra for international buyers). I read it in one setting and took a sick leave the next day. The plot was predictable since it came from German book, which inspired the movie "The Parent Trap" (and I watched "The Parent Trap" first) but that was not the problem. Actually the familiar plot made it easy for me to pay attention to the meaningful part of the story. Because the plot was just the set up for the characters and emotions that followed.And what an emotions it was. I cried a thousand tears, changed my pillow, continued reading, and cried some more.Normally I really hated misunderstanding plot and this book based on the "BIG" misunderstand between the hero and heroine. Somehow the misunderstanding in this book was not the problem for me. Although several time I really wanted to go into the book and bodily attacked the hero for his cruelty. But maybe his trying too hard not to feel anything was what drawn me into the story. I found myself emotion overwhelm by everything happened in this book. It had been so long since I invest myself that much into the "fictional world". It became like I was part of the characters' life, and had stake in their decision. It was the best 2 hours I spent reading any books. The only downside in this book was the ending. Georgiana (the heroine) was a better person than I was. I could understand the reason behind all the misunderstanding. I saw the reason that why Ash (the hero) thought what he thought. But for me, he needed to be more grovel. I needed more scenes of him trying to redeem. Maybe I was too invested and too unforgiving. This was the only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 stars.Betrayal ของ Sandra Schwab ชื่อคนแต่งอ่านจะไม่คุ้นหูหลายคน แต่เธอเป็นนักเขียนที่เราชอบมาก ๆ และด้วยเหตุผลบางอย่าง หยุดเขียนไปหลายปี จนเล่มนี้ออกวางขาย และเมื่อเราได้ข่าว ก็ห้ามตัวเองไม่ได้ คลิกกดปุ่มซื้อในอเมซอนไปซะงั้น ทั้งที่เราไม่ชอบซื้อหนังสืออเมซอนเท่าไหร (เรื่องมันยาวค่ะ) และจริง ๆ พรินต์บุ๊คก็น่าจะออกตามมาในเวลาไม่นาน แต่หลังจากอ่านจบ (ในวันแรกที่คลิกซื้อ) เราก็ไม่เสียใจเลย และพร้อมที่จะซื้อเล่มนี้อีกรอบ หากออกขายในรูปแบบอื่น (ไฟล์ที่ไม่ใช่ใช้ได้เฉพาะกับคินเดล หรือออกเป็นพรินต์บุ๊ค) เรื่องนี้คุ้มค่าเพียงพอค่ะวันนึงในฤดูร้อนที่เมืองฟลอเรนซ์ เด็กชายวัยสิบเจ็ดปีสองคนพบกัน สำหรับยุโรปในยุคหลังสงครามนโปเลียน นั่นไม่ใช่เรื่องแปลกอะไรมากมายที่ลูกชายของท่านเอิร์ล และตัวเองก็ดำรงตำแหน่งไวส์เค้าท์ในอังกฤษจะได้พบปะและสังสรรกับเด็กชายที่เติบโตในเยอรมัน และทำงานให้กับพ่อค้าขายผ้า สิ่งที่แปลกก็คือเด็กทั้งสองหน้าตาเหมือนกัน แถมยังมีนามสกุลเดียวกันอีกต่างหากอ่านถึงตรงนี้หลายคนอาจจะพอนึกถึงภาพยนตร์เรื่องนึงที่ฉายเมื่อหลายปีก่อน เรื่อง The Parent Trap ที่นำแสดงโดยลินเซย์ โลแฮน สมัยที่ยังไร้เดียงสา แต่กระทั่งเรื่อง The Parent Trap เองก็มีเค้าโครงเรื่องมาจากหนังสือสำหรับเด็กของเยอรมันเรื่องนึง และเรื่องนั้นนั่นเองเป็นแรงบันดาลใจของเล่มนี้ ดังนั้นในส่วนของพล็อตไม่ต้องใช้สมองคาดเดาอะไรมากมายนัก เด็กชายทั้งสองสลับตัวกัน ไวส์เค้าท์เดินทางไปเยอรมัน เพื่อพบกับมารดาที่เขาไม่เคยรู้จัก ส่วนอีกคนเดินทางไปอังกฤษเพื่อพบกับพ่อ ความจริงเปิดเผย และทั้งหมดได้พบกันอีกครั้งสำหรับเราที่ดูหนัง และเคยอ่านหนังสือเยอรมันเล่มนั้น (ฉบับแปลเป็นอังกฤษ) มาแล้ว พล็อตจึงไม่ใช่สิ่งแปลกใหม่ แต่สิ่งที่ทำให้เราอ่านต่อโดยไม่ยอมหลับยอมนอนก็คือ ตัวละคร และที่สำคัญที่สุด อารมณ์ของเรื่อง ขอบอกว่า อ่านไปร้องไห้ไป น้ำตาไหลเป็นทาง เรื่องราวที่บีบหัวใจ พระเอกที่น่าเขกกระโหลกอย่างยิ่ง อ่านแล้วมีอารมณ์ร่วมไปกับเนื้อเรื่องอย่างมาก เรารู้สึกว่า คาแร็คเตอร์มีความสมจริงยิ่งนัก ชอบสองฝาแฝดที่คนแต่งเขียนให้ทั้งคู่มีความแตกต่างกันอย่างชัดเจน และเธอไม่ได้ใช้ความแตกต่างง่าย ๆ แบบในหนัง (คนนึงเป็นกุลสตรี อีกคนเป็นทอมบอย) ความแตกต่างของทั้งสองสื่อให้เห็นอย่างชัดเจนถึงการเลี้ยงดูที่ทั้งคู่ถูกเพาะบ่มมา เรื่องนี้สนุกตลอดทั้งเรื่อง ส่วนเดียวที่เราขัดใจเราเล็กน้อยก็คงจะเป็นตอนจบของเรื่อง เรารู้สึกว่า พระเอกยังไม่ได้ทำหน้าที่ของตัวเองอย่างเต็มที่ เขาไม่ได้ไถ่บาปมากเพียงพอสำหรับเรา เพราะทั้งเรื่องเขาโหดร้ายกับนางเอกมาก เราจึงคาดหวังการไถ่โทษที่ยิ่งใหญ่ไม่น้อยไปกว่ากัน และแม้จะมีฉากนั้นในเรื่อง แต่ความโหดของเรา ยังรู้สึกว่าไม่พอ นี่เป็นเหตุผลเดียวที่เราตัดคะแนนเล่มนี้ลง คะแนนที่ 77

