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Lesley Pearse

Lesley Pearse has written 24 ‘Women in Jeopardy’ novels and is one of the UK’s best-loved novelists with fans across the globe. She is sold in 20 languages and is a consistent best seller in Portugal. 

Lesley achieved her first No.1 Sunday Times Hard Back best seller with Belle which also went to No.1 in Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand. Her most recent novel, Without a Trace, went straight into the bestseller charts at No.1. Her sales total over 10 million copies to date. 

She was born in Rochester, Kent, and now lives in Somerset. She has three daughters and three grandchildren

For more information about Lesley, click here or tweet her @LesleyPearse

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Dead to Me

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?

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Without a Trace

Coronation Day, 1953.

In the Somerset village of Sawbridge, young shopkeeper Molly Heywood slips away from the celebrations to her friend's cottage and makes a shocking discovery: Cassie is dead and her six-year-old daughter Petal has vanished without a trace.

In her grief, Molly seeks help from her childhood friend George, now the village policeman, but no one can find Petal. The only clue is a letter from London, where Cassie once lived. Despite George's reluctance and her growing feelings for him, Molly resolves to go to London in the hope of discovering the missing child.

Arriving in the big city, Molly quickly learns it's a dangerous place for a country girl on her own. But there's hope too - in the Blitz-ruined East End, she unexpectedly finds friendship with strangers from Cassie's past and, with handsome, mysterious workman Charley, the possibility of something more.

However, the closer Molly gets to the truth, the more perilous her journey becomes. She has given up everything - her home, happiness and a chance at love - all to find Petal. But is she also risking her life?

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Survivor

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...

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Forgive Me

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?
 

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The Promise

London, 1914. Belle Reilly finally has the life she's dreamed of thanks to a devoted husband in Jimmy and the hat shop she's wanted to own since she was a child. But as the storm clouds of World War One begin to gather, Belle's already turbulent life is to change in ways she never imagined possible.

When Jimmy enlists in the army and leaves for the battlefields of Ypres, her world is shattered and she realises she can no longer stand by and watch, she must volunteer to help the wounded. But her work as a Red Cross ambulance driver in France throws her into the path of Etienne, the enigmatic man who played a significant role in her childhood, and Belle finds herself torn agonisingly between forbidden passion and loyalty to a good man.

But the past returns to haunt her present in other - more unpleasant - ways and Belle's character is put to the test like never before. Can she survive this most brutal of wars with her spirit intact? And will destiny finally lead her to lasting happiness even while war rages all around?

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Belle

London 1910. Fifteen year-old Belle has lived in a brothel in Seven Dials all her life, with no understanding of what happens in the rooms upstairs. But her innocence is shattered when she witnesses the murder of one of the girls and, subsequently snatched from the streets by the killer, she is sold into prostitution in Paris.

No longer mistress of her own fate, Belle is blown across the globe to sensuous New Orleans where she comes of age and learns to enjoy life as a courtesan. Yet thoughts of home - and the knowledge her status as golden girl cannot last - compel her to break out of her gilded cage.

But Belle finds escaping tougher than she imagined, for her life is threatened by desperate men who crave her beauty and attention. Armed only with resourcefulness and spirit, she has a long and dangerous journey ahead of her. Will courage be enough to sustain her? Can she make it back to her family and friends and find her chance at true happiness?

Number One bestseller Lesley Pearse has created in Belle a heroine for our times: a strong woman who stands up for right in a world turned bad.

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Stolen

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 hasn’t 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 she’s 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 Lotte’s stolen – and deadly – past...

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Gypsy

***THE NEW SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER***

When teenagers Beth and Sam Bolton are orphaned, their baby sister is taken into a new home, so they decide to set sail for a new life too... in America. On board the steamer to New York, Beth and Sam meet charismatic gambler Theo, and quick-witted Londoner Jack, and the four band together to seek their fortunes.

Beth has always dreamed of playing her fiddle to large audiences... and finds herself doing so in the saloons, where she is a huge success and lovingly nicknamed Gypsy by her fans. But the foursome fall foul of local gangsters and flee to Canada…

As word gets out that gold has been found in the Klondike, they embark on a dangerous and epic journey to reach the Yukon valley, trailing across snowy mountains and treacherous rapids. Who will break first? Theo, the handsome-yet-greedy bounder? Dreamy Sam, so easily influenced by money? Practical Jack, a man devoted to his friends? Or Beth, the woman with the gypsy in her soul, who cares more for music than gold?

“No formula is at work here: this is storytelling at its very best.”Daily Mail

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Faith

It is 1995, Scotland. The prison of Cornton Vale. Laura Brannigan is in jail for a murder she claims she didn't commit.

