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Secrets by Lesley Pearse

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Lesley Pearse, author of the UK and international best-sellers Hope and Charlie, explores a tangled web of family secrets and past transgressions through the eyes of the unforgettable Adele in her compelling novel Secrets.

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Secrets by Lesley Pearse

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...


It's 1930, and Secrets tells the tale of one girl caught in family mystery, a struggle against cruelty, and a quest for love . . . * from the publisher's description * With characters it is impossible not to care about, this is storytelling at its very best * Daily Mail * An emotional and moving epic you won't forget in a hurry * Woman's Weekly *

About the Author

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.

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Publication date

13th January 2005


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Penguin Books Ltd


576 pages


Family Drama
Romantic Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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