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on 6 June 2017
Stunningly good book, but not easy to read. I can't even begin to imagine what those childrens' lives must have been like. I was in tears when i finished reading this. Epic storytelling by Ms Pearse.
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A fabulously touching story of cruelty, brutality and love. This is a really fulfilling book which, if it hasn't already been done, should be made into a film or television drama. The story has a true beginning, middle and end in that it starts when the two main characters (sisters) are small children giving a good background to the family, continues throughout their pitiful lives and carries on through to the end of the sisters' lives. There is not one page or even sentence which doesn't hold your attention and makes you want to carry on reading. The fact that the story content is based on truth makes it quite shocking. This book is not just `women's fiction' it is an enlightening story for all to contemplate. Lesley Pearse has obviously researched this very well and she must have had moments when she sobbed her heart out in the preparation and writing of this novel - well done, Lesley.
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on 13 October 2003
I have read a 2 of Lesley Pearce's books now and they are 2 of the best books I have ever read. They captivate the reader throughout the whole book, you just dont want to put it down.
The story comes across as very real and will touch even the untouchable of hearts. The descriptions of the thoughts and feelings of the characters just make the whole book come to life and again makes it very very real.
Well done Ms Pearce and I look forward to reading the rest of your novels.
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on 16 September 2003
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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on 5 July 2001
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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on 18 April 2001
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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on 17 January 2003
This is one of the most amazing books I have read.
After reading this book I could not stop thinking about the characters I had encountered. The author makes them so real, you feel you know them, and are then affected by what happens in the book. It is all so real, but what is sad is that you know that the book is well researched and a lot of what happens in the book is based around real events, such as the treatment endured by the Orphans.
I would recommend this book to anyone, I have read a number of books by the author and nothing comes close to this!
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on 5 March 2004
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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on 19 November 2001
"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 read...you'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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on 2 May 2001
Although this is a fictional story, the experiences of Dulcie Taylor and her little sister, may, reflect the truth of what happened to many children (and not all of them orphans) during the 1940s and 1950s. The characters are wholly believable and all develop throughout the book. the traumas experienced at the convent orphanages and when transported to Australia are heartrending as the reader is constantly aware that Lesley based her novel on true events. I was most interested in how the three orphans, Dulcie, May and Ross were emotionally affected as they grew up. Lesley conveys just how abuse and neglect in childhood can completely overcome a person, and the reader who isn't upset by the latter part of the novel and its ending is a very hard reader indeed.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good read.
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