A Father’s Betrayal
Muna and her three sisters were happy children, growing up in Newport South Wales with their English mother and Arabic father. But in 1972 her mother disappeared, setting in motion a chain of events which would forever shatter her seemingly loving family.

A Father’s Betrayal Details

TitleA Father’s Betrayal
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 25th, 2014
PublisherClink Street Publishing
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography

A Father’s Betrayal Review

  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    A Fathers Betrayal is the heart wrenching true story of Muna, who along with her sisters are taken back to her father's home country and subjected to years of physical and mental abuse.Even though Muna's father was quite strict, especially with their mother, overall their time in England was a happy one. That is until their mother disappears. Their mother is never found but their father is still sent to prison for foul play.Even though the girls are taken into care, luckily theirs is a happy exp A Fathers Betrayal is the heart wrenching true story of Muna, who along with her sisters are taken back to her father's home country and subjected to years of physical and mental abuse.Even though Muna's father was quite strict, especially with their mother, overall their time in England was a happy one. That is until their mother disappears. Their mother is never found but their father is still sent to prison for foul play.Even though the girls are taken into care, luckily theirs is a happy experience and they grow to love their foster parents. Unfortunately when their father is released, he has other plans for them.Knowing only to well how girls/ women get treated in some middle eastern countries, I knew that what would be in store for Muna and her sisters would not be pleasant.From here on in Muna's journey is very much a bitter sweet one. There are a few moments of happiness but unfortunately those precious few moments are over clouded by the abuse that she has to suffer from the hands of her husband and her dad.How I would have loved to have got hold of some of the men in this book, the way they treat their women and in some cases their children, really shocked and appalled me. In one part Muna has been pushed to her very limits and loses it with her dad, a big fight ends up taking place between them. I felt like I was on the side line shouting and cheering Muna on to thrash the life out of her father.My heart really went out to Muna and also to Yas her sister. I just hope that one day the Government in these countries start making a stand and stop allowing children under the age of sixteen to be married off and to be treat with respect. Women should have just as many rights as men regardless of which country they live in and I find it really appalling that it is still going on right up until this day and no doubt for years to come.A Father's Betrayal is a harrowing story but one that deserves to be told. My only little niggle is that I would have liked some sort of epilogue as I was left with lots of questions, otherwise than this it really is a must read.Many thanks to Rachel at Authoright for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting story but very poorly written - so many exclamation marks!!!!!! The book would have benefited greatly from a good editor
  • Bethany Gilliam
    January 1, 1970
    I don't often take the time to review books, as I read them quickly and move on to the next one (or perhaps forget?) just as quick.A Father's Betrayal, however, left a hole in my heart that consumed me the whole time I read it and for days after I finished. Few characters have affected me as profoundly as Muna. Her struggle - with its child-like happiness one moment and brutal suffering the next moment - captures you from the very beginning of the book, and her spirit will stay with you long aft I don't often take the time to review books, as I read them quickly and move on to the next one (or perhaps forget?) just as quick.A Father's Betrayal, however, left a hole in my heart that consumed me the whole time I read it and for days after I finished. Few characters have affected me as profoundly as Muna. Her struggle - with its child-like happiness one moment and brutal suffering the next moment - captures you from the very beginning of the book, and her spirit will stay with you long after you finish reading.As an ex-pat, I often gravitate to stories of cultural change and cultural immersion. This book surprised me because it simultaneously celebrates and scorns unavoidable cultural exchange, provoked by the protagonist being forced into another country at a young and vulnerable age. Muna's narrations of Yemeni cultural standards are poignant and presented with such a pleasant voice that you feel you are experiencing culture shock with her. You cry for her sadness and celebrate her moments of bliss!I was hooked on this book from the first page to the last, and I continue to think about Muna's struggle - and, I hope, her happy ending! I look forward to reading more captivating novels from Gabriella Gillespie. Bravo!
