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February 2013 Book of the Month.
On returning home from work Eva Patterson finds her mother dead, by her own hand, and a suicide note saying simply ‘Forgive Me’. The reading of the will leads her on an emotional journey to discover more about her Mother who, unbeknownst to Eva, was a successful artist in the 60s. Forgive Me is an intense and gripping story of love and forgiveness.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Forgive Me a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'This is a fast paced modern novel using a tried and tested formula to yet again to produce stunning results'. Scroll down to read more reviews.
Forgive Me by Lesley Pearse
Cheltenham, 1991 When Eva Patterson returns home from work one day, a devastating scene awaits her.
Her mother, Flora, lies dead in the bath. Beside her is a note saying only: 'Forgive Me'. Until then, Eva always believed her family's life would be comfortable and secure - but Flora's suicide changes everything.
And when Eva discovers that in her will Flora left her an artist's studio in London, she realises how little she knows about her mother's past. When Eva visits the now derelict studio, she is shocked to find out that her mother was once a successful artist back in the 1960s. A chance encounter leads her to Phil, who agrees to help her restore the studio, as well as offering her the advice and friendship Eva so badly needs.
In the studio attic she finds a collection of Flora's paintings and old diaries, which Eva believes were purposely left for her to find. Searching for answers, Eva encounters a psychic who mysteriously warns her to beware of a 'sleeping serpent', which she soon discovers refers to a shocking crime in Flora's past. Will discovering the truth destroy Eva's belief in everything she holds dear? And will Phil stand by Eva even when her journey leads her and those she loves into certain danger?
We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review Forgive Me. You can read their reviews below.
Zarina de Ruiter - 'Author Lesley Pearse has a flair for depicting the dramatic... Combined with her incredible ability for highly intriguing storytelling this novel will mesmerise the reader from start to finish.' Click here to read the full review.
Lucinda Fountain - 'Profoundly meaningful, this delicately interwoven narrative interlaced with such beautiful simplicity will astound...This captivating tale is undeniably brilliant, enchanting and full of warmth, optimism and fulfillment.' Click here to read the full review.
Sandra Robinson - 'A really great read with twists and turns which leave you guessing. Another fabulous book from Lesley Pearse.' Click here to read the full review.
Joan Hill - 'This is a fast paced modern novel using a tried and tested formula to yet again to produce stunning results. Fans of Lesley Pearse’s other novels will find this an exciting yet tender thriller with lots of twists and turns ...' Click here to read the full review.
Sallyann Spittle - Lesley Pearse has a gift of not just telling a story, but teaching you about life and its ups and downs ...' Click here to read the full review.
Elisabeth Thomas - 'once again Lesley Pearse has written a book which I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a well written, intelligent and fast moving novel.' Click here to read the full review.
Emily Wright - Forgive Me is one of Lesley Pearse’s trademark enthralling novels, full of drama, betrayal, twists and turns ...' Click here to read the full review.
Susan Walsh - you will not want to put this brilliantly written novel down. The chapters bring characters to life, filling the pages with sorrow, happiness, love & fate ...' Click here to read the full review.
Sam Lewis - 'This story completely had me gripped from the start...It covers depression and desperation and also lost love and new love, grief and anger...' Click here to read the full review.
Reba Khatun - 'Although Eva has a lot of misfortune to contend with, Lesley balances this with good and caring people in her life who pull her through the darkness Eva finds herself falling into.' Click here to read the full review.
Reviews in the media:
"Pearse will pull your heartstrings." (Sun)
"Characters it is impossible not to care about." (Daily Mail)
"An addictive tear-jerker with characters you'll adore, laugh with and cry for." (Bella)
"Full of love, passion and heartbreak." (Best)
"Glorious, heartwarming." (Woman and Home)
About the Author
Publication date14th February 2013
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PublisherMichael Joseph Ltd and imprint of Penguin Books Ltd