Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Promise from the bestselling author Lesley Pearse.
War threatens to take all she has loved and lived for. When Belle Reilly's husband Jimmy enlists and heads for the trenches of Northern France, she knows she cannot stand idly by awaiting his return. Volunteering to help the wounded, Belle is posted to France as a Red Cross ambulance driver. There, tragedy brings her face to face with Etienne, a man from her past who she'd never quite forgotten.
Torn between forbidden passion, loyalty and love, Belle is caught in an impossible situation. Will the brutality and carnage of war make the honorable path the hardest one to take? Or will fate intervene and finally lead her to lasting happiness?
©2014 Lesley Pearse (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited
Easily the worst narration Ive heard for a long time. The unneccessary pauses and stilted dialogue are so bad that everytime I came back to the novel I thought my app was glitching, having forgotten thats just how this insane narrator reads. Maybe it was editing with the weird pauses mid sentences but it is SO distracting. Also, her French accent is terrible.
Lesley Pearse's writing, amazing as always. Excellent attention to detail as per usual. However in this novel there's some unneccessary recapping of the first book (which you will really need to read before picking this up as even with all the recapping theres a few plotlines that aren't delved into properly in this book) right up until the last paragraph!
Some stilted dialogue and over explaining of early 1900s social norms takes you out of the moment occassionaly as well as some in depth battle discussions about WW1, though these are interesting otherwise. She has definately done some major research for this book and the story is all the richer for it.
Great escape, if you can get past the truely rubbish narration.
Although this book can be read independently it would be good to listen to Belle first as it adds to a very moving story.
Quite a good story, I do like the characters on the whole - but I have never known anyone to have such misfortune! As in the first book, Belle does really well, gets out of all manner of scrapes - them disaster happens - a bit over the top for me - I won't bother with anymore in the series
"Really enjoyed it!"
Loved it, nice story didn't want it to end.
all great characters painted a good picture of all the scenes.
"Great Book & Audio"
The narrators use of different accents to portray different characters. And the story was a brilliant one.
Obviously to Belle as this is part 2 of Belle's story. Next I will definitely be looking out for the audiobook version of part 3!
I believe the story and narration flowed so well that it always held my interest. I did feel deep emotion at the descriptions of the horrible conditions which soldiers had to endure throughout WWI.
"Brilliant as always"
Lesley never fails to produce a captivating story, I think this is the best one so far!
Great to find out what happens to Belle after listening to the first in the trilogy. A little predictable at times but a nice feel good love story.
"Second part of the story"
Twisty, engaging and uplifting
Belle for her courage
I have read the book and felt that the narrators intereptation was close to mine
excellent story that you lose yourself into. I find lesley can write in a prescribed way with a step by step plot line. so sometimes things for together a bit too well for the characters. however having this this I haven't listened to most of her work. the narration (voice artist) is excellent. all accents are spot on (maybe less so with the new zealand) but her voice us soothing and expressive in equal measures.
"Beautiful story! brilliant narrator !"
So enjoyed both books 1 & 2 excellent Author Lesley Pearse more of these please!
"Average lazy listen"
Continuation of Belle 's story. Life in Blackheath & WWI. Story was a little repetitive at times recapping previous chapters. Easy listening to pass the time of day.
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