For two years she's been battling for justice - insisting the police made a terrible mistake; pleading that she didn't kill her best friend, Jackie. With her spirits at their lowest ebb, she's resigned to her miserable fate - until, out of the blue, a letter is delivered to the prison. At the sight of the letter's handwriting, Laura's heart lurches - taking her back to a different, happier time and memory of an old love... 1972 was the year Laura met Stuart and experienced her first summer of love.It was a heady time as she'd only recently been able to stop running. For Laura had always been a survivor: leaving an abusive home at fifteen and then life on her own - until she met Jackie. She and Jackie became best friends, swore they'd be sisters for ever.

So what went wrong in the intervening years? And why is Stuart writing to Laura now? Does he have faith in her innocence? And can he help free Laura from prison - and her past?

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Hope

***A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER***

**LONGLISTED FOR THE ROMANTIC NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD 2007**


Somerset, 1836, and baby Hope is cast out from a world of privilege as living proof of her mother's adultery. Smuggled away from the Harveys and Briargate House to a nearby village.
Hope grows up in the arms of the warm and loving Renton family, unaware of her true identity.

But fate has harsh plans for Hope and a chain of events sees her forced to lead a vagabond's existence until she finds the courage to fight back and prove herself a fearless and able nurse, a vocation that takes her to the horrific battlefields of the Crimea.

But the secrets of the past are not yet done with Hope Renton and she must return to England to face the legacy of her birth.

With the storytelling magic that has won Lesley Pearse millions of fans, Hope is the portrait of a remarkable woman who will never let the world - or injustice - bring her down. .

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A Lesser Evil

***THE NEW SUNDAY TIMES TOP FIVE BESTSELLER***

LONGLISTED FOR THE ROMANTIC NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD 2005

When Fifi declares to her mother that she has secretly married Dan Reynolds, a handsome but itinerant bricklayer, her mother is incensed. Despite her mother's disapproval, Fifi heads to London with her new husband to set up home in Kennington.

Their flat may be small and the area deprived, but she finds the freedom of her new life exhilarating. Insatiably inquisitive, Fifi is fascinated by her eclectic mix of neighbours. She can't wait to discover what they are really like, particularly the Muckle family...

The Muckles live in terrible squalor. Fifi can't help but listen to their violent quarrels, watch the endless people coming and going, or the stories and legends about this ruthless family…

“No formula is at work here: this is storytelling at its very best.” Daily Mail

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Secrets

THE COMPELLING NEW BESTSELLER FROM ONE OF THE UK’S BEST LOVED WRITERS FOR WOMEN

The story of one girl’s struggle against cruelty and her quest for love.
 
Adele Talbot is twelve when her younger sister is killed in a road accident in London’s Kings Cross and her mother, Rose – so devastated by the loss – begins to abuse her.
 
Adele is sent to a children’s home in Tunbridge Wells but soon runs away to trace her grandmother Honour whom she has discovered lives in Sussex. But Honour is a bitter, eccentric woman who is not best pleased to see her granddaughter. But eventually the two forge some sort of bond and Honour allows Adele to stay. When Adele meets Michael Bailey on the marshes two years later and real love and friendship enter her life, she feels she can finally put her hurtful past behind her.
 
But then war breaks out and as if that wasn’t upheaval enough, Rose decides to rear her ugly head again. And she has a few unpleasant surprises for Adele…
 
“A heartwarming tale of the triumph of the human spirit” Woman & Home

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Remember Me

THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF ONE WOMAN’S COURAGE

“As long as I’m still breathing then I’ll still hope.”

In 1786 Mary Broad, a mariner’s daughter, makes the biggest mistake of her short life and steals a silk hat from a passer-by.

For this crime she is sentenced to death.

But then Mary is given a reprieve. She is moved to a prison ship and told that she and several hundred other convicts are to sail to a new colony on the other side of the world – this fate for a girl who previously had never been further than Plymouth in her life.

Courage and determination are Mary’s only two assets. When faced with the horrific conditions on board and the unknown quantity of this new outpost of the Empire she is bound for, she vows to survive, whatever it takes.

Based on a true story which made Mary Broad a cause celebre two hundred years ago, Lesley Pearse’s new novel is one of the most gripping and moving tales of human spirit you will ever read.

“As moving and engrossing as any of Pearse’s other best-selling novels” The Bookseller

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Till We Meet Again

THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE NUMBER ONE BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF FATHER UNKNOWN

You killed two people,’ Beth said. ‘ You are likely to spend the rest of your life in prison because of it.’ Susan looked up again. Her eyes had just a faint spark in them now. ‘It was worth it’, she said.”

