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True Betrayals

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  7,737 ratings  ·  161 reviews
Kelsey Byden always believed that her mother was dead. But now, after all this time, she has discovered the truth: Naomi Chadwick is still alive--after spending years in prison for the murder of her lover. Now, at Naomi's Virginia horse farm, Kelsey is trying to sort out a lifetime of deception--and her feelings about her mother. The bonds of love can be Kelse ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Berkley (first published 1995)
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May 24, 2008 jenjn79 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nora Roberts fans
Recommended to jenjn79 by: part of my Nora Roberts search
This is one of my favorite Nora Roberts books. Actually, the first time I read it, I thought it was good, but didn't love it. But for whatever reason, the story stuck in my head and I found myself wanting to read it again. So I did, about a year later, I guess. And it became one of my favorites.

The book has a little bit of everything, which is perhaps why I like it so much. Love and betrayal, family reunions, horses, mystery, self-discovery...and so much more. I enjoy the story alone because of

Terminado. Reconozco que esta mujer sabe como escribir una novela. La ambientación del mundo de las carreras de caballos está muy lograda y, a pesar, que que el malo malisimo de la historia ha estado muy claro desde el principio me ha sabido mantener atrapada en la historia.
Estamos ante una autora de las más consagradas, de la que tan solo he leído dos libros, y los dos me han gustado. Pero no sé, no sé si es porque la temática contemporánea no consigue realmente emocionarme, pero sus libros
❀ Mary ❀

La verdad que el nombre "Traiciones" es muy adecuado para esta historia.

Kelsey y Gabe son el último eslabón de una cadena que comenzó años atrás con un asesinato, un caballo aspirante a ganar el derby, muerto y una mujer culpada y sentenciada por asesinato. Los personajes del pasado y presente giran en una rueda de venganza, codicia, envidia, lujuria, traición, celos...etc. El concepto de los círculos y como las cosas que uno hace vuelven y te golpean en la espalda es un tema frecuente en los l
Mieke Schepens
Wist je dit?
Onder het pseudoniem J.D. Robb schreef ze ook 38 misdaadromans, de 'in Death' serie.

Het zal je maar overkomen dat je een brief krijgt van je doodgewaande moeder. Dan blijkt ook nog dat je vader en je grootmoeder je al jaren voorgelogen hebben over dit feit.
Dit is de dag waarop ze haar man verloor en een moeder had gewonnen, zo gaat het door Kelsey's hoofd.
Overstuur rijdt ze meteen naar Three Willows waar haar moeder op een stoeterij woont waarvan ze eigenaresse is.

Een prachtige co
Putri Septiana
In almost Nora Robert's books I often learn something new. This time is horses. Here in my country, there aren't much horses, and usually it's used as a means of transportation. So I don't know much about horses, much less about horse racing. But I enjoyed reading this book. It doesn't bored me even when I don't know anything about horses. And it gives me new knowledge for sure.

About the plot, it's good enough that it keeps me from putting down the book, but not much surprise here. I can pinpoin
Telma Duarte
“Mentiras e Traições”, o meu primeiro romance de Nora Roberts, mas certamente não será o último. Uma história envolvente, que nos leva aos bastidores dos hipódromos, onde as corridas de cavalos movimentam imensas quantias em apostas e, onde podemos assistir aos efeitos e consequências da inveja, da ganancia e da luxuria.
Kelsey entra neste mundo até então totalmente desconhecido, quando aos 26 anos de idade, acabada de sair de um casamento vitimado pela traição, se depara com a existência de uma
Jenny Brown
Disappointed in this one, Nora. The reason I love your books is your unique way of inviting us into a character's world and making us feel like part of the family. Your writing is usually heartwarming and funny, but True Betrayals fell flat. The characters were stiff and I didn't get to enjoy getting to know them well. I have tolerance of some stereotyping, but Grandma was a little overboard. (I know, I know, she had her reasons.)