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  • Kelly (purplebookstand)
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book. When I first started this book, I was dipping in and out of it but the further I got into it, the more I had to read, to the point where I ignored everything else!Unfortunately, the plight of Muna and her family is not unique, which makes the story told in the book all the more disturbing and upsetting. However, Muna's story pulled at my heartstrings. I had to keep reading to see what would happen next. The strength of the girls and their resilience is amazing and n I absolutely loved this book. When I first started this book, I was dipping in and out of it but the further I got into it, the more I had to read, to the point where I ignored everything else!Unfortunately, the plight of Muna and her family is not unique, which makes the story told in the book all the more disturbing and upsetting. However, Muna's story pulled at my heartstrings. I had to keep reading to see what would happen next. The strength of the girls and their resilience is amazing and no human being should have to endure what many in the book have had to. I would love to know the next steps in the story, and hope that there will be a sequel.
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  • Katy Webster
    January 1, 1970
    I read many many books but this is definitely one that will stay with me. The story is truly heart breaking and at times very hard to read and had me in tears many times throughout. I couldn't put this book down and found myself telling anyone who would listen all about it. A truly inspirational story and an absolute must read. I am also glad to hear that Gabriella is working on her second book because as soon as I finished this book I had so many questions, I need to know more about this courag I read many many books but this is definitely one that will stay with me. The story is truly heart breaking and at times very hard to read and had me in tears many times throughout. I couldn't put this book down and found myself telling anyone who would listen all about it. A truly inspirational story and an absolute must read. I am also glad to hear that Gabriella is working on her second book because as soon as I finished this book I had so many questions, I need to know more about this courageous, strong lady and her family since they escaped. Read it!
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  • JoanBacon
    January 1, 1970
    So filled with InformationJust a bit too long . I want to read the condensed version. Would make a great movie. I want to see what the people look like and how city living contrasted to living in a village. I just cannot fathom how people of this age of technology can live like this. I can understand how cultures without technology can survive, however, these people are smart and have resources. I blows my mind and breaks my heart. I am a woman but never knew this could exist in cultures that ha So filled with InformationJust a bit too long . I want to read the condensed version. Would make a great movie. I want to see what the people look like and how city living contrasted to living in a village. I just cannot fathom how people of this age of technology can live like this. I can understand how cultures without technology can survive, however, these people are smart and have resources. I blows my mind and breaks my heart. I am a woman but never knew this could exist in cultures that have resources and intelligence. I am a junkie for more information.
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  • Raj
    January 1, 1970
    A fantastic book. A harrowing account of a young woman in Yemen and how she managed to survive. I have a lot of respect for the author and am in awe of her resilience and courage.
  • Stacie
    January 1, 1970
    Gabriella and her sisters lived in Wales with their father and mother until her mother "went missing" and eventually her father was sent to prison for her murder. At a young age, she and her sisters lived in a loving foster home and assumed that is where they would stay until they were grown. There they were loved and well-cared for and treated like the couple's own children. But after just four years, their father was released from prison and the girls were forced to return to live with him. Wh Gabriella and her sisters lived in Wales with their father and mother until her mother "went missing" and eventually her father was sent to prison for her murder. At a young age, she and her sisters lived in a loving foster home and assumed that is where they would stay until they were grown. There they were loved and well-cared for and treated like the couple's own children. But after just four years, their father was released from prison and the girls were forced to return to live with him. What was supposed to be a holiday to their father's homeland in Yemen, turned out to be a nightmare as they were unprepared for the culture shock and the fact that they were to be sold as child brides. This book shares the horrors that Gabriella and her sisters faced trying to acclimate to a completely new way of life, meeting new family, and living as wives when they should have still been attending school and dreaming of their weddings many, many years down the road.Gabriella's story is not a happy one and I often had to put it down as it was extremely depressing and tragic. Gabriella (she goes by a different name in the book) doesn't leave out many details when recounting the horrific abuse she received from family members and her husband. All the while I had to remind myself that she was around the same age as my children. I had to believe that if she had written this book that there was a way out of this horror for her and that hope kept me reading.This book is also a look into the culture that is much different from ours. The descriptions of boys who are working in the fields all day as young as six, young girls fetching water many miles away multiple times a day, and women cooking with meager conditions were eye-opening and humbling. I don't think I could rightfully complain about any housework after reading this book.The writing at times was childish and elementary, but I could look beyond that knowing that the author obviously had very little education and maybe had a difficult time with translation. Beyond that, I believe she was extremely brave for telling her story knowing that it could be dangerous for her and her family. I was a little unsatisfied with the ending, but can appreciate that she may have had to keep some things private for her safety.Overall, this was a story that kept me interested, even though it was difficult to read horrible abuse on nearly every page. The relationships that Gabriella made along her journey with her sisters from Wales as well as those she met once arriving in Yemen were a lifeline for her. Even with all the evil around her, there were people who loved her and that allowed her to continue to hope for a brighter future for herself and her children. I certainly pray that she has found happiness.
