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A Valley of Betrayal (Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War, Book 1) [Paperback]

By Tricia Goyer (Author)
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Caught up in the escalating events when the route to safety is blocked, Sophie takes refuge with a brigade of international compatriots, and among these volunteers, she pledges to make the plight of the Spanish people known around the world through art. Original. 10,000 first printing.

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For reasons beyond her control, Sophie finds herself alone in the war-torn Spanish countryside. What was once a thriving paradise has become a battleground for fascist soldiers and Spanish patriots. It doesn't take long for Sophie to realize just how far from home she really is.
Caught in the middle of what is quickly becoming a bloody battleground, she receives tragic news, but remaining in Spain is her only option. The route to safety is blocked and fighting surrounds her. On her darkest night, Sophie takes refuge with a brigade of international compatriots. It is among these volunteers, through the use of her fiance's camera and her art, that she pledges to make the plight of the Spanish people known around the world.

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  • Booklist - 04/01/2007 page 25

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Moody Publishers
Pages   319
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.86"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2007
Publisher   MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
Series  Chronicles Of The Spanish Civil   
Series Number  1  
ISBN  0802467679  
ISBN13  9780802467676  

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More About Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer is an acclaimed and prolific writer, publishing hundreds of articles in national magazines including Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family while authoring more than twenty-five fiction and nonfiction books combined. Among those are 3:16 Teen Edition with Max Lucado and the American Christian Fiction Writers' Book of the Year Award winners Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights. She has also written books on marriage and parenting and contributed notes to the Women of Faith Study Bible. Tricia lives with her husband and four children in Arkansas.

Tricia Goyer currently resides in Little Rock.

Tricia Goyer has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Adventures in Odyssey Books
  2. Big Sky Novels
  3. London Chronicles
  4. Mothers of Preschoolers (Mops)
  5. One Year
  6. Pinecraft Pie Shop
  7. Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors

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More like 4.5 stars.   Mar 6, 2007
I'm so used to Tricia's Nazi era books that this one took me a while longer to get into at first. However, she had me hook, line, and sinker on this one to the end. Trica is so adept at describing scenes that you feel like you're there. The blood, the smoke, the cries of the dying. Her descriptions are an amazing treat for the senses. Tricia does a fabulous job describing the horror of war. Her writing style is always a cultural banquet and I felt like I got a real taste of war-torn Europe.

She also had me going there for awhile about Michael. I'm still not sure I like the guy. Plus, there is still some major mystery lingering by the books end. And the romance! Oye ve! She BETTER address some of that in the sequel or I'll have to hunt her down. I can almost feel the rope burns on my neck from where she left me hanging! I wish I had the sequel on hand because I'd whip it out and continue the saga right now! Great new series. Makes me want to kick back, put my feet up, roll my Rs, and eat a torta! :)
Compelling trip to little known time in history  Mar 3, 2007
A Valley of Betrayal by Tricia Goyer is a compelling story about people living through the Spanish Civil War, which was a precursor to World War II. Goyer includes a lot of great historic detail about the war and the circumstances leading up to it. The story is told through the eyes of Americans Phillip and Sophie, each who came to Spain for reasons having nothing to do with the war, and who both lose someone close to them. Their losses bring them together and closer to God. I was thrilled with Goyer's portrayal of Christianity in the book. The only person who gives the occasional sermon is appropriately a priest, but even his sermons have a political context to them. Other characters in the story a Nazi named Ritter and a young black man named Deion have small but pivotal roles in the story as well. As soon as Father Manuel's town was disclosed as Guernica, I began holding my breath for the book's climax. Anyone who has seen Picasso's painting of the brutality and destruction that took place there can't help but remember its name. Goyer does a good job of trying to describe the deep tragedy and sadness over the place. She also manages quite well to describe the political atmosphere surrounding the war and all of the different factions involved. She makes it very clear, that this was a war where it was hard to define good and evil. Obviously the first in a series, many questions are left unanswered at the end. In fact, I kept glancing at how few pages I had left thinking, "No, she can't end it here, she wouldn't!" Sophie is a strong, remarkable role model, and I look forward to reading about her quest for the truth.
Rich and Disturbing...  Mar 1, 2007
Tricia Goyer has penned a wrenching look at war and the people in the midst of it in "Valley of Betrayal."

