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Pearse, Lesley

Works: 121 works in 449 publications in 3 languages and 10,413 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  History 
Classifications: PR6066.E169, 823.914
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Secrets by Lesley Pearse( Book )
17 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 633 libraries worldwide
Set in the 1930's, the new novel from bestselling author Lesley Pearse tells the story of one girl's struggle against cruelty and, her quest for love. Adele Talbot is twelve when her younger sister is killed in a road accident in London's Kings Cross, and her mother Rose so devastated by the loss begins to abuse her. Adele is sent to a children's home in Tunbridge Wells, but soon runs away to trace her grandmother- Honour who she has discovered lives in Sussex. But Honour is a bitter, eccentric woman who is not best pleased to see her grandaughter. Eventually the two forge some sort of bond and Honour allows Adele to stay. When Adele meets Michael Bailey on the marshes two years later and real love and friendship enter her life, she feels she can finally put her hurtful past behind her. But then war breaks out and as if that wasn't upheaval enough, Rose decides to rear her ugly head again. And she has a few unpleasant surprises for Adele
Hope by Lesley Pearse( Book )
17 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 587 libraries worldwide
Somerset 1836, and baby Hope is cast out from a world of privilege as living proof of her mother's adultery. Smuggled away from the Harveys and Briargate House to a nearby village, Hope grows up in the arms of the warm and loving Renton family, unaware of her true identity. But fate has harsh plans for Hope and a chain of events sees her forced to lead a vagabond's existence until she finds the courage to fight back and prove herself a fearless and able nurse, a vocation that takes her to the horrific battlefields of the Crimea. But the secrets of the past are not yet done with Hope Renton and she must return to England to face the legacy of her birth
Remember me by Lesley Pearse( Book )
19 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 577 libraries worldwide
Triumphant tale of one woman's struggle over adversity. In 1786 a fisherman's daughter from Cornwall called Mary Broad was sentenced to be hung for theft. But her sentence was commuted, and she was transported to Australia, one of the first convicts to arrive there. How Mary escaped the harsh existence of the colony and found true love, and how she was captured and taken back to London in chains, only to be released after a trial where she was defended by no less than James Boswell, is one of the most gripping and moving stories of human endeavour (based on an amazing true story) you will ever read
A lesser evil by Lesley Pearse( Book )
16 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 556 libraries worldwide
When Fifi moves to London with her bricklayer boyfriend Dan, her mother is outraged. Despite initial feelings of horror at her new surroundings, Fifi finds the freedom from her middle-class family background exhilarating. Insatiably inquisitive, Fifi is fascinated by her new neighbours and wants to know what goes on behind all those shabby doors
Stolen by Lesley Pearse( Book )
15 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 524 libraries worldwide
A beautician is able to identify an amnesiac as a missing friend, but danger has followed her and she is unable to figure out who or why
Till we meet again by Lesley Pearse( Book )
12 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 510 libraries worldwide
Susan Wright walked into a doctor's surgery and gunned down two members of staff in cold blood, then waited for the police to arrest her. Later that day a lawyer, Beth Powell, is assigned to defend her. Talking about their troubled families and those happy summers they spent together as children rekindles Susan and Beth's friendship
Faith by Lesley Pearse( Book )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 453 libraries worldwide
A letter takes a woman in prison for murdering her best friend back to her first summer of love and gives her hope that her former lover may be able to help her prove her innocence
Father unknown by Lesley Pearse( Book )
15 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 446 libraries worldwide
When Daisy Buchan is 25, her beloved mother dies and, as she is reeling from this trauma, she is shocked to discover that she is adopted. She goes in search of her roots only to find a family torn apart by greed and misery
Gypsy by Lesley Pearse( Book )
12 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 443 libraries worldwide
When tragedy takes away Beth Bolton's parents, she and her brother Sam set off for a new life in America, leaving their baby sister in the arms of an adoptive family. Aboard the steamer to New York, Beth and Sam cross paths with charismatic gambler, Theo, and sharp-witted Londoner, Jack, and the four forge an invaluable friendship. Beth has always dreamed of playing her fiddle to large audiences and when Sam finds a job in a bar, she entertains the crowds, who nickname her Gypsy. But the foursome fall foul of gangsters and are forced to flee to New York. And when they are again hunted out of Philadelphia, the only option is to head for Canada. As they trek across the country, word escapes that gold has been found in the Klondike. They embark on a dangerous journey, navigating snowy mountains and treacherous rapids to reach Dawson City. Who will break first? Theo, the handsome yet greedy bounder with claims on Beth's heart? Dreamy Sam, so easily influenced by others? Practical Jack, a man devoted to his friends? Or Beth, the woman with the gypsy in her soul, who cares more for music than gold?
