‘The Betrayal’, Volume 6 of the Guernsey Novels was published in paperback and as an eBook on the 20th October 2017 by Sarnia Press. I was invited to take part in this blog tour by Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources. I would like to thank both Rachel and Anne Allen for my review copy of this book.
This story is set mostly in Guernsey in the 1940s and 2011.
In 1940 Teresa Bichard and her baby were sent by her beloved husband, Leo to England for their own safety. The Germans were getting closer to Guernsey and could invade at any time. A couple of years later Leo, who was of Jewish descent, was betrayed to the Germans and sent to a concentration camp. Sadly, he never returned home.
When Teresa returned to Guernsey in 1945 she found out that Leo did not survive. The family’s valuable art collection, including a Renoir, was missing. Heartbroken, she returned to England.
It’s 2011 and 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?
I’m so glad to have been given the opportunity to take part in this blog tour. I have read and reviewed a couple of Anne Allen’s books previously which I remember really enjoying. It feels so nice to be finally reunited with this series. This book can be read as a standalone without spoiling any pleasure.
I thought ‘The Betrayal’ was absolutely fabulous. It was such an interesting read. I really like the author’s style of writing and her descriptions of Guernsey were wonderful. It sounds so beautiful, a place to get lost in, a sanctuary. There’s also lots of mention of food throughout the story. Always a good thing even though it did make me feel a bit hungry. At the front of the book there is a map of Guernsey and the surrounding islands which is useful.
I liked the way the story switched back and forth between the present and the past. I really felt for poor Leo and what happened to him. I had a pretty good idea who the betrayer was. So very tragic. There were a number of lovely and genuine characters in this book. I warmed to Fiona straightaway and I loved her friends, especially Louisa and Paul. I also liked Michael a lot.
I really hope there are going to be many more Guernsey novels.
I give this book 5 out of 5.
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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 coincide with this blog tour a competition is being run. The prize is 1 x signed paperback copy of ‘The Betrayal’. To enter, click on this link – http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/33c6949460/
This competition is open internationally.
About Anne Allen
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.
Website – http://www.anneallen.co.uk
Twitter – https://twitter.com/AnneAllen21