As I understand things, authors sometimes take up a pseudonym when they want to write a book that is significantly different from what their readers expect of them. A case in point is LOVE, HONOR AND BETRAY.
Elizabeth Grayson has written a number of interesting and delightful books under her own name (PAINTED BY THE SUN; COLOR OF THE WIND, etc.). She was wise to use a pseudonym because this book is nothing like the other books.
I doubt that I could explain this book (of 649 pages!) in less than 5 pages, single spaced and thats not a good thing! Thinking that I was missing the point of this story, I searched the Internet for other reviews of this book; I found two.
One readers review included this telling sentence, The story - or, rather, the hero, if you want to be specific - hit the Brick Wall of Logic on page 143 . Amazing! I turned to that page and found that she had cited the exact place Id found the story go awry. Things that happened after that significant event made the rest of the story less creditable.
Anything I might say about the activities in this book would spoil it for others; so I wont talk about specifics. I think this book could make 2 or 3 stories the plot is very involved. By midway through the book, I was hoping the author would just finish the story as explained thus far. However, there were innumerable additional adventures and twists that did not add to the enjoyment of the story. Elizabeth Grayson is such a fine author; I was really disappointed.
One of the things I had the most trouble with was the frequent degradation of the heroine by the hero! He often called her whore and bitch. This story occurred between 1812 and 1815 hardly a time in which a man called his intended such names.
Im sorry to find so little to like about this book. The plot moved slowly and lots of things were repeated too much (I got the message the first time). Although the hero was a man of honor as a scout/soldier, he had little to recommend him as a human being.
Emerald-eyed Charl Beckwith was too proud for love until she met the mysterious Seth Porterfield, a duke's bastard son, sent by England to betray the new America she loved...
As war raged around them, passion was their battlefield...As fate wrenched them apart, desire was their destiny...And as she followed Seth into the forests of a new continent, and into her heart's own wilderness, Charl was to learn the towering, tempestuous truth of love