Tuesday 3 March 2020

You'll Never See Me Again by Lesley Pearse #GIVEAWAY #WIN #COMPETITION @LesleyPearse @MichaelJBooks @ed_pr

Betty is running for her life.
When Betty's husband returns from the war broken and haunted, she knows her marriage is doomed.
Taking a fleeting chance to escape, she goes on the run armed with a new identity. Yet penniless and alone, Betty quickly finds that starting again is much harder than she thought.
And she never imagined it could end in murder . . .
But sometimes you have to keep running if you want to survive.

The paperback edition of You'll Never See Me Again by Lesley Pearse is published by Michael Joseph / Penguin on 5 March 2020.

I read and reviewed this fabulous book when it was published in hardback. I'm delighted to have one paperback copy to giveaway today. Entry is simple; just fill out the competition widget in this post.


My Review of You'll Never See Me Again 

Betty Wellow was born and brought up in the fishing village of Hallsands. She and her husband Martin lived happily in the small cottage left to her by her father. Martin goes off to fight in the Great War and returns a completely different man; broken and suffering from shell shock, he doesn’t recognise Betty as his wife.
Martin’s mother makes Betty’s life even more of a misery; insisting on caring for Martin and sending Betty out to work.

When a devastating storm sweeps through Hallsend, Betty takes the opportunity to flee; leaving her home and her husband. Whilst the community of Hallsend assume she was washed out to sea during the storm, she’s creating a new life for herself in Bristol; as a maid calling herself Mabel Brook.

Life as a maid in the city is not easy, but Mabel is free from the misery she endured in Hallsend. Tragedy strikes once more when her mistress dies suddenly and Mabel finds herself homeless. The Bristol streets are harsh and Mabel is brutally attacked before finding refuge with psychic Nora Nightingale. Nora recognises Mabel’s own gift for receiving messages from the dead, and invites her to become part of her act. Once more Mabel is let down by those closest to her and heads back to Hallsend where she has to confront the events from her past in order to concentrate on a happy future.

Once more Lesley Pearse has produced a powerful story headed up by a strong female lead character. Mabel’s story is compelling, rich in detail and vividly told. This author sensitively deals with issues such as post traumatic shock disorder, and the effects of this on family.

With characters that it is impossible not to care about, this is storytelling at its very best.

One Paperback copy of You'll Never See Me Again by Lesley Pearse

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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