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Lesley Pearse - Author

About the Author

Lesley Pearse's novels have sold over ten million copies worldwide and include most recently Dead to Me, Without a Trace, Survivor, Forgive Me and The Promise. Her new novel The Woman in the Wood  is a powerful, passionate and sinister tale of a young woman's courage, friendship and determination.

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Featured books by Lesley Pearse

Survivor

Survivor

Author: Lesley Pearse Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/02/2014

Lesley Pearse, No.1 bestselling author of The Promise and Belle is back with Survivor, the story of Mariette, a born fighter. It is 1938 and Mariette Carrera is a defiant, strong-willed and selfish eighteen-year-old. And sooner or later, if she stays in the small, gossipy town of Russell, New Zealand, she'll get herself into some serious trouble. Her doting parents, Belle and Etienne, fear for her reputation. So, with the world on the brink of war, Mari leaves home on the SS Rimutaka, bound for her aunt and uncle's house in London. Armed with the freedom she's longed for since childhood, Mari quickly falls for Morgan, the handsome cockney steward on board ship. But once she reaches London, there are other temptations. Mari loves her new life - caught up in a whirl of dances and parties in the glittering West End, relishing her freedom as she earns her own money as a typist. Finally, she feels she is mistress of her own future. Until it is all snatched away by the war. As London endures the Blitz, Mari's new life is cruelly blown apart. Forced from her loving new home, she ends up alone in the East End, and it's worlds away from the London she knows. But there, even in the face of so much despair, she finds the chance to make a difference. Amidst the destruction, Mari learns that the only way to survive this war is to fight, with all the strength, selflessness and compassion within her...and only then will she find true happiness. Because Mari is a survivor...From internationally bestselling author, Lesley Pearse, Survivor is a story of bravery and love.

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Hope

Hope

Author: Lesley Pearse Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2007

Hope by Lesley Pearse - author of bestsellers Gypsy and Remember Me - is a historical novel of past scandal and its consequences in a compelling nineteenth century setting. Her existence would be the ruin of her mother...Baby Hope, the unfortunate proof of Lady Harvey's adultery, is smuggled out of a privileged aristocratic household to a nearby village. There, her true identity a secret, she grows up in the arms of the poor, but loving, Renton family. But the day comes when Hope must pay her way. What could be more natural than being taken into service by the Harveys? However when she sees something she should not, she is threatened and blackmailed into leaving her beloved Rentons forever. Destitute on the streets of an unfriendly city, Hope's courage and kindness are recognized by a doctor. A talent for healing sees her taken on as nurse and destined for the horrific battlefields of the Crimea. But will Hope ever come home and uncover the true story of her birth?

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Secrets

Secrets

Author: Lesley Pearse Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/01/2005

Set in the 1930s, the classic novel from bestselling author Lesley Pearse tells the story of one girl's struggle against cruelty and, her quest for love. Twelve-year-old Adele Talbot's unhappy mother Rose succumbs to madness after a family tragedy and Adele is placed in a bleak children's home. But when her trust is betrayed she runs away - hoping to find her grandmother in Sussex. By the time she does so, Adele is desperately ill and has to be nursed back to health among the beautiful Rye Marshes. And then she meets the wonderful Michael Bailey. As friendship blossoms into love and they come of age together - Adele becoming a nurse and Michael joining the RAF - she believes she can put her troubled past behind her. But with the outbreak of war and the sudden appearance of Rose, bearing shocking family secrets, suddenly all of Adele's hopes appear impossibly fragile...

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Remember Me

Remember Me

Author: Lesley Pearse Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/2003

In 1786 a fisherman's daughter from Cornwall called Mary Broad was sentenced to be hung for theft. But her sentence was commuted, and she was transported to Australia, one of the first convicts to arrive there. How Mary escaped the harsh existence of the colony and found true love, and how she was captured and taken back to London in chains, only to be released after a trial where she was defended by no less than James Boswell, is one of the most gripping and moving stories of human endeavour (based on an amazing true story) you will ever read.

