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The House Across the Street

Lesley Pearse

The 10-million-copy, number 1 bestselling author is back with another beautifully-written, compelling and page-turning epic.

Twenty-three year old Katy Speed is fascinated by the house across the street. The woman who lives there, Gloria, is the most glamorous neighbour on the avenue, owning a fashionable dress shop in Bexhill-on-Sea. But who is the woman who arrives in the black car most Saturdays while Gloria is at work? Sometimes she brings women to the house, other times they have children.

Hilda, Katy's mother, disapproves of Gloria. She wonders if these mysterious visitors have just been released from prison. Is Gloria secretly bringing criminals, or worse, into the heart of the community?

Then one night, the house burns down. In the wreckage, the bodies of Gloria and her daughter are found. Katy is sure the unexplained visitors must be responsible until her father is arrested and charged with murder. Have the police arrested the correct person? Are the rest of the street safe? Can Katy find the truth before it's too late?

'Heart-warming and evocative, a real delight to read' Sun

'A narrative that gallops along, this is quintessential Pearse that will delight her army of readers' Daily Mail

'Glorious, heartwarming' Woman & Home

'Evocative, compelling, told from the heart' Sunday Express

'Deservedly one of the world's favourite story tellers . . . You simply have to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next.' MyWeekly

'Gripping.' Hello

'Evocative, multi-faceted and sometimes disturbing, a story that grips from first page to last.' Lancashire Post

The Woman in the Wood

Lesley Pearse

'A gripping new novel' HELLO! Magazine
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London, 1960

The lives of teenage twins Maisy and Duncan change forever the night their sick mother is taken to an asylum. Sent to live in the New Forest with their cold-hearted grandmother, Mrs Mitcham, they feel unloved and abandoned.

And when one day Duncan doesn't come home from exploring in the forest, no one - least of all his grandmother - appears to care about his disappearance. The police, who've found the bodies of other missing boys, offer little hope of finding Duncan alive.

Yet Maisy refuses to give up. Though she doesn't know the woods well, she knows someone who does. The strange old woman who lives at their heart.

Dare Maisy enlist the help of the woman in the wood?

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'A real page-turner, a family story that is multi-layered just as you'd expect from Lesley Pearse, who is deservedly one of the world's favourite story tellers' My Weekly

'Characters it is impossible not to care about . . . this is storytelling at its very best' Daily Mail

Dead to Me

Lesley Pearse

**'Yet another great Lesley Pearse novel' Woman Magazine**

**'Full of love, passion and heartbreak' Best**

Two very different women, one unlikely friendship. In the chaos of war-torn Britain, can any relationship survive?

Dead to Me is a story about loyalty, love and the strength of friendship in the face of adversity, from international number one bestselling author Lesley Pearse.

Spring 1935.
On London's Hampstead Heath two girls meet by chance: well-mannered and smartly dressed Verity and dishevelled and grubby Ruby. Yet the mismatched pair form an instant friendship strong enough to survive their parent's disapproval.

When war engulfs the country - sending Ruby to Devon while Verity struggles to find a new beginning under a shadow from her past - the girls are convinced they will always be there for each other.

Until the day one breaks the other's heart . . .

Can Verity and Ruby find a way back to each other before it's too late?


Praise for Lesley Pearse

'Epic romantic drama set in post-war London' Heat Magazine

'A heart-warming and evocative tale that is a real delight to read' Sun

'A narrative that gallops along, this is quintessential Pearse that will delight her army of readers' Daily Mail

'Must have' Sunday Express

'Evocative, compelling, told from the heart' Sunday Express

'Utterly riveting, brilliant' Closer

'Glorious, heartwarming' Woman & Home

'This gripping tale of war and friendship is perfect for a long day of beach reading.' Marie Claire

Without a Trace

Lesley Pearse

International number one bestselling author Lesley Pearse brings a compelling story of courage, friendship and love in her brand new novel Without a Trace.

Coronation Day, 1953.
In the Somerset village of Sawbridge, young shopkeeper Molly Heywood slips away from the celebrations to her friend's cottage and makes a shocking discovery: Cassie is dead and her six-year-old daughter Petal has vanished without a trace . . .

In her grief, Molly seeks help from her childhood friend George, now the village policeman, but no one can find Petal. The only clue is a letter from London, where Cassie once lived. Despite George's reluctance and her growing feelings for him, Molly resolves to go to London in the hope of discovering the missing child.

Arriving in the big city, Molly quickly learns it's a dangerous place for a country girl on her own. But there's hope too - in the Blitz-ruined East End, she unexpectedly finds friendship with strangers from Cassie's past and, with handsome, mysterious workman Charley, the possibility of something more.

