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The Betrayal

The Betrayal

Why a Booktrail?

1930, 1938: Could you kill someone? Someone you love?

  • ISBN: 978-1471155581
  • Genre: Fiction, Historical

What you need to know before your trail

The story of twin sisters Romy and Florence.

Eight years ago, an even happened so tragic, that neither of the sisters have dared speak of it again. Florence has coped better than her sister as Romy still struggles with what happened that day in their father’s study.
Their lives have taken such different paths – Florence is living the good life in Paris whilst Romy flies planes for the war effort. She gambles what little she earns and her life is spiraling downwards
Despite their different paths and outlooks, a secret binds them tightly.And even the rumbles of war cannot hide that forever.

Travel Guide

Paris, France 1930s

The Paris Kate Furnivall draws on the page is one of two sides. For Florence:

The cafes of the Place D’Esteinne D’Orves

“Where Parisians gathered to nurse their wine, burn through their Gauloises and berate their new prime minister, Edouard Daladier, leader of the popular Front Coalition. they had no patience for his timidity. He had shown no backbone when dealing with the industrial strikes that were sweeping the country of in facing down the threat to European peace presented by the rearmament of Nazi Germany. Everyone was jumpy”

Paris seen through the eyes of Romy:

“Montmartre was anything but safe. It crawled with penniless artists and writers, pickpockets and addicts who would happily stick a knife to your throat in ehanbe for a handful of grubby centimes to buy their new glass of illegal absinthe”

Streetview Maps

B) Paris - Avenue Kleby and Arc de Triomphe
C) Paris - Place d'Estienne d'Orves

Booktrailer Review

Susan: @thebooktrailer

A story set in France just before the start of WWII, with twin sisters who have extremely opposing points of view……sisters who both have secrets to hide….well this is just my kind of thing. When you add in the other ingredients of their family background, the sense of adventure and freedom then it gets even better.

It’s got the Furnival stamp of quality research and evocative writing all over it. I was immersed in the Paris of the 1930s with the smallest and subtlest of details.The war staining the streets and people’s minds in every which way, the cafes on the corner, the dark dress and hurried walks of those passing by. Present day political loyalties are tested to the extreme and it ‘s through the two sisters that this is best examined. Romaine makes regular journeys as a pilot to Spain in support of the Nationalist cause. Florence however, is to be found trying to broker a peace agreement between the Nazis and the French government. The sisterly bonds, loyalties v individual needs, war time which changes everything and you have a complex yet intriguing read. Nicely  layered and once I’d come to the end, I sat and  thought about many things I had just read and wondered which sister I would have been, what I would have done. That for me, is the mark of a good book.

Kate’s new book is out soon and I can’t wait.

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  The Betrayal

Destination: Paris  Author/Guide: Kate Furnivall  Departure Time: 1930, 1938

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