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Hope [Hardcover]

Lesley Pearse
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20 July 2006
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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  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd (20 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718147073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718147075
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 15.6 x 6.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,835 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 is greatly loved across the world, and her novels have sold over two million copies in the UK alone. Her nine most recent books, including A Lesser Evil, Secrets, Remember Me and Never Look Back are published by Penguin. Lesley lives near Bristol, has three daughters and one grandson.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope by Lesley Pearse 5 Aug 2006
Format:Hardcover
I have thoroughly enjoyed all Lesley Pearse's books and was not disappointed.The main character, Hope, is a gutsy heroine who has many adventures in Somerset 1832 and nursing in the Crimea war.I couldn't put it down and finished it in a week (it is 658 pages).I would recommend it to anyone and will be lending it to my friends as a 'brilliant,engrossing read'.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Waiting for 1 Aug 2006
Format:Hardcover
Did it live up to my expectations, the answer is YES. Lesley Pearse is my favourite author and I was not dissappointed. I could not put this book down. What I enjoy about her books is they are not all the same story, retold. An excellent read and if anyone wants a book for their summer hols, do try this one as sure you will enjoy it. When is her next book due?
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Hope by Lesley Pearse
This time last year I was immersed in the 60s as I worked on 'A Lesser Evil'. This August, as that book arrives in the shops, I'll be off to the Crimea to research my new book, 'Hope'. I'm setting the start of it in my village; a pile of stones where a cottage used to be was the inspiration for my heroine's family home. The nineteenth century is such fertile ground for a good yarn, all that desperate poverty in the cities, hideous diseases and the terrible injustices too. Bristol had slums every bit as bad as London and my poor heroine will have to battle her way through them. So how does the Crimea come into this, I hear you ask. Well I can't tell you that without giving away too much of the plot, but there's nothing like a man in uniform to set the pulses racing. All those red coats would certainly have made my heart flutter!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read 21 April 2007
By sara
Format:Paperback
Lesley Pearse is a brilliant author, I have read most of her books and they are all exceptional reads and hope is one of her best. She researches her books so well and you can imagine yourself living in that era. I could not put this book down and was sad to come to the end.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lesley has done it again!!!! 21 Jan 2007
By M. Lugg
Format:Paperback
As the heading says, Lesley Pearse has yet again produced a fanastic book. I have read all of her books and the standard never slips but I have to say I think Hope is one of my favourites. The charcters are believable, you love the goodies and hate the badies which is just how it should be. I was really sad to finish the book and again find myself eagerly waiting for Lesley Pearse's next book to be published.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lesley does it again 19 Aug 2006
By gail
Format:Hardcover
Yet again another excellent read from Lesley, her books get better and better the only disappointment for me was the ending of the story as i now have a long wait for her next one. Anyone reading this will become an instant Lesley Pearce fan as i am.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great story. 17 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
This was the first book I have read of Lesley Pearse, and not the last! Hope was a brilliant story, with surprises along the way, the author takes you on a journey, and you are swept along by the story, she writes in great detai so you feel really involved. At first I thought that she digressed a little bit, but you realise she writes about each character indepth so you really get to know them. I was sad to finish this book. But I am reading Father Unknown now and have Remember Me lined up, and many others on my wish list.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's done it again! 15 Nov 2006
Format:Paperback
I can't describe how much i love Lesley's books, I have them all, and have read most of them at least twice! I thoroughly recommend them all although Hope, Remember Me and Never Look Back are my absolute favourites. She manages to capture the entire spirit of the period she is writing in and has inspired myself to learn more about the various periods she writes about. Please, if you have never read any of her books, try them, you'll be hooked!! (beware of a few tears though!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good read
Published 3 days ago by Hilary Allerton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, the story just got better and the history ...
Fantastic, the story just got better and the history behind the story was very good, I did not know much about the Crimean War so this was a history lesson as well.
Published 6 days ago by Janet Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars As usual, Lesley Pearce creates characters who you really ...
As usual, Lesley Pearce creates characters who you really care about and a story which you can't put down.
Published 6 days ago by Cheryl Fish
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this author
I love Lesley Pearse, all her books are the one's you put down and minutes later you've picked it up again. Read more
Published 13 days ago by hev p
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
Another great read from Lesley Pearse. She never fails to entertain with her gripping novels. Just wish I hadn't read them all
Published 14 days ago by Rachel Bush
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Very good read, enjoyed her descriptions of the conditions during war time. Will definitely read more of her books. Already reading next.
Published 25 days ago by Jacqui Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Writer never fails to deliver an excellent read
Again gripping right from the beginning to the very end. Loved the story line,the charactors,the twist and turns just plain brilliant story telling I will be reading more of... Read more
Published 26 days ago by surfer
4.0 out of 5 stars Definatly a good read.
This book was recommended to me, and I wasn't disapointed.I didn't want to put it down,a good read for holidays.
Published 1 month ago by Juliana
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
As always this author has you captured from the first sentence. Again another book you cant put down. Her works always leave you wanting to read more.
Published 1 month ago by Anne Schultz
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely gripping
Fabulous from start to finish. Made you thank your lucky star you were not born in that period! Highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Ajr Willacy
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