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Gypsy [Paperback]

Lesley Pearse
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14 May 2009

Gypsy is Lesley Pearse's latest historical novel.

Tragedy sent her on a journey far from home . . .

Fifteen-year-old Beth's life is shattered when she and her brother Sam are orphaned. Believing that only in America can they make a fresh start, brother and sister leave Liverpool and embark on the greatest adventure of their lives.

In New York, Beth's talent with the fiddle earns her the friendship of gamblers, chancers and other rogues. Dodging trouble across America, Beth and her friends head for the Klondike river in search of gold.

How far must Beth go to find happiness? And will her travels lead this gypsy to a place she can ever call home?

Gypsy by Lesley Pearse - author of bestsellers Hope and Remember Me - is a historical novel of survival in a compelling nineteenth century setting. Any fans of Susan Lewis will soon be fans of Lesley Pearse too.

Praise for Lesley Pearse:

'With characters it is impossible not to care about ... this is storytelling at its very best' Daily Mail

'Lose yourself in this epic saga' Bella

'An emotional and moving epic you won't forget in a hurry' Woman's Weekly

With her gripping and moving storylines best-selling author Lesley Pearse has captured the imaginations of millions in the UK and abroad. Her other titles The Promise, A Lesser Evil, Till We Meet Again, Secrets, Charlie, Father Unknown, Gypsy, Trust Me, Faith, Never Look Back, Remember Me and Hope are also available as Penguin paperbacks. Lesley lives near Bristol and has three daughters and two grandchildren.

Find Lesley on Twitter @LesleyPearse or find out more ∇ her website, www.lesleypearse.co.uk.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (14 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141030496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141030494
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 12.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,031 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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'Full of love, passion and heartbreak' Best 'An emotional and moving epic that you won't forget in a hurry' Women's Weekly

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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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great as ever Lesley 14 Nov 2008
By J. Walsh VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love Lesley Pearse, I think she is one of the best writers for ages. Her books always just sweep me along and this one is no exception.

Beth and her brother Sam loose both Mother and Father and are left with a half sister to look after. After finding refuge in a nice kind household they decide to go away to America to make their fortune. Needless to say it is not as easy for them as that and along with two friends they embark on an adventure to find themselves and their fortune.

I was reading away one evening and I suddenly realised that I was over half way through the book and I was so disappointed, every single one of Lesley books has had me enthralled, with a need to know what is going to happen. They are so easy to read and they flow with such ease you cannot help but enjoy every page. Gypsie is no exception.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better and better! 25 July 2008
By LAM
Format:Hardcover
I couldn't wait to get my hands on this, Lesley Pearse's latest novel, having read and thoroughly enjoyed all of her other titles. The only disappointment was that I read the book so quickly!!!

As ever, Lesley Pearse has researched the setting for this book extremely well. Set in the Gold rush era at the end of the 19th century, all of the characters are well depicted, and I could almost imagine myself enduring the cold, harsh conditions of the Canadian winter.

It never ceases to amaze me just how varied Lesley Pearse's books are, but one thing can be guaranteed - they're always an excellent read.

I'm now looking forward to the next one ........
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little weak in my opinion 3 Oct 2008
Format:Hardcover
I have read all of Lesley's books but consider this to be one of the weakest ones so far. Compared to blockbusters such as 'Never look back' and ' 'Till we meet again', this book was like diluted juice rather than concentrated juice !
I couldn't get the emotional attachment towards Beth, that I generally feel with Lesley's leading ladies.Whilst her life experiences were challenging and sometimes sad, I found myself wanting to know more about the other caracters rather than Beth.
I read that Lesley had spend time in the Klondike when preparing for this book. It showed ! I was there ; I could smell the bars spilling over with people. I could see the facades as described on the buildings. And I could feel the cold ice whilst I snuggled down in my warm bed !
So in my opinion, not the best ever. But you know what ? It would make a great movie ! What do you think Lesley ?!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful adventure 3 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
I have read several Lesley Pearse books now and I have to say Gypsy is my favourite. It is one of those epic books you can get lost inside and as you read it, it runs like a film in your head. It tells the story of a plucky young girl at the end of the nineteenth century who is orphaned and along with her brother, emigrates to America. They meet lots of interesting characters on the way and end up in the gold mining community of Canada. Pearse has really done her research and her descriptions are so good you can actually visualise yourself there.

I am giving it four stars because I have a couple of reservations. For one, all of Pearse's characters seem to speak with the same voice. I see no difference in Georgia, Charity or now Beth, the lead character of Gypsy. Also, I am pretty sure they also played a musical instrument and so does Beth. I know it might be a theme, but it's a bit repetitive. I am also mystified how anyone can write a novel set in Liverpool and not mention the Mersey. Pearse has gone to so much trouble to research Canada and the US, she could have at least learnt that Liverpool overlooks the River Mersey, not the sea, as she keeps saying.

Other than that, I would wholeheartedly recommend Gypsy. I looked forward to reading it each day and despite her shortcomings, Lesley Pearse is now among my favourite authors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 3 Feb 2009
By Sandy
Format:Hardcover
Lesley Pearse has done it yet again by writing a captivating, interesting and thoroughly addictive book. Is there no end to her talent to produce such fantastic stories?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read! 6 Feb 2009
By Lisa
Format:Hardcover
I love all of Lesley Pearse's books and this has to now be one of my favourites. She writes so well, you can almost picture yourself there!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping! 24 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Be warned! Do not start reading this book if you have other things to do, because you will not be able to put it down. All of Lesley Pearse's books are brilliant and "Gypsy" ranks in the top three in my view. The only thing I found irritating was the NUMEROUS spelling and punctuation errors in the Kindle version. I suspect this resulted from inaccurate scanning and lack of proof reading afterwards. Still a brilliant story though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating storytelling 16 Aug 2011
By Sarah D
Format:Paperback
Just like so many of her stories this one is so captivating her style of writing is so easily readable and just flows from word to word. From the moment I started reading I couldn't put it down, just wanting to know how the story unfolds. It has characters impossible not to care about and as you read you feel the pages come alive, images form in your mind and it's as if you are there with thoses characters on their journey and you feel a great empathy with them and that what you are reading actually happened. This is story telling at its best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant
Published 10 days ago by Mrs. M. Hockin
5.0 out of 5 stars Lesley Pearse is always a good read.
Gripping and intense. Lesley Pearse is always a good read.
Published 17 days ago by Miu miu Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
It's the first Lesley Pearse book I've read and I loved it from start to finish. Can't wait to start another of her books.
Published 22 days ago by yvonne milne
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
a great read
Published 25 days ago by Granny Mouse
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
goodread
Published 1 month ago by Mrs E M Hansen
4.0 out of 5 stars A great exciting read
I love her books and this one was full of adventure and romance. couldn't put it down. well done Lesley
Published 1 month ago by M. Goatman
5.0 out of 5 stars Gypsy
Great book. Loved all th twists and turns and imagining the scenery. Next Lesley Pearse book coming up. Can.t wait.
Published 2 months ago by G Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Novel
As with all Lesley Pearse novels they are good reads. The tale sets the scene and follows through the conclusion. This is usually with a twist in the tale
Published 2 months ago by jinx
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
as a busy person i like nothing better than a early night with a good book.lesley pearce is a great story teller and gypsy is a gripping one that keeps you guessing right to the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by pets
5.0 out of 5 stars gypsy is excellent
Excellent read - kept me gripped from start to finish - would certainly recommend it - one of her better ones
Published 4 months ago by Irene McConnell
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