  • Carole Rae
    2019-03-25 04:00

    Like earlier stated I read and reviewed this for the publisher/author for my honest and unbiased opinion.This would be my third novel I've read by Sandra Schwab and yet again she has dazzled me. She keeps getting better and better. I'm having a hard time letting this be labeled in the Historical Romance. It was more of a tragedy with a HEA at the very, very end. It was so sad and I felt bad for both Georgina and Ash. They were torn apart for seventeen years due to betrayal and lies. It was so sad and the way Sandra Schwab made you connect with the characters.I loved how she based this story of the famous 'Parent Trap' movies and the original German play. It was a unique and cute way to make the two separated lovers reunit. It makes me want to re-watch the movies. However, I always wonder the chances that the twins would be at the same place at the same is so unlikely. Anyways, it was a cute, but tragic book. I really wanted to punch Ash though, because he had claimed to loving her SO much, but when one person tells him that she had laid with another man HE believed it. Even when Georgina denied it, he still divorced her. There was no proof...only word of mouth...he divorced her. GAH! MEN! So bull-headed. He was lucky she didn't take both of the babies with her. >.> However, there was one way that Georgina could have avoided all that (which I can't say) but she didn't play that card, which she should have played, but she didn't. C'MON! You're marriage is going down in flames and you wouldn't do anything to save it? GAH! I just wanted to scream when I found out the card that could have saved the marriage to begin with. Tsk.I loved everything about this book, besides for one thing...I hated the ending. Yes, I was glad they got their HEA, but it was rushed. I wanted more one-on-one between the two. I wanted more cuddling and sweet words. For heaven's sake they had been apart for 17 years. IDK. All this build up and the ending left me wanting more. Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot. I would really like a prequel of the couple. It would be fun to see how they got together in their youth and then the crumble of the marriage. Maybe someday. *fingers crossed*. The ending felt super rushed, but the rest of the book was great and I want more! I can't wait to read more by Sandra Schwab. ^.^ I would recommend this to those that love Historical Romances. Out of 5 stars I grant this one 5 stars. It is more like 4.5, but I rounded since I don't give decimals. Favorite Character(s): The twins (a pair of rascals), Georgina, Frau Else and GuyNot-so Favorite Character(s): Dowager Countess (*grumbles* bitch *grumbles*)

