Without a Trace
Without a Trace
Without a Trace : Coronation Day, 1953.
In the Somerset village of Sawbridge, young shopkeeper Molly Heywood slips away from the celebrations, to her friend’s cottage and makes a shocking discovery.
Cassie is dead and her six-year-old daughter Petal has vanished without a trace.
In her grief, Molly seeks help from her childhood friend George, now the village policeman, but no one can find Petal. The only clue is a letter from London, where Cassie once lived.
Despite George’s reluctance and her growing feelings for him, Molly resolves to go to London in the hope of discovering the missing child.
Arriving in the big city, Molly quickly learns it is a dangerous place for a country girl on her own. But there is hope too. In the Blitz-ruined East End, she unexpectedly finds friendship with strangers from Cassie’s past and, with handsome, mysterious workman Charley, the possibility of something more.
However, the closer Molly gets to the truth, the more perilous her journey becomes.
She has given up everything. Her home, happiness and a chance at love, all to find Petal.
But is she also risking her life?
Praise for Without a Trace
‘Epic romantic drama set in post-war London’ Heat Magazine.
‘A heart-warming and evocative tale that is a real delight to read’ Sun.
‘A narrative that gallops along, this is quintessential Pearse that will delight her army of readers’ Daily Mail.
‘Must have’ Sunday Express.
‘Yet another great Lesley Pearse novel’ Woman Magazine.
International number one bestselling author Lesley Pearse brings a compelling story of courage, friendship and love in her brand new novel Without a Trace.
About the Author – Lesley Pearse
Lesley Pearse is one of the UK’s best-loved novelists with fans across the globe and sales of over 2 million copies of her books to date.
A true storyteller and a master of gripping storylines that keep the reader hooked from beginning to end.
Pearse introduces you to characters, that it is impossible not to care about or forget.
There is no formula to her books or easily defined genre.
Whether crime as in ‘Till We Meet Again’, historical adventure like ‘Never Look Back’, or the passionately emotive ‘Trust Me’, based on the true-life scandal of British child migrants sent to Australia in the post war period, she engages the reader completely.
Truth is often stranger than fiction, as Lesley’s life has been as packed with drama as her books.
She was three when her mother died under tragic circumstances.
Her father was away at sea and it was only when a neighbour saw Lesley and her brother playing outside without coats on that suspicion was aroused. Their mother had been dead for some time.
With her father in the Royal Marines, Lesley and her older brother spent three years in grim orphanages, before her father remarried – a veritable dragon of an ex army nurse. Lesley and her older brother were brought home again, to be joined by two other children, who were later adopted by her father and stepmother, and a continuing stream of foster children.
The impact of constant change and uncertainty in Lesley’s early years, is reflected in one of the recurring themes in her books: What happens to those who are emotionally damaged as children.
It was an extraordinary childhood and in all her books, Lesley has skillfully married the pain and unhappiness of her early experiences with a unique gift for storytelling.
Praise for Lesley Pearse
‘Evocative, compelling, told from the heart’ Sunday Express.
‘Utterly riveting, brilliant’ Closer.
‘Full of love, passion and heartbreak’ Best.
‘Glorious, heartwarming’ Woman & Home.
“A seed of a plot drops into my head, I plant it with a few chapters, spend a great deal of time thinking it through, and once the green shoots come through, I water it with care. Hopefully several months later something beautiful has grown.’ – Lesley Pearse
Without a Trace