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Author Lesley Pearse's books have sold millions, her previous `Belle' was a no. 1 best-seller, and now her latest `The Promise' is in The Sunday Times fiction book list. It is a sequel featuring Belle as the main protagonist alongside 2 lovers as major characters plus her family connections. Unfortunately this results in characters not being truly developed in the narrative as it relies on background from the previous novel with aspects of Belle's earlier experiences restated. This repetitive approach continues throughout `The Promise' to the extent it virtually fails to stand alone, and even with the additional characters introduced they all tend to fall by the wayside or disappear from the story. The author introduces a series of disjointed sub-plots that add interest but as well as being fairly predictable these involve an unbelievable number of far-fetched coincidences - so making for a lightweight overall story. However though `The Promise' lacks substance as a novel it is redeemed by graphic accounts of folly and brutality from the First World War covering not just the horror of the trenches and the appalling front line medical aid but also the consequences of death and injury on those directly involved and those back at home. Even here there is repetition and at over 500 pages the book is too long for its subject matter. .The war and the following Spanish `flu epidemic have clearly been well researched, but `The Promise' could benefit from editing.