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Publisher's 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

Critic Reviews

"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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what an amazing story

Lesley Pearce is a wonderful storyteller this book kept me listening from the start to finish

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Best ever

This was the best book I have ever heard. Thank you for making it so great.

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Couldn't stop listening

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found myself listening at every opportunity. Countless times I felt like nothing more could possibly happen to the main character, only to be surprised and drawn in even further. It's a moving story that get you really feeling for It's characters.

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  • 20-08-2019

Lovely story - great narator!

Really enjoyed this book - nice story (quite long and a bit repetitive with a lot of people dying). Narator is amazing!

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Great Read

Loved this book...Even though quite long I was very sad when it finished ...will miss all the characters.

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A fabulous history lesson on the settling of America in the 1800s.

A well researched history book wrapped around a love story. American accents are always a bit hard to suffer for a kiwi girl but they were well done all the same. Not as predictable as you would think but a good tale to keep one reading. A very long book which I managed in long listening periods at a time. For anyone who likes this way of learning history and geography it ticks some boxes.

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  • barbara
  • 07-12-2018

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.

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  • 13-10-2018

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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  • 26-10-2018

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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  • 09-04-2019

A most depressing story

Matti is a determined, intelligent and resourceful woman. She is brave, compassionate and strong. Yet she is plagued by misfortune. There were many times in the book I just wanted to give up and stop. The pure injustice of someone who never let her misfortune get her down not being able to catch a break. A previous reviewer mentioned that there was too much death in this book and I agree. I could see how most of them drove the story in the direction it was supposed to go but the last one. The last one was too much. It did nothing to drive Matti further but to add a final sadness to her life.

Not a book I would recommend unless you are in a particularly positive place in your life. It leaves you wondering what the point of it all was. She may have died a rich woman but there was no happy ending for her.

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  • 04-11-2018

A great listen

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

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  • Atheana
  • 13-10-2021

Good BUT

Far too long and laborious, painfully so. Good story but could have been written with half as many words. It got to a point where I wanted to fast forward and couldn’t wait for it to finish. Far too much unnecessary detail.

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  • lindsey collins
  • 13-08-2021

A lovely Leslie Pearce, as always

Some very sad parts, and seem so real. Narrators voice a little too soft, but heartfelt

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  • Snowdrop
  • 03-08-2021

I just lost a friend ...................

You know how good a book is when you dread the end coming. I feel bereft now that I have finished it. One of Lesley's very best works - an epic which is so well written, researched, narrated, that I now don't know where to turn. How Lesley gets so much background and historical information into her stories is mind-blowing. \Not only do I enjoy her books, I learn so much too. I cannot recommend this one highly enough. Wonderful.

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  • 24-07-2021

Inspiring, and totally addictive

Does the story remain fixed in time and place? = No
Does the story have a multi layered approach surrounding the main character ? = Yes
Is it sad ? Happy ? engaging ? funny ? realistic ? = Absolutely yes
Does one learn historical information through the depths explored as characters over time are introduced? = yes

Should I listen? =Absolutely yes.
Why? = It's a stunning book that just can't be put down. I loved everything about it and you feel as if you go on one heck of an historical, social, economical, political journey discovering so much about life, hardships, compassion and caring for one's fellow man.

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  • 15-06-2021

Brilliant

loved it The characters became so real Compelling story line entwined with the history of America

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  • Diane Kitt
  • 27-03-2021

Brilliant

Thoroughly enjoyed this book and didnt want it to finish. look forward to hearing another.

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