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Till We Meet Again

Till We Meet Again

Author: Lesley Pearse Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/03/2003

Susan Wright walked into a doctor's surgery and gunned down two members of staff in cold blood, then waited for the police to arrest her. Later that day a lawyer, Beth Powell, is assigned to defend her. Susan won't talk to anyone, even to Beth - until both women realise that twenty-nine years earlier they had been childhood friends. Talking about their troubled families and those happy summers they spent together as children rekindles Susan and Beth's friendship. And as the evidence against Susan mounts up, both women share their traumatic secrets about what sent them down such different paths in life. Their friendship grows stronger, but for one of them, there can be no happy ending ...

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Trust Me

Trust Me

Author: Lesley Pearse Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/03/2001

Two young sisters sent far, far from home ...When tragedy deprives little Dulcie Taylor and her sister May of their parents, they are sent first to an orphanage and then shipped off to begin a new life in Australia. But the 'better life' the sisters are promised in this new and exciting country turns out to be a lie. It seems everyone who ever stood up for them, who ever said 'trust me', somehow betrays that trust: their parents, teachers and the sisters at the convent. But then Dulcie meets Ross, another orphanage survivor, and finds a kindred spirit. Can Dulcie ever get over the pain of the past and learn to trust again? And does she have the strength to fight for her own happiness as well as that of her sister?

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Other books by Lesley Pearse

Till We Meet Again

Till We Meet Again

Author: Lesley Pearse Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2018

Would you stand by your childhood best friend if they turned out to be a murderer? Till We Meet Again is an unputdownable tale of love, passion, and heartbreak . . . This is just one of many gripping novels from the international NO.1 BESTSELLING author Lesley Pearse. She kills two people in cold blood - why? Susan walks into a busy doctor's surgery and guns down two members of staff. Then she calmly waits for the police. Beth is the lawyer assigned to defend Susan. But her client is uncooperative until both women realise that twenty-nine years earlier, they were childhood friends. As the evidence against Susan mounts up, both she and Beth begin to talk about the secrets and the traumas that sent them down such different paths in life. Their friendship grows stronger. But for one of them, there can be no happy ending . . . Lesley Pearse, author of the UK and international best-sellers Belle and Hope, explores the limits of friendship with two of her most unforgettable characters in the thrilling Till We Meet Again. Fans of Susan Lewis will love Lesley Pearse novels. Santa Montefiore and Penny Vincenzi fans will swiftly fall for Lesley Pearse's mesmerising novels - you'll want to read them again and again . . . 'With characters it is impossible not to care about ... this is storytelling at its very best' Daily Mail 'Lose yourself in this epic saga' Bella 'An emotional and moving epic you won't forget in a hurry' Woman's Weekly

Stolen

Stolen

Author: Lesley Pearse Format: eBook Release Date: 26/10/2017

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Stolen by Lesley Pearse, read by Lucy Brownhill. Sussex, 2003 When a beautiful blonde girl is found half-drowned on a beach, she has no memory of who she is or what horrors have left her there. But an article about her in a Brighton newspaper rings alarm bells for beautician, Dale, who shows the police photographs of Lotte Wainright. The girls met working on a cruise ship and their friendship blossomed as they sailed the seas of South America, until Lotte fell under the sinister influence of an older American couple. To her regret, Dale hasnt seen Lotte since leaving the ship months earlier ... but the girl on the beach - although badly bruised - is indeed her much missed friend. Their reunion only marks the beginning of a dangerous tidal wave of secrets, lies and nightmares. Where has Lotte been? Who is the man who seems to want to kill her? And what has become of the baby shes recently given birth to? Dale and Lotte must dig deep and find the strength to hold on against the odds if they are to rebuild their friendship and survive Lottes stolen - and deadly - past.

Gypsy

Gypsy

Author: Lesley Pearse Format: eBook Release Date: 26/10/2017

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Gypsy by Lesley Pearse, read by Heather Bleasdale. Gypsy is a compelling historical novel of survival from international number one bestselling author Lesley Pearse. Liverpool, 1893, and tragedy sends Beth Bolton on a journey far from home ... Fifteen-year-old Beths dreams are shattered when she, her brother Sam and baby sister Molly are orphaned. Sam believes that only in America can they make their fortunes so, reluctantly leaving Molly with adoptive parents, brother and sister embark on the greatest adventure of their lives. Onboard the steamer to New York there are rogues aplenty. But Beths talent with the fiddle earns her the nickname Gypsy - and the friendship of charismatic gambler Theo and sharp-witted Londoner, Jack. And after dodging trouble across America, finally the foursome head for the dangerous mountains of Canada and the Klondike river in search of gold. How far must Beth go to find happiness? And will her travels lead this gypsy to a place she can call home? Praise for Lesley Pearse: With characters it is impossible not to care about . . . this is storytelling at its very best Daily Mail Lose yourself in this epic saga Bella An emotional and moving epic you wont forget in a hurry Womans Weekly Find Lesley on Twitter @LesleyPearse or find out more on her website

