Betrayal by Robin Lee Hatcher is a historical fiction novel set in Wyoming in the late 1900's. Julia Grace is a widow trying to keep her late husband's ranch going all alone. When Hugh Brennan, a drifter comes by Julia's ranch, she hires him to help out with chores on the ranch and the upcoming cattle drive. She can only pay him in meals, but Hugh is more than happy to accept food and a dry place to sleep. Julia doesn't know anything about Hugh, but seems to feel she can trust him. Both Hugh and Julia have faced their share of heartache, betrayal, and loss, making them unlikely to become friends, but somehow understanding of each other as well.
I've read a number of Robin Lee Hatcher's books in the past and enjoy her writing style very much. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres of books as well. This book combines a great mix of mystery, action, and romance. The characters are very well-developed and interesting. Julia struggles with her past - both her life with her husband and her upbringing. Hugh also has a similar difficult past that he is trying to overcome. Both are wounded and find it difficult to fully trust another person. These feelings are conveyed in a real, authentic way in the novel. They also are working to trust God and to believe that He is creating something good in their lives. You can't help rooting for them as a couple throughout the book even though they continue to face adversity. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
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