The Promise

The Promise

Book - 2012
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Penguin Putnam
Lesley Pearse, No.1 bestselling author of Stolen and Belle, returns with the phenomenal novel The Promise. Heartbreaking, enduring and masterfully told, The Promise will take you on a breathtaking journey into the battlefields of the First World War. 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? The Promise vividly describes life behind the front line and the tragic choices that war forces people to make. 'Pearse will pull your heartstrings' Sun 'Characters it is impossible not to care about' Daily Mail 'An addictive tear-jerker with characters you'll adore, laugh with and cry for' Bella 'Full of love, passion and heartbreak' Best 'Glorious, heartwarming' Woman & Home Lesley Pearse's novels have sold five million copies worldwide. Her fourteen most recent books, including Belle, Stolen, Gypsy, Faith, Hope, A Lesser Evil, Secrets, Remember Me, Till We Meet Again, Father Unknown, Trust Me, Never Look Back, Charlie and Rosie, are huge bestsellers and available as Penguin paperbacks. Lesley lives near Bristol and has three daughters and two grandchildren. Find Lesley on Twitter @LesleyPearse or find out more on her website,

It's London, 1914. 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.

Publisher: London : Michael Joseph, c2012
ISBN: 9780718157043
Branch Call Number: FIC PEA
Characteristics: 503 p. ;,24 cm.


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Sep 11, 2015

This novel had a working title of 'Belle's war', but Lesley Pearse changed her mind about this, settling instead on 'The Promise'. Anybody looking for 'Belle's war', look no further. There's a bit about this on Lesley Pearse's website:

vicbutterfly Apr 03, 2015

This is the second in the Belle Series and is just as exciting, educational and extremely satisfying as the first. I also recommend 'The Survivor' which is the third book and focuses on Belle's daughter and her struggles through the 2nd World War in Britain.

Jan 03, 2015

This book is excellent and will keep you reading during the hours of the night! I personally think the first book of this series (titled "Belle") is a little more riveting where it focuses mainly on Belle's survival whereas this novel has a little more emphasis on whether she will choose Jimmy or Etienne.

At the end of the book I realized that things worked out a little too "conveniently" for Belle in terms of characters making it into the next chapter of her life, you'll understand once you finish the novel. Let's just say that all "hindrances/obstacles/reminders of the past" are conveniently "taken care of".

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Jan 03, 2015

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Oct 16, 2012

Another WW1 novel. Predictable and far too wordy. I like Lesley Pearse but this book is unnecessarily long and I skim-read the second half of it.


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