The Healer's Betrayal

Morgana Innocenti was born on the cusp of the 1600s, on the cursed ground inside the Grove. Deaf since the age of eight from a childhood illness, and able to see shadows where no shadow should be, she has learned to face any difficulty with strength and determination.
But a three-hundred-year-old vow of revenge, and a terrible secret revealed on her grandmother’s deathbed, throw Morgana’s life into turmoil, and nothing will ever be the same again. To protect her family’s name, she must marry a man she hardly knows, and trust that she has made the right choice.
While she settles into her new life, rumours arrive from England of witch hunters who leave a trail of death and devastation behind them as they cross the country. When her daughter is born with the mark of the devil, Morgana lives in constant fear that they will come to Italy.

She has no idea that she is about to suffer the ultimate betrayal. Before, she had to marry to save her family’s name. What will she sacrifice to save her daughter?

About the author

Helen Pryke is a British author who has been living in the north of Italy for almost thirty years. Fluent in Italian, she worked as a translator and taught English to Italian students for many years, before deciding to follow her dream and become an author. Helen has written two suspense novels, both set in the Portsmouth area she grew up in many years ago.

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Why We Like It

  • 'Wow! Just wow!... gave me shivers…draws you in’ Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars *****
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Helen Pryke is a chocolate-addicted British author who has been living in the north of Italy for almost thirty years. She is now happily married to her second husband, who is a wonderful cook, and enjoying life with her two sons and a rescue cat, Pan.

Fluent in Italian, she worked as a translator and taught English to Italian students for many years, before deciding to follow her dream and become an author.

Helen has always loved reading, and started writing at an early age – her first article was published in a school magazine when she was ten. She got her passion for reading from her mum, who encouraged her to write, but sadly never got to see Helen’s dream come true.

Helen has written two suspense novels, both set in the Portsmouth area she grew up in many years ago. She enjoys creating dark characters who send chills down your spine, which worries her husband somewhat.

Helen is delighted to be working with Bloodhound Books, and can’t wait to introduce readers to more of her dark side.

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