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Charity Stratton's bleak childhood is changed forever when both her parents are killed in a fire. Separated by the authorities from her younger brothers and sister, Charity is sent out to work as a skivvy in a boys' boarding school. Her loneliness and misery are eased when she falls deeply in love with the dashing but fickle sixth-former Hugh Mainwaring, but when she discovers she is pregnant with Hugh's baby, she soon realises just how alone she really is.

Determined to be reunited with her siblings and to make something of herself, Charity runs away to 1960s London and begins to forge a new life.

©1995 Lesley Pearse (P)2007 Isis Publishing

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Ridiculous. A lifetime of misfortune and misery happens within ten years to Charity, to the point I was rolling my eyes at the absurdity. Charity is a magnet. to the horrors the world has to offer. A sharper pencil should be been used by the editor. narrator was overly pompous

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Another lovely story

I didnt enjoy this book as much as others I have listened to. I found the readers 'mans' voice a little off putting. Being a child of the 60's, I did enjoy the references to the era for which it was written for.

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Struggled with the narrator.

Story itself was ok but the narrator's voice was wrong for the characters, no tonal changes for different ones...one woman sounded Scottish and South African in the same sentence and all the male's sounded the same which was hard when the likeable ones sounded the same as the unlikeable.

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  • Menon
  • 14-05-2013

It's an Ok book

I've read other Lesley Pearse titles and bought this same on the assumtion that they would be just as exciting. If it wasn't for the Narrator I would have left this book half way. The situations didn't add up. That is what I found most unbecoming. LP is a lovely author, but this is not one of her best books.

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  • Lori
  • 24-02-2010

A very good read

Although I really enjoyed reading this title because of it's wonderfull narration and moving storyline, I was a bit shocked by some very graphic descriptions in this book. I felt there didn't need to be so much lengthy graphic scenes and that this spoiled the read a bit for me. However the general story was overall moving and compelling.

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  • Mrspatriciacherry
  • 04-04-2015

So exciting

If you want a book with loads of variety, action and interest with love thrown in, and just the right amount of eroticism thrown in this book will meet your criteria.

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  • Amanda
  • 12-09-2012

Nice book

Great book to read when you need nothing taxing. It flows well with a good story. You get totally wrapped up in the story. Sad in places but a good ending with lots going on in-between. OK its a chicks book as well!

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  • christine devaney
  • 24-07-2019

Book cover

As Charity’s hair is always described as blonde what a shame that the book cover didn’t echo this!

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  • Beryl
  • 24-09-2018

Charity

I hope anyone reading this story will enjoy it as much as I have. You think the end has come and then there’s another twist to the tale. ENJOY

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  • Mandy Hustwaite
  • 11-06-2018

Lesley Pearse at her best

Another gripping book from Lesley Pearse, unfortunately the narrator slightly let it down for me. Very monotone.

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  • Tracey-Anne
  • 31-03-2018

great story

loved it, I love a long book with lots of dimensions. easy to follow and easy to listen too.

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  • Anna S.
  • 13-09-2017

Charity

What an excellent book. I couldn't put the book down. It is filled with so many emotions. Well done Lesley Pearse

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  • osteo1
  • 27-05-2017

Never a dull moment

What made the experience of listening to Charity the most enjoyable?

There was a complex story with many characters woven into it at various points that all interchange and surprise you as the story develops. You hope for something good, it happens but then another twist happens: excellent

Which character – as performed by Julia Franklin – was your favourite?

Charity herself but also John as she was able to convey his age yet make the range in ages seamless that one didn't take note of it.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was emotional in so far as you could understand why Charity kept holding onto the three people so special to her regardless of their faults and inability to ever see how they could help her. Charity encompasses selflessness to a tee

Any additional comments?

Persevere with the initial chapter when it sets the scene as it quickly picks up pace and all of a sudden you get swept up in the endless ups and downs that life throws at Charity.

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  • cec
  • 18-12-2015

Excellent story

A wonderful gripping story, as are all of Lesley Pearse's books, with that lovely warm feeling at the end.

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