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Forgive Me | [Lesley Pearse]

Forgive Me

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Forgive Me, a compelling story of a daughter uncovering her mother’s secret past from the No. 1 bestselling author, Lesley Pearse. Read by the actress Alison Dowling. Cheltenham, 1991, when Eva Patterson returns home from work one day, a devastating scene awaits her.
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The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Forgive Me, a compelling story of a daughter uncovering her mother’s secret past from the No. 1 bestselling author, Lesley Pearse. Read by the actress Alison Dowling.

Cheltenham, 1991, when Eva Patterson returns home from work one day, a devastating scene awaits her. Her mother, Flora, lies dead in the bath. Beside her is a note saying only: “Forgive Me”. Eva is shocked to find out that her mother was once a successful artist back in the 1960s.

When she visits her mother’s old studio, she finds a collection of Flora’s paintings and diaries. Searching for answers, Eva encounters a psychic who mysteriously warns her to beware of a “sleeping serpent”, which she soon discovers refers to a shocking crime in Flora’s past. Will discovering the truth destroy Eva’s belief in everything she holds dear?

©2013 Lesley Pearse (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited

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    Cheryl Waihi, New Zealand 08-27-13
    Cheryl Waihi, New Zealand 08-27-13
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    "excellent story"
    Would you listen to Forgive Me again? Why?

    Maybe in a few years time


    Have you listened to any of Alison Dowling’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I havnt but I thought the narration was brilliantly done


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Miss
    Essex, United Kingdom
    6/3/13
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    "Good book, not for the depressed"

    This book was really easy to listen to, and the story moved at a good pace. I did look forward to getting in to the car and listening to it.
    The narrator was also really good, and has a neutral accent with great tone and pace.

    I would definitely recommend for an easy to listen to book spiced with quite a lot of drama.

    The only down point was probably how much bad stuff can happen to one person, and it made the characters from Eastenders' seem like they are living happy lives.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • sarah
    Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "lovely book"

    I love this book its a lovely story its also read very well

    the person who read it mafe everyone sound right

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • t.j.simcox
    PENZANCE, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "good read"

    I enjoyed the story with all the details of Eva and how she tries to find out about her past.

    The description of all the places she visits are vivid and real. Good story, spanning decades that keeps you intrigued.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • susan
    Esher, United Kingdom
    11/15/13
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    "Enjoyable for a womens book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I dont usually read womens books (despite being a woman) but I got this one for holiday and enjoyed it enough to recommend it. It has pleasant charecters and a good narrator and alot more intruige than I would have expected from this genre. Buy it!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Valerie B. Oneill
    southampton hampshire uk
    10/1/13
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    "Brilliant book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would certainly recommend this book to anyone looking for a really good story to listen to I was hooked and had it playing whilst I drove to work on earphones whilst at work and whenever I could grab time.


    What about Alison Dowling’s performance did you like?

    She narrated all the characters well in believable accents when required she has a very listenable voice.


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

    I wanted to keep listening to this book as I wanted to know what was going to happen next it made me want more and I felt I knew Eva very well by the end and had lived with her right from the begining when she found her mother dead in the bath I cried with her at times


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • jane joensen
    8/26/14
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    "Forgive me for being entertained .."
    What did you like most about Forgive Me?

    I like the fact that the book are filled with drama without being 'Barbara Cartland'


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Forgive Me?

    It is difficult picking out a memorable moment as there are so many but Eva finding out about her real mother is one of them :-)


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    While I enjoyed the whole book. I did feel pleased about Eva finding back to herself in Italy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I very much enjoy the writings of Lesley Pearse. I like the resemblance to 'real life' where not everything has a happy ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S
    HARROGATE, United Kingdom
    3/23/14
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    "Avoid unless you like weak women"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story began with quite a lot of potential, however I quickly found myself disliking the lead character. She moved to a run down studio and was clueless as to what to do. Although she is pictured as Miss Sweet and innocent (despite having been a goth and jumping into bed with someone pretty quickly) the story continues to paint her as cute and sweet. Personally I thought she was manipulative and put on the "oh poor me" act to get men do to help her do up her studio cheaply. It isn't helped by the narrators accent, which would be great for certain types of novels, but not this one as it amplifies the sweet sickly nature. I persevered as long as I could but then reached the point that I just didn't care whether she found her father or not. She was not a character I could relate to or empathise with.


    Has Forgive Me put you off other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily, but I'd listen to a sample from this author before buying another of her books.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She had a very sweet / sickly / prissy accent which made me dislike the lead character even more.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saffy
    UK
    7/19/13
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    "Hard work!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Definitely not ! I found it tedious, patronising and poorly written. I have read a couple of Lesley Pearse books in the past and although they are obviously not great literature they were easy, escapist reads. This was not an easy listen!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Alison Dowling?

    Probably not. I found her voice irritating and patronising.


    Was Forgive Me worth the listening time?

    Definitely not!


    Any additional comments?

    Easy print reads do not necessarily translate well into audio. Easy to skim read but difficult to do this with audio!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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