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Survivor (Belle 3) [Hardcover]

Lesley Pearse
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13 Feb 2014 Belle 3

Lesley Pearse, No.1 bestselling author of The Promise and Belle is back with Survivor, the story of Mariette, a born fighter.

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...

From internationally bestselling author, Lesley Pearse, Survivor is a story of bravery and love.

'Utterly riveting, brilliant' Closer

'Characters it is impossible not to care about' Daily Mail

'Full of love, passion and heartbreak' Best

Lesley Pearse's novels have sold over five million copies worldwide. Her sixteen most recent books, including Forgive Me, The Promise, and Belle are huge bestsellers and available as Penguin paperbacks. Lesley lives near Bristol and has three daughters and three grandchildren.

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (13 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718159055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718159054
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (545 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Evocative, compelling, told from the heart (Sunday Express)

Utterly riveting, brilliant (Closer)

Full of love, passion and heartbreak (Best)

Glorious, heartwarming (Woman & Home) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Lesley Pearse's novels have sold over five million copies worldwide. Her sixteen previous books, including most recently Forgive Me and The Promise, are available as Penguin paperbacks. Lesley lives near Bristol and has three daughters and three grandchildren. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Mariette is the restless teenage daughter of 'Belle' the main character in the first book of the trilogy. Belle went on to have further adventures in WW1 in 'The Promise' ..

It is now the mid 1930s and young Mariette leaves New Zealand for England and has her own challenges to overcome during WW2 which involves suriving the Blitz in London and travelling in the dead of night to France on secret missions. Luke her mother, Mariette is a 'Survivor'

Of course there is heroism, love, romance and loss, as one would expect from any Lesley Pearse book

The three books can be read stand alone, but each one is an exciting journey into recent history and thoroughly enjoyable.

Belle and her family will be missed..
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Lesley Pearce 17 Feb 2014
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Survivor is Lesley pearce's latest offering it is the 3rd book in the belle series, but could be read as a stand alone as it does give you some background from her 2 previous books. I have read all of Lesley pearce's book so was really looking forward to her latest release and I was not disappointed Survivor begins in New Zealand and the story carries through to war torn London and France. Survivor is centered around mariette who at the beginning of survivor is self centered, manipulative and not very likeable. As the story progresses and Mariette moves to London tragedy hits her personally, through heartache and bereavement a new mariette emerges, one who is willing to risk her life saving others in war torn France. Lesley Pearce has written another great saga one which will keep you turning the pages, her research is exceptional and you can imagine how harsh life was during the blitz. Survivor has it all love, passion, hardship and intrigue. Mariettes turn around in character is believable, as are the difficulties she has to overcome to become a better person. I would thoroughly recommend this book to others.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So gripping you cannot put it down. 15 Feb 2014
By Kismet
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I started the book I thought I had read it already but as I read more it brought into play the last book and I remembered the story. This book was brilliant and so moving it was as if I was there during the war. really gripping and made you want to read nonstop till you got to the end. Brilliant!!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survivor is another five-star read 14 Feb 2014
Survivor continues the story told in Belle (2011) and The Promise (2012), but this is Mariette's story and it really doesn't matter if you've read the others first, this story stands perfectly well on it's own.

1938 in Russell, a small town in New Zealand and Mariette, daughter of Belle and Etienne is strong-willed, a little bit defiant and bored. There is no doubt that if she remains at home for much longer she is going to find herself in all kinds of trouble. The neighbours are already talking about her and her parents decide that London is the best place for their wilful daughter. Mariette sets out on the long journey to Europe, she's going to stay with her parent's friends Noah and Lisette and she can't wait to get away from the isolated town of Russell. Mariette's adventures start before her feet touch English soil - she's a beautiful young woman travelling alone and it is not long before she catches the eye of the Errol Flynn lookalike steward on board. Mariette has been badly hurt in love before and this time she is determined that she will have the upper hand, sadly though it appears that all men really are only after one thing.

In London Mariette throws herself into her new life of glamour and parties, she adores earning her own money and having some independence.

Mariette's life is shattered on the night of her twenty-first birthday. Hitler's bombs do not stop for birthdays and Mariette finds herself alone in a London that no longer appears to glitter with anything except tears. As the war rages Mariette discovers an inner strength that she certainly didn't realise was there. Her wilfulness and sense of adventure serve her well and she grows from a head-strong immature girl into a brave and resilient young woman.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A story full of romance and tragedy xXx 18 Feb 2014
By realovesbooks TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I have not read a book by Lesley Pearse in a long time but the books of hers I have read I enjoyed. I was sent a copy of Survivor to read and I was torn part of me couldn’t wait to start it and delve back into this authors writing world again the other half of me was hesitant as I had heard that this book was a follow on to Belle and The Promise both of which I hadn’t read so I was unsure if I would be able to follow the storyline.
The book gets off to a quick start and I was hooked by the end of the first chapter. Mariette was quite a character, although not one I warmed to or could relate to at all, she was still a marvellous character her personality was too big for the small village she lived in and so before she could bring shame on the family her parents sent her away to England.
During Mariette’s time in England the blitz began and we see a change in Mariette but one thing that doesn’t change is her attraction to men. Unfortunately I found that half way through the book my attention began to waver, I felt like the storyline was being drawn out too long and nothing new seemed to be happening, but I was hesitant to give up as the beginning was so good and I hate to leave a book half way. I am glad I carried on reading as the book did pick up again towards the end.
Although I hadn’t read Belle and The Promise I didn’t feel like that mattered in this book I would never had known that this was a follow on if I hadn’t already been told as I never felt as though I was missing anything so this can easily be read as a stand alone book, although I would love to go back and read the previous books.
This is a great romance with action and tragedy weaved in. Although not a favourite of mine by Lesley Pearse, I enjoyed this book although I do think it could have been a lot shorter which may have helped to keep my attention the whole way through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Lesley Pearse...
Published 4 hours ago by Mrs S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as always
Another great book by lesley. I love all her books and this is no exception. Looking forward to the next one!
Published 11 hours ago by clare
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read as usual
Published 18 hours ago by garrett sandifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Never fails to please with her novels
Published 1 day ago by Jiminy Cricket
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Published 1 day ago by Mr. D. Dundee
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Magical Read
Have now read Belle's War, The Promise and Survivor. Wonderful reads all if them. Would recommend. Can't wait to read another.
Published 2 days ago by Lindy Loo
5.0 out of 5 stars survivor,belle
Very exciting and I couldn't put the book down,had to keep reading to the next chapter,loved the storyline and cant wait till the next book.
Published 2 days ago by susan morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Having read other books in this series it did not disappoint. I am a...
A real page turner. Having read other books in this series it did not disappoint. I am a big fan of Lesley Pearse.
Published 2 days ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars A great third book in the Belle Series
Let's hope there are more from Lesley in this series hopefully without losing Belle or Etienne as they are the best but I'm sure there is plenty more for Marriette and Morgan
Published 3 days ago by C. J. Inman-harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very pleased.
Published 4 days ago by Mrs. Anne Millar
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