Dead to Me

by Lesley Pearse

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LoveReading Expert Review of Dead to Me

Another dramatic and engagingly expressive historical novel by Lesley Pearse. Set before and during the Second World War, we follow Ruby and Verity during the ups and downs of their young lives. Ruby has a less than auspicious beginning, while Verity appears to live a charmed life, yet they become friends and each brings the other a much needed perspective on their upbringing. Lesley Pearse has the ability to cover brutal and emotional aspects in a gentle and intimate way, not holding back, yet ensuring hope remains. The captivating and varied cast of characters are brought to vivid life, with the romantic interest taking time to come to the boil. ‘Dead to Me’ swings from despair to anticipation and looks at life during the Second World War from the home front, creating a stimulating and evocative read.

Liz Robinson

Dead to Me Synopsis

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 ...?

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781405921046
Publication date: 4th May 2017
Author: Lesley Pearse
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 544 pages
Primary Genre Historical Fiction
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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

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ISBN: 9781405921046
Publication date: 04/05/2017
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780718181208
Publication date: 14/07/2016
Format: Hardback

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About Lesley Pearse

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. Author Photo © Charlotte Murphy

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