Belle is the latest novel from bestselling Lesley Pearse.
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).
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 608 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 07/07/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780241950364
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Review by nicx27
I know when I pick up a Lesley Pearse book that I will be getting great writing, a clever and thoughtful story, and a cast of interesting characters, including a feisty female. Belle is no exception to this and this book is similar in style to some of the author's strongest works such as Never Look Back, Hope and Charity.Belle is a 15 year old girl who witnesses a murder and is then snatched off the streets of Seven Dials in London and forced into prostitution, both in France and in America. The next two years find Belle in all sorts of situations but her strength and courage carry her through.Despite there being some points where it seemed a bit far-fetched, this is a fantastic story told by a mistress of storytelling. I loved Belle, who kept fighting back no matter what life threw at her, and I also really liked the other characters such as Mog, Jimmy and Etienne.It's a long book at almost 600 pages, but I found I got right into it quite early on and then was completely engrossed in and didn't want to put it down. Excellent read and now onto the sequel, The Promise.