When they were children, Beth Powell and Susan Wright spent every August together in Stratford-on-Avon. Susan was shy and plump, Beth was tall and skinny. Both girls were loners because of their unhappy family backgrounds: Susan had a live-in granny suffering from dementia, and Beth a vicious bully of a father. But alone together, never admitting their problems, they were happy.

Until fate intervened and separated them.

It’s twenty nine years later when they meet again. Susan is a down-and-out who has shot two people in cold blood, and Beth is the lawyer allocated to defend her. And as Beth prepares her defence by trawling through her old friend’s tragic past, she has to face her own demons.

Yet the love the two women had for one another as children is still there, even as the evidence against Susan mounts up. A love that must be stronger than the traumas of their past. Because for one of them, there can be no happy ending…

“This is storytelling at its very best.” Daily Mail

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Father Unknown

*** AN IRISH TIMES NUMBER 1 BEST-SELLER***

*** A UK SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER 1 BEST-SELLER ***


Daisy Buchan – sweet-natured but clueless – is happy enough, but doesn’t seem to know what she wants from life. She takes her policeman boyfriend Joel for granted and drifts from one badly-paid job to another.

But when she is 25, Daisy’s beloved adoptive mother dies and leaves behind a scrapbook of memories, giving Daisy long-hidden information about who she is and where she came from. Her real mother was a teenager called Ellen, a farmer’s daughter from Cornwall, and Daisy sets out to find out more and track her down. But in unraveling the past is she risking her future – with her adored dad John, and with Joel?

As the layers of her family history are stripped away Daisy is horrified by what she learns. She is taken on a journey back to the past, a journey that uncovers a gripping story of innocence corrupted, and a family torn apart by greed and misery…

“Definitely a winner” The Bookseller

Gripping and unputdownable” Sunday Independent

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Trust Me

*** A UK SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BEST-SELLER ***

Dulcie Taylor had heard so many people urge her to ‘trust me’. Her mother, father, grandmother, teacher, policemen, social workers, nuns, priests, and they had all betrayed her and her younger sister, May, in one way or another. By the time she is fifteen, she has learned that the only person she can really trust is herself.

Trust Me is the story of three emotionally scarred people, each struggling in their own way to overcome their handicaps. Dulcie’s way is self sacrifice, May’s is cunning, and Ross’ denial. It takes a child, Noel, to bring about their healing. As the three adults are forced into uneasy alliance to prevent Noel being damaged like them, they have to face up to their own personal demons, and find the love each of them needed.

Set in the 1940’s and 1950’s, Trust Me is based on the true life scandal of Child Migrants who were sent out from British orphanages to Australia during the post-war period. No one checked to see they were being properly cared for. They were lied to, ill-treated, many sexually abused, and robbed of any real identity. Often their parents back home believed they had been adopted or fostered. And many were told that their children were dead.

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Never Look Back

AN EPIC SAGA OF LIFE, DEATH, TEARS, AND LAUGHTER, FROM THE BRITISH BEST-SELLING AUTHOR WHO IS NOW CHALLENGING DANIELLE STEELE

*** A UK SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BEST-SELLER ***


Moving from the slums of Victorian London to the plains of the Wild West, from the darkest edges of New York to the Gold Rush of San Francisco, Never Look Back is the story of beautiful, intelligent Matilda, who rises out of poverty to forge an new life for herself in the land of the free.

Escaping the deprivation she was born into, Matilda travels to America with Giles, a Church of England Minister, his wife, Lily, and their young daughter, Tabitha. There he finds passion and heartbreak, but it’s not until she meets Captain James Russell that she finds true love. A love that must withstand separation, war, and the constraints of their society.

Matty has a hard road to travel, but eventually she discovers that life must go on, no matter how painful, and that she must never look back…

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Charlie

**** A UK SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BEST-SELLER ***

Charlie is sixteen on the summer's afternoon she witnesses two men attack and cripple her mother in the garden of their luxurious waterside home in Devon. Her Chinese father, Jim, as dealer in antiques, is away on business, but it soon becomes apparent to both the police and Cha-lee, when he cannot be traced, that he cannot be the respectable and honourable man everyone took him for.

Charlie is soon to see her pampered, cloistered childhood is over now and that being clever and popular in school counts for little in the hard world outside. In the course of police investigations it transpires her father had liquidated all his assets before disappearing and Charlie has to face not only betrayal at his hands, losing the beautiful family home and shame in the community, but also the heavy responsibility of taking care of her deeply disturbed and crippled mother.

For two years Charlie manfully juggles school, a part time job, and looking after he mother. When she returns home one day to find her mother has committed suicide she resolves to go to London to find work, and to unravel the mystery of both her parents' past, and to seek out the real reason for her father's disappearance,

With the support of her student boyfriend, Andrew Blake, and the assistance of Rita Tutthill, a former night-club hostess, Charlie eventually stumbles upon the truth, but in doing so she faces terrible danger at the hands of Daphne Dexter, her mother's one time friend and father's mistress

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Rosie

*** A UK SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BEST-SELLER ***

How long can you conceal the past before it comes back to haunt you?