However, the closer Molly gets to the truth, the more perilous her journey becomes. She has given up everything - her home, happiness and a chance at love - all to find Petal. But is she also risking her life?

From the number one UK bestselling author Lesley Pearse comes Without a Trace, a gripping story of bravery, secrets and love.


Praise for Without a Trace
'Epic romantic drama set in post-war London' Heat Magazine
'A heart-warming and evocative tale that is a real delight to read' Sun
'A narrative that gallops along, this is quintessential Pearse that will delight her army of readers' Daily Mail
'Must have' Sunday Express
'Yet another great Lesley Pearse novel' Woman Magazine
Praise for Lesley Pearse
'Evocative, compelling, told from the heart' Sunday Express
'Utterly riveting, brilliant' Closer
'Full of love, passion and heartbreak' Best
'Glorious, heartwarming' Woman & Home

Survivor

Lesley Pearse

Lesley Pearse, No.1 bestselling author of The Promise and Belle is back with Survivor, the story of Mariette, a born fighter.

It is 1938 and Mariette Carrera is a defiant, strong-willed and selfish seventeen-year-old. And sooner or later, if she stays in the small, gossipy town of Russell, New Zealand, she'll get herself into some serious trouble. Her doting parents, Belle and Etienne, fear for her reputation. So, with the world on the brink of war, Mari leaves home on the SS Rimutaka, bound for her aunt and uncle's house in London.

Armed with the freedom she's longed for since childhood, Mari quickly falls for Morgan, the handsome cockney steward on board ship. But once she reaches London, there are other temptations.

Mari loves her new life - caught up in a whirl of dances and parties in the glittering West End, relishing her freedom as she earns her own money as a typist. Finally, she feels she is mistress of her own future.

Until it is all snatched away by the war.

As London endures the Blitz, Mari's new life is cruelly blown apart. Forced from her loving new home, she ends up alone in the East End, and it's worlds away from the London she knows. But there, even in the face of so much despair, she finds the chance to make a difference. Amidst the destruction, Mari learns that the only way to survive this war is to fight, with all the strength, selflessness and compassion within her...and only then will she find true happiness.

Because Mari is a survivor...

From internationally bestselling author, Lesley Pearse, Survivor is a story of bravery and love.

'Utterly riveting, brilliant' Closer

'Characters it is impossible not to care about' Daily Mail

'Full of love, passion and heartbreak' Best

Forgive Me

Lesley Pearse

Lesley Pearse, No. 1 UK bestselling author of Dead to Me and The Woman in the Wood, brings Forgive Me, a compelling story of a daughter uncovering her mother's secret past.

Eva Patterson's life is forever altered by the devastating discovery of her mother, Flora, dead in the bath leaving only a note: 'Forgive Me'.

Until Flora's suicide, Eva's world had been secure - but overnight everything changes. For when Flora leaves Eva a London artist's studio in her will, she finds her mother had a secret past.

In the studio's attic are Flora's paintings and diaries, and Eva learns her mother was a popular artist in the swinging sixties. Eva's hunt for answers uncovers clues to a shocking crime which led Flora to hide her past.

But will discovering the truth destroy Eva's belief in everything she holds dear? And will this journey lead her and those she loves into danger?

From the author of international bestseller, Stolen, Forgive Me is an intense and gripping story of love and forgiveness.

'Engrossing and emotional, it's another winner from Lesley Pearse' Woman's Own

'I absolutely loved this book. The characters are likeable and the writing is always brilliant' Sun

'Intriguing, heart-tugging, beautifully written' Closer

The Promise

Lesley Pearse

Lesley Pearse, No.1 bestselling author of Stolen and Belle, returns with the phenomenal novel The Promise. Heartbreaking, enduring and masterfully told, The Promise will take you on a breathtaking journey into the battlefields of the First World War.

War threatens to take all she has loved and lived for . . .

On the outbreak of war, Belle Reilly's husband Jimmy enlists and heads for the deadly trenches of northern France. But Belle knows she cannot stand idly by when so many are sacrificing their lives.

Volunteering to help battlefield wounded, Belle is posted to France as a Red Cross ambulance driver. There, a tragic accident brings her face to face with Etienne - a man from her past she's never quite forgotten.

Torn between forbidden passion, loyalty and love, Belle is caught in an impossible situation. Will she succumb to the dark forces of this most brutal of wars? Or will fate intervene and finally lead her to lasting happiness?

The Promise vividly describes life behind the front line and the tragic choices that war forces people to make.