Of all the characters, Naomi was the most intriguing and had so m
Lisa Anne
I've never read a Nora Roberts book before, and a friend gave me this to listen to on audio books. I was intrigued about the race horsing part of the story, and learned some interesting facts about the racing world and the players involved in the care-taking of horses. That said, True Betrayals was otherwise completely uninteresting! The characters weren't particularly intriguing, the pacing of the book was ridiculously slow (it felt as though Roberts had to fill in every single blank for the re ...more
This book revolves around Kelsey Byden,who is the daughter of Philip,chairman of the English department at Georgetown University(and from a very wealthy and well-known family).One day just as her divorce papers come,also comes a letter from a mother she spent her whole life thinking was dead,and her mother wants to meet her,but will leave it up to her.Kelsey's parents had a cusrody dispute over her and during that time her mother went to prison for murder.
She went to see Naomi on her Virginia Fa
Gail Fiorini
Same old lust-at-first-sight and sex scenes that are just moved from book to book automatically. Nora Roberts is a better writer than she thinks she is. Though the surface plot is obvious, the issues and subplots are really good, sometimes thought-provoking. The use of horseracing as a background made for interesting settings and descriptions. I wish she would ditch the hash and write a novel worthy of herself.
Kelsey Byden is shocked to receive a letter from her long "dead" mother. Believing that her mother died when she was young, Kelsey finds out that her mother, Naomi Chadwick, was sent to prison for the murder of her lover. Naomi, who now runs a horse farm in Virginia, wants to get to know her daughter. Kelsey decides to give her mother a chance and stays at the horse farm where she falls in love with the horses, and meets the next door neighbor, Gabe Slater. But when a man is murdered and a horse ...more
Ayu Wirdha
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Recently divorced Kelsey, receives a letter from her dead mother. It turns out her mother isn't dead, but has served time in prison for murder. Kelsey was raised by her father and grandmother, who are rich and all about keeping up appearances. Kelsey decides to visit her mother and attempt to find answers for the past. Kelsey's mother, Naomi, owns a horse farm and trains horses for races and the Kentucky Derby. Of course Kelsey's family is appalled that she would even want to associate with a mu ...more
Duncan Mandel
Kelsey Byden grew up believing her mother had died when she was three. Now at twenty-six and freshly divorced, she receives a letter from her mother explaining that she is alive and living on a Virginia horse farm. Deeply strung by lies told to protect her, Kelsey takes her anger out at her college professor father by going to visit her mother, who Kelsey learns spent over ten years in prison for murder.But there are more secrets to be found out and Kelsey decides to stay at her mother's splendi ...more
Tiffeny Wycoskie
Really enjoyed it. Had a good time imagining the book acted out as I read it.
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Somehow, someway I missed this book when it came out. I know I was already a Nora Roberts fan when it was released in 1995, but my last year of college may have interfered with my reading.

This novel shows the dark side of human nature -- not just in the horse racing world but overall as humans and what we can do to each other in the name of love.

I didn't want to like Gabe at the beginning. I don't think we readers were supposed to -- but I could tell he was a standup guy off the bat.

Roberts h
Sara ♥
3.5 stars

Okay, so that was pretty good as far as NR's suspense romances go. I'd say I liked about half of them more and half of them less than this book. The narrator was pretty good though, so there is that!

I thought the race horses were really interesting. I thought the gambling would bother me, but there just wasn't that much of it. The people (and horses *sadface*) getting killed made for an intriguing suspense element. I knew just enough of both sides (good and bad) to keep me satisfied wit
I actually love this book more than I thought I would. When I picked up this book, I thought it would be a hopeless romance book. But this turned out to be my favorite kind of genre, mystery and romance. I love that Kelsey was able to have sense and know that she needs to be honest with herself and stop keep trying blame herself or live uo to those standards tgat was set for her. I love that Gabe was perfect for her. I love that this is not just a simple love story, but a story with ups and down ...more
Laura Elizabeth
I could start by telling you how much I love Nora and nearly all her writing, but if you read my reviews that much is clear.

So instead, I'll just stress this novel and its impact. I loved it. I loved it enough to give five stars which I don't always do with Nora's works.