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  • Angelina
    January 1, 1970
    ***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review***This was a truly hooking book and I loved every single page of it. The author pulls the reader into an emotionally-laden story.This book is actually a true story, narrated from the author as a little girl, Muna, when she was ripped away from her family by her own father and kidnapped along with her sisters to the Yemen. There she was sold as a child bride and we, the reader, follow her on ***I received the eBook free as a review copy from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review***This was a truly hooking book and I loved every single page of it. The author pulls the reader into an emotionally-laden story.This book is actually a true story, narrated from the author as a little girl, Muna, when she was ripped away from her family by her own father and kidnapped along with her sisters to the Yemen. There she was sold as a child bride and we, the reader, follow her on her journey as she fights for her life and the lives of her children.It was a harrowing tale, written with a beautiful writing style. I started this book knowing that it was a true story and harsh treatment of the sisters was to be expected from the book blurb. However, I wasn't ready for what I ended up reading. Everything that could have gone wrong for the girls, happened and the saddest part, was that all of them actually happened. I found it amazing, that the author was able to convey so much feeling, making the reader feel sad. The descriptions were also short but very efficient in describing thee scene to the reader. Even though I don't know what its actually like, I felt like I could imagine how the places described in the book looked like.I couldn't put the book down. It was captivating to read. I was just sitting there, going onto the next page and then the next, I had to continue reading. When I finished it, I kept on thinking about what Muna had to struggle through and how the book ended.I also wanted to conclude this review, by saying that I greatly admire the author. It takes immense strength to survive and endure through all of the hardships she had to suffer. She managed to endure through all of the abuse and came out with an unbroken spirit and the will to help spread the word to save others from the same fate. So many people would have given up only a couple of months after the abuse started. It is also admirable, that she dug through all of her memories, including painful ones, to tell her story and spread the truth about child brides.This book was unique and beautifully written. I couldn't put it down and always wanted to keep on reading. I was hooked from the very first page.
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  • Tracey Aldridge
    January 1, 1970
    I have to give this book 5 stars. It is gripping from the moment you begin to read. The fact this isn't just a story this is the life of a poor girl and her sisters, not only that it makes you realise she isn't the only one who has to endure this type of abuse it is going on at all times still. I was horrified to read some of the things this poor girl had to go through. It's just such a heart wrenching read. I hope she is safe now and is living a happier life. It's such a cliff hanger ending tho I have to give this book 5 stars. It is gripping from the moment you begin to read. The fact this isn't just a story this is the life of a poor girl and her sisters, not only that it makes you realise she isn't the only one who has to endure this type of abuse it is going on at all times still. I was horrified to read some of the things this poor girl had to go through. It's just such a heart wrenching read. I hope she is safe now and is living a happier life. It's such a cliff hanger ending though. So many questions!!!
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  • Lou Gillies
    January 1, 1970
    This is the heartbreaking story of Gabriella Gillespie who comes from Newport. Her father murdered her mother and then took three of his four daiughters on holiday to his home country, the Yemen. He had already sold one of these young girls to an old man. What follows is years of abuse, of slavery, forced marriage, physical and emotional abuse, rape and devastating treatment at the hands of her father and husband and various relatives, and two tragic deaths. I do suggest you google Gabriella aft This is the heartbreaking story of Gabriella Gillespie who comes from Newport. Her father murdered her mother and then took three of his four daiughters on holiday to his home country, the Yemen. He had already sold one of these young girls to an old man. What follows is years of abuse, of slavery, forced marriage, physical and emotional abuse, rape and devastating treatment at the hands of her father and husband and various relatives, and two tragic deaths. I do suggest you google Gabriella after reading the book, to see how she is now.
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  • Estee
    January 1, 1970
    Heartbreaking story of survival and the strength of a mother to do whatever possible to escape the brutal horrors that she dealt with after arriving in Yemen. Taken from the UK with her three sisters to Yemen and sold. Beaten and abused by those she thought loved her. By the tender age of 13, She was married and had her first of five children. This is a true story, makes it even more heartbreaking. It resembles the story Not Without My Daughter.
