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Historical Fiction | You’ll Never See Me Again | Lesley Pearse

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Lesley Pearse is one of Laura’s favourite authors and we’re delighted to be sharing her thoughts about You’ll Never See Me Again.

Book cover for You'll Never See Me Again by Lesley Pearse.

You have to keep running if you want to survive . . .

When her husband returns shell-shocked and broken from the Great War and his mother makes her life a misery, Betty Wellow discovers how bitter and hard life can truly be. But it is not until a devastating storm sweeps through their small fishing village and endangers her life, that she sees her chance to escape – and takes it.

Fleeing to Bristol, she changes her name to Mabel Brook and takes a position as a maid. But tragedy strikes once more after the sudden death of her mistress and she is cast back onto the streets.

Penniless and alone Mabel suffers a brutal attack before being rescued by a psychic named Nora Nightingale. There she gets her first taste of those who receive messages from the dead and realises she may have this gift herself.

But it isn’t long before Mabel receives her own message and is forced back to the very place she has escaped. A place of heartbreak and perhaps even murder – but Mabel realises that to secure her future she must confront her past one last time.

Heart-pounding, exhilarating and ever suspenseful, Lesley Pearse’s You’ll Never See Me Again is a tale of one woman’s fight to find her destiny.

You’ll Never See Me Again by Lesley Pearse is published by Michael Joseph and is available to purchase in digital, hardcover and audiobook formats (paperback is publishing 19th March 2020).


You’ll Never See Me Again is another wonderful story by Lesley Pearse. As one of my favourite authors, I am always very excited to read a new one.

I found this story to have a great heroine, who is believable and shares an exciting yet harrowing life. I find I am always captivated by Lesley Pearse’s main character. She has an amazing quality as a storyteller, as her stories are vibrant, compelling but with a dark side.

Set during the first world war Betty/ Mabel lives with her shell-shocked husband and fierce mother-in-law in Hallsands, a small fishing village. One day during a terrible storm Betty made the decision to leave with her few belongings to start a new life in Bristol. As with other Lesley Pearse novels, Mabel has a tough journey throughout this book; looking for work, keeping her secret, losing her love and discovering bad characters.

I enjoyed Mabel’s move to Dorchester (my home town), as loved reading about a familiar and well-loved place. It was interesting to read about the POW camp, outside the town.

This story is fast-paced with plenty of action, great characters to influence the heroine with a wonderful plot.

I am never disappointed reading anything by Lesley Pearce, a 5 star read!

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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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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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