'Pearse will pull your heartstrings' Sun

'Characters it is impossible not to care about' Daily Mail

'An addictive tear-jerker with characters you'll adore, laugh with and cry for' Bella

'Full of love, passion and heartbreak' Best

'Glorious, heartwarming' Woman & Home

Lesley Pearse's novels have sold five million copies worldwide. Her fourteen most recent books, including Belle, Stolen, Gypsy, Faith, Hope, A Lesser Evil, Secrets, Remember Me, Till We Meet Again, Father Unknown, Trust Me, Never Look Back, Charlie and Rosie, are huge bestsellers and available as Penguin paperbacks. Lesley lives near Bristol and has three daughters and two grandchildren. Find Lesley on Twitter @LesleyPearse or find out more on her website, www.lesleypearse.co.uk

Belle

Lesley Pearse

The international number one bestselling author tells the story of a strong woman trying to be good in a world gone bad, taking us from London to New Orleans and beyond in this powerful, moving historical novel.

She witnessed a murder - and now her life is in danger . . .

Fifteen year-old Belle, though raised in a London brothel, is an innocent. But when she witnesses one of the girls brutally strangled by a client, she is cast into a cruel, heartless world.

Snatched from the streets and sold into prostitution, she is made a courtesan in New Orleans. At the mercy of desperate men who crave her beauty and will do anything to keep her, Belle's dreams of home, family and freedom appear futile.

Are Belle's courage and spirit strong enough to help her escape? And what will await her at the end of the long, dangerous journey home?

Lesley Pearse, author of the UK and international best-sellers A Lesser Evil and Trust Me, takes her heroine from London to New Orleans and beyond in her powerful and moving historical novel Belle. Belle is a heroine of our times- a strong woman trying to be good in a world gone bad. Fans of Susan Lewis will love Lesley Pearse's style.

Praise for Lesley Pearse:
'With characters it is impossible not to care about ... this is storytelling at its very best' Daily Mail
'Lose yourself in this epic saga' Bella
'An emotional and moving epic you won't forget in a hurry' Woman's Weekly

Find Lesley on Twitter @LesleyPearse or find out more on her website, www.lesleypearse.co.uk

Georgia

Lesley Pearse

When nine-year-old orphan Georgia James is unexpectedly fostered by the kindly Celia and her bank manager husband she can hardly believe her luck. But then - on her fifteenth birthday - she suffers the cruellest betrayal of all at the hands of her foster father and is forced to run away, leaving everything she loves behind her.

Penniless, sleeping rough, Georgia is soon introduced to the sleazy Soho world of brassy strippers, sweat shops, camaraderie and hardship. Fired by a fierce ambition, blessed with an extraordinary voice, her long struggle for fame and fortune begins. But even when she reaches the top she finds that the scars of the past can open up to ruin her...

Steeped in atmosphere and raw emotion, Georgia is the story of a determination to succeed against all the odds and of a burning first love.

Camellia

Lesley Pearse

Camellia Norton is orphaned at fifteen when her mother's body is fished from a river in rural Sussex. And when she discovers a cache of letters amongst her mother's effects she realises that the past she has always been so sure of has been built on a tissue of lies.

Devastated, she runs away to London, and loses herself in a metropolis that offers opportunity, temptation and danger, especially to a young girl hungry for love and acceptance.

But her past won't stay buried forever, and eventually Camellia begins the long journey towards uncovering the truth about her background, and also, ultimately, about herself.

Ellie

Lesley Pearse

Ellie is a sweet-natured brunette, generous of heart with a sparkling smile and an accent which reveals her East End background.

Bonny is beautiful and spoilt, with cascades of blonde hair, the brightest pair of blue eyes and a mouth like Cupid's bow.

The two girls meet in London at the end of the war when, seduced by two American airmen, they pool their wits and resources and set off to make a living on the stage. Set against the hardship and austerity of post-war Britain, and the glamour and ruthlessness of life in variety theatre, their story is one of sacrifice and burning ambition. But most of all of a powerful friendship that lasts against all odds.

Tara

Lesley Pearse

In the East End, twelve-year-old Tara witnesses her villain of a father almost kill her mother. She forges a determination then and there to change her life.

This is the story of three beautiful and talented women. Mabel, whose great love for a gambling man has brought her close to insanity; gentle Amy, who marries a man brutalised by war and failure; and Tara, who is hungry for success and life on her own terms.

To have both, she must battle against the legacy these two women have left her, the deep prejudices and dangers of Whitechapel in the 1960s - with its gang leaders, rogues, market traders and dolly birds - and the passionate love she has had since girlhood for the charming wideboy and villain, Harry Collins.

