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

Barbara Delinsky , Linda Emond
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Oct. 31 2006

A classic novel from an exceptional storyteller, A Woman Betrayed, first published in 1991, is a stunning tale of troubling secrets that can hide beneath the placid surface of a seemingly good marriage—and the courage that's needed to move on.

Laura Frye has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for twenty years. She has everything she ever wanted: strong, enduring, romantic love; two wonderful kids; even her own successful catering business. But her picture-perfect world shatters into a thousand pieces when Jeff mysteriously disappears.

Laura is certain the man she married would never leave his family voluntarily. But as the days go by, she learns there was much more to her husband than she had ever suspected. As Jeff's many secrets come to light, Laura is left to wonder how well she really knew him—or if she knew him at all. In the wake of emotional disaster—with all she cherished in ruins around her—she will have to reach deep inside herself for the strength and will to hold her family together and somehow reclaim her life.

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Delinsky's ( Facets ) diverting page-turner focuses on the disintegration of a woman's picture-perfect, well-managed existence. Thirty-eight-year-old Laura Frye seems to have it all: a hardworking CPA husband, two teenagers of only average rebelliousness, a successful restaurant and catering business and a beautiful home in western Massachusetts. When her husband Jeff vanishes without a trace, she's convinced there's been foul play. But six nightmarish days after her husband disappears, an IRS agent appears at their door: Jeff is being investigated for tax fraud. Daphne Phillips, Laura's friend and lawyer, offers support, but can't stop the IRS from freezing Jeff and Laura's assets--including the funds she needs to keep her restaurant afloat--nor can she protect Laura from the local newspaper that seems viciously bent on exploiting her problems. When Laura's just about ready to crack, who should breeze in but the very man she's least prepared to cope with: Christian, Jeff's charismatic brother, the family's black sheep and, long ago, Laura's first lover. $75,000 ad/promo.

Copyright 1991 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read May 7 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book but felt is was a little drawn out. I will continue to be a Barbara Delinsky fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Woman Betrayed Feb. 23 2003
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Same over and over Oct. 5 2002
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The story line was very good except the book was very repeative and draged on and on telling the same thing over and over. I liked the characters and the plot but not reading the same thing over and over.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story But too Repetitive Sept. 27 2002
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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. The different turn of evens was exciting and kept me reading. But, I became very tired of the issues and facts of the story being repeated over and over. This great story could have been told in 2/3rd the time that Delinsky took to complete the book. It really did seem to drag on and on. I skimmed much of the book because I knew what was going to be said or done.
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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. As the story slowly takes flight unraveling at every turn of her life Laura finds herself not knowing who to trust and how to go on.
Delinsky gives us a good story with likable characters that find themselves in a difficult situation. Will Laura be able to pull this together, and is there love in her future? Only time will tell. I would give this one 3.5 stars. Kelsana 9/11/02
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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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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 3 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 28 2002 by Cindy
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Great Amount of Suspense or Sizzle...
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... Read more
Published on March 21 2002 by Tracy Talley
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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