This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
The short novella, Michaela Betrayed, focuses on Michaela’s first year away from her home. Narrated in the first person, Margaret Lynnette Sharp introduces Michaela reflecting on her life before winning the Fernwood Scholarship for Pianoforte Studies. She aspired to follow in her father’s footsteps. On the day she is to leave Australia for England, her close friend Thomas gives her a story he has written. When Michaela reads the story, she feels Thomas has stronger feelings for her than he had ever revealed to her. Torn between loyalty to her parents and knowing they disapproved of the aspiring writer’s unstable lifestyle, Michaela finds herself distracted by her personal thoughts of a possible romance. In winter, she falls ill with pneumonia and returns to Australia to recover. Will she pursue Thomas’s feelings and stay in Australia?
Margaret Lynnette Sharp’s Michaela Betrayed made it easy for me to understand Michaela. Putting her feelings on full display, I understood her hesitation when Thomas seemed to profess love and a successful life with her. I agreed with her parents when she blindly believed that Thomas was her soulmate. The plot flowed smoothly and had enough detail for me to feel the surroundings of the beach. I was shocked by the end of the story, and I think that I would not be as forgiving as Michaela appeared to be. I also felt that she may have been doubting her talents when she thought about changing the path of her career. Likewise, I recommend this story to young adults that enjoy a light romance story devoid of explicit scenes.