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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241950368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241950364
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (365 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lesley Pearse's novels have sold over three million copies in the UK alone. Her twelve most recent books, including Gypsy, Faith and Hope, have all been huge bestsellers and are available as Penguin paperbacks. Lesley lives near Bristol, has three daughters and one grandson.

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About the Author

Lesley Pearse's novels have sold five million copies worldwide. Her fourteen most recent books, including Belle and Stolen - both of which went to Number One - are huge bestsellers and available as Penguin paperbacks. Lesley lives near Bristol and has three daughters and two grandchildren.

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By H. Freestone on 1 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. While not for me quite as gripping as Never Look Back and Remember Me the storyline was still excellent and the descriptions of kidnapping young girls and selling them into prostitution were very interesting. It is shocking to imagine this type of thing happening and Lesley Pearse has highlighted it in a sensitive way. Some descriptions were quite graphic but this means you can imagine it all the more clearly and is not a bad thing. I found it also very interesting to read how the girls could have been affected by their experiences. All in all a very good book from one of my favourite authors.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have spent the past couple of days immersed in the story of Belle, and have travelled from the slums of Seven Dials in London to New Orleans via Paris with each and every character and place described beautifully and jumping out from the pages.
Lesley Pearse has long been one of my very favourite authors, she is a true storyteller and this is her at her very very best. Belle begins the novel a a somewhat innocent young girl of fifteen, shielded from the murkiness of the world she lives in by her Mother and her housekeeper Mog. This all changes when she finds herself the only witness to a brutal murder, she is snatched from the street and her 'education' into the dark, violent underworld of prostitution and crime begins.
The story follows Belle's journey, across the Channel to Paris and then onto New Orleans. Lesley Pearse is the master of strong heroines struggling through difficult circumstances and Belle really is one of the strongest and passionate characters of any of her novels. The horror and violence surrounding the abduction of young girls to satisfy the urges of older, wealthy men is described fully - there are shocking scenes involving not only villainous men but women who think nothing of selling a young girl in order to make more money for themselves. It would be easy to dismiss this as 'just fiction' but it is evident that a lot of research has been done and shocking to think that today, a hundred years later, there are still young girls being sold into the sex trade all over the world.
Despite the fact that Belle is almost 600 pages long it really does engage the reader, I found it difficult to put it down as the story is so quickly paced, full of fabulous characters and I was willing Belle along at a every step.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Paula Woods VINE VOICE on 14 Mar. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have read every single one of Lesley Pearse books and enjoy them immensely. Belle was another good book. I cannot agree with some of reviewers who said this was by far the best, because Lesley has written better. But saying that it was a book that you get engrossed in. All Lesley's book are easy to read, have a very good story line, but I did feel this was a bit predictable. If you do not like sexual description, then this is certainly not the book for you, because at times it was very explicit.
I good read but not one that I would say "You have to read this!!!"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 18 Feb. 2014
Format: Paperback
This book is 624 pages long and somehow I managed to struggle through almost two thirds of it before I gave up. The sympathy you feel for the 'heroine' in the first few chapters rapidly disappears.

A 15 year old virgin who knows nothing about sex is snatched off the streets and brutally raped 5 times by different men before being sold to a brothel. Once there she works for 2 dollars a day having sex with 12 men a night but still manages to enjoy most of it.

She makes no attempt to write to her mother who fears her dead and doesn't take the opportunities to go home when they present themselves because she wants to 'earn enough to go home with her head held high'.

Good grief, what total, unbelievable codswallop!

The film 'Pretty Woman' glamorises prostitution but at least that has some redeeming features. This book has absolutely none.

I can only imagine the people who liked this book enjoyed the sexual content and were probably too embarrassed to buy '50 Shades' or similar and thought this titillating and acceptable.

Before you think I'm some sort of 'spinster school ma'am' type I can assure you I'm not. I'm a bloke in my late 50s and have spent 40 years in the building trade so I wasn't shocked by the sexual content, just shocked by the dreadful writing after seeing so many good reviews.

If you want titillation there are plenty of books available, they won't be written any better but they'll hopefully be a lot shorter!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Katharine Norfolk on 4 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book, I read it in three sittings over two days. I have read all of Lesley Pearse's novels and this is one of the best. It's the story of Belle, who after witnessing a murder, and being abducted as a consequence finds herself in series of dangerous situtations. The characters and their relationships were brilliantly written and utterly believable, particularly her relationship with Ettiene which was beautifully crafted. I felt myself physically willing Belle to come through the dangers she encountered. I love novels about strong women, Belle certainly has strength and unbreakable spirit. Brilliant thoroughly recommended.
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