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  • KATRINA DANIELS
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing!The amazing story of how a young woman endured an impossible life of heartbreaking abuse and circumstances that would have thrown the average person over the edge. Besides the few spelling and grammatical errors, this book is very well written. My emotions flowed appropriately with each event as it unfolded. I cried, I laughed and I felt triumphant when she won a battle! I enjoyed this page-turner every step of the way!
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  • Rhiannon
    January 1, 1970
    a riveting, horrifying read. it's terrifying what monsters people can become given the opportunity. I'm very glad Muna escaped, but it was only possible because of where she was born, something she had no control over and which should not determine whether a woman is abused her entire life or not. Yemen recently abolished a minimum marriage age for girls. It is hard to imagine things improving there anytime soon...
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  • Nancy Poole
    January 1, 1970
    great bookThis book was absolutely wonderful. I loved reading it and. I CONSIDER IT A BOOK THAT kept you on the edge of your seat. I was sad for it to end! It was also at the same time heart breaking. It is unbelievable what some people have to endure, I would HIGHIY recommend this book for others to read,
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  • Jim Boyd
    January 1, 1970
    Inequalities for women in the Arab world This story really shows how little women are thought of in some Eastern cultures. The small conveniences that are taken for granted would be real luxuries there. Little girls being sold into marriage and being sexually, mentally and physically abused being betrayed by their fathers
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  • KAREN T. MINER
    January 1, 1970
    SUPERBWonderful story...could not put it down. So much courage, so much pain.A wonderful mother. Impossible to believe women have no rights, no where to find help.Would enjoy hearing how she fared in the UK.uhh
  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    This is an amazing story! I loved it and cried my heart out at the end. What courage this young woman has. After all the terrible things she suffered she never lost hope and always managed to find more strength.Just amazing...
  • Brian Amos
    January 1, 1970
    Very well written sad and gut wrenching tale,A gripping story all the more poignant as it is a true story in recent times.Very powerful tail that would benefit from a summary conclusion, I would love to know that they are all ok.
  • Sarah Carpenter
    January 1, 1970
    I read this in 2 sittings. I cried, shouted at the book, read in disbelief that a father could do such horrific things to a child. I find it frightening that this still happens. You are an inspirational woman and I thank you for sharing your story.
  • Jolene
    January 1, 1970
    Great Book. I Felt horrible at times to see this girl get broken a again and again.
  • Jaz
    January 1, 1970
    Just omg. So powerful and moving, had me in tears every other page. At the end it was tears of joy.
  • delyth thomas
    January 1, 1970
    Such an eye openerA page Turner from start to finish. A brave woman who finally won her fight to protect her children .
  • Christine Randall
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent read!Well written and intense! You will not be disappointed. A great look into the lives of the women of Yemen!
  • Stacie
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars (I subtracted points for confusing punctuation and awkward syntax), but it's a very compelling and harrowing memoir.)
  • Angie Drabble
    January 1, 1970
    A shocking true story of arranged marriage
  • Meenal
    January 1, 1970
    The title of this book caught my attention. The diversity in human culture and belief is an interesting aspect for me. Unexpected and unbelievable situations unfold before these young bright girls arriving from UK to Yemen for a vacation. Situations and the outrageous behavior of the so-called family members along with the life partner had my heart ripped apart on various recollects of the protagonist.
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  • Shirl Woolf
    January 1, 1970
    A good read.Life is so short . When i read this book i realize that there are people who accept a life full of hardship not even understanding they have a choice. I would hate to spoil this story but imagine having no choice when you are born especially if you are girl . To be married at 14 through 18 , the younger the better , then to be beaten, and treated like a slave is a horrible life. We western people do not know how wonderful we have it.
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  • D
    January 1, 1970
    An absolutely brilliant read. I read a lot of books about women who have led difficult or interesting lives and this was one of the best. Well written, interesting, unpredictable and an amazing account of this woman's life. I really enjoyed it.
  • Sarah Flood
    January 1, 1970
    Very Interesting story but I found it quite hard to follow in parts, it was a bit all over the place, of very well written unfortunately, I abandoned it many times but was able to pick right back up even after weeks. Could’ve been written/edited better.
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