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The Promise [Hardcover]

Lesley Pearse
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19 Jan 2012

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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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (19 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718157044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718157043
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,556 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)

Glorious, heartwarming (Woman & Home)

An emotional and moving epic you won't forget in a hurry (Woman's Weekly) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 22 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have just read The Promise, the sequel to Lesley Pearse's Belle. I have no words to adequately describe this author's writing. She grabs the reader's attention from the first page and it is extremely difficult to put the book down once started. I was introduced to Lesley Pearse's writing with her title Remember Me several years ago through a friend's recommendation and from that point on I read every title she had written and eagerly awaited her latest release. The Promise was a continuation of Belle's story at the commencement of WWI and the book did not fail me. My interest was kept alive throughout the book and now that I have read it, in about two days, there is a feeling of utter disappointment that there are no more chapters to read. I cannot praise Lesley Pearse enough. She researches the facts of her story and somehow manages to hold the reader's interest. Thank you Lesley for yet another wonderful read.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Petra "I love to read" TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The Promise by Lesley Pearse was a brilliant conclusion too the first book in this short series Belle. I to be truthful first received The Promise from Amazon Vine and as I read the book though I was enjoying reading it I felt when the author referred back to the first book, I was missing out a lot of Belle's history which would make my enjoyment and understanding of this book so much more. I downloaded the first book for my kindle and as I read Belle's heartbreaking story in the book of the same name, I will admit at times there was parts I found hard to read as the abuse which Belle suffered was wrote about with clarity and detail(this is in the first book only). Even with this uncomfortable details in the first book, I would still recommend the book to other readers but I still believe as I said in my review of the first book believe that readers should be warned there is some parts which readers would have difficulty reading, though I found to book to be a fascinating read. The author, Lesley Pearse has a fantastic gift of story telling which constantly holds the readers attention.
In this book "The Promise" Belle is back in England and she is running the store she has always dreamed of doing, she is married and settled and seems to be happy in life. I to be honest thought she had done all her suffering in the first book and I was expecting a life of domestic bliss. But trouble always finds Belle but what I liked about the character of Belle, she will not lie down and just accept what life throws at her but she will fight for what she believes in and she truly is a woman who faces life with a wonderful strength of character.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story for a long winter's evening 15 Jan 2012
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The Promise is the first Lesley Pearce book I have read, and I must admit I was impressed. I didn't realise until I had the book in my hand that there had been an earlier one about Belle, but there was sufficient information in this one to enable me to understand what had gone on before. The amount of research that Lesley Pearce must have done on the First World War and its impact on soldiers and civilians alike was massive and really made the story attimes read more like fact than fiction. I found the characters true to life and at times I actually felt I was there living through their hopes and fears with them. There was much happiness in the early part of the book before Belle's husband Jimmy volunteers to join the army, but as the story develops sadness, pain, hatred and bitterness evolve. As I was reading the book I really felt that some of the characters had become my friends. However, as in all good stories there is a happy ending; one that I hoped to read about but didn't expect
would happen. I don't want to spoil the story by revealing more but suffice to say its a rattling good read and one I would highly recommend.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Promise 28 Dec 2011
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
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Having read many of Lesley Pearse's books, was really looking forward to this one and was not disappointed. Read it within a couple of days as it was impossible to put down. The research that goes into Lesley's novels always amazes me and really 'sets the scene' for the reader which is especially helpful if a novel is set in a time about which you have little or limited knowledge. Really enjoyed catching up with Belle and her friends and finding out what challenges they faced. It is probably a good idea (although not essential) to read 'Belle' before reading 'The Promise' as knowing her past and her friendships helps you understand this latest book more easily.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Lesley's best. 27 July 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have read all of Lesley Pearse's books but felt this was not up to her usual very high standard. As the follow up to Belle, which was a brilliant book, I was really looking forward to the sequel. However, it wasn't nearly so "page turning". The Promise was far more predictable and felt a bit "Mills & Boon" at times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Started well but trailed off... 19 Mar 2012
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I have always been interested in the changing experience of women in the twentieth century and as World War I was a period which saw much that changed I looked forward to reading this novel. I confess I had not realised until the novel arrived from Amazon that this was a continuation of the story of the novel's heroine Belle,whose previous history is told in the eponymous 'Belle'. It is possible to catch up on what went before but I would suggest to anyone planning to buy this book that it is not really a stand alone book and it would be more enjoyable if you read 'Belle' before embarking upon this novel. However it is perfectly possible to get the idea of what went before and I plunged into the book full of expectation. When this novel begins Belle is married to Jimmy and has her own successful business, a popular hat shop. Despite a brief visit from a previous love,Etienne,it appears Belle is extremely happy married to Jimmy, and without giving away the story the marriage seems to have been made even stronger by a particularly horrendous experience suffered by Belle shortly after Jimmy went to fight in France. Belle gives up her hat shop [I really couldn't fathom why she suddenly decided she didn't want the shop] and goes to France as a volunteer ambulance driver. As a historian I could pick holes in the author's research on WW1,but fully accept there was a sufficient knowledge of the period displayed to cover a story of this nature. Whilst in France, although she went there to be closer to him, Belle finds she is no longer all that interested in what is happening to Jimmy and makes no attempt to try to organise a meeting with him [this would have been difficult but she knows not impossible]. She even finds herself quite disinterested in his letters. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Promise
I couldn't put this book down! After reading Belle I had been waiting patiently for Belle's War , not realizing that the follow up had been released as The Promise instead. Read more
Published 1 day ago by c elford
5.0 out of 5 stars Lesley Pearse - The Promise
Another good read from Lesley, just as we have come to expect. You just have to read it to appreciate quality writing.
Published 8 days ago by Diane R Carver
5.0 out of 5 stars great
easy to do and quick and easy the kindle makes it so easy to download would use again as easy way to get books
Published 13 days ago by Gary Black
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Didn't realise there was a sequel to Belle, good read of someone's grit and determination, can't wait to follow on with The Survivor!
Published 14 days ago by SCOTT MCKAY
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I bought this as a Christmas gift for a friend and she enjoyed this book very much. She recommends it.
Published 17 days ago by Janetell
5.0 out of 5 stars She's done it again.
I can't get enough of this author and her tales of Belle are gripping -can't wait to read the next one.
Published 18 days ago by wakiajcki
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
The most enjoyable read for a long time, thoroughly enjoyed and could not put it down. I really enjoy reading Lesley Pearse' books.
Published 19 days ago by Mr. David I. Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I have read all of Lesley pearses books as always they never disappointed.Would recommend this book to anyone looking forward to the next one.
Published 29 days ago by Mrs. W. Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Promise fulfilled
Nice to catch up with belle. The strong lady we would all love to be.look forward to sequel.Thank you Lesley
Published 1 month ago by pamela makepeace
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Could not put it down! Lesley Pearse holds you from first page through to last page ! Can't wait to download her next book!
Published 1 month ago by jean genie
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