Rosie Parker is only a child when her mother dies during the war. Left to the less-than-tender mercies of her father Cole and her brutish step-brothers, she sees the arrival of housekeeper Heather Farley as her salvation.

But when several years later, Heather mysteriously leaves the Parkers, abandoning her small son, the terrible truth about Heather's disappearance eventually comes to light and Rosie is compelled to leave the farm to make her own way in the world. And if that means being exposed as the daughter of a murderer, that's a risk she'll have to take ...

Rosi is the compelling story of how love and tenderness can grow, like wild roses, out of the most barren ground.

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Camellia

*** A UK SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BEST-SELLER ***

Camellia Norton is just fifteen when her mother's body is fished from the river.

When she discovers a cache of letters from three different men hidden amongst her mother's effects, she realises that the past she has always been so sure of has been built on a tissue of lies.

Devastated, she runs away to London and loses herself in a metropolis that offers opportunity, temptation and danger, especially to a young girl hungry for love and acceptance.

But her past won't stay buried forever and eventually Camellia begins the long journey towards uncovering the truth about her background and also, ultimately about herself.

Set in the late Sixties and early Seventies in 'Swinging' London with its free love, flower children and drugs, Camellia gives a raunchy realistic view of the period, and the seamier side of London.

Camellia is the sequel to Ellie, and we meet again, almost a decade later some of its unforgettable characters: Helena Forester, Bonny Norton, Jack and Magnus , and discover the results of events they started.

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Ellie

THE ROMANTIC SAGA WRITER OF THIS CENTURY

Ellie is the story of two young talented dancers. Of powerful friendship, sacrifice and ambition.

Ellie and Bonny are both evacuated from London at the onset of World War Two. The war for courageous Ellie is heartbreak, danger and suffering, a living nightmare which teaches her endurance.

For spoiled, self centred Bonny, war brings opportunity, a tantalising glimpse of a stylish and comfortable way of living.

The girls come together in a variety show at the end of the war and although vastly different, they share the same deep need for a true friend and a fierce ambition to become Hollywood stars. But disaster tosses them from the stage in London's West End, to seedy provincial revues. Ellie finds herself jilted and pregnant, just as she is on the threshold of fame and fortune. Bonny entraps a rich man into marriage by pretending to be carrying his child.

Both desperate and somewhat naive together they plan the biggest deceit of their lives, a plot which seems so beneficial to everyone, they overlook the moral question, and indeed the future repercussions.

Laced with an unforgettable cast, Ellie is set in a rich tapestry of wartime deprivation, glittering showgirls, idyllic country villages and bomb ravaged London.

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Charity

REED MADE A COMMITMENT OF A £50,000 BUDGET TO PROMOTE THIS BRILLIANT THIRD NOVEL.

She'd lost faith, she'd lost hope, all she had left was...charity

Charity Stratton's bleak childhood is changed forever when, aged fifteen, she, her brothers and sisters are orphaned. From the sanctity of their foster home to menial labour at a boy's boarding school, Charity descends into the depths of misery and despair. Only when she falls in love with dashing but fickle sixth former, Hugh Mainwairing, is her loneliness eased.

But sixteen years old and pregnant with Hugh's baby it is not long before Charity realises how lonely she really is.

Forced to give up her baby and fired by a fierce love for her siblings, Charity is determined to reunite her family. Whatever it takes. Cutting every corner and breaking every rule to reach her goal, Charity finds a new life of fulfilment and self respect.

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Tara

LESLEY PEARSE'S UNFORGETTABLE SECOND NOVEL

Born in the East End of London with a violent father for a villain, Tara escapes to the family farm in Somerset where she discovers the brutality and tragedy that has been handed down through several generations.

Determined not to fall into the same trap, Tara uses her talents at dress designing. But love brings her ever nearer to the world of crime. She loves Harry Collins, but should she choose her wealthy employer Josh Bergman and be sure of the life she desires?

Set during the 60's in London's gangland, it is a multi layered story of Tara's struggle for success. Spiced with menacing gangsters, dangers and thrills, Tara is unforgettable.

“A terrific read." Woman's Own

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Georgia

THE FIRST NOVEL FROM LESLEY PEARSE

The story of a mixed-race orphan who sings her way into the heart of a nation. Set in London during the 60's, this exciting novel reflects the atmosphere and characters of Soho. Georgia is a wonderful character in this moving and powerfully written novel.

"..a cracking tale" Today

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