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A heartbreaking, enduring and masterfully told story set in the battlefields of the First World War from the international number one bestselling author Lesley Pearse 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? Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.
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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.
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Survivor: A gripping and emotional story from the bestselling author of Stolen Belle. Lesley Pearse. Remember Me. Stolen: A woman washes up on a beach, barely alive. Who is she? The House Across the Street. See all free Kindle reading apps. Don't have a Kindle? Customers who bought this item also bought. You'll Never See Me Again. Customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The model takes into account factors including the age of a rating, whether the ratings are from verified purchasers, and factors that establish reviewer trustworthiness.
Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. I have no words to adequately describe this author's writing. She grabs the reader's attention from the first page and it is extremely difficult to put the book down once started. I was introduced to Lesley Pearse's writing with her title Remember Me several years ago through a friend's recommendation and from that point on I read every title she had written and eagerly awaited her latest release.
The Promise was a continuation of Belle's story at the commencement of WWI and the book did not fail me. My interest was kept alive throughout the book and now that I have read it, in about two days, there is a feeling of utter disappointment that there are no more chapters to read.
I cannot praise Lesley Pearse enough. She researches the facts of her story and somehow manages to hold the reader's interest. Thank you Lesley for yet another wonderful read.
The beautiful thing about Lesley Pearse's characters are that they are so real, believable and generally lovable that after reading one of her books, it's almost impossible not to buy the sequel where there is one to find out what happens to them. And so, having read Belle, it was always a given that I would go on to read The Promise.
As usual, Ms Pearse does not disappoint. She develops characters very well, and you can empathise with them. They really do feel like normal, every day people who you or I might know or might have known if we were around circa ! You really feel that when she writes about them, she genuinely lives life through them for the duration of the novel. The storyline is strong, with enough drama unfolding to keep you reading throughout, and some events which are quite shocking to the reader.
The war reference is quite graphic and hard to read at times - you have been warned, but again the way it's written makes it interesting to read. The only reason I deducted a star is because for me the last pages or so were a little far fetched and unrealistic.
And if I'm honest I found the slightly odd relocation without giving too much away here in case you've not read the book yet during that time a bit unbelievable and silly.
Not to mention the events that unfold after that So I couldn't really relate to that part and didn't enjoy it as much as I had been enjoying the book up until that point. It's not one of Ms Pearse's strongest endings, let's say. That said, I will still be reading the third book in the series as I love the characters and I love Lesley Pearse's writing! I have read pretty much all her books since she started writing and I'm a big fan of hers.
Another really good read by Lesley Pearce, I always enjoy her writing. Especially poignant to read at this time with the year remembrance of the first world war.
We are so lucky no to have endured the dreadful horrors of it, and have so much to thank all the people who lost their lives. One person found this helpful. I bought this book 'The Promise', knowing it would be another brilliant book by Lesley Pearse, read 'Belle', which was superb and now I have read the sequel, which is still better. Belle is now married to Jimmy and the first world war is breaking out, Jimmy decides to enlist in the war, and goes of to fight in France, Belle has her hat shop she has always wanted.
One day by accident she meets Miranda, they are from very different backgrounds, and they become best friends, as Jimmy is fighting in the war, Belle is getting very restless, so she persuades Miranda to do something for the war wounded, so they volunteer, to become nurses in a hospital, then after there training, they decide to go to France and become ambulance drivers, driving the war wounded backwards and forwards to the hospitals.
There is love, sadness, happiness in the book, someone from the past comes back into Belle's life and she is torn not knowing what to do. Another fantastic book by Lesley Pearse, I have all her books, I still have a few to read, but everyone is a winner, cannot find another author that is like her, in her style of writing.
Really enjoyed this book. It portrays the times of the first world war in grime detail showing the characters emotions and life during this time. It has helped me a great deal in that when I feel low or down, I think about the horrors I have read which are vivid and true. I makes me feel lucky and also makes me think about what people in the past had to go through in those times.
Also tells of love during this time and how strong it can be. It was a very moving story. I can't wait to read Belle Book 3, as I am anxious to see what happens next. This book certainly evokes feelings for all the characters. I first read "stolen" by this author and I was so taken by the story that I have read several books by her now, what I like about her books is that they are so well researhed with several characters that you can,t help but get attached to.
This is the sequel to Belle but even if you haven,t read Belle you soon catch up with this one. Out of all her books this one really moved me, as with most books audiobiography of the author comes in so I felt she knew about lost love and betral. At long last I have managed to get a sign copy of " Gypsy " so knowing I won,t be disapointed in her books.
Well done Lesley!!! I couldn't wait to read this follow up book about Belle. I gave away my Belle book and couldn't remember some of the story but wasn't a problem because The Promise states some of the previous book and its a gripping story from the first few pages. I loved Belle's story and I loved this one too. The book is interesting from the start and action packed and I was so glad there was a happy ending after all. I have read all of Lesley Pearce books and I have always enjoyed them.
These two books were the best but do need to read Belle to understand the second story and what has gone on in the past.
When I finished these books I feel very sad that I haven't got anymore to read.
London, But as the storm clouds of World War One begin to gather. Lesley Pearse, No. Heartbreaking, enduring and masterfully told, The Promise will take you on a breathtaking journey into the battlefields of the First World War.
A heartbreaking, enduring and masterfully told story set in the battlefields of the First World War from the international number one bestselling author Lesley Pearse 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.
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Added by 31 of our members. London, Belle Reilly finally has the life she's dreamed of thanks to a devoted husband in Jimmy and the hat shop she's wanted to own since she was a child. But as the storm clouds of World War One begin to gather, Belle's already turbulent life is to change in ways she never imagined possible. When Jimmy enlists in the army and leaves for the battlefields of Ypres, her world is shattered and she realises she can no longer stand by and watch, she must volunteer to help the wounded. But her work as a Red Cross ambulance driver in France throws her into the path of Etienne, the enigmatic man who played a significant role in her childhood, and Belle finds herself torn agonisingly between forbidden passion and loyalty to a good man. But the past returns to haunt her present in other - more unpleasant - ways and Belle's character is put to the test like never before.