A Father’s Betrayal by Gabriella Gillespie

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.

Details A Father’s Betrayal

TitleA Father’s Betrayal
Release DateJul 25th, 2014
PublisherClink Street Publishing
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography

Reviews A Father’s Betrayal

  • Sarah
    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 ...
  • Susan
    Interesting story but very poorly written - so many exclamation marks!!!!!! The book would have benefited greatly from a good editor
  • Bethany Gilliam
    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 th...
  • Kelly (purplebookstand)
    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 ...
  • Katy Webster
    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 man...
  • JoanBacon
    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 b...
  • Raj
    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
    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 th...
  • Angelina
    ***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...
  • Tracey Aldridge
    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...
  • Lou Gillies
    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 tr...
  • Estee
    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.
    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!
  • Rhiannon
    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...
  • Nancy Poole
    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,
  • Jim Boyd
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
  • Jaz
    Just omg. So powerful and moving, had me in tears every other page. At the end it was tears of joy.
  • Jolene
    Great Book. I Felt horrible at times to see this girl get broken a again and again.
  • delyth thomas
    Such an eye openerA page Turner from start to finish. A brave woman who finally won her fight to protect her children .
  • Christine Randall
    Excellent read!Well written and intense! You will not be disappointed. A great look into the lives of the women of Yemen!
  • Stacie
    4.5 stars (I subtracted points for confusing punctuation and awkward syntax), but it's a very compelling and harrowing memoir.)
  • Angie Drabble
    A shocking true story of arranged marriage
  • Sara Gabai
    Such an unimaginable life. I wasn't sure the story was true, until I googled the author. The book could have used a little more editing and alsio an "afterward" about what happened bro the people after the book ends. But still, an amazing read, i couldn't put it down.
  • Meenal
    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.
  • Shirl Woolf
    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.
  • D
    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.