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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Without a Trace.

A compelling story of courage, friendship and love by international number-one best-selling author Lesley Pearse, read by Emma Powell.

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's a dangerous place for a country girl on her own. But there's 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?

From the number-one UK best-selling author Lesley Pearse comes Without a Trace, a gripping story of bravery, secrets and love.

Pearse's novels have sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Her 17 most recent books, including - Forgive Me, The Promise, and Belle have all been huge best sellers. Lesley lives in Devon and has three daughters and three grandchildren.

©2015 Lesley Pearse (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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Loved every minute of this story, with its twists and turns. The narration was excellent. Looking forward to reading my next Lesley Pearse book, am truly hooked.

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  • Mike
  • 05-21-15

Good but not her best

The story while absorbing was not her best, and a little predictable at times. One twist though, kept me on my toes!!!!!

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  • sophie
  • 05-21-15

fab.

Not my most favourite lesley Pearse book not the usual. I can't stop listening situation I often find myself in however still enoyable.

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  • elsie o'neill
  • 12-04-15

Wonderful

The story kept you alert all the way through sorry when it ended. I always love Leslie Pearce books and have read everyone of them. Keep writing your books Leslie and thanks

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  • Wendy Evans
  • 10-22-15

Wonderful story

Lesley Pearse is one of my favourite authors and this does not disappoint. The characters were well developed and mostly likeable.

I was particularly interested to come across a character that was a Church Army Sister as I used to work for Church Army and I think the character of Sister Constance was a fairly accurate representation of Church Army Officers who are some of the nicest people you will ever meet (and I personally know a lot of them).

I really enjoyed this book it kept me hooked from the very beginning.

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  • Bjane
  • 09-30-15

well read story

very good story line. I would highly recommend it. Lesley Pearce at her best.

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  • DMW
  • 05-08-16

Easy listening

I enjoyed this book. Easy listening and not too long winded as some stories are. I will listen to this author again. Good narration.

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  • Flint
  • 10-27-15

I loved it!

The book was well read and I soon became hooked. The story is interesting and unpredictable with a number of twists and turns. I wanted to keep on listening until I finished the book but I made it last for several days.

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  • Joykie Burger
  • 09-21-15

Great light read

A very well thought out story. It kept my interest throughout, the narrator is brilliant!!

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  • Sue
  • 08-21-15

Disappointing

What was most disappointing about Lesley Pearse’s story?

The story meanders around a series of events that seem to have little relationship to one another. The characters are unbelievably dull and didn't engage my emotions at all. I found Molly too good to be true. She doesn't have enough strength of character to make her believable.

Which character – as performed by Emma Powell – was your favourite?

None.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No. The storyline is too weak.

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  • Ann
  • 06-20-15

Exactly in its time

What made the experience of listening to Without a Trace the most enjoyable?

The narrator's perfect accent. The storyline which kept you guessing for most of the book with a twist in the tail. And a happy ending.

What did you like best about this story?

The 1950's setting was so precise.

What does Emma Powell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Her excellent accent for Somerset.

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  • Daniel
  • 03-23-18

It was okay..

I struggled through this book and found the narrators “ accents” (further into the book) really hard to listen to.
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  • Kerry
  • 02-28-17

Heart melting...

This story touched my heart in many ways. I laughed ans cried and never wanted it to end. Molly's story is one to listen to.

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  • meghan
  • 02-24-16

Enjoyable

I found this story enjoyable. I thought the ending was a little sad and unresolved. Would still recommend it

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  • Tamara
  • 05-27-15

Most enjoyable audio experience.

Wonderful engaging story, beautufully narrated. First exposure to Lesley Pearse's writing. Highly recommended