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Trust Me

Trust Me [Kindle Edition]

Lesley Pearse
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)

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There are some elements in good saga writing that never fail, and Lesley Pearse has the full measure of them in Trust Me. She is particularly good on the theme of the orphanage survivor who makes her way in a hostile world: familiar, perhaps, but rarely treated with the colour and exuberance found here. Dulcie Taylor and her sister May, who have spent their lives having their trust betrayed by those who claim they will look after them, begin a new life in a new country. Australia soon turns out to be a grim illusion, however, until Dulcie meets Ross, who has also known what it is to be an orphanage survivor. With a narrative that has the epic qualities of the country it is set in, Pearse is able to deal with the growth of trust and love between the characters in a wholly convincing fashion, with Dulcie a memorably drawn heroine. --Barry Forshaw

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Trust Me is the gripping historical novel from bestselling author Lesley Pearse.

She lost her parents and then was sent far, far away . . .

When their father tragically kills their mother, Dulcie and her sister are sent to an orphanage. Told that a 'better life' awaits them in another country, they are shipped off to Australia.

But the promises made to the sisters turn out to be lies.

And it seems to Dulcie that everyone who ever said 'trust me' somehow betrayed that trust. So when she meets Ross, another orphanage survivor, and finds he is a kindred spirit, hope swells in her heart.

But can she ever get over the past betrayals and learn to trust again? And can she fight not only for herself, but also for her sister?

Based on a real life tragedy, Trust Me is a powerful and moving story of vulnerable children torn from their families and banished from their homelands. Lesley Pearse, author of the UK and international best-sellers Belle and Charlie, explores trust and betrayal, in her thrilling historical novel Trust Me. Fans of Susan Lewis should take note.

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 on her website,

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1500 KB
  • Print Length: 724 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (29 Jun 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9HHK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,822 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, Unputdownable Read 5 July 2001
By A Customer
Lesley Pearse delights yet again.I just finished reading this book and am experiencing withdrawl symptoms!! The story was so tragic and so moving because it is based on the sad realities of orphanages in Australia during the 50's and 60's.After I finished this book I lay awake for a long time thinking about children in those orphanages and how they were treated. There is so much sadness in this book.
It is well written and gripping. It is very difficult to stop reading. The characters are well developed. I loved this book....but be prepared: this book is packed with emotion and sadness. It is not a lighthearted read. However, I loved it and would reccomend it thoroughly. Lesley Pearse truly is a marvelous storyteller.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional journey 5 Mar 2004
By A Customer
This was the first book by Lesley Pearse I had read and it was fantastic. It's all about two sisters who are put in an orphanage after their father goes to prison accused of killing their mother. Whilst in the orphanage the nuns are cruel and they dream of escaping. This dream becomes a reality as they are offered a "new life" in Australia but the Australia they are promised is not the Australia they go to. They end up in another orphanage where the nuns are as cruel if not crueler than the ones they had left. The story follows both sisters lives and it shows how their traumatic childhood experiences affect their adult lives. I really cried at parts in this book especially as it was loosely based on the true story of children shipped to Australia after the war.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, unmissable read! 16 Sep 2003
By A Customer
I've just finished reading this book for the third time! It is still as good as the first time. I don't know how Lesley Pearse does it, she is an amazing author. This book follows the life of two sisters, Dulcie and May Taylor from London to Australia. You grow up with the two sisters and share their cruel, harsh childhoods and watch them develop into adults and see the way their and others incredible pasts effect every aspect of their lives. The way Lesley writes her books makes you feel that you really know the characters as if they were part of own life. This book really takes you through the emotions, you will laugh, cry, be shocked, be sad and happy with each page that you turn. This is a compulsive read and is very difficult to put down, I had it forced out of my hands several times!! Read the book and enjoy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LESLEY HAS DONE IT AGAIN 18 April 2001
By A Customer
I have read every single one of Lesley Pearce's books and this one doesn't disappoint. From the very beginning you fall in love with Dulcie and May - two little girls who have a caring Father and a neglectful Mother. We follow their lives from Hither Green to Australia. The cruel world of the church and how it was a cover for evil and harsh treatment takes your breath away. Having gone to a convent school myself and seen how nuns can be so cruel nothing prepared me for the harsh reality and treatment that Dulcie and May receive. How sad that children were shipped over to Australia like cargo, with not a thought of their well being and happiness. Though these characters are fictional, this really did happen all those years ago and sadly destroyed so many lives. A wonderful book that you simply can't put down. At one point I had tears streaming down my face. I read this book in a week and was so sad to come to the end. I can't wait for the next one Lesley - you really are a wonderful story teller.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
"Trust Me" was my 5th Lelsey Peace novel and I think the best ever!
Lesley manages to descibe the awful experiences of these 2 sisters in such realistic detail that you imagine you are with them amongst the flies and heat of Oz, or hiding from those cruel Nuns waiting for their parents to return?
She manages to combine a rivetting fictional story with researched true-life experiences of real "evacuees" in a way that just keeps you crying.
A fantastic yet distressing'll keep reliving the awful experiences the children endured , and the effect it had on their grown up lifes months after you put the book down.
Read it, you'll love it too!! (Hankies required)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book I still reccomend to people 31 Aug 2005
By Tracey
I read Trust Me a long time ago and its a book I still think about to this day and I still tell people to go and read it.
After I finished this book I had to go online and find out what I could about the subject matter and I was shocked to read about kids who were now all grown up and were trying to trace family members, I remember reading about a man who was going to come to the UK to see his mum but he ended up coming over for her funeral as she died not long before he was due. I just sat and cried. I never knew anything like that had happened during the war.
The way Lesley Pearse wrote about her characters was brilliant, I couldn't read this book fast enough because I had to know what happened.
I was sad to finish this book and say goodbye to the people I had really began to care about.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my God... 19 Jun 2003
By A Customer
I can not explain what this book means to me, but it was one of the best books I have ever read. This books had me going through a variety of emotions, you were crying, then smiling then shocked. I did not know about the behaviour of shipping orphans to Australia, and them being abused, some of the things described were too sad to handle. Although I think you are meant to dislike May, I did like her and felt sorry for her, although she was a bit nasty, and the head nun's behaviour was diabolical. Although Ross was not the nicest of men, I felt really sorry for him and when he reveals his ordeal to Dulcie, you relive the emotions you felt again. Although the ending was quite predictable, it was the way I wantd it to end, as I loved Dulcie and my heart went out to her. This book is so fantastic, even if I had not enjoyed the Dulcie saga, it would ahve been worthwhile reading this book, just to know about the behaviour of such people in such places.
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