Charity

Lesley Pearse

Charity Stratton's bleak childhood is changed for ever when both her parents are killed in a fire. Separated by the authorities from her younger brothers and sister, Charity is sent out to work as a skivvy in a boys' boarding school. Her loneliness and misery are eased when she falls deeply in love with the dashing but fickle sixth-former, Hugh Mainwaring, but when she discovers she is pregnant with Hugh's baby she soon realises just how alone she really is.

Determined to be reunited with her siblings and to make something of herself, Charity runs away to London and begins to forge a new life.

Stolen

Lesley Pearse

She's half-drowned, her memory lost . . . who is she? Shocking secrets will come out in the unputdownable Stolen . . .

This is just one of many thrilling novels from the international NO.1 BESTSELLING author Lesley Pearse.

A beautiful young woman is discovered half-drowned on a Sussex beach . . .

Where has she come from?

Why can't she remember who she is - or what happened?

She's wearing an old-fashioned dress and her hair has been hacked off. She's obviously been bound by the wrists and ankles. But without knowing her own name or who did this to her, she can't begin to piece together who she is and what led her to this unfamiliar place.

The police are baffled, but when the doctors examine her they make a shocking discovery: she has recently given birth.

Who on earth is she? And where is her baby?

Santa Montefiore and Penny Vincenzi fans will swiftly fall for Lesley Pearse's gripping novels - you'll want to read them again and again . . .

'With characters it is impossible not to care about ... this is storytelling at its very best' Daily Mail

'Lose yourself in this epic saga' Bella

'An emotional and moving epic you won't forget in a hurry' Woman's Weekly

Faith

Lesley Pearse

Scotland, 1995. On the hills of Cornton Vale Prison.

She was convicted of killing her best friend . . .

Laura Brannigan has been put away for murder. She insists that she didn't kill Jackie. But her search for true justice seems futile. Then she receives a letter that takes her back to her youth and the memory of an old love, Stuart . . .

Twenty years ago was a heady time for Laura: she'd escaped an abusive home, and together with Jackie they had made a fresh start. They had sworn to be sisters for ever.

What could have possibly gone so wrong? And why is Stuart writing to her now? Does he believe Laura's innocent and can he help free her from prison . . . and her past?

Lesley Pearse, the bestselling author of Dead to Me and Without a Trace, explores a web of thrilling secrets and injustices in the gripping novel Faith. Susan Lewis fans will love Lesley Pearse.


Praise for Lesley Pearse:


'With characters it is impossible not to care about ... this is storytelling at its very best' Daily Mail
'Lose yourself in this epic saga' Bella
'An emotional and moving epic you won't forget in a hurry' Woman's Weekly

Find Lesley on Twitter @LesleyPearse or find out more on her website, www.lesleypearse.co.uk.

Hope

Lesley Pearse

Hope is a gripping historical novel from the acclaimed Lesley Pearse.

Her existence would be the ruin of her mother . . .

Baby Hope, the unfortunate proof of Lady Harvey's adultery, is smuggled out of a privileged aristocratic household to a nearby village. There, her true identity a secret, she grows up in the arms of the poor, but loving, Renton family.

But the day comes when Hope must pay her way. What could be more natural than being taken into service by the Harveys? However when she sees something she should not, she is threatened and blackmailed into leaving her beloved Rentons forever.

Destitute on the streets of an unfriendly city, Hope's courage and kindness are recognized by a doctor. A talent for healing sees her taken on as nurse and destined for the horrific battlefields of the Crimea.

But will Hope ever come home and uncover the true story of her birth?

Hope by Lesley Pearse - author of bestsellers Gypsy and Remember Me - is a historical novel of past scandal and its consequences in a compelling nineteenth century setting. Fans of Susan Lewis will love the twists and turns of Lesley Pearse's work.

Praise for Lesley Pearse:
'With characters it is impossible not to care about ... this is storytelling at its very best' Daily Mail
'Lose yourself in this epic saga' Bella
'An emotional and moving epic you won't forget in a hurry' Woman's Weekly

Find Lesley on Twitter @LesleyPearse or find out more on her website, www.lesleypearse.co.uk.

Rosie

Lesley Pearse

Rosie is a compelling novel by the bestselling author Lesley Pearse.

Her brutal, violent family will be the death of her . . .
Without a mother, Rosie is at the mercy of her father and thuggish brothers. Then one day a friend comes to the farm in the form of cockney housekeeper Heather Farley.

