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Hope

Narrated by: Lucy Brownhill
Length: 20 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Hope by Lesley Pearse, read by Lucy Brownhill. 

Her existence would be the ruin of her mother....

Baby Hope, the unfortunate proof of Lady Harvey's adultery, is smuggled out of a privileged aristocratic household to a nearby village. There, her true identity a secret, she grows up in the arms of the poor but loving Renton family. 

But the day comes when Hope must pay her way. What could be more natural than being taken into service by the Harveys? However, when she sees something she should not, she is threatened and blackmailed into leaving her beloved Rentons forever. 

Destitute on the streets of an unfriendly city, Hope's courage and kindness are recognised by a doctor. A talent for healing sees her taken on as nurse and destined for the horrific battlefields of the Crimea.

But will Hope ever come home and uncover the true story of her birth?

©2018 Lesley Pearse (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic reviews

"An emotional and moving epic you won't forget in a hurry." (Woman's Weekly)

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throughly gripping and enjoyable book

this is the third Lesley Pearse book I have read. the first was never look back which kept me hooked all the way through and remains one of the best books I have ever read. i instantly knew that she was an author I would gladly return to again. I then read the house across the street which sadly didnt have the same effect on me as never look back. I recently decided to download audible out of curiosity and the 3 free months with prime convinced me. so Hope was the first audiobook I have ever listened to. having been an avid reader all my life I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the experience of being read the story. however I really enjoyed everything about it. I will of course continue to read physical books but will listen to an audiobook now and again. the narrator was easy to listen to and I enjoyed her various accents for the characters. the story... well I found it really gripping right from the first chapter. Lesley kept the interest throughout by the way she went back and forth to different characters stories so just as you wanted to know the next bit, the next chapter focused on someone else. the main thing is that the protagonist of Hope was a very relatable character and you really felt connected to her, experiencing all the troubled times she had been through, I was praying it all turned out well for her in the end. the story is of a young girl fighting through the struggles and hardships of life forced upon her because of something she saw, causing her to be apart from the people she loved and having to find her own way in the world. I recommend this book to anyone, if you like Lesley Pearse or if you just love a good story.

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Engrossing story

Enjoyed this book , largely due to the excellent narration bringing each character to life .

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brilliant

didn't want it to finish it , i thoroughly enjoyed everything about this audio book

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Hope by Lesley Pearse

Fabulous first book, but the second one went into too much detail, and for to long about the Crimea war. Such a excellent writer though.

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Good story, shame about voice!

Narration was irritating throughout but I enjoyed the contents of the story. Spoken at a whisper most of the time it distracted from the actual story. Shame.

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A delight

never wanted this to end! i feel that choosing my next book will be hard as it won't match up to Hope .

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HOPE

My motto is Live in Hope and this book certainly came up to standard and kept me engrossed. Having recently started Lesley Pearse books I am enthralled by this storyteller and can't wait for the next treat.

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Wonderful story magnificently narrated.

I have read many of Lesley Pearse’s books but this is one of the very best. The characters are totally believable and the story is wonderfully paced . It’s a lengthy book but doesn’t flag at all.I was engrossed from start to finish, due in no small part to the excellent narration. A marvellous story beautifully told.

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Simply put... AMAZING!!

I absolutely adored this book and was hooked from the go. An absolutely amazing story that had me gripped from start to finish 💙

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loved this book

listening to the book you could almost emagine yourself there with the character's . there's a bit of everything ,sometimes sad ,sometimes happy . The war years I think were very factual and the descriptions of what they went threw was amazing the narrator was excellent

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  • 23-03-19

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I feel that I wasted my credit on this book. it was 10 hours too long. The author threw everything she could think of into the story. I did like the characters but the story could have ended way before it did.