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In this bestselling tale of deceit, murder, and romance, Kelsey Byden is shocked when she hears from her supposedly dead mother-and discovers she's really been in prison for murder.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Berkley (first published 1995)
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
TRUE BETRAYALS
Written by Nora Roberts
1995; 400 Pages
Genre: romance, contemporary, mystery

4 1/2

Now when I start a Nora Roberts (standalone) novel I go into the book with the mindset of this is a contemporary romance with a slight mystery in the background. With that in mind, I find that I am really enjoying the books. A new book friend told me this is her favourite NR novel and I am happy to say it's on the favourites list for me too.

Kelsey Byden went to pick up her mail and was expecting divorce
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Susan
Aug 17, 2009 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is exactly why I love Nora Roberts books!! Awesome read!!
jenjn79
Apr 23, 2008 jenjn79 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Pepa
3.5

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
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 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
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JuliaOrlando
Dec 19, 2011 JuliaOrlando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic-suspense, horse-racing, horse, Nora Roberts
I thought this was a very enjoyable read about a woman who is trying to build a relationship with the mother she had been told died when she was a young child, but was actually in jail after being found guilty of murder.
As Kelsey begins to establish a deeper bond with her mother Naomi, other members of her family become worried that she will disgrace the family name and that she will abandon her previous lifestyle in order to be closer to Naomi.
I liked the little twists and turns in this book a
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Mieke Schepens
Nov 21, 2014 Mieke Schepens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Telma Duarte
Feb 22, 2013 Telma Duarte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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Anita
Nora Roberts is the most wonderful romantic-suspense author, EVER!! True Betrayals is an oldie, published in 1995. It shown no age, whatsoever. The suspense is riveting and the romance hot. A twisted tale of twisted revenge. But baddie gets their due in the end.

Gage is a gambler who won big in a card game and not has a Virginia horse farm that is now producing winners. A lot of people are not happy about Gabe's good fortune. Gage is very good friends with his neighbor, Naomi. They have a lot in
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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
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Marie Freeman
Jun 01, 2015 Marie Freeman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really hit home for me. I picked it up for several reasons: 1. I will read just about anything from Nora Roberts, 2. I was intrigued by the complicated relationship between mother and daughter-given my own complicated relationship with my own mother, and 3. It had been a while since I read a good horse book.
All of these reasons turned out to be good ones. I found myself continuing to read on not only for the mystery, although it was compelling, but because I wanted to continue to watc
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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.
Tiffeny Wycoskie
Really enjoyed it. Had a good time imagining the book acted out as I read it.
Amara
3.5 stars
♥ Nell ♥
A good storyline... lies, deceit, and misconceptions. And a nice romance thrown in. Love it!
Dana
Sep 02, 2015 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
this story had horses. And romance. And redemption. Enjoyed it.
Kathy
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Maria
A book centering around race horses and murder, this book was difficult both to read and to put down. I have always found it hard to read about either animals or children dying. Somehow I feel that adults have had the time and have put in the effort to earn their deaths, I suppose, but children and animals never and so don't deserve it. The heroine of the book, Kelsey Byden, has a strong sense of right and wrong. It rules her life, and she doesn't understand shades of gray until she meets Gabe S ...more
Becky
Jan 26, 2017 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is appropriately named with all the betrayals in the characters lives. Kelsey was betrayed by her father letting her believe her mother was dead for all of these years. Her mother Naomi believing the murdering of her lover was just an attempted rape. Gabe thinking he could trust him employees. This is all connected into one big suspenseful mystery. I got so involved with the characters and story. It is one of those books that is so hard to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed how the author ...more
Keisha
Oct 25, 2016 Keisha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I continuously need a horse setting styled book to get my fix, but this was a quick and rather cheap read. I can only give it 1 star because there was not a lot to this book. It can be read in a few hours.
Hanna Pienaar
Feb 04, 2017 Hanna Pienaar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unputdownable.

This should be e word for fiction that keeps you from sleep, from house work, from friends, the TV and everything else but to read to the end. Thanks to ms Roberts.
Susanne Davison
EHHH, not Nora's Best
Teresa
Jan 26, 2017 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!
sakura_txell
Nov 20, 2014 sakura_txell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alex
Sep 24, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warning: Animal Death (view spoiler)

What's Going On
Restless and spoiled, Kelsey Byden has never found were her passion truly lies -- not in any of the jobs she's tried or the man she's just divorced. But then she gets a letter in the mail from her mother, a mother who she thought was dead. Kelsey journeys to Three Willows hor
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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
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Leslie Morganti
Good novel! Loved the inside look at horse racing, interesting world . One of her better writes, thoroughly enjoyed this book!
Darlene
May 13, 2016 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good read by Ms. Roberts. You can't go wrong with lies, betrayal, murder, a mother who returns from the dead, and lots of cover ups. Throw in the rich, the bad boy who went after what he wanted to change his life for the better, the lure of the race track and prized horses. A young woman, who finds out her mother is alive, was lead to believe that she had died. She goes to meet her, to find out why she was lead to believe she dead. What she discovers is that she likes being on the farm, ...more
Theresa
Dec 14, 2009 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nora-roberts, mystery
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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Barbara
Dec 01, 2013 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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