But soon enough Heather vanishes, abandoning Rosie to her fate. Only when Thomas Farley comes to find his sister several years later, does Rosie learn the terrible truth about Heather - and her family.
Running away from home, she finds herself pursued by the man who brought ruin on her family. Is he out to get her too? Or could he have some other reason for chasing her?

Lesley Pearse, author of the UK and international best-sellers Stolen and Belle, tells a captivating and powerful story of family and secrets in her compelling novel Rosie. If you like Susan Lewis, you'll love Lesley Pearse.

Praise for Lesley Pearse:
'With characters it is impossible not to care about ... this is storytelling at its very best' Daily Mail

'Lose yourself in this epic saga' Bella

'An emotional and moving epic you won't forget in a hurry' Woman's Weekly

Father Unknown

Lesley Pearse

Orphaned, lost. Who is she really? One young woman's search across the globe for a past - and a future . . .

Losing her adopted mother threatens all she's ever had . . .

Daisy was adopted. But when her mother dies, she finds her secure existence thrown into turmoil by the discovery of a scrapbook. Inside it is information about her real mother.

However, when Daisy drops everything to go in search of her roots, she uncovers a harrowing story of greed, misery and corruption. She also risks hurting her adored Dad, the only true family she has left.

Can she cope with the truth about her real parents? And more importantly, who is the real Daisy?

Lesley Pearse, author of the UK and international best-sellers Dead to Me and Without a Trace, tells a moving story of family, adoption and identity in her compelling novel Father Unknown.

Santa Montefiore and Penny Vincenzi fans will swiftly fall for Lesley Pearse's spellbinding novels - you'll want to read them again and again . . .

'With characters it is impossible not to care about ... this is storytelling at its very best' Daily Mail

'Lose yourself in this epic saga' Bella

'An emotional and moving epic you won't forget in a hurry' Woman's Weekly

A Lesser Evil

Lesley Pearse

A gripping unputdownable story, A Lesser Evil follows one courageous young woman as she risks her family to save another's . . .

This is just one of many captivating novels from the international NO.1 BESTSELLING author Lesley Pearse.

She defied her parents to marry for love . . .

Following her heart, Fifi moves with Dan to London where they rent a seedy flat in Dale Street, Kennington. Though Fifi must now become acquainted with squalor, she is soon drawn into the goings on behind the shabby front doors of her new neighbours.

But it is the Muckles, at number 11, who are the street's focus. Rumours of criminal depravity and shocking behaviour are rife. So when Fifi steps in to help their youngest child, she risks the wrath of this frightening family. Suddenly, not only her marriage and her family but the lives of all the inhabitants of Dale Street are at the mercy of the immoral Muckles . . .

Lesley Pearse, author of the hugely successful Dead to Me and Without a Trace explores love, life and morality in her thrilling novel A Lesser Evil.


Cathy Kelly and Josephine Cox fans will swiftly fall for Lesley Pearse's mesmerising novels - you'll want to read them again and again . . .

'With characters it is impossible not to care about ... this is storytelling at its very best' Daily Mail

'Lose yourself in this epic saga' Bella

'An emotional and moving epic you won't forget in a hurry' Woman's Weekly

Charlie

Lesley Pearse

From the international No.1 bestselling author Lesley Pearse, comes Charlie the compulsive page-turner. She has to protect her parents . . . even if they are keeping secrets.

Her family is threatened and only she can save it . . .

When sixteen-year-old Charlie witnesses a brutal attack on her mother by two strangers she is shocked and terrified. But after talking to the police she realises that her father's business dealings can't be so innocent.

With her father away it is left to Charlie to protect her mother. And somehow she must find out who wants to hurt her family - and why - without losing faith in her beloved parents.

Can she unravel the mysteries of the past that haunt her family? Or will the truth wreck everything she loves?

Santa Montefiore and Penny Vincenzi fans will swiftly fall for Lesley Pearse's spellbinding novels - you'll want to read them again and again . . .

'With characters it is impossible not to care about ... this is storytelling at its very best' Daily Mail

'Evocative, compelling' Sunday Express

'Lose yourself in this epic saga' Bella

'An emotional and moving epic you won't forget in a hurry' Woman's Weekly

Lesley Pearse

UK novelist Lesley Pearse is renowned for her storytelling and for creating characters that are impossible to forget.

Biography

Lesley Pearse was told as a child that she had too much imagination for her own good. When she grew up she worked her way through a number of jobs, including nanny, bunny girl, dressmaker and full-time mother, before, at the age of forty-nine, settling upon a career that would allow her gifts to blossom: she became a published writer. Lesley lives in Devon and has three daughters and three grandchildren.

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