Betrayal of Trust

Fiction - Historical - Personage
411 Pages
Reviewed on 08/01/2023
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Author Biography

C. V. Lee spent the majority of her life in California, from living near the beaches of Redondo Beach, to the wine country of the San Francisco Bay area, and the farm country in the Sacramento Valley.

Born in Texas, she was raised in Washington, just east of Seattle. There, she attended the University of Washington and worked in air transportation for two years after graduating. One day, she packed everything in her red Fiero, and headed south to sunny California, without a job and no where to live, to seek her fortune. She meant to stay for only a few years, but a funny thing happened on her way home to Washington.

She had planned to return to Washington but met her husband. After more than 30 years of marriage and 3 children later, she has finally returned home.

The first book in her Roses & Rebels series, Token of Betrayal, was published in December 2022. The second book, Betrayal of Trust, was published in July of 2023.

C.V. is a founding member of Paper Lantern Writers, a member of the Historical Novel Society, and the Alliance of Independent Authors.

Her hobbies include reading, cooking, putting together jigsaw puzzles and traveling.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Betrayal of Trust is a work of fiction in the historical fiction, interpersonal drama, and intrigue subgenres, and forms the second novel in the Roses & Rebels series following the real historical figure Philippe de Carteret. The work is best suited to mature adult readers owing to scenes of a sexual nature plus references to both military and sexual violence. Penned by author C.V. Lee, this highly engrossing work showcases true events that affected the island of Jersey as a result of the Wars of the Roses in the 15th century. From political tension to marital strife, we delve into the human beings behind the pages of history and the tough choices they were forced to make in order to survive and thrive.

Author C.V. Lee has crafted a deeply engaging historical work that takes the dry facts of history and breathes new life and emotional resonance into them with every stroke of the pen. As a big fan of Jersey and an avid explorer of its history and heritage, I was delighted to be drawn into Philippe de Carteret’s lineage, societal pressures, and romantic entanglements. I really enjoyed the artistic license of the author in delving into the psyche and emotions of both Phillippe and Margaret as they face objection and intrusion from all sides whilst trying to do what’s best for their hearts and their futures. Overall, Betrayal of Trust is a cinematically penned historical piece that gives both the grandeur and grit of 15th-century living and I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in engaging emotive tales that bring history to life.

Stephanie Chapman

Betrayal of Trust by C.V. Lee is a work of historical fiction that takes place on the island of Jersey. Phillipe de Carteret returned home after receiving a letter from his mother stating that his father had died. She also advised that St. Ouen's Manor had fallen into a state of ruin. His mother insisted he appears at the St. Lawrence Day Faire. At the event, Phillipe sees Margaret, the daughter of Vice-Admiral Harleston, win an archery contest. Clement, known for his dalliances with women, asked Margaret to meet him and some friends at the La Hougue Bie. However, only Clement was present. Five days later, Margaret learned that her father had betrothed her to Phillipe. On his wedding day, his mother’s revelations before the ceremony shocked Phillipe. After the ceremony, he discovered Margaret outside with Clement. Phillipe didn't trust Margaret, and she was stunned when he refused to consummate their marriage that evening.

I appreciated how easy Betrayal of Trust by C.V. Lee was to follow. Lee included a timeline for the Wars of the Roses that gave a chronology of who was in power for the duration of the account. The list of role players at the beginning is impeccable, and I liked the classification of the protagonists by family house with fictional characters separated. There was exceptional detail about the surroundings of Jersey. I was amazed at the number of children that Phillipe fathered. The author's note confirmed the historical accuracy of the numbers. The well-developed characters all had impressive personalities that explained their actions. There is never a dull moment to be found and I turned the pages without putting the book down once. The end of the story is monumental. Betrayal of Trust is a great read for historical fiction fans.

Frank Mutuma

At that moment, Margaret realized the terrible mistake she had made when he spoke of those despicable things. She had come to Jersey with her father, the governor, and Clement had taken advantage of her loneliness. Worse still, his intentions were not genuine, and he only intended to use her to recover his family's manor. Philipe had been at Oxford for his education when he received the news of his father's demise. A lot was expected of him as the new seigneur, from repairing his family home to fulfilling his father's contract with the governor of Jersey. Will he rise to the occasion and provide the necessary leadership? To learn more about Philipe's and Margaret's lives and the ongoing turmoil in London, get a copy of Betrayal of Trust by C.V. Lee.

The first thing that struck me about Betrayal of Trust by C.V. Lee is its well-crafted plotline that flows seamlessly. The cleverly woven plot includes diverse themes such as passion, historical events, and romance. Lee's writing style and narration are engaging and highly detailed, which makes conversations realistic and brings the characters to life. One can also tell the book is well-researched because of its historical aspect. I loved the strong female character of Margaret, who at one point won an archery competition against male counterparts in a male-dominated society. She is not afraid to express her ideas and fight for what she wants. I can't wait to read something else from this talented author.