The Promise

The Promise

Book - 2012
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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. When Jimmy enlists in the army and leaves for the battlefields of Ypres, her world is shattered and she realises she can no longer stand by and watch, she must volunteer to help the wounded. But her work as a Red Cross ambulance driver in France throws her into the path of Etienne, the enigmatic man who played a significant role in her childhood, and Belle finds herself torn agonisingly between forbidden passion and loyalty to a good man. But the past returns to haunt her present in other - more unpleasant - ways and Belle's character is put to the test like never before. Can she survive this most brutal of wars with her spirit intact? And will destiny finally lead her to lasting happiness even while war rages all around?
Publisher: London ; New York : Michael Joseph, 2012
Description: 503 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780718157043
0718157044
Branch Call Number: Pear

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bluehydrangea
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: http://www.lesleypearse.com/news/thank-you-all-lovely-messages

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.

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MPLolohea
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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MPLolohea
Jan 03, 2015

MPLolohea thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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4catsdogs
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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