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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241950368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241950364
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (484 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lesley Pearse's novels have sold over ten million copies worldwide and include most recently Without a Trace, Survivor, Forgive Me and The Promise. Lesley lives in Devon and has three daughters and three grandchildren.


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Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. While not for me quite as gripping as Never Look Back and Remember Me the storyline was still excellent and the descriptions of kidnapping young girls and selling them into prostitution were very interesting. It is shocking to imagine this type of thing happening and Lesley Pearse has highlighted it in a sensitive way. Some descriptions were quite graphic but this means you can imagine it all the more clearly and is not a bad thing. I found it also very interesting to read how the girls could have been affected by their experiences. All in all a very good book from one of my favourite authors.
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By Lincs Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have spent the past couple of days immersed in the story of Belle, and have travelled from the slums of Seven Dials in London to New Orleans via Paris with each and every character and place described beautifully and jumping out from the pages.
Lesley Pearse has long been one of my very favourite authors, she is a true storyteller and this is her at her very very best. Belle begins the novel a a somewhat innocent young girl of fifteen, shielded from the murkiness of the world she lives in by her Mother and her housekeeper Mog. This all changes when she finds herself the only witness to a brutal murder, she is snatched from the street and her 'education' into the dark, violent underworld of prostitution and crime begins.
The story follows Belle's journey, across the Channel to Paris and then onto New Orleans. Lesley Pearse is the master of strong heroines struggling through difficult circumstances and Belle really is one of the strongest and passionate characters of any of her novels. The horror and violence surrounding the abduction of young girls to satisfy the urges of older, wealthy men is described fully - there are shocking scenes involving not only villainous men but women who think nothing of selling a young girl in order to make more money for themselves. It would be easy to dismiss this as 'just fiction' but it is evident that a lot of research has been done and shocking to think that today, a hundred years later, there are still young girls being sold into the sex trade all over the world.
Despite the fact that Belle is almost 600 pages long it really does engage the reader, I found it difficult to put it down as the story is so quickly paced, full of fabulous characters and I was willing Belle along at a every step.
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By Paula Woods VINE VOICE on 14 Mar. 2011
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I have read every single one of Lesley Pearse books and enjoy them immensely. Belle was another good book. I cannot agree with some of reviewers who said this was by far the best, because Lesley has written better. But saying that it was a book that you get engrossed in. All Lesley's book are easy to read, have a very good story line, but I did feel this was a bit predictable. If you do not like sexual description, then this is certainly not the book for you, because at times it was very explicit.
I good read but not one that I would say "You have to read this!!!"
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Format: Hardcover
I loved this book, I read it in three sittings over two days. I have read all of Lesley Pearse's novels and this is one of the best. It's the story of Belle, who after witnessing a murder, and being abducted as a consequence finds herself in series of dangerous situtations. The characters and their relationships were brilliantly written and utterly believable, particularly her relationship with Ettiene which was beautifully crafted. I felt myself physically willing Belle to come through the dangers she encountered. I love novels about strong women, Belle certainly has strength and unbreakable spirit. Brilliant thoroughly recommended.
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Here we go again, yet another Lesley Pearse book for her fans to devour - and this time it's the start of a series so even better.
It's a fast moving plot which takes the reader into the heart of it and makes the book difficult to put down.
It's fair to say that it does follow a tradition of books from this author which are very similar - there are a guilty pleasure though and to be enjoyed!
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Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book when I first started reading it, it then became a bit predictable and I lost interest. I did finish it eventually, why I do not know as the end was just as I expected.

I was very disappointed, after having read Faith which is absolutely fantastic, I was expecting a really good read. I am glad I got it from the library rather than wasting my money!
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Somewhat disappointing in the early stages of the story and not what I've come to expect from this author. At the risk of sounding a trifle sanctimonious, I prefer my books less risqué and in the manner written hitherto by this author. Having said that, I have no doubt the book will appeal to other readers and I have no wish to sound biased against the author.
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This is a hard hitting story, (not for the weak hearted), of a young girl forced into prostitution. Her tenacity and fortitude pull her through one ordeal after the other. One of Lesley Pearse's best novels, highly recommended read.
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