  • maggieandteddy
    2019-04-08 04:57

    A historical take on the Parent Trap. The H, Ash, for most of the book is a bitter spiteful man. He had split up with his wife, Georgina, when they were very young. He believed the worst about his wife. His MAJOR bitch of a mother, of course started the lies. Ash, is an English duke, he refused to believe Georgina. Georgina fled to Germany with one of the young twin sons. She left the older twin, the heir, with his father!It was mostly bittersweet, showing Georgina's life as a companion to an elderly wealthy woman, while Ash, simmered and sulked in his estate. The twins, of course, are raised quite differently. One is raised with kindness, love and is unspoiled. The other is shown a short temper and aloofness. The Parent trap element comes fairly early in the book. When the parents, the H and h meet again, it's been just over 17 years. They'd been young lovers when they were last together. Ash expects Georgina to be pitiful and remorseful. She is none of that, and stands her own when she meets up with her ex. She had given up on Ash ever believing her, so she focuses on her sons.I took 1/2 star off for Ash, being a too OTT bitter asshole for a huge part of the story. What was the real Ash? The young man that was so tender & loving to "Ginny"? Or the sour moody man? I did like the grovel, it was very sincere, in my opinion. The twist on how Georgina was cleared, was a clever twist-especially in a historical romance. The author has an epilogue on her website, which I plan to read. That should have been included in the book. The author notes that she's working on having the book free-for how long, I'm not sure. The price now is .99 on Amazon, but my friend Robin loaned it to me.Thank you Robin!**edit. I read the epilogue that's on the author's website. OK, but it's not too far in the future.

  • Tina
    2019-04-21 04:07

    When I began this book, I thought I was going to love it. It is this author's retelling of Das dappelte Lottchen -- probably more commonly known by the name of the movie Hollywood called it, The Parent Trap.It starts out great with the two 17 y.o. brothers discovering each other. Of course they trade places. The one who grew up with his cold father goes to live on the Continent with his loving, warm mother while the other son travels to England to masquerade as the heir.The story does best when it is allowing the switched brothers react to their new environments and we watch as they interact with their unsuspecting stranger-parent. However when it has to address the love, marriage and romance between Georgina and her bitter ex-husband Ash, it stumbles. My Full Review Here

  • Moonquartz
    2019-03-30 23:58

    Wow yet another delicious offering by Schwab but writing a review without spoilers is difficult, as the blurb does not reveal much. As the title suggests the protagonists in this tale were betrayed and obviously not by either of them. So why were they betrayed? And that may lead to by who and how? This is the provocative question. Throughout the novel, one is on tenterhooks, desperately seeking the answer. Ah yes, in true Schwabish fashion the romance in Betrayal is interspersed with suspense. One vainly presses on hoping all is revealed in the next page or perhaps the next. However, Schwab mistress of her craft keeps one in the dark until dawn is slowly rising on the horizon to reveal a regency landscape of unexpected magnitude. Undoubtedly, one is quite shocked at the revelation. Lord Ashburn or Ash and Georgina fell in love deeply and married at an early age 19 and 18 respectively. After the birth of their sons, twins they were betrayed and Georgina fled from England making a new life for herself albeit not quite what she was used to. Betrayal by the one he loved dearly left Ash bitter and hurt. Georgina equally hurt by painful memories of being letdown by a man who she thought loved her with his body, heart and soul. Yet he was quick to believe the lies regardless of her denials. Betrayed by his deception she still had those painfully loving moments spent with Ash. Of course, this is the Regency era, a society with very different moral values nevertheless fraught with hypocrisy where deceptions and lies are easily conceived and deployed. Seventeen years later they are forcibly reunited and all their personal issues surface. In Betrayal, Schwab once again deftly captures her protagonists' emotions, their angst, their misgivings, amid the grandeur and classism of the Regency era. As their tale moves between Germany and England Schwab's prose makes the places come to life. She skilfully braids all her characters delving deeply into their flaws to deliver a scintillating masterpiece. True this is a plot device used before betrayal through lies and deception and then a reunion. However, it is Schwab's treatment of a familiar trope that makes Betrayal such a mesmerising read. It was so easy to be lost in this tale, swept by the magically rapturous words and imagery, the depth of all the characters. The mature and well thought plotline makes it real and one is transported to Ash and Ginny's era. Even the 17 years of separation, though hard to swallow make it realistic, for such is life. However, the one flaw in this book is that Schwab fails to tackle how Georgina arrives at Frau Elsa's. The novel has an HEA and for those interested the authors note at the end gives useful insight into Schwab's inspiration for the novel. And for her fans, Betrayal also has an epilogue.

  • Linda
    2019-04-07 01:23

    Wonderful! Ash and Georgina 's story is definitely a lot like the parent trap. (One of my all time favorites ) with a lushess difference. Through heartbreak and betrayal the fates and two wonderful young boy Ash and Georgina come face to face again after 17 years. A definite must read. A tragically beautiful story!