Faith

Faith

Author: Lesley Pearse Format: eBook Release Date: 26/10/2017

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Faith by Lesley Pearse, read by Tracy Wiles. Scotland, 1995. On the hills of Cornton Vale Prison. She was convicted of killing her best friend . . . Laura Brannigan has been put away for murder. She insists that she didnt kill Jackie. But her search for true justice seems futile. Then she receives a letter that takes her back to her youth and the memory of an old love, Stuart . . . Twenty years ago was a heady time for Laura: shed escaped an abusive home, and together with Jackie they had made a fresh start. They had sworn to be sisters for ever. What could have possibly gone so wrong? And why is Stuart writing to her now? Does he believe Lauras innocent and can he help free her from prison . . . and her past? Lesley Pearse, the bestselling author of Dead to Me and Without a Trace, explores a web of thrilling secrets and injustices in the gripping novel Faith. Susan Lewis fans will love Lesley Pearse. Praise for Lesley Pearse: With characters it is impossible not to care about ... this is storytelling at its very best Daily Mail Lose yourself in this epic saga Bella An emotional and moving epic you wont forget in a hurry Womans Weekly Find Lesley on Twitter @LesleyPearse or find out more on her website, www.lesleypearse.co.uk.

Complete Belle Collection

Complete Belle Collection

Author: Lesley Pearse Format: eBook Release Date: 03/11/2016

*The bestselling Belle collection now together in one ebook*BelleLondon, 1910, and the beautiful and innocent Belle Reilly is cruelly snatched from her home and sold to a brothel in New Orleans where she begins her life as a courtesan. Can Belle ever find her way home?The PromiseWhen Belle's husband heads for the trenches of northern France, she volunteers as a Red Cross ambulance driver. There, she is bought face to face with a man from her past who she'd never quite forgotten.SurvivorEighteen-year-old Mari is defiant, selfish and has given up everything in favour of glamorous parties in the West End. But, without warning, the Blitz blows her new life apart. Can Mari learn from her mistakes before it's too late?

Dead to Me

Dead to Me

Author: Lesley Pearse Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2016

A compelling new story from international number one bestselling author Lesley Pearse Spring 1935. Two girls meet by chance on Hampstead Heath. To an outsider, they could not appear more different. Verity is well-mannered and smartly dressed, living with her parents in a beautiful house close to the heath. Ruby is dishevelled and grubby, used to a life of squalor where she is forced to steal to survive. Yet there's an instant affinity between them, and when their fortunes are shockingly reversed, it is the strength of their friendship that keeps them resilient to the challenges and hardships they face. As Britain prepares for war, Ruby finds herself in Devon with the world at her feet and enjoying her first taste of romance. Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away, Verity is forced to leave behind everything she has ever known and a shadow from the past threatens her chances of a new beginning. But through it all, the girls are always there for each other. Until the day Verity does the one thing that will break Ruby's heart. In a country torn apart by fighting, will Verity and Ruby survive long enough to find a way back to each other? Or do some betrayals go with you to the grave . . .? Praise for Lesley Pearse 'Epic romantic drama set in post-war London' Heat Magazine 'A heart-warming and evocative tale that is a real delight to read' Sun 'A narrative that gallops along, this is quintessential Pearse that will delight her army of readers' Daily Mail 'Must have' Sunday Express 'Yet another great Lesley Pearse novel' Woman Magazine 'Evocative, compelling, told from the heart' Sunday Express 'Utterly riveting, brilliant' Closer 'Full of love, passion and heartbreak' Best 'Glorious, heartwarming' Woman & Home 'This gripping tale of war and friendship is perfect for a long day of beach reading.' Marie Claire

