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Without a Trace by Lesley Pearse
  

Without a Trace

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May 2015 eBook of the Month.

An enjoyable, comforting read, even with murder, intrigue and abuse, sneaking and scheming their way through the pages. Set after the Second World War in 1953, the author deftly takes you back to a time when rationing and making do was still a part of every day lives. The engaging cast of characters, from isolated countryside villages to the blitzed East End, are vividly portrayed. While Molly starts to really live and experience life, the background detail brings a vibrancy to the story, in particular the war torn and deprived streets of London. This is pure escapism, allowing you to float away to another time, to experience hopes and dreams along side one woman’s determination to discover exactly what has happened to her murdered friend’s missing daughter. ~ Liz Robinson

If you like Lesley Pearse you might also like to read books by Hilary Norman, Kevin Lewis and Monica McInerney.

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  • Elisabeth Thomas - '‘Without a Trace’ is a compelling and heart-warming story from one of the best story tellers around.'
  • Sue Mooney - 'A fabulous read, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this latest offering from one of my favourite authors, Lesley Pearse.'
  • Sallyann Spittle - 'This book is such a pleasure to read, it is over only too quickly.  Lesley Pearse is a true storyteller and this is her at her very, very best.'
  • Lesley Mumbray-Williams - 'you will find yourself immersed in a compelling story with excellent writing and an attention to period detail which Lesley Pearse uses deftly and accurately.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'was well told and held more than a few surprises near the end that I did not see coming...'
  • Linda Hill - 'A roller coaster ride of murder, love and intrigue...Lesley Pearse at her best.'
  • Sarah Smith - 'A great book by Lesley Pearce, and has a few unexpected twists to keep you on your toes.'
  • Sandra Robinson - 'A story of love, heartache, courage and friendship.'
  • Linda Rollins - 'A few tragedies and some wonderfully surprising events make this a good story, if a little slow and a bit too detailed in places.'
  • Angie Rhodes - '1953 and the Coronation party is in full swing and Cassie hasn’t arrived. Molly goes to her cottage and what she finds is not a happy scene, Cassie is lying dead on the cottage floor and Petal is missing…'
  • Doreen McKeown - 'although it did make for an easy read, which is not necessarily a bad thing.'
  • Tracey Copeland - 'even though it was enjoyable it didn't grip me, and I wasn't in a rush to get to the end.'
  • Lucy Hall - 'Storytelling at its best, a gripping book which has you hooked from the first chapter & throughout!'
  • Candy Hart - 'I have always been such a huge fan of Lesley Pearse and this book is no exception. Wonderful characters and wonderful descriptions 10/10 for this fab story.'

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Synopsis

Without a Trace by Lesley Pearse

International number one bestselling author Lesley Pearse brings a compelling story of courage, friendship and love in her brand new novel Without a Trace. Coronation Day, 1953. Molly Heywood has always been a pillar of strength for her local community, so when her friend Cassie fails to attend the Coronation Day party in the village, it is Molly who heads out in the rain to look for her. But nothing can prepare Molly for what she is going to discover. Now with Cassie gone and her six-year-old daughter Petal missing, it is up to Molly to head to London to uncover the past Cassie kept so well hidden. But will Molly discover the truth before it's too late? Or has Petal disappeared forever? From the number one UK bestselling author Lesley Pearse comes Without a Trace, a gripping story of bravery, secrets and love. Praise for Lesley Pearse: Storytelling at its very best. (Daily Mail). I absolutely loved it. The characters are likeable and the writing is always brilliant. (Sun). Intriguing, heart-tugging, beautifully written. (Closer). An addictive tear-jerker with characters you'll adore, laugh with and cry for. (Bella). Evocative, compelling, told from the heart. (Sunday Express). Lesley Pearse's novels have sold over ten million copies worldwide. Her seventeen most recent books, including Forgive Me, The Promise and Belle have all been huge bestsellers. Lesley lives near Bristol and has three daughters and three grandchildren.

Reviews

'Evocative, compelling, told from the heart' Sunday Express

'Utterly riveting, brilliant' Closer

'Full of love, passion and heartbreak' Best

'Glorious, heartwarming' Woman & Home

About the Author

Lesley Pearse

Lesley Pearse is one of the UK’s best loved novelists with fans across the globe and sales of over 3 million copies of her books to date. A true storyteller and a master of gripping storylines that keep the reader hooked from beginning to end, Pearse introduces you to characters that it is impossible not to care about or forget. There is no formula to her books or easily defined genre. Whether crime as in 'Till We Meet Again', historical adventure like 'Never Look Back', or the passionately emotive 'Trust Me', based on the true-life scandal of British child migrants sent to Australia in the post war period, she engages the reader completely.

Truth is often stranger than fiction and Lesley’s life has been as packed with drama as her books. She was three when her mother died under tragic circumstances. Her father was away at sea and it was only when a neighbour saw Lesley and her brother playing outside without coats on that suspicion was aroused - their mother had been dead for some time. With her father in the Royal Marines, Lesley and her older brother spent three years in grim orphanages before her father remarried - a veritable dragon of an ex army nurse - and Lesley and her older brother were brought home again, to be joined by two other children who were later adopted by her father and step mother, and a continuing stream of foster children. The impact of constant change and uncertainty in Lesley’s early years is reflected in one of the recurring themes in her books: what happens to those who are emotionally damaged as children. It was an extra-ordinary childhood and in all her books, Lesley has skilfully married the pain and unhappiness of her early experiences with a unique gift for storytelling.

'Some strange compulsion kept me writing, even when it seemed hopeless,' she admits. 'I wrote three books before 'Georgia', then along came Darley Anderson who offered to be my agent. Even so, a further six years of disappointments and massive re-writes followed before we finally found a publisher’.

There was more turmoil to follow however, when Lesley's shop failed in the 90's recession, leaving her with a mountain of debts and bruised pride. Her eighteen year marriage broke down, and at fifty she hit rock bottom - it seemed she was back where she had started in a grim flat with barely enough money for her youngest daughters bus fares to school.

'I wrote my way out of it,' she says. 'My second book 'Tara' was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year, and I knew I was on my way.'

Lesley's own life is a rich source of material for her books; whether she is writing about the pain of first love, the unwanted abused child, adoption, rejection, fear, poverty and revenge, she knows about it first hand. She’s a fighter, and with her long fought for success has come security. She owns a cottage in a pretty village between Bristol and Bath which she has lovingly renovated and her three daughters, grandson, friends, dogs and gardening have brought her great happiness. She is president of the Bath and West Wiltshire branch of the N.S.P.C.C. the charity closest to her heart.

Lesley Pearse's novels include Georgia, Tara, Charity, Ellie, Camellia, Rosie, Charlie, Never Look Back, Trust Me and Father Unknown, Hope, Gypsy, Stolen, Belle, The Promise and Forgive Me, most of which which are published by Penguin. She was born in Rochester, Kent, but has lived in Bristol for the last twenty-five years. She has three daughters and two grandchildren.

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Publication date

7th May 2015

Author

Lesley Pearse

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Publisher

Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
416 pages

Categories

Sagas and Romance
Historical Fiction
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780718159078

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