  • maria luisa covarrubias
    2019-04-05 22:00

    I really enjoy the book , it was unexpected. I liked the way it is writed and the descriptions

  • Romancing the Book
    2019-04-11 02:09

    Reviewed by JulieBook provided by the authorReview originally posted at Romancing the BookWell, my goodness! What a story! The inspiration for the this novel came from “The Parent Trap.” Ash has a child and Georgina has a child. They are twins, but unaware of each other.Ash has never been able to bond with his son. The doubt in the back of his mind that the boy isn’t really his heir keeps him from being able to connect with him.When a situation occurs that brings his former wife, Georgina back to England all the sweet memories come back to Ash and Georgina, but are mixed the memories of betrayal. Ash’s sweet, beautiful, sensual wife was sleeping with his best friend. For seventeen years Ash has stewed in his anger and pain.Georgina has tried to put the best face on her life she could. A cheerful woman that lives from one day to the next by refusing to indulge in self pity or allow the memories, both good and bad to come to the surface. When Ash and Georgina find themselves face to face after all these years, he finds that not only is he still in terrible pain, but he is still in love with Georgina.The opportunity to finally give Georgina fits for the wrongs she committed are too great to pass up. But, she doesn’t give in to his barbs easily, making him furious. Then he goes too far and realizes he still cares for her after all.You will not be able to read this book without a box of tissues. When one brave soul comes forward and reveals a stunning secret the realization that these two people have been robbed of so many years together is so sad. The effect it has on the children and what they missed out on and will never be able to go back and recapture is almost more than Ash can bear. If he thought he knew pain before, he really suffers when the truth finally comes out.Many of the issues this couple endured was due to their youth. They were so young and so deeply in love with each other, but didn’t have the maturity to stop and reason out the situation. Ash’s temper was notorious, so you could imagine him at nineteen being very quick tempered. So, when someone comes to him of good authority and tells him they have seen his wife with his best friend he just reacted. Georgina’s pride caused her to refuse to give credence to the accusations. There was only one other person that knew the truth and that person was hiding an explosive secret .After seventeen long years of dealing with pain and disgrace and disloyalty and betrayal it would be hard to just pick back up and put all that behind you. But, with a powerful love that could not be denied these two just might be able to pull it off.Did I like the characters? Well Ash was hard to warm up to despite my feeling that I would most likely feel the same way. Georgina was a cool customer , a woman that suffered greatly for no good reason, but a woman with a HUGE heart and the courage to reclaim what she lost all those years ago.The steam level on this one was a 2. There were some erotic suggestions, but mostly these were from memories and not too detailed. Our lovebirds are able to finally come together again after all this time and it seems the passion is just as strong even though they are older.

  • Kelly
    2019-04-12 04:17

    Misunderstandings, fluttering hearts, melodrama and betrayal! I was enticed to read this book by author Sandra Schwab's introduction, which references her love of Das doppelte Lottchen, the inspiration for the movie The Parent Trap. Who hasn't dreamed of meeting an identical twin and switching places? Weird or not, I have, and I love stories that play on this idea. Sandra has used two boys instead, and has them meet in Florence. The opening sequence is gorgeously written. I was there. I could feel the sun on my face and hear the water in the fountains. The boys switch places and when they are discovered, their estranged parents are brought back together, where they must over come the malicious scandal that tore them apart. Very entertaining with a properly emotional climax.

  • Britta Feyerabend
    2019-04-04 04:25

    A well-written romance. Not actually my genre, but a fun read nevertheless, well written (especially since the author is not a native speaker), witty, well-researched, with fun (German) local color elements and trivia blended into an Austen-ian world. The dialogues are smart, the steamy atmosphere proper, the in-law a beast - naturally... What else does one need to relax?!

  • suzi
    2019-04-16 01:23

    I lurve the angst! And best groveling ever (at least compared to other groveling's that I've read). I can't understand the motivation behind the big misunderstanding but whatever. I enjoyed how it played out.

  • L Bongiorno
    2019-04-13 02:55

    So, this is similar to Disney's plot for Parent Trap. I am not a big fan of the old stodgy English ways. I thought some parts too boring and skipped a bit here and there, but overall it was a decent read.

  • SH
    2019-03-23 22:22

    Almost four star. Really good version of the story I first saw in The Parent Trap. Very moving.

  • Julie
    2019-03-26 00:59

    My review for this book will be posted on The Romancing the Book Blog in the near future!

  • Marianne
    2019-04-05 03:16

    I wish the ending had been more developed, but overall this was pretty good.

  • Christian Woods
    2019-03-25 01:21

    Star;ted a little slowly, but it got better. I also got the free epilogue from the author's website.

  • HJ
    2019-03-31 23:21

    Almost four star. Really good version of the story I first saw in The Parent Trap. Very moving.

  • Suzanne
    2019-04-14 21:18

    A short historical romance based on 'Lottie and Lisa"/The Parent Trap. Completely over the top angst, but so much fun!

  • Lizzie b
    2019-03-29 21:11

    My first book by this author. Its quite a short book full of feelings of betrayal and angst, and a spiteful mother(in-law).