Her characters come to life as they struggle with wrong and right and the consequences of their choices. With beautiful words and powerful emotion, Goyer creates locations that come alive in the reader's mind. I struggled with female characters with shallower-than-I-care-for depth in her previous novel, not so with Sophie. Even though Goyer has created many characters with several points of view in "Valley," I don't feel like anyone came across as cardboard or lifeless.

Some of Goyer's descriptions are breathtakingly poetic. The scenes of war and the damage done to people who are attempting to go about living their lives, as they knew them, are heartbreaking. Goyer manages to display the horror of war, but still offers the hope that comes with God, and with each new morning.

The drones of incoming planes, the sadness in the eyes of the broken, the depth of pain, all make this a book for those who crave deep fiction. It's not lighthearted, nor is it a romance. Moments of grit, loss and gore are peppered throughout. The ending leaves a few unanswered questions. I assume the next book will pick up some of those dangling threads.

As a ten year old child I read "The Hiding Place" and faced months of dreams filled with the images it painted. Not that "The Hiding Place" wasn't important or good, just that it changed something inside of me, woke me up to some reality I wasn't ready to face. "Valley" could have this impact on readers. There is an underlying sadness written throughout, an awareness of how ugly and brutal evil is. The history is rich, but before letting a child read it, a parent should screen "Valley."
Learning while you read  Feb 28, 2007
Sophie is an American who finds herself trying to get into Spain during the outbreak of the Spanish civil war. She is only there to find her fiance who she has not seen in a while, fully expecting to marry him and then leave for home. Instead she is caught into the activities of the people of the country, in a world and culture that she is not used to. Sophie finds that the war has found her and ultimately her life is changed by it.

I think I enjoyed this book a lot more than the average person would because I'm a history major. There was LOTS of information about the war and the circumstances surrounding it, and how it leads up to WWII (thanks for doing the research for me Tricia! lol). I can see if you're not a history buff how some of this info would be boring since this is not an American war. Like I said though, I really enjoyed learning as I read. I've read other books about the Spanish Civil war that don't really give you any details about the war itself, they just send in Americans to save the poor helpless Europeans. Valley instead shows the pride of the Spanish people and allows the reader to immerse in the culture. You get caught up in the character's lives, both Sophie's and Phillip's, as you read about the people they are seeing, the death happening around them, the run for safety. I really felt for Sophie when she finds out the truth about Michael and the lies she must now face. To me that was when her character has to grow up and makes the change towards maturity in the story. She is no longer on vacation in Spain, she is on a mission to survive. The only thing I didn't like about the book was that I'm left hanging at the end of the story and I must wait till fall to find out what happens. Until then, I highly recommend this book if you like an excellent story with rich historical detail.
Rich Trip Back in Time  Feb 26, 2007
This book is a rich trip back in time to the days of the Spanish Civil War. I love history, in particular World War Two, and all I could tell you about the Spanish Civil War before was that it occurred immediately prior to World War Two and that the Russians and Germans prepared for that war on the battlefields in Spain. After reading this book, I know so much more, but all without losing the great entertainment and story I've come to expect in Tricia Goyer's books.

From the first page to the last I was drawn in to this complex story about people living in impossible times. The book contains a rich mixture of characters to tell the story from a wide array of perspectives.

Tricia has the ability to transport the reader back in time to Spain. I could see the buildings, smell the acrid air after another talk, and almost touch the colorful clothes. The challenges of the war and politics behind it were disturbing, but provided a backdrop for the faith of the people involved in the story.

I highly recommend this book.

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