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Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse

The Woman in the Wood


Fifteen-year-old twins Maisy and Duncan have always had each other. Until that fateful day in the wood…

1960: Maisy and Duncan Mitcham are woken one night to find their mother is being committed to an insane asylum. Soon after, their father packs them off to ‘Nightingales’, their grandmother’s country house in the New Forest. Cold and distant, she leaves them to their own devices to explore; a freedom they have never experienced before and which they love. That is, until the day Duncan doesn’t come home from the woods.

When the bodies of other young boys are discovered in the surrounding area the police appear to give up hope of finding Duncan alive and with Grandmother Mitcham showing little concern, it falls
to Maisy to discover the truth. And she knows just where to start. The woman who lives alone in the woods. A woman called Grace Deville.

About Lesley Pearse

Lesley Pearse was told as a child that she had too much imagination for her own good. When she grew up she worked her way through many jobs – from corsetry sales in Cooks of St. Pauls (featured in Dead to Me), to bunny girl to nanny; from gift shop owner to dressmaker – finally finding her true vocation when she became a published author age 49. Since then Lesley has become an internationally bestselling author, with over 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.
A true storyteller and a master of gripping storylines, there is no set formula for a Lesley Pearse novel although strong heroines and difficult circumstances are pervasive. Whether historical adventures such as Gypsy or Never Look Back or the passionately emotive Trust Me, Lesley is inspired by stories of courage and adversity and often gives voice to women lost in history. She is passionate about her research and her stories have taken her far and wide; from Alaska to the Crimea. Lesley now lives just outside Torquay in Devon where she loves to spend time walking on the beach with her grandchildren and dogs.
A fantastic speaker and committed and passionate fundraiser for the NSPCC, Lesley is a much sought after guest at literary lunches, library events and festivals up and down the country. Lesley was also selected as the first Ambassador for National Libraries Day in 2014.
Lesley Pearse is a global No.1 bestseller with fans across the world and sales of over 10 million copies of her books to date. A true storyteller and master of the gripping storyline, Lesley introduces us to characters that are impossible not to care about or forget. There is no formula to her books or easily defined genre and, whether historical drama like the No.1 bestseller, Belle or the emotionally powerful 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. The Woman in the Wood is Lesley’s 25th novel.

Fact by Lesley Pearse

Stolen first published in 2010

 I was on a cruise around South America and because the other guests bored me so much I used to talk to the hair dressers and beauticians. It gave me the idea about my two main characters who had met working the cruise ships, and the occasional weird people who go on cruises.

 Praise for Lesley Pearse’s novels

"Glorious, heart-warming" Woman & Home

"Quintessential Lesley Pearse that will delight her army of readers" Daily Mail

"Full of love, passion and heartbreak" Best

"Another superb tale" The Sun

"Epic romantic drama…4 stars" Heat

"Evocative, compelling, told from the heart" Sunday Express

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  1. Intriguing! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Lesley is a new author to me...I'm curious!


  3. The Woman in the Wood sounds scary. Thank you for the recommendation

  4. I've been coming across this everywhere recently. Thinking I should add it to my summer list! Thanks for reminding me:)

  5. It sounds really scary and mysterious, I can't wait to read it!

  6. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the awesome review. I will have to check this book out.

  7. I actually won this book on a blog recently. Can't wait to read it.

  8. This sounds amazing.. I am so looking forward to this read.. Thanks

  9. I'm intrigued by the idea of corset-selling! Imagine having that on your CV!

  10. Heard and read great things about this book, looking forward to read :)