Belle (Belle 1) Paperback – 7 Jul 2011
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About the Author
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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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.Read more ›
I good read but not one that I would say "You have to read this!!!"
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant book, One of the best books I have read and one of my favourites! After I finished the book I wanted to no what happened next!Published 13 days ago by shelley brennan
Carries on where the others leave off and a really good rread.Published 27 days ago by Ms. K. T. Dipper
Gripping story, can't put the book down ! And - it's the first in a TRILOGY - so more to look forward to :)Published 28 days ago by Joyce Baker