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London 1910. Fifteen year-old Belle has lived in a brothel in Seven Dials all her life, with no understanding of what happens in the rooms upstairs. But her innocence is shattered when she witnesses the murder of one of the girls and, subsequently snatched from the streets by the killer, she is sold into prostitution in Paris. No longer mistress of her own fate, Belle is blown across the globe to sensuous New Orleans where she comes of age and learns to enjoy life as a courtesan. Yet thoughts of home - and the knowledge her status as golden girl cannot last - compel her to break out of her gilded cage. But Belle finds escaping tougher than she imagined, for her life is threatened by desperate men who crave her beauty and attention. Armed only with resourcefulness and spirit, she has a long and dangerous journey ahead of her. Will courage be enough to sustain her? Can she make it back to her family and friends and find her chance at true happiness? Number One bestseller Lesley Pearse has created in Belle a heroine for our times: a strong woman who stands up for right in a world turned bad.
Publisher: Camberwell, Vic. : Michael Joseph, 2011.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 588 p. ;,24 cm.
Notes: Prequel to: The promise.


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vicbutterfly Mar 27, 2015

This is an excellent book with lots of intrigue, romance, determination and humour BUT it also contains coarse language, sexual content and disturbing situations. This is the first in the 'Belle' series with 'The Promise' and 'The Survivor' being part 2 and 3.

Jan 03, 2015

This is a very good book which leaves you waiting anxiously for the sequel which is also excellent. It certainly does make you want to keep reading from cover to cover!

I felt it became a little predictable towards the end of the book but it is a really good read. Leasley Pearse really knew what she was doing!

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vicbutterfly Mar 27, 2015

vicbutterfly thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Jan 03, 2015

MPLolohea thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Sophie-Anne Jean-Baptiste thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 60


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When Belle Couper witnesses the murder of one of the girls who worked in her mother's brothel she is abducted and sent away.
While her family struggles with the thought that they might never see her again, Belle takes the oppourtunity to become the best of the best in a field in wich she was forced into.
With the tears and the deceit she will face, will she be able to go back to the ones who love her or accept the life she is to live and never look back?


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