To celebrate the publication of Lesley Pearse’s latest release, The Woman In The Woods. Penguin have organised a #25in25 blog tour to celebrate the authors incredible talent and fabulous novels.
The novel I have been chosen to celebrate is Faith and I have a little fact from the author herself.
Faith: The first time I’ve had an older heroine, and my only book set in Scotland. I walked miles in Fife planning this book, I visited a woman’s prison, and almost bought a little house in Fife I loved it so much.
I have incorporated some images that capture the beauty of Fife.
Dusk at Crail harbour in the East Neuk of Fife.
Elie lighthouse, Fife.
Faith by Lesley Pearse
Scotland, 1995. On the hills of Cornton Vale Prison.
She was convicted of killing her best friend . . .
Laura Brannigan has been put away for murder. She insists that she didn’t kill Jackie. But her search for true justice seems futile. Then she receives a letter that takes her back to her youth and the memory of an old love, Stuart . . .
Twenty years ago was a heady time for Laura: she’d escaped an abusive home, and together with Jackie they had made a fresh start. They had sworn to be sisters for ever.
What could have possibly gone so wrong? And why is Stuart writing to her now? Does he believe Laura’s innocent and can he help free her from prison . . . and her past?
The Woman In The Wood by Lesley Pearse
Fifteen-year-old twins Maisy and Duncan Mitcham have always had each other. Until the fateful day in the wood . . .
One night in 1960, the twins awake to find their father pulling their screaming mother from the house. She is to be committed to an asylum. It is, so their father insists, for her own good.
It’s not long before they, too, are removed from their London home and sent to Nightingales – a large house deep in the New Forest countryside – to be watched over by their cold-hearted grandmother, Mrs Mitcham. Though they feel abandoned and unloved, at least here they have something they never had before – freedom.
The twins are left to their own devices, to explore, find new friends and first romances. That is until the day that Duncan doesn’t come back for dinner. Nor does he return the next day. Or the one after that.
When the bodies of other young boys are discovered in the surrounding area the police appear to give up hope of finding Duncan alive. With Mrs Mitcham showing little interest in her grandson’s disappearance, it is up to Maisy to discover the truth. And she knows just where to start. The woman who lives alone in the wood about whom so many rumours abound. A woman named Grace Deville.
My personal favourite of the authors work:
Remember Me by Lesley Pearse
In 1786 a fisherman’s daughter from Cornwall called Mary Broad was sentenced to be hung for theft. But her sentence was commuted, and she was transported to Australia, one of the first convicts to arrive there.
How Mary escaped the harsh existence of the colony and found true love, and how she was captured and taken back to London in chains, only to be released after a trial where she was defended by no less than James Boswell, is one of the most gripping and moving stories of human endeavour (based on an amazing true story) you will ever read.
*I first read Remember me, in 2003 I was heavily pregnant with my first child. I have since bought my 14 year old daughter a copy and she read it last year. I can still remember the emotions I felt and the tears I shed. I was absorbed in Mary’s story and her plight upon the Australian fleets. I would urge anyone to read this novel, it is without a doubt one of my all time favourite novels. 🙂