Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 12/11/2009
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*From the internationally bestselling author Lesley Pearse comes the compelling tale of one girl caught in a family mystery, a struggle against cruelty and a quest for love
Without her mother she is alone in the world . . .*


Twelve-year-old Adele is placed in a bleak, cruel children's home after a family tragedy drives her mother to madness. But when trust is betrayed Adele has no choice but to run away . . .

Alone and friendless, she heads for Sussex, to seek out the grandmother she has never known. However, the journey, without food or shelter, leaves her desperately ill.

Surrounded by the beautiful Rye Marshes, Adele is finally nursed back to health.
Can she now dream of a new life?
And what will happen when her mother reappears, bearing shocking family secrets?

Praise for Lesley Pearse:
'With characters it is impossible not to care about . . . this is storytelling at its very best' Daily Mail
'Utterly riveting, brilliant' Closer
'Lose yourself in this epic saga' Bella
'An emotional and moving epic you won't forget in a hurry' Woman's Weekly

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141046075
  • Number of pages: 576
  • Weight: 394g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 34 mm

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This is my favourite Lesley Pearce novel so far. She is a brilliant author and I would recommend anyone to read her novels. This was a lovely heartwarming ... READ MORE