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A Woman Betrayed [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Barbara Delinsky , Linda Emond
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Oct. 31 2006

THEY WERE THE PICTURE PERFECT FAMILY

With a twenty-year marriage, two terrific kids, and a successful career, Laura Frye has everything she could ask for...until her husband Jeff mysteriosly disappears.

Beside herself with worry, Laura maintains that the Jeff she knew would never leave voluntarily. But what about the Jeff she didn't know? As her husbands many secrets come to light, Laura is left with a shocking picture of a man she married...and a world that is falling apart.

Shaken to the very core, Laura looks for ways to hold her family together and rebuild her life. What she finds is a strength she never knew she had, and a love she thought she had lost forever.

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From Publishers Weekly

Delinsky's mass market novels, national bestsellers for years, have been translated into 25 languages. A number are being reissued in 2001, with this 1991 novel to appear for the first time in hardcover. Highly competent, optimistic 38-year-old Laura Frye is secure in a long marriage, the mother of two bright, spirited kids and the owner of Cherries, a popular restaurant. As the novel begins, she is faced with any woman's worst nightmare her husband Jeffrey, a CPA, has mysteriously disappeared from the family's comfortable home in the elite college town of Northampton, Mass. Laura's anguish at his disappearance is exacerbated when Taylor "Tack" Jones, with the criminal investigation division of the IRS, informs her that Jeffrey is suspected of tax fraud. Jeff did spend liberally. Besides sustaining his family, he backed Laura when she opened Cherries and had recently bought himself a longed-for Porsche. But can he really be a criminal? The Fryes' best friend, classy lawyer Daphne Phillips, shares Laura's disbelief, but the family assets are frozen and Laura can't pay Cherries' bills or her own. Moreover, from the outset, the local media revels in the family's predicament. By the time Jeff's bachelor older brother and free spirit, Christian, turns up, Laura is distraught and the reader agonized: what more could possibly happen to a nice family? A lot, of course. Melodramatic incidents and coincidences abound, but the sociology-trained storyteller makes each of her characters captivating in this compelling tale. (Nov.)Forecast: The low price will help readers forget that this still-fresh novel is a reissue.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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For the Romance crowd, here are two hardcover reprints by Delinsky. First appearing in 1991, A Woman Betrayed follows the tribulations of Laura Frye after the disappearance of her husband, whom she later learns had numerous awful secrets. Flip Side finds geological consultant Chloe MacDaniel determined to quash a development project until she meets her former flame who, of course, is heading that project. Delinsky is always a crowd pleaser.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By pisces
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The whole premise of this Barbara Delinsky novel, is that the reader wants to find out what happens to Laura Frye's husband. The book opens with central character Laura Frye's husband abandoning her, and as the book closes, Laura's husband is still on the run, (he's running from the Authorities on a Tax Fraud charge, but also wanted out of the marriage) but has simply changed his name.
I'm not saying this woudn't be a worthwhile read for hardcore Delinsky fans. But it seemed like nothing was tied up at the end. There is no real payoff for making it through this rather longer Delinsky novel. I just don't know how wise it is to construct a long novel around a single problem, drag your readers endlessly and repetitively through that problem, right up till the end, and then not even satisfactorily tie things up in a definite manner. I like a definite and absolute happy ending, like in Barbara Delinsky's 1998 novel "Coast Road".
In all fairness, this was an earlier effort of Delinsky's written in 1991, and it was one of those straight-to-paperback novels written before Delinsky was even writing hardbacks.
There are some situations that are hard to believe here, also. For instance, central character, Laura, is not only betrayed by her missing husband, but also by her best friend, Daphne. Delinsky didn't provide enough back-story on, what seemed to me, to be a very together lady-lawyer (Daphne) and how it was that she (Daphne) a smart and educated lawyer, could come to seem so flaky by the end of the novel via her "betrayal" of central character, Laura.
Even Laura's Mother comes across as cold and unfeeling towards her daughter during this tragic time. Does everyone and anyone simply have it in for poor Laura? Well, not everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Woman Betrayed Feb. 23 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Laura Frye thought she had the perfect life. Until one night her husband Jeff didn't come home. Laura is sure there has been some terrible accident that has prevented Jeff's homecoming. He would never disappear on purpose. As if the disappearance isn't enough, six days later the IRS is knocking on her door to inform her Jeff is being investigated for tax fraud. The man she thought she knew isn't the man she knew at all. And the bad news doesn't end there...but you'll have to read the book to find out what happens next!
A Woman Betrayed was an absolute fabulous book. The book gets going on the first page and doesn't stop until the end. The reader begins to wonder just how much this one woman can take and how much she'll have to endure. The book is written in such a way that everything that happens to Laura and her family is believeable. Ms. Delinsky did her homework well before writing this book. Every event falls into place in a long (and I do mean long) line of betrayal. The storyline of Daphne, Laura's lawyer friend, and Tack, the IRS agent, added to the story too. Their storyline ties in with the rest of the story effortlessly.
