Sunday, July 10, 2016

Betrayed by Jeanette Windle


Title:  Betrayed
Author:  J. M. Windle
Pages:  365
Year:  2008
Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Vicki Andrews is an anthropologist, working for an organization that gives funding to worthy aid organizations.  She has been sent to Guatemala to check out a children’s home for funding.  While there she runs into her younger sister Holly who is working at an animal rescue park.  They haven’t seen each other for a while, but Holly wants Vicki to help her with a project.  She isn’t specific about what the project is and Vicki really doesn’t want to take her personal vacation time and use it on Holly’s project.  Holly gets irritated and storms off.  The next day while Vicki is overlooking the huge garbage dump where the native Mayan people live and she sees movement in top of one of the garbage piles, runs to the pile to make a devastating discovery.
Vicki also discovers some things about her past from the children’s home founder.  She learns she was born in Guatemala and her parents were killed in a small village massacre twenty years ago.  She begins to have flashbacks to this terrible time that she has blocked out of her memory until now.  She also has two handsome men she meets in Guatemala; they are very different, but each has something she likes about him.  There are also soldiers from the military, soldiers on a new task force, guerilla forces and the CIA thrown into the mix of political manipulations and power struggles in this poor country for Vicki to worry about.  There is also a murder investigation, missing animals from the wildlife refuge plus a return to a right relationship with God for one character.
There is something for just about everyone in this action/suspense novel.  There is even a little romance too!  This was a very interesting setting with good writing and an author who knows her subject.  I enjoy finding some older books to share with other readers, so give this one a try.
My rating is 4 stars.

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