London, 1910. Though raised in a brothel, fifteen-year-old Belle is still an innocent, carefree girl. That all changes when she witnesses a murder.
After seeing a girl strangled by her client, Belle's life is turned upside down. From the brothel to the streets, Belle is sold into the seedy world of sex trafficking and shipped away to New Orleans where she is made a courtesan.
With little autonomy and even less hope, Belle is at the mercy of the men she is forced to entertain.
With a broken spirit, dreams of her home and family are all that keep Belle going. But if she were to find her freedom, would she have a home to return to?
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PRAISE FOR LESLEY PEARSE & BELLE
‘An atmospheric cracker with lots of twists’ — Woman
‘Pearse will pull on your heartstrings with this well-crafted story’ — Sun
‘Storytelling at its very best’ — Daily Mail
‘Evocative, compelling, told from the heart’ — Sunday Express
‘Glorious, heart-warming’ — Woman & Home
‘Intrigue, heart-tugging, beautifully written’ — Closer
‘Characters it is impossible not to care about’ — Daily Mail
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Thank you Agora Books, NetGalley and Pearse for this amazing ebook galley! This is my second Lesley Pearse book and such an excellent read. We follow the story of fifteen-year-old Belle. In London, 1910. What I loved most was the history Lesley wrote about here! Rich in detail, beautifully written and hugely absorbing for those who enjoy good historical fiction. Simply amazing and very interesting this book had me hooked. I started yesterday and simply couldn't put my kindle down. Thanks again NetGalley, Publisher and Author for the chance to read and review this amazing book! I'll post to my Social media platforms closer to pub date!
Wow! Never, ever would I have believed I would’ve enjoyed this book as much as I did. 15 year old Belle witnesses a crime and ends up being kidnapped, shipped out of the country, and sold into a life of prostitution. However, with her determination and grit, she is able to make the most of her situation and turn her life around. Loved it and had trouble putting this one down!!! This is the first book in a trilogy, but wraps up nicely as a standalone story!
Belle by: Lesley Pearse Pub. date: October 14, 2021 Date Reviewed: October 12, 2021 Many thanks to Agora Books, Lesley Pearse & NetGalley for allowing me access to this arc in exchange for an honest review. After reading bad review on top of bad review for Belle, I became Convinced I wouldn’t like this book. Boy, am I glad I decided to see for myself! I found Belle to be a wonderful story, well-written & very informative from the historical viewpoint. I give Belle 4/5 stars & sincerely hope others enjoy it as much as I did. #Belle #NetGalley