Kelsey lives in rose-colored world until she finally steps out of her life and into her mother's home at her horse ranch. She and her mother are so-to-speak estranged from her mother's time in prison for murder. She meets her mo
This is one of my all time favorite books that I have read in a long time.True Betrayals is a strong novel with a delicious romance and exciting, nerve wracking suspense. The main character is Kelsey who was raised by her father, chairman of the English Department at Georgetown University. She was taught all of the “proper” ways of living as a lady in the city of DC. She marries because she is “expected” to because of the status of the man and it does not work and ends in a divorce. While she is ...more
Nora Roberts is easily my favourite author. Whenever I go to a book store, the first author I look out for is her. "True Betrayals" follows the story of a girl still discovering herself, and the truth behind her past. Through the search for self-discovery, Kelsey meets not only some long lost relatives, but finds romance among her new life. Mystery is worked into the plot of the novel through the mysterious deaths and pasts of the characters.
What I like best about the novel is that almost everyt
Kelsey Byden is finally divorced from her husband after a two-year separation when she discovers that her mother, Naomi Chadwick, is alive and living on a horse farm in Virginia. As a child, she had been told by her father that her mother had died and she grew up living with her father, Philip, an English professor at Georgetown.

But the fact is that her mother did not die, but was convicted of murdering her lover and sentenced to over ten years in jail. Her mother contended it was self-defense,
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Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
This book starts with a woman named Kelsey who is trying to get over her divorce, she gets a letter in the mail and finds out the mother who she thought was dead is really alive. She goes to Naomi's farm and finds out that her mother was in prison for killing a man. She decides to stay go and stay at the farm to get to know her mother, she meets a man and starts to date him. Various things start going wrong and old enemies start coming back. I liked this book; it was a quick entertaining read fo ...more
If I had known this book had horse-racing in it, I would have never picked it up and I would have missed out on a great book. Now I should explain that I love horse-racing, but rarely does a book capture the actual thrill of it and make you feel like you are there, this book does that.
It starts off with a girl, fresh from a divorce, finding out she been lied to by several people, one is her dad, about her mother...she isn't dead.
It becomes a journey for Kelsey, discovering her mother, discover
Sara Gonçalves
Não sei como este livro me fugiu durante tanto tempo. Um livro de Nora Roberts que não me tinha chamado a atenção. Até agora.
Mentiras e Traições reúne o mundo dos cavalos, jogos e famílias com membros podres. Disse no penúltimo livro que li que encontrei a 2º personagem a acrescentar à minha lista de ódios? Pois bem, encontrei neste a 3ª. E são todas mulheres. Estranho...
Este é um livro bem apostado com uma história complexa, linhas que se vão cruzando durante a trama que no fim descobrimos a su
I'm a sucker for stories set in the world of racehorses, or horses in general, so True Betrayals had an advantage going in. That said, I wasn't overly impressed with the book. Part of that was that the pacing which, especially in the first half, was slow. The reader gets introduced to all the players but not a whole lot else happens. Secondly, it took me a while to warm up the Kelsey. I didn't dislike her, and was even sympathetic, but she's a very reserved individual and it comes across. Perhap ...more
Nabila Amr
Wie immer ist Nora Roberts gelungen ein spannendes und ergreifendes Buch zu Schreiben. Auch hier kommt die Liebe und Romantik nicht zu kurz. Trotzdem ist das Buch von der ersten Seite an spannend und man kann das Ende gar nicht erwarten. Diesmal lässt uns Nora Roberts in die Welt der Pferde tauchen. Es geht um Pferdezucht, Rennpferde, Rennbahnen und Wetten. Trotz der ausführlichen Beschreibungen der Landschaft wird das Buch absolut in keinster Weise Langweilig. Auch Mord und Intrigen kommen hier ...more
Oct 21, 2008 Cyrisse rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance readers
Recommended to Cyrisse by: n/a
Shelves: nora-roberts
Kelsey Byden discovers, after years of thinking otherwise, that her mother is alive, and has spent said years in prison. Furious, Kelsey confronts her father and leaves for a trip to meet this woman that had been cut from her life. There, Kelsey discovers an entirely new world--the horse world, and she gets sucked in. She finds her mother isn't so bad, and she finds Gabe--the gambling neighbor and their competition. And while they are becoming involved, bad things start happening. Accidents with ...more
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