EXCERPT: It was in the fifth grade, when they were ten, that Fiona Chambers crossed the soccer field to stand with, and up for, the new girl. Skinny, awkward, and out of place at the posh prep school in New York, Hayley Martin had become a target for the establishment’s well-heeled bullies.
She was taunted about everything; her clothes, an unruly tangle of auburn curls, her status as a scholarship student, and the street slang that popped out of her mouth at inopportune times.
After an essay Hayley wrote about her time living in a homeless shelter was deemed best in the English class, and published in the school paper, the torment became almost intolerable.
Then one day Fiona walked over to the embattled girl, put an arm around her and asked if they could sit together at lunch. That act of compassion changed everything for Hayley.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Heartbreak and betrayal in the gripping new novella from the incomparable Barbara Taylor Bradford.
Hayley Martin and Fiona Chambers have been best friends since they were ten. From the moment that beautiful Fiona stood up to the school bullies for Hayley, the misfit, the two have been inseparable.
Twenty years on, they still share everything, and even run their own business together.
Until a dark secret threatens to test their loyalty to breaking point… What would you do if you discovered that your best friend could be your worst enemy?
MY THOUGHTS: I used to enjoy Barbara Taylor Bradford’s writing. I have not read her, other than the wonderful Cavendish series, for many years. And if this is any indication of what she is writing these days, I won’t be taking any more trips down memory lane with this particular author.
The first third of this novella was fine. Not riveting, but fine. Then enter ‘the man’, and the plot became incredibly and sickeningly saccharine, stupid, and unrealistic. I gave up and turned it off just over 50% through, (view spoiler)
THE AUTHOR: Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of 30 bestselling novels, including The Cavendon Women, Cavendon Hall, and The Ravenscar Dynasty. She was born in Leeds, England, and from an early age, she was a voracious reader: at age 12, she had already read all of Dickens and the Brontë sisters. By the age of twenty, she was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. She published her first novel, A Woman of Substance, in 1979, and it has become an enduring bestseller.
Barbara Taylor Bradford’s books are published in over 90 countries in 40 languages, with sales figures in excess of 88 million. Ten of her novels have been adapted into television mini-series starring actors including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Liam Neeson, Deborah Kerr and Elizabeth Hurley. She has been inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America, and in June of 2007, Barbara was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to Literature.
She lives in New York City with her husband, television producer Robert Bradford, to whom all her novels are dedicated.
DISCLOSURE: I listened to the audiobook of Treacherous by Barbara Taylor Bradford, narrated by Jennifer Woodward and published by Harper Collins, via Overdrive. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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