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Without a Trace

by Lesley Pearse

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You can't go wrong with a Lesley Pearse book. I've enjoyed everything I've read by her and she's one of the top saga writers around. Without a Trace is set in the early 1950s, in fact it opens on Coronation Day in 1953. Molly, who is lovely natured but downtrodden by her violent father, notes that her friend Cassie, and her daughter Petal, are missing from the celebrations. When she goes to investigate she finds Cassie is dead and Petal is missing. Molly then embarks on a mission to locate Petal and find out how Cassie died. But the book is more about Molly getting away from her father and making a life for herself.

I thought this was a lovely story. It's quite a simplistic tale really but it kept me turning the pages. I like that, with a Lesley Pearse book, you can just get swept away with the characters knowing that all will come right in the end. I liked following Molly as she grew in confidence and found herself in London working in a big store, then in the east end and then in Rye. A lovely, easy read. ( )
  nicx27 | Aug 2, 2015 |
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International number one best-selling 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). Praise for Lesley Pearse: "Evocative, compelling, told from the heart." (Sunday Express). "Utterly riveting, brilliant." (Closer). "Full of love, passion and heartbreak." (Best). "Glorious, heart warming." (Woman & Home). The Author Lesley Pearse's novels have sold over ten million copies worldwide. Her seventeen most recent books, including forgive Me, The Promise and Belle have all been huge best-sellers. Lesley lives in Devon and has three daughters and three grandchildren.

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Coronation Day, 1953. Molly Heywood has always been a pillar of strength for her local community, so when her friend Cassie fails to attend the Coronation Day party in her village, it is Molly who heads out in the rain to look for her. But nothing can prepare Molly for what she is going to discover. Now with Cassie gone and her six-year-old daughter Petal missing, it is up to Molly to head to London to uncover the past Cassie kept so well hidden. But will Molly discover the truth before it's too late? Or has Petal disappeared forever?… (more)

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