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First Lines … ‘Hope’s Betrayal’ by Grace Elliot


Captain George Huntley could think of many ways to spend a bitter winter’s night, but lying belly down on wet sand was not one of them.

“The devious bastards will land tonight I know it.”

The officer beside him stirred and shook the feeling back into numb hands.

“It’s late, almost high tide, Captain.”

Huntley scowled. “Not losing heart now, Bennett?”

“Of course not.”


This is the second installment of ‘The Huntley Trilogy’, with the first book ‘Eulogy’s Secret’, still enjoying great success for its author Grace Elliot.



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As this was an author  invitation to read and review, a PDF copy of  ‘Hope’s Betrayal (The Huntley Trilogy)’, was sent to me free of charge, in return for an honest and unbiased review.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.


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  • I just checked out your review of the first book, Eulogy’s Secret. Not sure how I came to miss that but I liked the sound of it so had a look at it on Amazon. Turns out it’s only 1.99 for Kindle so I nabbed it quick. Looks like a good fun read. Thanks for the rec!

    • Hi Cath,

      Yes, I really enjoyed ‘Eulogy’s Secret’ as well, so I have high hopes for this, the second book in the trilogy.

      ‘Eulogy’s Secret’, was the story of the youngest of the three ‘Huntley’ sons and ‘Hope’s Secret’ tells the tale of George, the eldest son.

      If you do enjoy ‘Eulogy’s Secret’, then you might also like to consider Grace’s first book, ‘A Dead Man’s Debt’. This is a historical romance, with an added twist, which brings the story to life.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to check out both this post and my review, I always value your opinions and comments.

    • Hi Jo,

      Grace has a very active and well supported blog, which has obviously brought her to many peoples attention. Also, I think that almost everyone who has read one of her books has enjoyed it, so her name is becoming more and more respected in the genre.

      As her ‘day job’ is as a vet, many of her blog posts are feline related and make for some very funny reading. When she manages to combine the feline element into a mix with the historical, these posts take on a life of their own … her research is always very thorough and well considered.

      I hope that you do manage to pick up one of her books sometime, I am sure that you will enjoy it.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always look forward to your comments.

    • Hi Gilion,

      This is definitely a completely different storyline to the first book in the trilogy and looks as though it is going to be dealing with a subject that I haven’t read a good book about in years!!

      There are always plenty of surprises in store when you read a Grace Elliot book, so I shall be looking forward to this one.

      Thanks for hosting and taking the time to visit the participants, it is appreciated.

  • Thanks for coming by my blog today! Hope you pop by for the upcoming giveaway.
    Book series are always a gamble … but when you do find something that’s great, it makes the find doubly worth it! Glad you’re enjoying this one!

    • Hi Aloi,

      I very seldom get involved in a series where the books really need to be read sequentially. If a book doesn’t work as a stand alone, then I generally don’t bother.

      The ‘Huntley Story’ has a couple of benefits for me in that, I am reading them in order which is a minor miracle in itself, however I also think they are going to work great as stand alones. The first book ‘Eulogy’s Secret’ had a well defined ending, which brought the story of the youngest Huntley brother to a natural conclusion, whilst subtley leaving the way open for this, the second installment, about his oldest brother, George.

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

        • Hi Aloi,

          I have done the same thing myself, where an author has written a particularly lengthy series, with many books in total.

          I am just never organised enough to read the entire series in order and so long as I don’t get too confused by reading them as stand alones, I am quite happy with that.

          Besides which, I like to mix up the genres I read, so to follow through on an entire series of similar stories, with possibly the same characters, would be a little stifling for me.

          I am on my way over now to check out the giveaway, thanks for the reminder.

    • Hi Gemma,

      Thanks for stopping by, I always look forward to ‘meeting’ new people and appreciate any comments that you may leave. I am also always ready to go ‘off subject’, so feel free to have your say about anything you like!

      When I think about smuggling, my thoughts always turn to Cornwall and the character of ‘Poldark’, but although the synopsis tells me that this opening scene is somewhere on the South coast of England, I haven’t yet started reading the book, to find out exactly whereabouts.


      Then, when we discover that one of the smugglers turns out to be female, thoughts automatically stray to ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’.


      I think that I have a very fanciful imagination, not sure whether that’s good or bad!!

    • Hi Chris,

      These books definitely don’t fall into the genre of reading which you generally seem to favour, but if you ever fancy a change and want to try something completely different, Grace Elliot is definitely a name to remember.

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

    • Hi Melanie,

      Same here, especially when most of the smugglers managed to outwit the police and excise officers and evade capture, much of the time.

      It is still quite a good opening though and is making me want the book to get to the top of my pile, so that I can read whether or not the authorities were successful with their operation, on this occasion.

      Thanks for stopping by, your visits and comments are always much appreciated.

  • Thank you to everyone who took the time to leave a comment. I’ve just found this thread and I’m so impressed at how active the visitors to Yvonne’s site are!
    Happy reading, everyone – whatever your taste and favourite genre!
    Grace x

    • Hi Grace,

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

      The first lines of ‘Hope’s Betrayal’ are certainly painting a vivid picture and are all important in helping to set the tone for the rest of the story.

      ‘The Huntley Trilogy’ certainly has me firmly in its grip!

Written by Yvonne