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Publisher's Summary

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

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Read book one and two in a row, and now must read book three.

Being a Kiwi, I find the NZ accent is odd, but maybe we sound like that! Good story with great historic truth entwined, which I love reading about (especially with some romance included). I look forward to reading about life in NZ from 1920 onwards.

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Great story

I could not understand the NZ accent and I’m from NZ which spoiled the performance for me.

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  • 15-04-2016

The Christopher Walkin of Terrible Narrators

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.

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  • Justine harpin
  • 13-09-2019

A lovely read

I always enjoy Lesley Pearse books and this was no exception. The story made the war so real and hesrtbeaking. The narrator for this book had your attention from start to finish.

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  • Mrs.G.Parr
  • 24-02-2015

Excellent

Although this book can be read independently it would be good to listen to Belle first as it adds to a very moving story.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 11-05-2015

Draining

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

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  • agnes
  • 06-04-2015

Really enjoyed it!

Loved it, nice story didn't want it to end.

all great characters painted a good picture of all the scenes.

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  • Lou Lou
  • 08-12-2014

Great Book & Audio

What made the experience of listening to The Promise the most enjoyable?

The narrators use of different accents to portray different characters. And the story was a brilliant one.

What other book might you compare The Promise to, and why?

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!

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

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.

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  • C.hris W
  • 12-08-2020

Can’t beat a Lesley book

So good. Best get book 1 though. I have listened to the first one again to remind me before starting second book. So much I could not remember about the first one. On to another if lesley’s audible. Think I have almost listen to them all.

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  • kathy
  • 16-04-2020

Heart stopping

I listen to this at the time of the Coronavirus. It was amazing how certain things were similar. One of the best stories I’ve listen to

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  • Donna Maria Evans
  • 08-10-2018

Great follow up to Belle

Maybe not as gripping as the first - But a very enjoyable read

Can't wait for the next in the series

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  • flc
  • 30-08-2018

Excellent.

Just as good as the first one. Some brilliant and harrowing reports on the war. Very well written, I highly recommend this book although once again, not for the faint hearted but written in such a way as not to be shocking.

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  • Charlotte leah
  • 22-05-2018

Sherry Baines was a dream to listen to. Good story

Loved it! Every single moment was flawless and a real treat! I'm a real fan of Lesley Pearse books so I'm glad that I've finished the second book of the belle series.

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  • osteo1
  • 30-06-2017

Excellent development from Belle

What did you like most about The Promise?

The way the characters develop, you can't predict what is going to happen and the twists and turns.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ettienne. He is so être galant who you desperately wish has some good luck. His character is developed so that you keep wanting him to appear more and more.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Noah tracks Ettienne down to Marseille to help with finding Belle in Paris.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When both Ettienne and belle knew they couldn't or didn't want to be departed but neither speaks up at the railway station.

Any additional comments?

Excellent book

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