London, 1910. Though raised in a brothel, fifteen-year-old Belle is still an innocent, carefree girl. That all changes when she witnesses a murder.
After seeing a girl strangled by her client, Belle’s life is turned upside down. From the brothel to the streets, Belle is sold into the seedy world of sex trafficking and shipped away to New Orleans where she is made a courtesan.
With little autonomy and even less hope, Belle is at the mercy of the men she is forced to entertain.
With a broken spirit, dreams of her home and family are all that keep Belle going. But if she were to find her freedom, would she have a home to return to?
PRAISE FOR LESLEY PEARSE & BELLE
‘An atmospheric cracker with lots of twists’ — Woman
‘Pearse will pull on your heartstrings with this well-crafted story’ — Sun
‘Storytelling at its very best’ — Daily Mail
‘Evocative, compelling, told from the heart’ — Sunday Express
‘Glorious, heart-warming’ — Woman & Home
‘Intrigue, heart-tugging, beautifully written’ — Closer
‘Characters it is impossible not to care about’ — Daily Mail