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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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  • 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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  • Helen
  • 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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  • flc
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Suze
  • 25-03-2021

One of the best books I've ever read

Download it, you won't regret it.
The Narrator really brings it to life and you can almost visualise and smell the scenes she describes.
I love how this book follows the story of Matty from her being a young flower girl in London to an old lady.
Lesley Pearse is a talented author and this book is up there as one of her best if not the best.

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  • EmilyF
  • 09-03-2021

epic adventure

An epic tale of one woman's indomitable spirit and life, well read, thoroughly enjoyed it

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  • kenny
  • 14-02-2021

Brilliant book

loved this book. No long descriptions but just all story. Can highly recommend this book.

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  • Lorraine Best
  • 13-02-2021

A beautiful tale

This is a beautiful story of a brave and incredible women, read superbly and just throughly enjoyable. I would high recommend.

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  • Missb
  • 03-01-2021

My favourite Lesley Pearce

I read this book a long time ago and the story always stuck with me. The narrator is fantastic at portraying the characters and made the story even better the second time. Always love the history in Lesley Pearce stories and the characters you can’t help but love.

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  • I. Mrs Dawson
  • 23-12-2020

Too gloomy

Far too many sad threads in this book. I get that there need to be ups and downs, and maybe it’s because I read this in lockdown. It put me in a miserable place. Looking to find something a lot more uplifting now.

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