mult nyomaban

mult nyomaban

Author: Lesley Pearse Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

Lebilincselo tortenet a batorsag, a baratsag es a szerelem erejerol. 1953. junius 2-at irunk, Anglia II. Erzsebet kiralyno koronazasat unnepli. Molly Heywoodnak azonban egeszen mashol jarnak a gondolatai. A huszas eveiben jaro lany, aki apja vegyesboltjaban dolgozik Somerset egyik aprocska falujaban, az unnepseget hatrahagyva baratnoje hazahoz siet. Az erdei lakban rettenetes tragedia fogadja: Cassie-t meggyilkoltak, es hateves, felver kislanya, Petal nyom nelkul eltunt. Bar az orszagos lapok is felkapjak a tragikus ugyet, senki nem tud semmit a kislanyrol. Cassie multjat rejtely ovezi. Az egyetlen nyom, ami elvezethet a lany csaladjahoz, egy level, melyet Cassie Londonbol kapott. Molly elhatarozza, hogy Londonba koltozik, hatha ott sikerul a kislany nyomara bukkannia. A nagyvarosba erkezve azonban keseruen tapasztalja meg, milyen nehezen boldogul egymagaban egy videki lany. Es minel kozelebb kerul az igazsaghoz, annal veszelyesebbe valik az utja. Molly mindent feladott - az otthonat, a boldogsagat es eselyet a szerelemre - azert, hogy megtalalja Petalt. Lehet, hogy az elete is veszelyben forog? "e;Egy ujabb magaval sodro tortenet, amely oly jellemzo Lesley Pearse-re, es biztosan el fogja ragadtatni seregnyi olvasojat."e; (Daily Mail) Lesley Pearse Anglia egyik legnepszerubb iroja, regenyei vilagszerte tobb mint tizmillio peldanyban keltek el, s kozuluk nem egy nemzetkozi bestseller lett. Az elete legalabb annyira regenyes, mint a tortenetei, amelyeknek foszereploi egytol egyig olyan eros, magabiztos nok, akik a sorsukkal dacolva kiallnak magukert, es elszantan harcolnak a boldogsagert. Pearse hanyattatott sorsa, arvahazi elmenyei es balul sikerult hazassagai egyarant hatottak a muveire, amelyek kozponti temaja, hogy hogyan gyozedelmeskedhet a batorsag, a kitartas es a huseg a rossz felett, milyen sebeket ejthetnek rajtunk gyermekkori traumaink, es hogyan szerezhetjuk vissza az uralmat a sajat eletunk felett.

Igeret

Igeret

Author: Lesley Pearse Format: eBook Release Date: 26/01/2015

Amikor kitor az elso vilaghaboru, Belle Reilly ferje, Jimmy beall katonanak, es Eszak-Franciaorszag halalos loveszarkaiba vezenylik. Belle keptelen tetlenul varakozni, es onkent jelentkezik frontszolgalatra. Ot is Franciaorszagba kuldik voroskeresztes mentoauto-sofornek. Belle a frontvonal mogott a maga mindennapi, kegyetlen valosagaban tapasztalja meg a haborut, amelyben mindent elveszithet, amit szeretett es amiert egesz eleteben kuzdott...Tiltott szenvedelyek, huseg es szerelem kozt vergodve sulyos donteseket kell hoznia. Vajon engedni fog a haboru sotet eroinek, vagy kozbeszol a sors, es vegul megtalalja a boldogsagot? Lesley Pearse Anglia legnepszerubb regenyiroja, akinek a konyvei eddig kozel otmillio peldanyban keltek el. Szamos regenye - koztuk a Belle, Arnyak, Titkok, Emlekek, Bizz bennem - nemzetkozi bestseller lett.

Ellie

Ellie

Author: Lesley Pearse Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2011

Ellie is a sweet-natured brunette, generous of heart with a sparkling smile and an accent which reveals her East End background. Bonny is beautiful and spoilt, with cascades of blonde hair, the brightest pair of blue eyes and a mouth like Cupid's bow. The two girls meet in London at the end of the war when, seduced by two American airmen, they pool their wits and resources and set off to make a living on the stage. Set against the hardship and austerity of post-war Britain, and the glamour and ruthlessness of life in variety theatre, their story is one of sacrifice and burning ambition. But most of all of a powerful friendship that lasts against all odds.