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Remember Me
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2004
This novel, set in the late eighteenth century and based on a true story is sad and uplifting at the same time. It reveals the terrible conditions for the first ever convicts to be transported from recently claimed Australia.
Both Australians as well as those who have visited Sydney of late will be interested in the story which tells about a creation of a settlement, where the inhabitants are on a verge of starvation and where vice, abuse and alcholism is rife. This settlement and penal colony is later to become one of the greatest cities in the world, on par with London, Paris and New York.
Mary Broad rises above this deprivation and despair and resolves to escape in order to protect her children and give them a better life. But she is married to a man who she thought would stand by her and protect her. Instead, he turns to alchohol, abuses her and eventually betrays her and their escape companions - yet she still forgives him.
By the time she returns to England, she seemingly gives up all hope until lawyer James Boswell restores it and is resolved to help her.
The book is about courage, survival, tragedy but also friendship and love which brings tears to your eyes.
I recommend this book but bring out your hankies as you will be needing them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I have only read three of Lesley Pearse's books, "Till we Meet Again", "Rosie" and "Remember Me". But this has to be by far the best of the three.

It is based on the true story of Mary Broad, who was forced to steal because of extreme poverty. The penalty should have been death by hanging, but instead she found herself in a convict ship en route to Australia.

The journey south is the part of the book that is most entrenched in my mind: the conditions in the boat were were awful beyond belief, but Mary was a stalwart and made the best of it.

Conditions in Australia were little better, but still Mary struggled on.

When the oportunity arose to escape the colony, she took her chances in a small boat and attempted to start a new life for herself and her child.

I don't want to spoil the story, so I'll stop there!

This is an amazing tale of endurance. Mary was only a young girl when she left England, she had to grow up fast. Her positive attitude and instinct for survival were what kept her going. As I read the book I just kept wondering at the endless saga of problems that she encountered. The book never let you relax, just as life was never relaxing for Mary, a real eye-opener.

Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2004
I fancied reading a different kind of book from my usual sort and picking up this one was the best decision i made! It had me never wanting to put it down. I would never have imagined what life was like for people like Mary and my heart bled for her. I was in tears most of the way through the book!
A great read and I'd recomend it to anyone! !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2006
This is the first Lesley Pearse book I have read. A friend borrowed it to me on holiday. What a brilliant book. The story is based on a true story about Mary Broad who was transported to Australia rather than being hanged. What she went through was appalling, but Lesley seemed to capture everything in the book, you really felt that you were there in the story you got that involved with it, I won't forget this book in a hurry.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2012
I do feel uncomfortable after reading a book that attracts lots of 5 star reviews when I'm left with a feeling that I've missed something. As an avid reader I do concede that there's often busy times in my life when I can't give a book my full attention & therefore do not get as engrossed as I want to. Such was the case with this book. Not wishing to take anything away from the author or the heroine, but I felt I could take or leave it. I reminded myself constantly that it was based on a true story and social conditions at the time were extremely harsh. I expected to feel more sympathy for everyone involved but something was holding me back from enjoying the book. Maybe it was the injustices of the time along with horrendous conditions on land and at sea. Had I allowed myself to really imagine what it must have been like I could have got lost in feeling upset for everyone.

There was lots of drama & some romance to enjoy, but also intense sadness at the fate of some characters. I did finish the book & by that time I felt more optimistic for Mary. After all, she had proved herself to be a gutsy, dynamic & brave lady. Qualities that would surely help her in her future life. I would love to read a real account of her life as long as I could trust myself to read the unpleasant parts of it without getting angry or upset & wanting to change things for her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2004
Lesley Pearse is a fantastic writer. Its such a senitively written book, so descriptive. It is such a touching story. I found the history of it all fascinating, there has been so much research gone into making this book.
I am totally hooked now, i am definately a Lesley Pearce fan, you;r book is amazing and i cant wait to read more of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2006
This is the first book I've read in ages and its definitely got me hooked on reading again. I literally could not put this book down.
I cried buckets whilst reading one part in particular. If you read it you'll know which bit I mean.
You cannot fail to reach your heart out to the main character (Mary Broad) and empathise with what she goes through on her adventures full of hardship and suffering - but its the way she remains continuously couragous all the way through that is so amazing.. Totally gripping from beginning to end!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is the first book I have read by Lesley Pearce. Remember Me is a book I could not put down. While reading, I could picture myself in the shoes of Mary Broad. Being a true story, you could not believe the poverty and conditions which had to be endured. I have now read this book twice, and twice I have cried. I have also purchased other books by Lesley Pearce and have enjoyed everyone. I know I will read this book again, and again without getting fed up with it. Well done Lesley! I will continue to read your books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2004
I didn't know what to expect from this book but on reading the other reviews decided to give it a go. I was amazed and astounded by the life it opened up to me. "Remember Me" is such an apt title for it as it is a story which leads you into a past which few of us are aware of today and which should never be forgotton in that it is at the root of so much of what shapes our lives today. I am so happy that I read this book (couldn't put it down actually!) and I can assure you that I WILL "remember her".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2008
This was the second Lesley Pearce book I read ("Hope" is also excellent)and for anyone who hasn't read it please be warned that once you start you won't get much done until you've finished it. The storytelling is amazingly compelling and also very informative. I had no idea just what conditions were like for the convicts who were shipped off to Australia, often for petty crimes. It is based on a true story and Mary, the central character, will have you feeling her feelings as the tale progresses, and willing her on to achieve the things she so richly deserves.
I hate reviews that give away too much of the story so I'm not going into details, but mixing truth with fiction is not always an easy path to tread for an author, yet Lesley does it in style with this one. Mary was one amazing woman, and her life story has stayed with me long after I turned the last page and left her behind with much regret and fond memories.
I am just starting to read "Rosie" and it doesn't look like I am going to be able to put this one down for long either. Great stuff!
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