I can't say enough about this book. I just couldn't read it fast enough. I had to know what happened. This book will bring out all the emotions--sadness, anger, hurt, and maybe a little happiness at the end. This is a book to keep and read again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romance and twists Aug. 26 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
A WOMAN BETRAYED
AUTHOR: Barbara Delinsky
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
REVIEWED BY: Barbara Rhoades
BOOK REVIEW: Laura Frye has the perfect life or so she believes. One day, her husband of 20 years, doesn't come home. Laura, of course, believes the worst; something terrible has happened to Jeff. With her two children to think of, a business to take care of and the household to keep going, Laura is shocked beyond understanding when the FBI showed up at her door.
Embezzlement and deceit are the charges the FBI is bringing against Jeff. Then to make matters worse, her son is accused of rape. With her assets frozen and her business manager suspected of having an affair with Jeff, Laura is about to lose her mind. Then Christian, a lover from the past and the estranged brother of the man she married, comes back into her life. Was he here to help or cause her more heartache?
With the strong determination Laura has always shown and with Christian's help, Laura begins to heal and answer questions that have been with her for 20 years. A Woman Betrayed" has twists and turns the reader never expects. This is good reading and a wonderful romantic ending.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Great Amount of Suspense or Sizzle... March 21 2002
Format:Hardcover
This is the first book I have read by this author and was not very impressed. I am sure her others are better or maybe I missed something here, whatever the happenings, it lacked sizzle and suspense. Being a suspense/romance it made for a somewhat dull read. The female lead of Laura Frye was a little too whiny and I felt as though she thought people 'owed' her. The missing husband Jeff was weak and we never got to know him very well. I thought she brought in the long lost 'wild' brother Christian a little too late to be interesting.
~A seemingly perfect 20 year marriage falls apart when Laura's devoted husband Jeff mysteriously disapears without a trace. He has left behind two kids and alot of questions. As the days go by Laura finds her 'perfect' life was not perfect by any means. What had Jeff been doing all those years behind her back? Was he really missing? Or did he take off? The pieces begin to come together as information arises from his dirty dealings and Laura's life slowly erodes. She is left with a shocking image of her 'true' husband's persona.
Looking for a way to cope and get her life back, she turns to Jeff's elusive brother Christian Frye. A wild and free spirit. He shows her love and life again. What she thought she had lost so many years ago, she finds once again, but will the past secrets come to tear them apart? Are her friends, truly her friends? Should she be looking more closely?
What started out as a promising mystery, turned out to be a dull look into a jilted woman's life falling apart and her immediate yearning for her husband's brother. It would've been much better had Jeff been in the story longer and there was less of Laura's whining and self-pity. In short, I expected more. It started out great and sort of fizzled as it went on. In my opinion, the side romance between her best friend and the cop was much more interesting.
Tracy Talley~@
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I enjoyed this book but felt is was a little drawn out. I will continue to be a Barbara Delinsky fan.
Published on May 7 2003 by Pam Utting
3.0 out of 5 stars Same over and over
The story line was very good except the book was very repeative and draged on and on telling the same thing over and over. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2002 by Doris Stabile
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story But too Repetitive
I loved the plot of the story. The characters were developed so completely that I felt as though each one of them was someone I knew personally. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2002 by "wildwoodldy"
4.0 out of 5 stars What happens when your world falls apart how do you go on
When black becomes white and up becomes down. Laura's husband Jeff has come up missing and she fears an act of foul play but there just might be more to this. Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2002 by Denise Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book-excellent read
I really enjoy the writing style of Barbara Delinsky. Barbara combines a twist of romance with suspense. She keeps the pages turning. Read more
Published on June 2 2002 by Diane Arend
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Delinsky Pick
Fast pace, good character development.. you will miss the people when the book is over. Just as good as "The Woman Next Door"
Published on May 2 2002 by Cheryl Gonzalez
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh, puuuuhleeeaze.....
So, is Laura Frye a smart woman or a gullible woman? Is she a weak woman or a strong woman? I got so tired of trying to keep up with these questions during this book I almost... Read more
Published on March 27 2002 by Cindy
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of twists and turns.
This is the first novel by Barbara Delinsky that I have read and I must say that I am impressed!
This tale of suspense centers around Laura as she finds her perfect world... Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2002 by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S DEFINITELY ONE TO READ!
I have been a Barbara Delinsky fan for years but this one held me like no other one has before. The combination of characters and story theme, I think, is fantastic. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2002 by M. L. Remling
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