Love, Desire and Betrayal by Margaret Lynette Sharp



The author sent me a copy of this book (pdf format) in exchange for an honest review.


My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Four young women: Michaela, Sally, Amelia and Lauren. All Australian. All destined to find that the course of real love is not smooth sailing.

Four separate tales touching on a universal goal.

Will career ambitions jeopardize their futures?

Michaela, a gifted student of music, is offered a long-hoped-for scholarship to study in London. Can the budding love between herself and Thomas be sustained over the miles?

Sally, a senior high-school student, finds that love is tested when her fiancé begins his medical studies. Will their love survive?

Amelia, whose career ambitions have become a dominant force in her life, finds that married life with Steven is fraught with difficulties.

Lauren, young and vulnerable, finds her life undergoes a steep learning curve as she realises that there is life after a broken romance.

This is a series of compelling, highly readable novellas of Sydney author Margaret Lynette Sharp, whose skill as a short story writer has been recognised by respected writing critics. This series of longer works is no less engaging.



Genre:  Romance, novellas

Length:  176 pages



Airports always fill me with a sense of change: and not just of scenery. Perhaps that is because I have seen so many people, friends and family, go away, and come back perceptibly different.

At any rate, when my day to leave arrived, my stomach was in knots.

I could readily see that, despite their pride in my achievements, Mum and Dad were slightly on edge.


My Opinion

This book comprises four romantic novellas:

Michaela Betrayed – Michaela is a gifted music student who has to face a serious dilemma: Study abroad or – enjoy my first love?

The Sting of Life – Sally and Nathan – do they really want the same?

Amelia’s Call – Amelia needs to find out what is more important – her love or her career.

Lauren Played – Sweet sixteen, first love and acting.

I cannot tell you more about the story as it would spoil the fun of reading it yourself.

With Love, Desire and Betrayal, Margaret Lynette Sharp presents us with four romantic novellas in one book. Romance is not my typical genre, therefore I really liked that these novellas are not hard-core romance. The stories ‘have soul’ and give a good insight in the characters’ feelings; they love, they suffer, they enjoy life and love. They are touching, make the readers remember their feelings they had at that age. The stories had me shaking my head, nodding in agreement, and remember a teenager’s folly. The characters are real enough to be family members or friends. I had a good time reading Love, Desire and Betrayal.



About the author

Margaret Lynette Sharp spent her early years in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving with her family to a leafy, outer suburb at the age of ten.
A self-motivated student who loved to seek out information, she matriculated just before her eighteenth birthday. Her enthusiasm for literature led to further studies, with a particular focus on Short Story Writing
Shortly after the death of her elderly mother whom she cared for, Margaret met and later married Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ. She believes that, without doubt, he is her greatest fan and motivator.
Excelling in English himself, Ron has edited her work.
To date, Margaret has eleven titles available.

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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Love, Desire and Betrayal?  Or – if you did not yet read Love, Desire and Betrayal – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Love, Desire and Betrayal was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


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  4. Oh this sounds good – I like the sound of the four novellas especially as they aren’t ‘hard-core romance’ which isn’t my thing but I do like an uplifting story. Thanks for sharing Karen.

    • This also reads good, Cleo. Not our usual genre, I had a good time reading. I like characters with a certain depth and/or authenticity. The tiny chapters lure you into reading on and on… 🙂

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