Today I am pleased to present Blessed and Betrayed by Sandy Appleyard.
Victoria’s life is a jigsaw puzzle. Her nightmares, unfeeling mother and a secret picture of her sister, are the puzzle pieces. The ghost of her nanny and her best friend begin to help her put the puzzle together. A near fatal accident reveals one of the missing pieces, but will Victoria solve the puzzle in time? Blessed with the love of her life and betrayed by the secrets of her past, Victoria finds herself torn. Blessed and Betrayed is an unforgettable novel about unexpected love, forgiveness and letting the past shape, not dictate your future.
At some point in most people’s lives, they are faced with those turning points that require you to make a conscious choice to move forward or allow your past hurts to rule and ruin your life. This is the story of Victoria, who on reaching those moments of dissatisfaction with her life: successful and on track in the eyes of many, finds herself in a crisis of why. On the death of her beloved Nanny, Victoria begins to feel more at odds with her life, without family after some unrevealed upheaval, and limited in friends.
Told in a combination of first and third person voicing, the story moves briskly from point to point, allowing the reader to see the generosity of spirit that Victoria displays, the frustration in her relationship with her mother, and her dissatisfaction with her single status. Decisions need to be made, and Victoria resigned her position in the unit, and starts to examine her life more closely, airing out the skeletons in the family closet. With a chance encounter with a former patient, and a blooming love; the story moves on much like a life’s journey, allowing the reader to feel and see her growth and the freedom that letting the past go can bring. A story that will encourage and enlighten readers to the cleansing powers of taking charge of your life, Sandy Appleyard has managed to combine several elements into a neat and easy to follow story that will consistently entertain and surprise through the last page.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review as part of the Indie Authors Rock promotion for I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Sandy has written two memoirs: The Message in Dad’s Bottle, a heartfelt story about growing up with an alcoholic, and I’ll Never Wear a Backless Dress, a book about her experience living with Scoliosis.
Blessed and Betrayed is Sandy’s debut romantic mystery, which she spent eight months writing and laid the groundwork for her love of romantic mysteries. She’s now written another entitled The Wife of a Lesser Man, which is due for release this spring. The sequel, The Wife of a Lesser Man: Don’t Mess with Daddy’s Girl is nearly complete.
Sandy began writing at age fifteen, starting with poetry. Her first three books were written while she was at home caring for her two children. She has plans and story ideas for approximately ten more novels. When she’s not writing, Sandy enjoys reading, physical fitness, animals and spending time with family and friends.
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