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Never Look Back

Narrated by: Holli Dempsey
Length: 29 hrs and 22 mins
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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Never Look Back by Lesley Pearse, read by Holli Dempsey. 

One good deed takes her into another world....

Sixteen-year-old Matilda is a poor Covent Garden flower girl until the day she saves the life of Tabitha, a minister's daughter. Welcomed into Tabitha's family, Matilda is offered the chance of a lifetime.

She leaves behind London's slums and enters the darkest corners of New York. From there she travels across the plains to the Wild West, where San Francisco is in the grip of the gold rush. 

Streetwise and strong-willed, Matilda forges a new life for herself and Tabitha among pioneers like Captain James Russell - a man to whom she is deeply attracted. Yet a civil war will soon rip apart this new nation. 

Can Matilda and those she loves brave separation and carry on, never looking back? 

©2018 Lesley Pearse (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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"With characters it is impossible not to care about...this is storytelling at its very best." (Daily Mail)

"Lose yourself in this epic saga." (Bella)

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I feel like I've been on a journey, an epic one

And boy it was a twisted road! This book had me laughing and crying. I feel in love with every character. Charming, beautiful, strong lead character. I love all these books but this one is my MOST favorite!

Don't read if you want a sappy love story. Its more than that. So much more than that.

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Wow!

This author is brilliant. I have loved every one of her books but even cried in this one. They are all beautifully narrated and I have learned so much from each one of them. Simply brilliant.

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A great listen

lots of highs & lows, making you smile & cry. But Matty certainly led an interesting life

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My favourite book ever

I’ve read this book about 4 times as it’s my absolute favourite. The audible version has done it proud and I found listening to it very enjoyable for a change.

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epic

about a poor girl who sold flowers on the streets of London, her life changed forever after saving a little girls life.
she was taken in by the girls parents and given a job and then her life began.
such an excellent story line that pulls you into her plight.

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a good read

loved this book, the story line and the history also behind the story. I was sad to come to the end.

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Wonderful read

I absolutely loved this book and didn't want it to end. The narrator was brilliant and changed accents for the characters and story took a real journey which made me cry tears of both sadness and happiness the whole way through. I loved the fact that this book was 29 hours long and it made quite a few long car journeys pass in no time.

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Emotional but strong

I do love Lesley Pearse's books and this one was no different. I must admit to finding it very sad, but the strength of Matilda in the story is amazing. I loved to hear about her life from child to old woman and the kindness and love she passed on to others. No matter what sad things happened to her, she always found a way to move on and stay strong. That really is something. Holli Dempsey did a great job reading the story and bringing it all to life too. All in all, a great audio.

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Never Look Back

Excellent book. I didn't want it to finish. A fascinating tale that kept you wanting more. Brilliant characters which filled my imagination and made me believe I was there living with them.

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Riveting!

Once again - another book from this author that had me hooked from the start. Great story which shows the thorough research into life in the 1800s Thoroughly recommend.

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  • 07-12-18

Never Look Back

This has got to be the most powerful book and story I have read this year. When it was voted as Lesley's most popular book, I had to read it. I now agree fully with that survey, what a book. Definitely a must to read.