Charlie by Lesley Pearse( Book )
9 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 379 libraries worldwide
On a glorious, hot summer's day, sixteen year old Charlie Weish's privileged childhood comes to an abrupt and terrifying end when she witnesses her mother being brutally attacked in her own garden by two strangers
Trust me by Lesley Pearse( Book )
10 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 376 libraries worldwide
Two young sisters sent far, far from home. When tragedy deprives little Dulcie Taylor and her sister May of their parents, they are sent first to an orphanage and then shipped off to begin a new life in Australia. But the 'better life' the sisters are promised in this new and exciting country turns out to be a lie. It seems everyone who ever stood up for them, who ever said 'trust me', somehow betrays that trust: their parents, teachers and the sisters at the convent. But then Dulcie meets Ross, another orphanage survivor, and finds a kindred spirit. Can Dulcie ever get over the pain of the past and learn to trust again? And does she have the strength to fight for her own happiness as well as that of her sister?
The promise by Lesley Pearse( Book )
8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 369 libraries worldwide
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Camellia by Lesley Pearse( Book )
11 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 358 libraries worldwide
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
Tara by Lesley Pearse( Book )
10 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 354 libraries worldwide
Presents 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
Rosie by Lesley Pearse( Book )
10 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 337 libraries worldwide
Will Rosie ever escape from her brutal brothers? As a child, Rosie Parker spent the war years battling her brutish half-brothers Seth and Norman on the farm under the less-than-watchful eye of her father Cole. Several years later, Thomas Farley comes to find his sister. Rosie can only tell him that she disappeared in mysterious circumstances
Forgive me by Lesley Pearse( Book )
10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 319 libraries worldwide
When Eva Patterson returns home from work one day, a devastating scene awaits. Her mother, Flora, lies dead in the bath. Beside her is a note saying: 'Forgive Me'. Eva had always believed her family life to be secure, but the suicide changes everything. And when Eva discovers that Flora has left her an artist's studio in London, she realizes just how little she knows about her mother. Eva moves to London and meets Phil, her knight in shining armour, who agrees to help restore the now derelict studio, as well as offering the friendship she so badly needs. It seems that in the 1960s her mother was a successful artist, and in the studio's attic Eva finds a collection of Flora's paintings and diaries, purposely left for her. A hunt for answers leads Eva to a psychic, who warns her to beware of a 'sleeping serpent' . . . referring to a shocking crime committed by Flora. Will discovering the truth about her mother destroy Eva's belief in everything she holds dear? And who will stand by her when the journey leads her - and those she loves - into certain danger?
Ellie by Lesley Pearse( Book )
9 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 314 libraries worldwide
Set against a background of post-wartime deprivation, glittering showgirls and seedy provincial boarding houses, this is the story of two young girls from different backgrounds. The girls form a strong friendship as they both follow their ambitions to make a living for themselves on the stage
Charity by Lesley Pearse( Book )
10 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 309 libraries worldwide
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
Belle by Lesley Pearse( Book )
15 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Swedish and held by 305 libraries worldwide
London 1910. Fifteen year-old Belle has lived in a brothel in Seven Dials all her life, with no understanding of what happens in the rooms upstairs. But her innocence is shattered when she witnesses the murder of one of the girls and, subsequently snatched from the streets by the killer, she is sold into prostitution in Paris
Georgia by Lesley Pearse( Book )
13 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and Hungarian and held by 304 libraries worldwide
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
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Alternative Names
Pearce, Lesley.
Pearse, Leslie
Pīrsa, Leslija, 1945-
English (241)
Swedish (1)
Hungarian (1)
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